The wise men were prepared for Christ; they watched for Him, and they waited for Him. So when He came, they were ready.
As important, desirable, and exciting as our identities and pursuits are, we need to remember one thing – all of it is secondary to our divine identity as children of God. When the greatest love we have in our lives is for God, then our identity as children of God will be at the forefront of our minds.
At its best, Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday to consider our lives and situations. It brings us together with those we care about. Most importantly, it gives us a chance to remember all that God does for us. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about giving time and service to God generously (you can read these by clicking the links at the bottom of this article). While these are things we ought to do year-round, this time of year is great for reminders. And with Thanksgiving just days away, giving gratitude to God generously seems like a good reminder for all of us. So we’re going to look at some ways we can be more generous in our gratitude to God.
On our path of life, we all take different routes to our destination – and sometimes those paths differ because of who we’re listening to.
Jesus Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit would be with us, and we can trust in that promise.
God gave us agency hoping that we’d use it to follow Him and obey His laws. If we want to follow God, then we need to choose to be obedient to His will.
Following God isn’t always easy. But it is possible. And making those efforts will bring great power and goodness into our lives.
We’ve been blessed with the kingdom of God. And with that blessing comes the responsibility of caring for and growing the kingdom. The work of God is not for God to do alone; He brings us into it. It becomes our own. Our greatest gift and blessing is to be one with God in His work.
God is a great advocate for freedom. His plan centers on freedom. But we need to work to support and maintain freedom in our daily lives.
What do we do when we’re faced with situations that challenge us to do things we wouldn’t normally do? How do we hold our ground?