How You Can Connect with God Right Now
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
The shepherds were out in the fields tending to their flocks. These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families, and were essentially nomadic as they followed their flocks around day and night. It was a lonely, poor life… a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.
But when Jesus was born, the heavens opened wide and the sky was filled with angels singing with voices beyond imagination. This most beautiful of songs heard by the lowliest of men and accompanied by the sight of angels filling the sky had to be indescribable.
As we look in the Bible at places where God touches Earth – where heavenly beings come and make direct contact with people – we find that it very often happens in extremely humble circumstances. This becomes even clearer as we look at the story of Christmas.
No matter where you are in life, how you live, or what you have, God can meet you right there. Don’t think you have to clean yourself up first in order to connect with God. He’s available to you right now. Don’t wait to meet Him!
GOD CAN MEET YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE TODAY. BE OPEN TO HIS PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!
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These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families, and were essentially nomadic as they followed their flocks around day and night. It was a lonely, poor life… a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.
We have no hope of escaping death on our own.
I appeal to you, brothers... that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you (1 Cor. 1:10). I think we can safely say Black Friday is usually not marked by a spirit of Christian unity, even though it’s supposed to kick off the Christmas season.
When it comes to sharing their testimonies of faith, many Christians are sinfully silent. But a testimony of the thankfulness you have for what Christ has done for you is the most powerful evangelism tool you have.
Wisdom without God is temporal. But godly wisdom informs us for this life and the life to come.
Do you know who gets the most out of the messages I preach? It's not the person on the front row. It's me!
Several years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me that I was too consumed with ministry. Like any job, ministry can become such a part of your life that it starts to become and idol. And chief among the things that were being sacrificed to that idol was my marriage.
Love one another with kindness and compassion.
Any chance you had of getting to heaven on your own was destroyed by sin. But Christ destroyed the power of sin on the cross to give you eternal life if you’ll only trust in Him.
What do you think is the one thing that really brings about joy and passion in our lives?
Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1). With such a powerful enemy against us, how do we have any hope of victory in spiritual warfare?
Desires are normal. Search God’s Word and discover what glorifies Him. Understand He’s created you with desires
The devil never gives up territory without a fight.
Don’t let the sovereignty of God be an excuse for passiveness.
Be obedient to the ministry where God has called you, and trust in Him to bring people to Christ, whether it be many or few.
A fisher of men is someone who looks at the lost people around him or her and sees future disciples of Jesus Christ.
Look to those who've gone before you and follow their example!
Don’t try to do life alone. There are no ‘Lone Rangers’ of the Christian faith.
The power of Christ in you will overcome the enemy at every turn!
The place to begin sharing God’s truth is at home. That’s where we’re to live authentically...
I sit in my office every week with people who are trying to live life without the instructions.
Our God is a global God.
Unless Christ returns, each and every single one of us will one day make that journey from this life to the next.
Share your story of faith with others and let them know how God has changed your life…and can change theirs too!
All it took was one little shoe cobbler in England to change the world for Christ.
As you look forward to your eternal home, remember what makes heaven heaven: Jesus.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17). Wisdom without God is temporal. But godly wisdom informs us for this life and the life to come.
You have nothing to offer God except what He’s already given you – a holy life.
Trust in Jesus, not religion, to save you!
What would it look like if the people of God lived with the same kind of self-sacrifice we expected from our soldiers?
Share the life-giving news of Christ and help set the captives free!
It’s amazing to me how many people today marry and divorce for such trivial reasons.
Men need community with other men.
Sadly, many people are more concerned with the decisions being made in Washington than they are with what's going on in their own home.
In a nation of workaholics, when it comes to faith, many of us are spectators rather than soldiers.
I love learning about some of the great heroes of the church and their attitudes in the face of so much hardship.
We love others well not by having every answer, but by stepping into their lives and bearing their burdens.
This is not our world; this is not our time; this is God’s Kingdom.
Do whatever you do to the utmost, using the gifts God has given you to make an impact for His name!
If we’re going to have unity in the church, we have to stay on mission
Choose life, even in the toughest circumstances.
Religion is spelled with two letters: D-O. Christianity is spelled with four letters: D-O-N-E.
On our own, our spiritual currency is worthless.
You have a role to play, and God wants you to play with passion and purpose. Get off the bench and get in the game for Christ!
The Gospel is Jesus Christ.
When we give our lives to Christ, we live for heavenly purposes.
Don't let petty things drive a wedge in the body of Christ.
Stuff can’t make you happy, but heavenly treasures will give you everlasting joy.
A conscience can only utilize the light that it’s been given.
One excuse I constantly hear for not sharing the Gospel is that people don’t know what to say.
Your life has meaning and purpose.
"Greet one another with a holy kiss."
The evidence that Jesus Christ is alive is indeed compelling!
When you’re not walking in the Spirit, you can’t receive everything God wants to give you!
You can be free of the power and the dominion of sin in your life!
In life, we’re going to encounter bumps and jagged rocks. We have to see those rocks not in terms of the damage they cause, but as stepping stones to a higher plane of living.
In Christ, you have the power to overcome because He has already overcome.
Many times in our lives, the very things we fear are acts of God Himself.
Fear is as pervasive in our culture as breathing.
Real and lasting comfort from pain isn’t found by just numbing what hurts.
Can love really last a lifetime? The answer is yes… because God created it that way!
The home is a place where lessons should be taught, love given and received, and Jesus exalted.
The key to overcoming stress is to walk humbly with God every day.
When Christ comes into your life, it’s a life-changing experience.
Live life by the Spirit by surrendering control and living under the power of God.
The Bible is not just another book; it is THE book. It is not just an inspiring book—it is THE inspired book. And the Gospel of Luke Scripture Journal is perfect for this season of celebrating the birth of Christ in a dynamic new way. Use it each day to help you meditate on God’s Word, journal about it, and make it your own!