We are to remember the Lord Jesus all the yearlong, every day. So remember to share the love of Jesus not just during Christmas. It may seem more convenient at this time of year, because of all the manger scenes on display and the many songs of Jesus’s birth on the radio, however, Jesus should always be remembered. The things that are on display for Jesus are wonderful and all, but it saddens me to the core when Jesus is often forgotten in the world, after the fact. It is like the people are no longer interested and then do their own things. Even on Christmas morning, the day that we are supposed to be remembering Jesus and His glorious birth, this is often not the case, for presents take His place. Can’t you see the issue here? And if you are caught up in all of this then repent. Can’t you see the problem in your life? 2Jesus did not say to love Him for a time, but to, instead, love Him and our neighbor with all our heart, might, mind and strength. I am sorry, but your faith is dead if this is not the case. If you truly loved Jesus then it would manifest in how you lived your lives for Him. Your faith would have you remember Him each day and to seek His counsel. This would then manifest in how you lived your life and did His will. There is no other way to salvation but through Jesus Christ, however, most people lose out on this and instead walk on a path, that is good for them and not God.
Every person that walks apart from God will be in trouble come judgement day. They will hear the words, 1“I never knew you”. Even so called Christians will be in this group, for they never made Jesus the king of their life. They didn’t obey His commandments and therefore didn’t love Him either. As Jesus said, 3“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Therefore, to simply believe and not do His will is not faith at all. He continues, 3“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” Therefore, not remembering God throughout the year and living a life apart from Him is keeping ourselves from the Lord. This belief in Christ is more than just words but a lifestyle. We allow the Lord to come inside of us and use us for His kingdom. Jesus said it better when He said, 3“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do”. Therefore, our faith will have works, if it is alive. Think about your life and the path that you are on. Know that Jesus is the reason why we have life. Therefore, cling to Him every day of your lives. If you say that you are His then mean it. This should mean more to you than anything else in your life. Give Jesus your heart and love Him enough to obey His commandments. This is a life of faith.
Let us pray:
Lord God, I pray that people will remember You always. May this time of year not just be their excuse to go to church and read the story of your birth but may every person that says they believe also live out their faith throughout the year. It isn’t enough for them to showcase their faith at times and live for the world other times. I know that when I was living like this, I was never happy. There was addiction in my life and I could not deflect the temptations of the Devil. I felt very shameful and wretched. Especially when I thought of how You must have thought of me, I felt so down and depressed. If I just knew that You were reaching for me, all the day long, things would have been better. However, I chose to live this way for many years on my own and times were very rough. My decisions left my wife and everyone hanging in the back drops. My marriage almost crumbled before me, until You, God, came to my rescue. In my weakest moments I came to You and You brought me peace. You took me in and brought me the greatest comfort of all. I had no way to change my life on my own but You were able to break those chains and all the bondage is gone. I am free because of Your great love for me. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. I am so grateful for Your forgiveness. My hope is in You. I live my life for You, Jesus. Have Your way with me. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Matthew 7:21-29 (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
2Matthew 22:35-40 (KJV)
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
3John 14:6-21 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.