We serve an incredible God! God has given you and I the wonderful gift of life. Even with all of its challenges, life is meant to be enjoyed. God has blessed each of us with grace, mercy, understanding, prosperity, and favor, even though we don’t deserve it. When we sinned and let God down, He gave His very best gift, Jesus Christ. The Christmas story is all about the fact that God came in the person of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. There is nothing usual or common about the birth of Jesus, he was God’s son born of a virgin, announced by angels, born in a stable in a rude building where the beast are sheltered. The lesson we learn from this is that God blesses humility.
To some, the Christmas season means long lines, searching for the perfect gift, Christmas carols, lights and Christmas trees. But let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas that God gave His very best to offer life, deliverance and salvation to all human kind. The greatest gesture of thanks we could offer to God as believers is a life of obedience, gratitude and to be givers-of our time, talents, gifts, abilities, and in fact our very lives.
Matthew 2:10,11 reminds us that Christmas is a festive time, a time to rejoice and be joyful. Jesus, the savior of the world was born! So lets remember to celebrate the birth of our savior, as the gift of Jesus Christ is no small matter, in fact it changed our lives in the most positive of ways. Thank God for Jesus Christ! Wise men came and worshiped him, as they brought very valuable gifts to lie before our King.
Jesus has given so much to you; he deserves only the best gifts from you because of your love for him. The measure of love is in how much it gives. Jesus is the King, and savior of the world and as such he deserves your very best. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you, and May you enjoy the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ. Remember, true Christians are givers.
For the Kingdom,
Pastor Reggie C. Witherspoon Sr.
Psalm 92:1,2 says “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to your name, O most High; to declare your loving-kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night.” Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the awesome goodness, grace, and mercy of our majestic God, and in spite of what you might be going through, to declare his loving-kindness in the morning, and his faithfulness at night. We all can agree that God has been good to each of us, even though we don’t deserve it. A.W. Tozer said, “Thanksgiving has great curative powers.” God should never be taken for granted. Lets take a moment to reflect on and thank him for our health, strength, activity of our limbs, our right minds, shelter, food, transportation etc. God is patient, loving, and kind, in spite of you.
God is personal and has allowed us to know him. God is spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchanging in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. The Apostle Paul in I Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us to be “thankful in all things.” The Apostle Paul reflects on the social, political, and religious situations of the church at Thessalonica; and exhorts, encourages and praises them. Paul wants to persuade the saints to stay faithful. That’s what genuine thanksgiving is all about, remaining faithful to God.
Sometimes it is difficult to ‘give thanks in all things’ when it seems your life is going in the wrong direction. It is at those times when it seems God is nowhere to be found, and you are inundated with trials and test that you must remember to be thankful! In the good times and the bad times God deserves thanksgiving. Let us take a moment to stop, and reflect on all that God has done in our lives, and all that God means to us and simply, with a spirit of deep gratitude say “thank you God!”
I pray that this thanksgiving you spend quality time with family and friends and reflect on your love for one another, and the absolute goodness of God and simply say, “thank you!” Blessings on you all.
GOD CAN DO IT!
Ephesians 3:20-21 is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. It reminds me that whatever may be going on in my or your life, whatever challenges you may face, whatever miracle you may need, “God can do it.” These are tough times to be sure, but no matter how challenging it may appear, He’s still God! Through your trials, battles, doubts, fears, or disease, He’s still God. I want you to know that your trouble is not greater than your God. The Apostle Paul is in jail when he writes this encouraging word to the church at Ephesus. Even in jail Paul trusts in the unlimited power of God.
The Apostle Paul wants to remind you and I that our God has all power, and is greater than force that might come against you. Not only that, but Paul wants you to know that in every area of your life, you be successful and victorious, and that God can accomplish great things through you and me. So how do you make this text work in your life?
First, you have to remember that your success is in God! The text says, “now unto him,” not anything you bring to the equation. Unto him, the God of covenant. The God who created the universe. Remember that you were created in the image an likeness of God, and God has invested a great deal in securing your success in life. However, you have to learn how to depend on God.
