Last night, we watched a Christmas movie as we would always do every Christmas season. This was entitled “Last Chance for Christmas” and the story revolved around looking for a replacement for one of Santa’s reindeer who got injured or else Christmas will have to be cancelled.

This wasn’t the first movie that we watched that had a plot on saving Christmas. As entertaining as these movies are, I hope we know the truth. There is nothing and no one that can destroy Christmas. It doesn’t matter if our house is nicely decorated or the gifts are piled up under our tree, Christmas already was and is and always will be. Christmas doesn’t need saving because CHRISTMAS SAVED US.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace.

Are you stressed out already for Christmas? Are you overwhelmed by all your to-do lists? Friend, take a moment and say this to yourself:  “Christmas saved me.”  As we enter this month of December, amidst all the busyness, the traffic and all the parties, let’s keep our hearts in focus. This season is about celebrating the child that was born a couple of thousands of years ago… who lived and died to save us.

Filled With Joy

How do you expect this coming week to play out? What are the things you’re looking forward to? What are the things you’re dreading?

As you go through the next few days, I’m sure that things won’t always go as you expected them to be. When our circumstances are disappointing, the first thing we can lose is our joy. As we start this week, let me pray Romans 15:13 for you all of us:

13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NLT)

Let us commit this week to God and trust Him for every meeting, every commute, every payable, every decision, every task, every relationship  and everything else in between. He is our only source of hope and let us allow Him to fill our hearts with joy and peace however our week will turn out to be.

Start Your Week with Worship

Acts 16: 25-26  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Filipinos naturally love to sing. That’s why singing worship songs is usually a part of our day. But did you know that something more happens whenever we worship God? When Paul and Silas were worshipping God in prison, the prison doors flew open and their chains came lose. Something powerful happens whenever we worship. When we magnify God in our hearts, as we enter into His presence, He steps into our situations.

Obviously, we are not in prison. But some of us are probably in situations where our hands are tied, or we’re at a dead end and  we can’t do anything more to change our circumstances. You could be facing a relationship problem or a financial crisis at the moment. In times like these, worship is not usually the first thing in our minds. Sometimes we question God, or we doubt His works. Oftentimes we take matters into our hands and end up with a much bigger problem. But sister, let me encourage, the first course of action should be worship. Worship is an act of bowing down to the only one true God and allowing Him to act powerfully on our behalf. Worship is an act of faith, affirming our trust in God, that He is willing and able to deliver us from whatever battle is in front of us.

If you are going through something right now, before you do anything else, take time to pause and worship God. And watch and see what He will do…

From Heart to Mouth

I was watching a video of a woman talking about her experiences from her previous marriage. She was saying a lot of not so pleasant things about her ex-husband. Now, I know that I am hearing only one side of the story and I shouldn’t be quick to judge. But watching her speak in such a negative way reminded me of a verse I read a few days ago:

Matthew 12: 34-45 For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. NLT

The words that come out of our mouths say a lot about the condition of our hearts. During times I consciously or unconsciously blurt out something critical or judgement, I should pause and do a heart check. What’s in my heart that’s causing me to say these things? Is there pride, envy or bitterness? When I start talking about my worries and anxieties and allow them to take over me, it’s most probably that i’ve allowed fear to creep into my heart. When I become harsh and hurtful in my words, maybe there’s anger in my heart.

Every now and then, it’s good to do a words check. What kind of words have been coming out of my mouth lately? Have they been kind, encouraging, humble or positive? Or have they been harsh, negative, arrogant or fearful? And then do a heart check. My prayer is that God will uproot every sin and negative emotion in my heart and replace it with a treasury of humility, faith, goodness and forgiveness.