We have all prayed the Lord’s prayer. It is a good prayer when we do not know what to pray. But have you ever look at the words of the prayer. There is one line in the prayer that says, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God’s will is what constructed this world. God’s will is what put man on this earth. God’s will is what drove Adam and Eve out of the garden because of there sin. God’s will called Noah and his sons and brought the flood on earth. God’s will called Abraham to be His family. God’s will called David to be king of Israel. God’s will brought Jesus to this earth to die for our sins. God’s will resurrected Jesus from the dead and placed Him on high. And it is God’s will that calls us home.
Explain to me why we are not suppose to follow God’s will all the way home? God’s will is the only thing that keeps us in this world. God’s will is what heals you when you are sick. God’s will provides everything we need in this world. God’s will is the only thing that stopping the devil from destroying us. As a believer following God’s will is what we are suppose to be doing. It is our way home.
There is a scripture in the book of James that says a person should be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. It says because the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. We are made in the image and likeness of God. So, what happens when God gets angry? The Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. Many people have suffered the wrath of God, whether individually or corporately. You read into Old Testament about nations that have fallen and think it does not happen anymore. I hate to burst your bubble, but God still brings judgement upon people and nations. In 1917, the Russian Empire fell because they had expelled the Jews out of Russia. Then in World War II, Germany was utterly destroyed because of what they did to the Jews and to the Christians. God’s word is true, 4000 years ago and today. And it is the same no matter what you believe. If what you believe does not line up with the Word of God, you are wrong. That is a tough nut to swallow. But it is the only way we as believers will make it back to heaven. And that is the point of Christianity, of being a believer. As you read the Word of the Lord, let Him show you the truth. Then all things are possible to them that believe.
We kiss the old year goodbye and kick it out of our memories. For some it was a perfectly horrible year. Many people died from the Covid epidemic, businesses were shut down and the American lifestyle was seriously curtailed. Now we have a new year to look forward to. It is the unknown that is scary. Not everybody is hopeful that this new year will be any better. It is unfortunate that people have such short memories. Over the past 50 years, this country has gone up and down so many times, you would think it was a yo-yo. It is true that the loss of so many businesses has change everything. But what of the future? Does new mean better? We as a people are not down for the count until we are died. If you are alive there is hope for the future. All the things that I have learned over the years are not gone. They are still inside my head and heart. I still have skills that I can apply to this world. And if I can apply my skills in this world, I can earn a living and be satisfied. Whether I have all the modern conveniences at my disposal or not. I learned long time ago, that my skills and knowledge will only get me so far. I needed help in my life. You see we are built to have an empty space in our heart that only one person can satisfy. We try to fill that emptiness with booze, sex, power, greed, and every known thing in this world. And guess what, it does not work at all. There is only one thing that will satisfy our lives and that is Jesus Himself. Once you have settled that question, then you can go on to the changes in your life. The New Year is inevitable. It comes around like clockwork. Now what are you going to do this year? Moan and groan about the changes in your life or look forward to a new year hopefully. It is all up to you to make that decision.
I want to wish and pray for you a blessed and Happy New Year.
The spirit of Christmas is a joyous thing to have. We love the special feeling that we get during the Christmas season. It is the one time a year that we focus on someone other than ourselves. My grandmother was the first one to show me that unconditional love all year long. And that is what the spirit of Christmas really is, unconditional love. It took awhile for me to learn that what I needed and wanted was that unconditional love. God gave His best when He sent Jesus to earth. But we see this unconditional love in other people and recognize it as the love of God. That is why as a believer I am an example of God’s love on this earth. Do people see that unconditional love in you? If not, why not? We want the world to be a safer and kinder world. Well, are you the example that God wants on this earth all year long? Only you can answer that question. To the non-believers, Jesus is our example and one we should all look to. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, our lives are changed for better, and we know the unconditional love our Father God has for us. It is not complicated at all. Unconditional love is very simple. God loves us all the time, no matter what. This love will not save you from hell unless you accept this love in your heart. The Bible says that the goodness of God leads us to repentance. Therefore, the reason for the Christmas season is Jesus. He is the epitome of the unconditional love of God. And we can be the example of that unconditional love, the spirit of Christmas, in the lives of other people. The we can bring the Christmas present to the future.
