Luke 2:11 The Best Gift Ever

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated in nearly every nation around the world. People all over the world love a reason to get together with family and friends and to give and receive gifts from each other.

At the same time many do not like Christmas because they have had a bad experience during the season, such as a loss of a loved one or a sickness. With bad memories they are depressed and do not have the hope that Christmas brings.

Luke tells how the angels told some shepherds that there was some great news, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord was born.

Getting together with family and friends and giving gifts is great, but if that is all there is to Christmas, there is no real hope and depression can set in. Many people around the world do not have any family or friends that they can celebrate with, leaving them without hope.

The world wants people to focus on the fun and gifts, rather than the best gift ever given. The world is all about self and in that is dying with no hope. It is just eat, drink, be merry and die…it is over. The sin, that mankind was allowed to do, only brought about temporary pleasure and eternal death.

God, in His infinite love, sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. Jesus is the good news, because He is able to remove sin and bring about eternal life. He came as a baby to grow and live as a human being in order to be able to say that living for God is possible, there is hope.

Believers can now rejoice and celebrate the greatest gift ever given–forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior.

If you struggle with the busyness of Christmas season or have painful memories of the season, look to Jesus for hope. Allow Jesus to forgive you of all the sins you have ever done. Allow Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit to transform you into a new creation with hope.

Give because Jesus gave. Live because Jesus lived. Have hope because Jesus brought hope.

Celebrate Christmas to worship and honor the greatest gift ever given–Jesus, the Lord and Savior.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the reason for Jesus coming; and that the world will see Jesus in you.

Luke 15:10 Rejoice Over Repentance

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

Holding a grudge against what a person has done in his past is a common trait among most people. People remember what a person had done or been like and often refuse to allow that person to change. Or they do not believe that he could have changed.

With this type of attitude, many people are often held down, or pushed back into their old habits.

Jesus gave a parable of a woman who lost a coin, then after much searching found it. She then rejoiced greatly. He said that angels will also greatly rejoice over a person who repents.

People in a church are sometimes the most critical of a person who repents. They know a person’s past and don’t believe that he could have truly repented. It is often seen as a just a publicity stunt, rather than true repentance.

As a human being, no one can truly know the heart or reason behind a public confession or repentance. Every believer must trust that it is real and rejoice with God and His angels.

Those in the church must come alongside a new believer, who has repented, and support him and build him up in Christ Jesus. This is discipleship that Jesus called every believer to do.

This is the opposite of what many in the church often do with criticizing the repentance. Satan and the world want to destroy the new believer, and both will try to get the believers to do that in getting them to not rejoice.

Every time a person repents, the church should be rejoicing and praising God for the new, changed life. Changed lives is the goal Jesus came to the earth for.

You may know someone who has repented and is trying to change and live for God. Instead of being critical against that person, come alongside of him and build him up. Rejoice that God is still working in lives today.

Allow God to reveal to you those who are repenting and beginning to live for Him. Let the joy of knowing this rise up in your soul, rather than let the doubts of the devil fill your heart and mind.

Are you rejoicing with the angels over one who has repented?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will use you to disciple new believers; that you will praise God for those who repent; and that you will point all people towards Jesus.

Genesis 28:17 The Gate Of Heaven

Gate of heaven

He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17

Gates are doorways into a new place. There is always a purpose for a gate to be put into place. They are always placed somewhere along a wall or fence. The fence is to keep certain people or things out, to keep the enemy out. The gate is a pathway or doorway to allow someone in through the fence.

In most yards, there is a fence to block people with a gate to allow them in. They usually have only one main entrance. This funnels everyone that comes in through a very specific location.

Jacob had been traveling along and he stopped for the night in one location. During the night he had a vision of heaven being opened up with a staircase leading into heaven, with angels going up and down the staircase. During the vision, God spoke to him and told him that He would be with him. When Jacob awoke, he was amazed and stated that place must be the gate of heaven.

Most people want to be able to find the gate to heaven, the perfect place to be. Each one’s definition of what that perfect place is may be different, but they are searching for it. Many will say that there are many different ways into heaven, however, several thousand years after Jacob had this vision, Jesus came along and stated that He was the only door (gate) to God the Father.

In order to get into heaven, every person must enter through the right gate. That gate is Jesus. Those who follow Jesus, have the right to enter that gate. Unlike Jacob, God is with the believer everywhere he goes, so that he always has access to that gate into heaven. It is not one specific location, but wherever the believer is.

As a believer, you also have access to heaven. You can enter through the gate at any time you desire to meet with God. God is always there for you and will never leave or forsake you. He wants to spend time with you.

Take time each day to enter through the gate God has given you access to, and spend time with God. Invite others to enter into that gate with you.

Have you found the Gate to heaven?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God a part of your life; that you will enter the gate of Heaven to be with God; and that you will invite others to enter God’s gate to heaven.