“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Isaiah 7:14

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TODAY’S WORD…

The Lord Himself will give you a sign. Look, the virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

– Isaiah 7:14

 

REFLECTION…

The virgin mother, the child, and his name, “Immanuel” – what a wonderful sign of peace and salvation!

The name “Immanuel” is a prophetic indication of the revelation that the child’s birth implies – the name conveys the joyful news that Jesus is truly “God with us”.

 

QUOTE…

“Learn from the prophet himself how all this could come to pass.

Does it, perhaps, follow the laws of nature? Absolutely not, replies the prophet: “Look, the virgin…” What a miracle! A virgin will become a mother and remain a virgin! […]

It is fitting that he who enters into human life to save all mankind […] should be born of a woman of perfect integrity who has given herself wholly to Him”

 – St Gregory of Nyssa

 

PRAYER…

Holy Spirit, fill me with glorious expectation.

 

Thank You for the faith You have given me;

for the fact that my heart beats faster

as I contemplate upon this magnificent event

when the Word was made flesh so as to dwell among us.

 

Holy Spirit, I pray that this Christmas many will open their hearts wide to You

so as to truly appreciate the awesome significance of God being with us.

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Jeremiah 23:6

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TODAY’S WORD…

This is the name by which He will be called: ‘The Lord is our Righteousness.’

– Jeremiah 23:6

 

REFLECTION…

Jeremiah is proclaiming the coming of a descendant of David, who will bring about a new era of prosperity and definitive salvation. In the new era justice will reign and there will be peace and security.

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

 

PRAYER…

My Lord Jesus,

You are my Righteousness, my Saviour.

 

I thank You, Lord,

for loving and for forgiving me;

for Your ultimate and supreme sacrifice to save me.

You are Jesus,

You are Emmanuel, Son of God.

You are the Messiah,

King of Kings,

Lord of Lords,

Prince of Peace,

our Redeemer.

Come, Lord Jesus, come!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 121:1-2

TODAY’S WORD…

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains.

From where shall my help come?

 

My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth.

– Psalm 121:1-2

 

REFLECTION…

A believer with a problem; a believer who needs help, support and encouragement, looks up towards heaven…towards God…with great love, unending hope and humble yearning, placing it all in God’s hands – hands that have always reached out and loved.

 

PRAYER…

I lift my eyes up to the mountains.

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from You

Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth

 

Oh how I need You, Lord,

You are my only hope;

You’re my only prayer.

 

So I will wait for You

to come and rescue me.

Come and give me life!

[Today’s prayer consists of the lyrics of a beautiful Christian worship song composed by Brian Doerksen]

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24

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TODAY’S WORD…

God has called you and He will not fail you.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:24

 

REFLECTION…

When God calls a person, it is not an isolated event occurring at a single point in that person’s life; it is a permanent attitude of God, who continually calls us to be holy.

Although our response to His call can cease, God is faithful in His attitude towards us and He always keeps His promises and never ceases in His purpose to save us.

Divine grace never ceases, but then there’s our response.

God will not fail us; it is we who fail ourselves.

 

QUOTE…

“Buoyed up by this hope, let us bind our souls to Him who is true to His word and righteous in His judgments. He who has forbidden us to use any deception can much less be a deceiver Himself”

– St. Clement of Rome

 

PRAYER…

Lord, thank You for Your persistence with me.

Thank You for standing patiently at my locked door for so many years,

calling out to me and asking me to let You in.

Thank You for not having given up on me,

and for rushing in when I finally relented;

for so generously forgiving me

and accepting me back as one of Your family.

Thank You most loving Father!

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Philippians 2:10-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

– Philippians 2:10-11

 

REFLECTION…

The name “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ” is often heard – but, unfortunately, not in a reverent context. His holy Name has become just an exclamation to some, and a swear word to others.

It is also sad that there are many out there who do not know Him.

It is even more sad, that there are many out there who know of Him but have shrugged their shoulders at the Cross and now utter Jesus’s Holy Name only as a careless curse, or to blaspheme.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bend…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” It is left to us, who do know Jesus, to be His witnesses and to take Him to others – so that for them too He will become Lord.

But we need to first ask ourselves, “in my own life, is Jesus Christ truly my Lord?”

 

PRAYER…

Lord Jesus, You are my Lord and my God.

But forgive me, Lord,

for the number of times

I held back from admitting that I knew You.

 

Forgive me for the number of times

I acted like I didn’t know You.

 

Forgive me for the number of times

I pushed You aside to make way for my selfishness.

 

Lord, I believe in You;

I acknowledge Your holy Name with deepest reverence;

I bow before You and confess that You are my God.

 

Lord, mould me, change me,

and use me to proclaim Your Name to others.

 

Lord, hear my prayer

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 27:1

 

TODAY’S WORD…

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

– Psalm 27:1

 

REFLECTIVE QUOTE…

“The Lord is our light […].

The inner man, enlightened in this way,

does not waver;

he follows the right path,

and can endure all things.

 

He who contemplates his final homeland from afar

can bear all adversity;

he is not saddened by worldly things;

rather he finds his strength in God;

he humbles his heart and is persevering,

and his humility makes him patient.

 

The true light,

which comes into the world to enlighten all men,

is the Son,

revealing Himself to all;

He gives His light to those who [revere] Him;

He infuses it into those who desire it,

when they desire it.”

– St. John of Naples

 

PRAYER…

Lord, You are my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

 

Lord, You are the stronghold of my life;

of whom and of what shall I be afraid?

 

You are my Lord,

my God,

my King,

my Rock,

my Good Shepherd,

my Teacher,

my Friend.

 

Lord, You are always by my side;

I have nothing to fear.

 

I love You, Lord.

Thank You, Lord.

 

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“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 7:21

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TODAY’S WORD…

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

– Matthew 7:21

 

REFLECTION…

When Jesus speaks, we would do well to listen carefully!

As someone once said about many who glibly claim to believe in God (while living as if they did not), “Well, so does the evil one!”

It is not just believing in God that counts, it is also – emphatically also – doing His will that matters. We can’t go on telling the Lord, “Lord, Lord, I believe in You…but…”

What Jesus says, always makes sense, however are we prepared to listen…and to do as He says?

 

PRAYER…

Lord, Lord, I love You

and I want to do Your will without exception.

 

Lord, Lord, I believe in You

and I want to do Your will because I love You.

 

I believe in You, Lord.

help me overcome my unbelief.

 

Lord Jesus, help me entrust my entire life to You;

my family; my joys; my pain.

Help me deny myself from all that goes against Your will.

Help me follow You everywhere and in everything I do.

 

Lord, I know that You love me

and that by humbly coming to You and learning from You

I shall be strengthened.

 

Lord, Lord, I believe in You and I love You,

because You first loved me.

Please help me do Your will.

 

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