I want to wish everyone a Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas, and a Bonne Annee.
The riddle is: What starts out the same, is made to be different and ends up the same? And why?
The Answer is the Heart of Man. When we are born we are the same. As we grow up, we learn from our parents, family, schools, and the world in general. We become individuals. We are different as night and day. But when we face death, we become the same. We have to face God and give an account of our life. Everyone has to go through this process. Hopefully by the time we die, we have surrendered to God and will go home to heaven.
We face a New Year and don’t know exact what is going to happen. Through hope and faith in God, we can face every new thing that comes our way. it is the uncertainty that makes us apprehensive. God doesn’t remove the uncertainty. He provides the way in which we walk through. So, we can look forward to the new year with joy. I hope you have been blessed by my blog and continue to read it. Thank You.
What was your favorite Christmas present? Was it a fishing rod or shotgun, maybe it was a bicycle? Whatever the present was, I want to ask you a question. Did the Christmas present change your life? I do not mean for a week or even a month. I mean did the present change your life for the better. When we were young, we wanted to collect things in our life. We thought that the things would make us happy. We would earn money or finagle our way to a certain thing. And if we did not get this thing, our life was over. Does this sound familiar? It probably does because the idea carried over into adulthood. What that saying, the only difference between men and boys are the size of their toys. The amount of things in our life does not make us happy or change our lives for the better. My grandmother was probably the poorest person I knew. My mom and her two sisters would help pay for my grandmother’s bills. But my grandmother was the most unselfish person I knew. She also could find shopping deals and the right present for each of us for Christmas. When I would go to her house, she would always ask if I was hungry. She helped people all of her life. Because it was the right thing to do. I miss that kind spirit she had. My grandmother had the spirit of Christmas all year long. She would reach out to anyone in need and helped. This is the Christmas present that we all want and need. Having this attitude, not just at Christmas, but all year long. This is the Christmas present that we all need.
The last Sunday before Christmas is about the joy of the Lord. Joy is different from happiness. Happiness is for the moment. Joy is what sustains us through everything. It is taking happiness to a much greater level. Jesus faced the cross and all its pain and misery with joy. When the Israelites came back from Babylonian captivity, the priests began to read the word of God. The people starting weeping and crying because of what they had done to God. Nehimiah quieted them. He said this was a celebration and they were not to cry or moan. He said that the joy of the Lord was their strength. Joy is a strength that we can rely on in the good times and the bad. How do you get this joy? We receive this joy by accepting God’s promise Jesus and let the Holy Spirit come into our hearts. He brings the love and joy of God into us. Then we can face any obstacle that presents itself. Looking to the second coming of Jesus, we can have joy until we go home to heaven, or He arrives here on earth. What I have been talking about in the last four blogs is the four Sundays of Advent to Christmas. I wanted to show what their true meaning was and how it applied to all of us. Christmas is coming up and I hope and pray that you and your family have a blessed and holy Christmas and Bonne annee.
During the Christmas season, you hear seasonal music. A lot the music reminds me of home and holidays when I was young. My entire family gathered for either Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter at my home or one of my Aunt and Uncle’s. My family would fill our homes. The men would gather in the living room for football and politics. The ladies were in the kitchen cooking and the kids were outside playing. More than not , I was in the kitchen, taste testing the food. We all thoroughly enjoying the holidays even though you could hear people complaining. But I think we miss those days more as adults than children. Both my parents are gone and all my aunts and uncles. And I miss that simple time in my life. But you know what I have found out as I have grown older, my life has become simpler. I would like to go back to that time, but we can’t. The time hasn’t changed. We have. It is still about what you believe. And if you don’t believe in those ideas of the past. We can always go back to those cherished dreams and believe. Faith and hope are ours to have. Just like Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. Both faith and hope He gave to us to cherish. Jesus said if you have lost faith or hope, what you have to do is go back to the beginning and remember where you started and start again. The Christmas you remember in the past, can be the Christmas you have today. Christmas this year is in 10 days. And it is not to late. All you have to do is believe and if you need help Jesus is ready, willing and able. Your Christmas past can be your Christmas present.