December 12:2019

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:1-5 (NKJV)


Christmas day had arrived but the dress had not! I had waited for the dress for weeks and the tailor promised it would be ready way before that day, but alas, it was not to be so! Christmas had already started out ruined for me.

How was I to get through the Christmas day service and the activities to come without a new dress? That was an abomination indeed! How was I to tell ‘them’ that I had nothing new to wear for Christmas? It was a tradition for us; we dressed fashionably and elegantly on that day – men looking regal in their sharp suits or traditional attires and caps, and the women slay in their gowns. I had looked forward to it all, but what I had to wear was an 'old' outfit. I contemplated not going to church; maybe God would understand if I did not join the celebration for His Son’s birth because I had nothing new to wear. 

Christmas carols were playing in our living room, and In my contemplation, I heard faintly, "O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and Triumphant... Come and behold Him born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him . . ." I started to meditate strongly on it and I was reminded of the reason we celebrate Christmas. It is not for our new clothes or to spend time with family and friends, but to celebrate the birth of the King of kings who came into this world to die for our sins and to redeem us from satan’s power.

I repented in my heart and immediately, all my worries about what to wear dissipated. I was going to worship the King with my presence, not my dress. I had an appointment with the King and He was not interested in my outfit, just my heart. Hallelujah! I was reminded that God wants us to have good things, which was the reason He sent Jesus, but He does not want the things to have us. He wants our focus to be on Jesus and to behold His glory as He alone is the reason for this season.

Beloved, make a heart adjustment today to focus only on Jesus throughout this Christmas season. It will be your best Christmas thus far. Amen!

Additional Scripture Reference(s): John 1:9-10 Matthew 1:21

Prayer & Confession of Faith

This season of Christmas, my focus will be solely of Jesus and the reason for His birth. I will behold His glory and give thanks to God always. Amen!

One Year Bible Reading: Psalm 14

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Keys For Bible Translation

NKJV New King James Version
AMP The Amplified Bible
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MSG The Message Translation
WEB The World English Bible
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GNB Good News Bible
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prayer of salvation

As you read, I trust that this devotional will be an avenue of blessing in your life. I invite you to get born again by saying the following prayer:

"Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I receive Jesus into my heart to save me and I accept and confess Him as my Lord. I believe that You raised Him from the dead for my justification. I accept and confess Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Lord. I receive eternal life into my spirit and I am now a new creation. Old things have passed away." Amen.

Congratulations! You are now a child of God.

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