Saturday, December 24, 2016.
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.- Matthew 1 : 23.
LISTEN : What good news could be greater and sweeter than the good news that God is with us? God with us means that nothing can prevail against us. All satanic forces in the world put together cannot prevail against us. (Isaiah 54 : 17). God with us means that God is our support and He desires a relationship with us. He wants to dwell in us and with with. He wants to forgive all our sins, reconcile us to Himself and allow us another chance of sweet relationship with Him. (2 Corinthians 5 : 19). He wants to reside permanently in our hearts to affect our lives for all eternity. He wants us to have a taste of heaven on earth through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus Christ simply demonstrate that God is again united with human after the fall. In our verse of the day, Isaiah prophesied, ” Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1 : 23 ; Isaiah 7 : 14).
Isaiah prophesied that a virgin woman will be supernaturally pregnant with a child; and will be born, and the child will be called Emmanuel; meaning, “God with us”. At the appointed time Jesus Christ was born as prophesied. Praise God! Jesus Christ is the reason for this season. His immaculate conception and birth was divine. His mission is to save condemned mankind from sin and destruction; and to give us eternal life. Beloved, it is not just about celebrating Christmas, but celebrating it with the knowledge and love of Christ. Knowing that He is the reason for the season. Let us come together to worship Him. He is the King of kings. He is the Lord of Lords. He is all we need to come to God. Therefore, offer yourself to Him as you celebrate the Christmas. Besides, determine to share His love with others. Remember, He is Emmanuel, God with us. God bless you. I wish you all happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Turn your Christmas celebration to a worship homage to Jesus Christ.
2. Always reflect on the love of God in the birth of Jesus Christ and share this story with others.
3. Do not make the Christmas story of Jesus Christ a seasonal celebration, rather make it an everyday worship service to God almighty.
4. Always remember that the birth of Jesus Christ is a constant reminder that God is with us.
Daily Task : As you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, determine to worship at His feet and surrender yourself to Him henceforth.
Daily Reflection : Christmas is not just about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ to the world, but reflecting on God’s love to mankind and the mission of Christ to the world.
Daily Prayer : Almighty God, I thank you for coming to dwell with sinful man like me. As I celebrate this season, help me to celebrate with understanding of who you are, and why you came, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, this Christmas shall draw you closer to God. You will celebrate with understanding of who Jesus Christ is, and why He came, in Jesus’ name.