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Life is Not About Possessions

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Verse of the Day:  Luke 12:15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

 

Christmas is exactly one month away and although it’s nice to be able to give our loved ones gifts it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that life is not about possessions.  People trying to get the newest car, the biggest house or the next big thing are never satisfied. The only thing that can ever satisfy your soul is Jesus!  Life is not about the material possessions you have it’s about having a relationship with the Lord.

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Treasures in Heaven

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:19-21

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

There’s nothing wrong with having nice things, the problem is idolizing material things over treasuring what we have in Christ. It’s more important to focus on eternal things which are more valuable than anything here on earth that are only temporary. Using our money, gifts and talents for God’s purpose should be a priority in the coming year.

We Three Kings

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 2:11

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

 

The magi had followed the star to Jerusalem where they asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”  Upon finding Jesus they fell down and worshiped Him bestowing honor to Him, acknowledging Him as King. After they worshiped Him they presented their gifts.  The three gifts had spiritual meaning, first gold, a gift for royalty, which represents His Kingship. Second, frankincense, a symbol of his priestly role and mediator between God and man. And finally, myrrh which is a burial ointment because Jesus would die for our salvation.

Spiritual Gifts

 

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

 

God gives each of us talents, abilities, and gifts and He expects us to use them to serve others.  Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. If we want to please God we must faithfully use our gifts to bless others and build His kingdom.

Good Gifts from Your Heavenly Father

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 7:11

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (NLT)

 

Doesn’t it make you feel wonderful to know you have given your children what they’ve asked for on their Christmas list? Now, think about how much more your heavenly Father also wants to give you good gifts. God loves you and it makes Him happy to bless you with the desires of your heart. God already knows what you need before you ask, if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Children Are A Blessing

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 127:3

Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.

 

Every child is a blessing and a gift from God, unique and special in their own way.  It is up to us to guide and protect them and to teach them the ways of the Lord.  Inspire and encourage your children by being an example of what it is to be a child of God.  Pray for your children and ask God to bless them and don’t forget to thank the Lord for this special blessing.

Use Your Gifts for His Purpose

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

 

God gives each of us talents, abilities, and gifts to use along with the unique life experiences we each have to realize our purpose in life so we can fulfill our responsibility of serving others as a result of God’s grace.  God expects us to use the gifts we have been given by making ourselves available to be used by him.