Christmas is a time of great joy and this Christmas joy is rooted in an announcement from an angel to shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flock one night. That particular night God’s glory was unmistakable as the bible tells it; “the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” (Luke 2:9) Have you noticed that when life gets dark, God’s glory shines its brightest when we turn to Him for help?
“And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord was born on this day and the shepherds found Him wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)
This is the Merry in Christmas and peace to those with whom God is pleased. And how is God pleased? When we adore His Son Jesus, who is Christ the Lord.
Honor, devotion and worship are qualities of adoration towards someone. If your heart desires to honor God in all that you say and do, you are pleasing Him. If you are devoted to keeping God the priority of your life, you are pleasing to Him. If you are willing to live a life of worship to God by submitting to His will, you are pleasing to Him.
“Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Luke 2:15)
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is our good news and great joy, the Merry in our Christmas. His glory is unmistakable!
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Ever wondered what a truly successful life looks like? It comes down to the choices we make and the paths we take, especially the decisions that involve relationships. God placed relationships right at the top and He described it with the word ‘honor’ – His relationship with us and our relationship with Him.
“…for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” (1Samuel 2:30)
God promises to honor a life that honors Him. If we truly honor Him by choosing His ways and trusting Him to work through all our circumstances it will affect our relationship with Him and others for good. If we suffer for doing the right thing we are to rejoice for being counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Christ. (Acts 5:41)
A God honored life begins with keeping God first. In His time you will begin to see the fruit of a successful life filled with His goodness.
“He raises up the poor from the dust; He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.” (1Samuel 2:8)
Honor God and He promises to honor you with a successful life.