Christmas gifts are great fun. I remember a time I was delivered a very large package but as I opened it up, inside was a smaller package, inside that was another and another, until it was a very small but greatly desired gift I did not really need. Jesus the Creator of the Universe came wrapped in a tiny babe born to a virgin and lay in a straw lined manger. He was a most needed gift that now is my greatest desire.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Big things come in small packages – it is true I will give some examples to you. Great commitment is represented; most agree, By the tiny box, that accompanies the one upon his knee. All heaven and earth testifies Even the smallest truth will never be denied. Take the example, of a tiny seed; Within its little package lives the start of a tree. An encouraging, spoken word, may become A huge directional – change for someone. Many packages are placed under Christmas trees, They are expressions of love, and kindness to be received. But, the Greatest Gift ever bestowed is Jesus Christ. Upon a rugged tree your largest gift was sacrificed. In the little town of Bethlehem, a child was to a virgin born. In this tiny, little bundle the Creator was formed. He that made the earth and all off a far too, Was in this little package; delivered from the Father, to you. Remember Him in your giving, as you celebrate the birth of God’s Son By planting small, seeds of faith in the hearts of both old and young. Big is the God of all that is and is to be, But, He dwells within all that are His, for all eternity.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
The Creator made a tree fit into a little seed. There is a harvest with every seed of kindness we plant in His kingdom work. Words are seeds, and actions are seeds too. I marvel when I think of His Word planted in our hearts, and the work He accomplished in our behalf on the cross. I am overjoyed at His victory over death. I am humbled at the realization He is still at work in heaven praying for us each day.
A Little Does Much
Just a ray of light helps the lost find, The way out of darkness; leaving fear behind. A word of encouragement makes the faint-hearted strong. A smile of approval encourages someone along. A reaching hand can pull from the miry clay. All it takes is a little love and kindness to chase loneliness away. A modest assistance can help the poor to lift his head. A little hope offered can carry off someone’s dread One life offered to do God’s work can accomplish much; Brokenness is made whole by their touch. A planted seed brings great harvest in return. Jesus is our harvest we did not earn As a ray of sunshine your life can be. Reach out and touch someone… be a light for Me
Romans 15:1-2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Small excerpt from Waves of Comfort by Brenda Drake
I remember as a young child standing in my room at my grandmother’s house, looking up to the heavens and saying, “God if you are really there why don’t you talk to me?” I listened but I did not hear a thing. Many years later, after I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and had invited Him into my heart, I heard God speak! I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love; Jesus is forgiveness.” I woke up immediately. I was so excited – I knew it was God! I then woke my husband and repeated the wonderful message God spoke to me (my husband surely thought I had gone crazy). I wrote it down in a little book. I was so thrilled… not only could I talk to God but God would speak to me! Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem. It reminded me that when I was a child, I called out that I wanted to hear His voice. God had heard me! I just could not hear Him.
There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see. She called out to the heavens to a word from God receive. She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear, However she did not have a heart able to hear. Many years went by and I called out to her many times. One fine day her heart with truth aligned, It still took her a while to rest enough to hear my voice. Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice.
John 10’27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
The Ten Commandments were written in stone. Now Jesus has written His will on the walls of our heart as we stand on the rock solid promise of the truth of salvation written in the Word of God.
Written in Stone
You have heard “it is written in stone.” Meaning its truth stands alone. It will not change. What written down, Is rock-solid truth that is sound. The world may alter the Word to mean what they desire, But it really has not changed what God requires. The world may shun the Word as untrue, But it does not change the mind of the One who gave it to you. It may be coined as old fashioned, outdated, or unnecessary, But on the contrary they will always be. When your name is written in the book of life, There you stay because of the blood of Christ. He is the Rock, He is the law and the ransom paid; So the one under the law’s penalty may be saved. It is written in stone, and in the Father’s hand, By the love of God; just as He has planned. Written in stone… the blood above every hearts door, Marks the proof they are the possession and the work of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
It took a while for me to realize I am unable to do anything of value without the Lord’s help. I count on His help in everything for now I know my limitations; I am weak, selfish, and not all that smart; but I also recognize He is shown strong in my weakness.
Drop into my Heart
Drop into my heart all the wisdom I need for this day. Give me ability to reach and for another pray. Live loud in me as I proclaim, The power and majesty of Jesus’ name. Let it be your light that shines; To assure and help another as they seek to the treasure find. Speak loud through me your life-giving word, So it is truly a message from heaven heard. Steady my step, pave ahead my path, Give me authority to conquer every foe where I am at. As I draw near this day for my daily supply, Fill me up with your goodness on high. With your love, your kindness, your understanding deep, Your joy, your strength and abiding peace. Every morsel that you share with this vessel of clay, I will attempt to give away. As you drop wisdom in my heart I am able to flow, Successfully with you from soul to soul. This request is huge and I almost wonder at my plea. But this I know, it is your passion that I seek. It is your love, your touch, and words I crave, So I will just believe I receive the requests I have made.
Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
When we focus on the world’s circumstances, life at times feels dark and hopeless. Our attitude and outlooks are our choice. It is also our choice whether or not to believe the Word of God’s promise. Salvation is a bright light that pierces the darkness of our soul. When we abide in Jesus He floods hearts with love, promise, and hope; that causes life-altering shifts of joy and deep assuring peace deep within.
Abide in Me
When your day ends and night begins, Although the sun is not seen it still shines my friend. When you open a door the light shines through, Its sheen enters unless the door is closed by you. But the light is still there. It does not change a bit; But the shut up room loses its benefits. A tender green branch promises fruit ahead, A severed limb without life’s source is dead. A branch may stay green awhile, but without strength; When not connected to the vine, its fruit dry up and shrink. Withered dry branches becomes a waste, To be thrown in the burn pile- disgraced. The Son that shines upon you never stops His shine. When I have called you; you are mine. When connected to the true vine, good fruit expect, Even in the world’s harsh elements. There is nothing able to steal this one from me, For I watch over my chosen jealously. But all do have free choice; I do not force to love me. I desire to be wanted and to be the source of every need. So great is the desire for their Lord. A seeking bride that waits to be with the one she adores, My arms are open; I am calling out to thee. Open your heart’s door for the Light to enter as you abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
I am loved; my Lord never leaves or forsakes me. When I remember His constant presence and watch-care over my soul I am hesitant to cause grief to the sweet companion of my soul. I desire to glorify Him for He has blessed my life with every good gift.
I must remember my constant companion who abides within. Every step I take is known to Him, When I am happy, angry or sad, When I am on good behavior or acting bad, My Lord is with me all the way; Knowing what I think and hearing everything I say. Where ever I go He goes too. Wherever I stay He is an inner witness of all I do. My constant companion loves me just as I am, But He lovingly urges me to yield to His hand. As He shapes me to like Him be, He shines through the Word the way for me. My Lord is my closest friend, On Him I must always depend. His love is eternally mine for I know, All He did to save my soul. I desire to abide in Him too Drawing close to the holy place where the Spirit moves. Father, Son and Spirt; all three in one accord, Oh how I love the constant companion of my Lord
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
When I think of all the wonderful promises that lie ahead when my Lord Jesus returns; my heart soars with a great indescribable joy. Then I am reminded by the Holy Spirit, He is always working right now in our everyday life. Several times I have experienced His delivered beauty instead some of my life’s discouraging ashes.
Ashes; Blown Away by the Wind
Yesterday’s ashes blow away in the wind; gathered no more to be kept; For the flower of tomorrow has no room for any of it. The deep lines of worry etched by time on the face, Are blown away; they too are forever erased. The heavy thoughts that fight to surface now and then; They too are blown away by the wind. Pain, and despair, fears and shame, And every other discomfort that torments by any other name; All are ashes. All are discarded they are useless to keep. Ashes are everything that causes the heart to weep. Until this glorious day there is instruction wise, Fill your mind with Jesus, look into His eyes. Look into the promises in God’s Word. When you practice daily a new truth occurs, He indeed shares His beauty and places it within, Ashes are not kept there they are blown away by the wind.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
The most important, most precious day of my life was the day I first discovered the love of the Lord. The smartest thing I do is yield to the work of the Spirit each day for He makes me more and more like Jesus. The most satisfying thing is to rest in His comfort. The most rewarding thing is to share His love with others.
The Workings of the Spirit
Precious are the ones that witness God in their midst, And that the move of the Spirit does not resist. They join ranks with Him when they join Him in prayer. Of His workings in their lives they are aware. They fill their minds with words of love, And concentrate on good as they serve God above. Precious are the ones that feel the Spirit’s touch; That recognizes their emptiness as they lift their cup. Conviction is not shrugged away they will instead repent. They will accept the provision of God that was sent. They flow in unison…. by God’s loving touch they are freed. They’re filled to overflowing as from God they receive. It is sad but there are some that will not respond. They harden their heart; then the Spirit’s presence is gone. They desire to keep their sin and anger at its release, So they shun the move of the Spirit of peace. They will stay in turmoil, and walk away with their sin, But they cannot find peace or true joy without Him They walk a dangerous path, and are placed in jeopardy; They’ve opened up their lives to the enemy. He will not be gentl. He will destroy …take care to hear; For all are precious to God. He so desires to draw near.
