Adoration

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“Oh come let us adore him,
Oh come let us adore him,
Oh come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.”
Adoration.
It is a beautiful moment found, experienced and breathed in.
It is being reinvigorated by an authentic connection.
It is a remembering of the first time you adored Him. Remembering the moment that your relationship to Christ changed from knowing of Him to knowing Him.
Knowing Jesus is real, that He loves you with love’s unconditional voice, not just once but every day.
Not just in some things, but in all things.
My friend, that which began in a manger continues in our hearts today- Emmanuel, God with us.
It’s not business, it’s personal.
May you experience a moment during the craziness of this season that helps you remember that Christmas is more than a tradition but a worldwide celebration of new life in Christ, starting with yours.

New Grooves

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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Jesus knows how your mind goes, so your life goes.

He also knows that you have years of pathways laid and that your most frequent thoughts have deep familiar grooves they travel in.

What are you thinking?

What are your most frequent thoughts?

I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking, I’m talking about the power of Christ-like thinking.

In fact, there is an incredible statement in
1 Cor. 2:16 NIV: “But we have the mind of Christ.”

That doesn’t mean that we are robots who all think the same way, it means that Jesus has given you access to His mind and how He thinks by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You have your own mind and think your own thoughts.

In Christ, you can make new grooves and new pathways.

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8 ‭MSG‬‬

When your mind is stuck on repeat and it is filling you with fear instead of faith-change it.

Refuse to take the old roads of thinking and make new pathways based on God’s truth.

Make His way of thinking your new groove.

Take Part In It

It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

God’s plan is that you would be an active participator in your life, not just a passive spectator to it. That you would take part in everything bright and beautiful he has for you today.

God has inlaid gifts of joy and moments of wonder into even in the most mundane and tedious of things.

As a believer, you are a carrier of God’s presence and bring him into every interaction or obligation you encounter.

In Christ, you are the change maker and attitude shifter as you invite the Holy Spirit to move and transform duty into delight and drudgery into little altars of thanksgiving.

No matter what today holds, God will give you what you need to discover and enjoy everything bright and beautiful that he has planned for it.

You may say, “there is nothing bright or beautiful here” but I beg to differ. You may not see it, but God does. Not because the day has it within itself but because God has it within himself.

His presence alone can bring glory to the most ordinary tasks and an awareness of the beauty of life into the dullest of days.

My prayer is that the eyes of your heart would be open to see it.

That you would draw your strength directly from Jesus and his Word.

That his glorious power would infuse you with the spiritual vision to see all the God ordained opportunities of surprise joy and tender mercies he has for you.

And that you would fully take part in it.

In Jesus Name, Amen.