Forever and ever, amen

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Christmas isn’t over.  No, the message of Christmas is relevant throughout the entire year.  Pausing to honor the birth of Jesus is a good thing, but it’s not enough to stop there.  He is alive and active today, calling His people to carry out the mission He has for them.  That’s us.

He’s at work in us and through us to bring about things we can’t even imagine and only He deserves any of the credit for it.  How can we claim credit for something we didn’t even do apart from the power of Christ working in us?  He’s the one who is worthy of all glory and honor.  He’s the one that’s able to do far more than we can ever ask or think.

To Him be the glory in our lives, in our relationships, in our churches, our workplaces, and our decisions.  To Him be the praise and honor, now and forever.  He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  Praise Him.  Praise Him for He is good!

Amen.

Have a blessed 2012.

When Times are Good

Deuteronomy 8:11 Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today

One lesson we could all stand to learn is that God not only sustains us through the hard times, but the good times are from Him as well.  It’s easy to find ourselves crying out to God in the midst of our struggles only to forget about Him when He brings us through them and things get better.  Do you know it’s because of Him that things improved?

Moses knew this.  The Israelites wandered for forty years in the wilderness before they got to inhabit the land God had promised them.  They had seen many hardships along the way, and Moses was always reminding them to rely on God.  When the time came to claim their inheritance, Moses strongly warned them not to forget God in all their prosperity (Deuteronomy 8:1-20).  We can sometimes become so focused on the gifts that we disregard the Giver.

Make no mistake, our Lord is the Giver of all.  No blessing in your life could exist apart from Him and His mercy and grace.  Don’t forget about Him when the times are good.  Be in constant thanks, for every good thing.  Have a grateful heart.

When everything falls apart

Colossians 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

These times we’re living in are difficult, to say the least.  With economic meltdown and employment instability, it’s no wonder why so many people are filled with anxiety.  Add to that moral decay that brings about all kinds of evil deeds and the times can be downright frightening.

But as Christians, those who belong to God, we have hope beyond the hope that this world has to offer.  The very same God who created everything holds it all together.  This very Jesus by whom and for whom all things were created sustains all of it.  No matter what your situation, He is not ignorant of what’s going on.  No matter how bad it seems, all things are in His hands.

Give over your troubles to Him and He will take care of you (Matthew 11:28-30). There’s no problem in your life too big for our Lord.  There’s nothing He hasn’t faced and nothing He can’t manage on your behalf.  Go to Him.