John 16:7-8 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
I used to be a daydreamer. I was rich, famous, and beautiful in my mind and I would have the world at my beck and call. Now I have hopes and dreams that I have placed in my heavenly Father’s care. I desire His will more than any of the things I use to think I wanted or needed; in fact the strange thing is I no longer desire most of my once sought dreams.
Wishful Thinker or Man of Faith
Wishful thinking, you have heard of this. It usually means a hoped for something that does not exist. A desire, a need, or a dream in the mind, That fits into the plan of your own design. There are some that live each day, Day dreaming their lives was a different way. Perhaps they dream they become rich or famous or very wise; Anything to make them seem greater in their own eyes. God changes a wishful thinker into a great man of faith, Where hopes and dreams materialize to be embraced. Faith is something hoped for that you cannot see. But who you have faith in is the key. Look in God’s Word; find what He desires for you to possess. And then have faith you will receive what is for your best. Do you want to be great? Learn to be least. Do you want wisdom? In the Word take feast. Do you want to be helped” A helper become, Do you want friends? Then be friendly to someone. Are you in need of riches? Give all and follow Christ, And He truly will enrich your life. A man of faith knows he will receive what he asks. When he aligns his wishes with what God has already stated as facts. Your dreams become reality; All you have desired, one day you will be, Claim God’s will for you, do not hesitate. Do not settle for wishful thinking- be instead a man of faith.
1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
In the troubled times perceived ahead; in Christ we still can experience a peace that settles deep within our heart, mind and soul. Circumstances may not change as rapidly as the change undergone within. Instead of fear of the future we can have faith to face the future. Instead of hoping and praying for things to change we are given the ability to make a change. Instead of being a victim we become in Christ a victor. Rather than looking for outward sources to help in trying times we stand on and testify God is our help in times of trouble. God equips us with ability and knowledge to successfully face the giant knowing He will for us and through us destroy our enemy and chase fear from our land.
Peace Settles Deep
Lovely and quiet moments; when turmoil is stilled; When, your heart is raised in prayer ready to be filled. In the strange silence……peace settles deep, And even more strange it seems you are filled with new strength. The problems are laid down and are firmly placed, In the care of the One you trust; to be by joy replaced. The circumstances may not yet be changed, but somehow you know, The One you love and serve is in full control. The air has been cleared of the stench within, The atmosphere is filled with the sweet aroma of your Lord again. Lovely, quiet ….sometimes when not a word is said, You’ve been freed from every worry and every fear of dread. You are emptied and filled almost in one breath it seems; So great is this place prepared for the redeemed!
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are a new creation. We need to always be willing to share our faith but we need to be wise for we may find if we are not careful the world is influencing us instead of us influencing it. God gave me this poem when I tried to help others by trying to fit in. I failed to fit in thank God!
Not the Same
Once a soaring eagle decided to be with the hens. He thought he would see what it would be like to be like them. He thought it would be interesting… to just peck about and relax. (Obviously the eagle forgot all about the ax.) He would be like a rooster and strut about as king. He would just kick back and forget about everything. So he readied himself and prepared to fit in the best he could; But even his entrance was misunderstood. He flew down and settled himself where all could see him clear, And he raised his voice in greeting; loud enough so all could hear. But all he saw was ruffled feathers and such a terrible din. Everyone was in such a panic they did not listen to him. He waited and he waited hoping they would settle down, But soon he was aware they did not want him around! For as much as he tried to with them remain, He found his presence indeed caused to both of them pain. He could not become a chicken – they were bound and he was free. Why would an eagle desire to in this place be? Perhaps he thinks he will change them – that he can change their mind; But it is impossible for they are not the same kind. Children of God are reborn they also fly free; It’s strange that they visit the chickens and partake of their feed. The wise eagle saw his folly and quickly changed his mind, For he remembered how he was designed.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
I always thought confession and repentance was the same thing. Little did I know I was confessing my sins way before I ever really repented. When I repented I changed my ways. This is true and wise with each individual , and for us collectively as a Nation.
Confession is Good, Repentance Better
Confession is good but it only a job half done. It perhaps admits you have wronged someone. Even with tears and feeling truly sorry for your wrongs, You may continue walking the path you are on. Take the next step repent and walk the other way. Then you are choosing to God’s Word obey. Many confess weakness and easily admit, They have a temper and at times throw a fit. They wear flaws like a trademark that self identifies; But it is sinful before the Father’s eyes. Some admit they are bitter with an added excuse; For their continued sour attitudes. Some say, I was born with this way; it is not my fault, ts confession will not change things at all. If you say you are a born worrier, remember you are now born anew. Turn-about, and allow God’s way to rule. Confession with repentance will change the course of your life. Know you are given strength when you choose to follow after Christ. I will lead and guide you to the place of victory. Confess your sins and the in repentance you follow after me.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord