Every once and a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. It’s not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one. So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.
From Bro. Gary:
At Christmas we all speak of the birth of the greatest person ever. The baby born in Bethlehem who grew up in Nazareth and died in Jerusalem. NOT THE END.
He rose again returned to heaven, and is now ruling at the right hand of God. HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST.
After His humiliation and death on the cross he was exalted above every name, that at the name of Jesus Christ every knee shall bow in heaven, and on earth and under the earth.
Philippians 2:9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.
Philippians 2:10: That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under earth.
- Jesus is the King of kings
- Jesus is the Lord of lords
- Jesus has triumphed over the devil and holds the keys of death and hell.
BEFORE HIM Kings and servants the powerful and the meek need to bow down and recognize He is Lord. JESUS Has all the authority and power in heaven and on earth.
- His power is irresistible
- His power is eternal
- His glory is incomparable
When we speak the name and speak His word we are speaking the word that thrills the heavens and demoralizes hell. When the name Jesus comes across your lips, all the power of God is set in motion on your behalf. It is the only word you need to know. It says all there is to be said.
THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS !! TO HIM BE ALL THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER!!
Dear Lord, Thank You Father that all we need can be found in Jesus. We pray that we may decrease, and You may increase in all we think and say and do, until Christ is seen in us to Your praise and glory. We praise You and We thank you for each blessed day. May we bow down and worship the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus, name above all names thank you for saving us. We love You, we praise You, and we adore You. It is in the name of Jesus we pray.Amen
Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know the testing of your faith produces endurance.” – James 1:2-3
It is hard to think of the trials of our lives as a joy. Sure, we long for endurance for we know the race we run is long. But a joy? The athletes who won the Super Bowl trained long hours and were mightily tested along the path to the big prize. As difficult as it seems in the moment, James says we too must rejoice in our trials because they produce endurance for us. O God, help us through the upcoming tests and trials that we may endure, become mature in our faith, and win our race for you.
The Preacher went to have dinner with an elderly widow and found the plates to be, well not too clean. He worked up the courage to ask if he could do the dishes and help clean them. She admitted that they were not the cleanest but were as good as soap and water could do. Having said that she opened the back door and called; “Soap, Water!” Then two dogs came and licked the plates… clean enough!!
Paul talks about cleansing ourselves to be ready for what the Lord asks of us. I wonder sometimes if we just let the dogs of the world clean us, just enough, or if we are truly cleansed by the blood of the cross, white as snow!!
If we confess our sin, He is faithful… and cleanses us from all unrighteousness!!
Pet the dogs, don’t let them do your dishes!!
And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not (Mal 3:18).
“Good morning,” I said to the woman behind the counter as she asked if she could take my order. “You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” “I can see Him in you!” I boldly proclaimed. “Yes, I am,” she replied with a beaming smile. I could literally see the presence of God in her countenance in the way she related to me and others.
When Moses led the people out of Egypt he had several crisis moments during those forty years. His greatest crisis was when he came back from the mountain and discovered the people had made a golden calf. It was after this he came to a profound conclusion.
“Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.’ What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Ex 33:15,16).
The difference between a Christian in the workplace and a non-believer should be that the Christian brings the presence of God with him to work. However, this is not always the case. A Christian can shut out the presence of God by his behavior. Like the Israelites who experienced great miracles in their lives but began to worship idols, we can move away from God. Sin separates us from God. His presence moves away from us. Moses realized, he too had to have the presence of God with him to lead such a people.
The prophet Malachi was saying a day is coming when you’ll be able to recognize a clear difference between the righteous and the unrighteous. Would your co-workers be able to recognize a difference in you from others? Ask God to fill you with His overflowing presence in all you do today.
“But the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'” Luke 2:10-11 (NLT)
We thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world!
Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we’ll spend eternity with You.
We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.
We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.
And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.
We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness … and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.
Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control.
Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer © 2014 by Steph Raquel.