Whose Birthday

And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance;
and there was a rainbow around the throne,
in appearance like an emerald.

(Revelation 4:3)

What are we focusing on this Christmas of 2021? Santa coming to town? Or are we excited about the presents we rushed out to buy which may, or may not, demand more of our time if we have to return them to the store/s? Will the recipients be happy about them? Say, who or what are we celebrating this Christmas anyway?

Tonight, this Christmas Eve and tomorrow on Christmas Day, yes, let’s celebrate the One whose Birthday it is: Christ Jesus the LORD. Let us turn our heart, our soul, our mind toward Him today.

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How to Celebrate Christmas in 2021

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful,
Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

(Isaiah 9:6)

LORD Jesus we praise You, our Creator and mighty God, our Saviour and Counselor — the Word that has been sent by God to rescue us, to heal us, and to deliver us from our destructions. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we put ourselves or any other before You. Help us to know, and to consider in our heart, that You alone are LORD and God in heaven above and on the earth beneath and that there is no other. Prepare our hearts for this season and enable us to celebrate You this Christmas of 2021. In Jesus’ most wonderful and powerful name we pray. Amen.

What do you like most about Christmas? The beautifully decorated home, the colors that remind you of this season, or perhaps the fancy lights on the Christmas tree? Or could it be the smell of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, oranges, and any other Christmas spices and foods? Maybe for you it is just the fact that you get to celebrate this time of the year with friends, family, and loved ones?

Say: What IS the best thing about Christmas?

Quite a lot of people will say that pre-Christmas is a great time of stress — all the shopping for and wrapping of the many presents. They are worried to be able to buy what they had in mind for each person. Many items are out of stock and the price products has risen tremendously. Who can afford Christmas this year?

Say: What IS the perfect gift this Christmas?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

(James 1:17)

Let’s lay aside all this worldly fuss about the season, and let us not focus on presents and lights which are only temporary. Instead, let us focus on the good and perfect gift from above who has come down from the Father of lights.

On this coming Friday, the 24th of December 2021, and Christmas Eve, let’s remember the Birth of Christ the Messiah, our LORD Jesus, the true LIGHT that has come into the world. Let us prepare our hearts and welcome Him into our homes.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

(Luke 2:11)

Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength today.

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Sleepless Nights

Behold, bless the LORD,
All you servants of the LORD,
Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the LORD.
The LORD who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion!

(Psalm 134)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have made everything. This day is the day that You have made, and You have made it evening and morning. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we neglect to bless You, our Creator and Savior, the LORD who has made heaven and earth. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart that loves Your Word. Help our unbelief and grant us the faith that can move mountains in Your name; but may all be done to Your glory alone. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

In my last post called “It Is Vain” I mentioned a Bible verse which says that the LORD will give His beloved sleep. Today’s post, however, is about sleepless nights.

Have you ever had one of these nights when you turn in bed, and you keep on turning from one side to the other and back again? What do you usually do then — during these sleepless nights? Is there a point when you give up and just get out of bed? At what hour do you find yourself giving up trying to sleep? Will you get up before midnight or do you keep on going until the early morning hours?

Sometimes, during these kind of nights, I keep on turning from one side to the other — especially if the hour is still late at night and not yet early in the morning. During other times I just give up, get out of bed — no matter what the hour — and prepare myself a cup of tea or coffee. I start off with a prayer and ask the LORD to speak to me through His Word. Then I grab my Bible, journal, and a pen, and I begin to read.

It usually does not take long before it dawns on me that I need to learn a specific lesson, act or do something a total different way, refocus on just how mighty God is.

These nights straighten me up and are bringing me back on track again. I just want to sing praises and shout for joy, for, once again, the LORD has blessed me through His Word. Hallelujah!

Get up and praise the LORD today.

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