25 Dec Take Possession of God’s Gift, and Bring What You Own to the Manger
Come to the manger, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. For I am gentle and humble in heart. You will find rest for your soul in me. For my yoke is easy, and my burdens are light (Matthew 11:28-30).
Acknowledge your sorrow, and take possession of your joy.
Acknowledge your brokenness, and take possession of your wholeness.
Acknowledge your grief, and take possession of your peace.
Acknowledge your need for a Savior, and take possession of your Messiah.
Trust in the Lord with your whole heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
He is a Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace. All that you need can be found in Him. God gave His best gift, and He was placed in a manger. There was no Christmas tree, lights, or stockings, but there was a star that presented itself in the sky. The Angels came and announced His presence. “His name is Emmanuel, which means, ‘God with us’.” The Lord will be your refuge and strength; He will be a very present help in the time of trouble.
So look for the star, follow His light, and allow it to lead you to where you need to be.
The Wise Men presented Frankincense, Myrrh, and treasure as their gift, and you should present what you have, too. To others, it may be nothing of value, but to Him, it is all that you need to give.
The heavenly hosts described Him as Lord, Savior, and Messiah to the shepherds. Now come as you are, and present your gift.
We don’t have to hide what we need God to heal. He will be our light in darkness and our hope for tomorrow. The greatest gift that could ever be given was placed in a manger. It wasn’t placed under a tree – it was placed in a manger!
So, exchange and take possession while owning what you need God to heal. His presence will be felt in every aspect of our lives, and His power will be present in every season.
May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength, and may His blessings and favor continue to be with you.
– Pastor Seneca Howard
Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for everyone, and there’s a cross for me.
P.S., Even in this season, what cross has God given you to bear?