The next thing you have to remember is that God never runs out of power. Paul says he is able. God is unlimited. Paul goes on to say God is able to do “exceedingly and abundantly.” In other words, God can exceed your expectations. Paul then challenges how largely you think, and says God can do above all that you can ask or think! Its’ time for you to think big because God can exceed that. The text goes to say “according to the power that works in us.” The Holy Spirit is in you and wants to work mightily in you, if you would just allow him to. You have the power within you to make a difference in someone’s life and your community.
I challenge you to take the limits off of God, and believe him for great things; for you, and your family. Whatever you can believe God for, “he can do it.”
I have come to understand a very simple truth, that when I take care of God’s business, He takes care of mine. The Bible teaches that if I seek the Kingdom of God (God’s active reign, Gold’s dominion, sovereignty, power and preeminence), the earthly things I tend to concern myself with on a daily basis will automatically be given to me. If I seek to advance the Kingdom of God I can expect His favor over my life. As we all know, the one thing that is of paramount importance to God is ministering to and taking care of the poor and disenfranchised, and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. I don’t believe there has ever been a greater or more significant time and opportunity for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ than right now. Jesus said, “the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few.” People are confused and desperate for answers and the answers they need, we have in Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that many times before Jesus saved an individual, He would meet an immediate need they would have e.g. healing them from sickness and disease, or feeding them, etc.
It is natural as well as a biblical principle that when you sow seeds you can expect a harvest. According to Galatians 6:7-9; God will cause a harvest to come from the seeds you sow. Your harvest will be in exact proportion to the seeds you sow. God said you would reap in due season, but you cannot have a ‘season’ if you have not sown anything. As a Church, we must be committed to sowing the seeds of the Gospel, good deeds, and love in our community, with the expectation of reaping an unprecedented harvest. Give God a reason to bless you by sowing into the Kingdom of God with your gifts, talents, abilities, time and goodness.
How to reach the masses for an answer Jesus gave the key, he said if I be lifted up I will draw all men and women unto me. Lets lift Jesus up in this very dark world, until people desire Jesus over anything else. Now is the time! The Bible says it is not the will of God that any would perish, but that all would come to repentance and be saved. The ball is in your court, what are you going to do with it? Now is the time!
When I was a little boy, I would listen to the old mothers of the church as they would speak in what was called “testimony service,” and they would all make the same statement over and over again. They would say, “God is a good God, God is a good God.” There was also a song that someone wrote – I don’t actually know if it was written by anyone as much as it came out of the spirit of those old saints. They would sing the song, “God is a good God,” and the response from the audience would be, “Yes, He is.” The fact of the matter is that God is a good God, and He’s good all the time. As believers none of us can really document a time when God has not been good to us.
A season is an appointed time, and this is God’s appointed time for favor over your life. For many of you this may seem like a dichotomous statement in light of all you have gone through of late. But I believe this is your season for God’s favor in your life.
To understand the favor of God you need to see Him as a “God of covenant.” A covenant is an agreement or promise; it is the unchanging God who remains faithful to His Word. Because God is Jehovah – the self-existent One Who in Himself possesses essential life, and permanent existence, and can do whatever He wants to do, and we can take Him at His Word. To appreciate God’s favor in your life, you need to understand His grace. Grace has to do with God’s unmerited favor, and forgiving mercy, as gratuitous and opposed to merit. Grace is God’s kindness, goodness, benevolence and favor on your life. Numbers 6:25 says, “The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and gracious unto you.” God’s favor means that you are blessed! (Ephesians 1:3). God’s favor suggests that He is faithful, you can depend on Him, He is trustworthy and does not disappoint.
It is time for you to begin to walk in the favor of God for you and your family. The Word of God (Proverbs 18:21) declares that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Begin to confess God’s favor over your life, your dreams, goals, vision, career and family. In Genesis cp. 12, Abraham is promised God’s favor for his obedience. Obedience to God will unlock His favor in your life.
The story of Joseph teaches us that God’s favor will be with you even when your situation seems hopeless. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, etc. But the text says:
Thank God for favor.
Reverend Reggie C. Witherspoon, Sr.