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Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 356 }

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. —John 14:27

Peace. We have been given the authority to impart the blessing of peace to others in the name of Jesus. We should seek to lead others into the experience of being at peace with God, themselves, and others. We should seek to approach them with a peaceable spirit—a heart that is at rest in God's ability to work through us, weak though we are.

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Your peace, dear Spirit, causes me to rest in You and trust You with my life. Allow my life to bring Your peace into this lost and chaotic world.

We should seek to lead others into the
experience of being at peace with
God, themselves, and others.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

Mary's Song

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. —Luke 1:46-47

In her hymn of praise (Luke 1:46-55), Mary extolled the perfection of God. Through Gabriel's promise of God's fulfillment of His promises regarding the Messiah, she saw all His divine perfection: His power, His holiness, His mercy, and His faithfulness.

It is only through the incarnation of Jesus that we learn to know God in His omnipotence, holiness, mercy, and faithfulness. If He had never come to earth as a man, we would have lived forever in spiritual ignorance.

Everything Mary sang has come to pass, as the life of her Son played a revolutionary role in the life and history of mankind. Without Him all life is based on principles totally opposed to the right foundations for true life.

From the earliest times, "Mary's Hymn," commonly known as "The Magnificat," has been used in the praises of the Christian church. Make it your song of praise this Christmas season. Lift up your voice and proclaim the magnificence of the God we serve.

Jesus, I sing Your praise. I declare Your glory.
I give honor to Your name. You are the
Magnificat of my life. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

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We Will All Stand Before God

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. —Revelation 20:12, KJV

The most wonderful thing that ever happens is when Jesus reveals Himself to a person. If it happens to you, then remember that He is bestowing on you an honor and a dignity higher than anything the world affords, for none other than the Son of God has revealed Himself to you.

It is He who gives you life. You may think that you arrived in this world by some freak chance and life has no purpose or meaning: things happen at random, there is chaos, and you are a part of it and you conclude that when you die, you will be annihilated like any other animal. But God created you in His own image (Gen. 1:27), and He says, "I gave you life and I put you on earth for a purpose."

Yet not only is God the Creator, but also it is He who will bring all things to an end. Material things are not permanent. Life itself is transitory in nature: we meet friends for a while, and then we no longer see them. However, the ultimate thing to realize is that it will be God who will end all things and who will dissolve the whole of creation unto Himself (2 Pet. 3:10).

However, one part of His creation will survive when the judgment is over: that part made in His likeness. The human race is the pinnacle of God's creation. We are not plants; we are not just animals; we are men and women! And someday God will summon us to give an account of the way we have lived.

What will happen then? We find the answer in Revelation 20. We discover there that some people will die twice. Nobody disputes that we die once, but have you heard of the second death? No matter how important we are or how insignificant, everybody will stand before God. 

Excerpted from A Vision of Jesus (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1999).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

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A Faithful Ambassador

Proverbs 13:17-19 We talked about faithfulness yesterday and how it is the Lord who enables us to remain faithful (full of faith). This proverb speaks of the faithful ambassador. Verse 17 says, "A faithful ambassador brings health." We are all called to be ambassadors for Christ. We are passing through a foreign land because as believers we have a new citizenship in heaven. When we are faithful in our role as ambassadors for Christ, we will bring health to others. There are many sick souls on this earth who are wanting healing. Only the ambassador for Christ can introduce these sick souls to the great physician Jesus who can heal every sin-sick soul. He is the healing balm that is poured upon the soul.

Ambassadors usually are assigned to specific countries where they take up residence. They are official representatives of their own country, and one of their charges is to inform people about their country and its policies. Think about it for a moment. If our citizenship is in heaven and we are ambassadors for Christ, then our duty is to inform others on earth about the country in which we have our citizenship—heaven.

Some people on earth picture heaven as a place where the saints ride on clouds and play harps.

Heaven is a real place. I remember hearing Betty Maltz give her testimony of what she saw in heaven when she died on a hospital bed and then revived. She said heaven is very much like earth, but everything is perfect. Nothing decays or dies, and there is no pollution. She noticed that much building was going on in heaven and Jesus was the foreman for all the buildings in heaven. Didn't He say, "I go to prepare a place for you"? Everything in heaven was focused on the Triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There was no sorrow or tears in heaven, only abundance of joy, love and peace. There is only one policy in heaven: "Love the Lord and those around you, and worship the Lord your God with all your heart." There are a lot of people in heaven to love.

When an ambassador goes to a foreign land, he is on assignment. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims in the land, and we also are on assignment as ambassadors for Christ. Your assignment may be your own family, your neighborhood, your civic club, your garden club, your work place—wherever you find yourself during the day where other people are is your assignment.

What is your assignment? You must be faithful in your call as an ambassador for Christ and tell those who are sick where they can find healing, those who are brokenhearted where they can find hope, those who are heavy hearted where they can find joy, and those who are troubled in heart where they can find peace. The truth is everyone can experience heaven on earth if they daily obey the King of our country. His name is Jesus.

READ: Joshua 22:21-23:16; Luke 20:27-47; Psalm 89:14-37; Proverbs 13:17-19

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