“Taking a stand” happens when you decide your allegiance, not when you charge the battlefield. Before you can stand firm in big moments, you must learn to stand in small matters. David’s life and example teach us that standing with God involves decisions about authority, power, and plans.
Everyone thinks they know how things should be done. We make decisions that attempt to accommodate everyone, but some opinions matter more than others. Scripture proves this to be true. God’s opinion matters most, especially as God selects Israel’s new king.
Christmas gifts not only meet needs or desires, they also express relationship between giver and recipient. God wants you to know Him, and uses two actions to introduce Himself at Christmas.
Christmas is about gifts and giving. Paul says love is the greatest gift; and today you will see that is true. First John repeats the theme of love, conveying a critical truth we celebrate at Christmas: Love builds relationships. Let’s discover three ways love builds relationships.
Christmas is not only a time of hope and peace, it is a season of joy. Joy is a spiritual trait springing from contentment. The Bible clearly shows that God’s presence produces joy. We discover three key areas where God’s presence produces joy.
“It’s always darkest before dawn” the proverb tells us. Israel’s national history unfolded that way. Instead of finding the light of God’s presence and blessing they experienced metaphoric darkness. Isaiah gave God’s promise of true light. This true light would come in the person of God’s Messiah.