I hope everyone had a great celebration with Jesus on his birthday. We should celebrate him at all times, but Christmas is a special season to meditate on and rejoice in his miraculous birth and sacrificial love.
As the calendar year draws to a close, this is also a season of reflection on the past few months. How have I seen God working in my life in the past year? How have I grown in intimacy with my Lord? For what specific attitudes or actions do I need to ask forgiveness? What areas do I need to work on surrendering completely to him? I know I have certain habits and attitudes that do not honor the Lord. I appreciate how God has spoken to me through conversations, sermons, songs and this Love Revolution to reveal my own pride, selfishness and timidity. On my knees I pray through Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Reflect, rejoice, repent. And look forward.
This morning I turned to Jeremiah 29. Verse 11 is a hall-of-famer, but God shares great promises throughout the chapter. He will respond when I am faithful in prayer and seeking him. “I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise…I will listen to you…I will be found by you… I will gather you.” I must live in the promise that God has a hope and a prosperous future for me.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:14 & 16
By being more deliberate about praying through my passion for him this Love Challenge has had an impact on my personal relationship with Jesus. But there is so much more to experience!
Father, thank you for your gracious promises. I long to love you more, Lord. This is the year that I will find you like never before. I will see you in all areas of my life, in all relationships and in every decision I make when I surrender completely. O Lord, you have searched me and you know me; you created my inmost being. You are too good to me, and all I can do is bow before you. I long to worship you with my life. God, I PRAISE YOU for all that you will reveal and pour out in the months to come. Starting today, I resolve to love you more.