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December 2012

But You O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”  (Psalm 3:2)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. God is moving in a powerful way as we celebrate all that He has done this year, and we look forward to what the New Year will bring. This past year has certainly had its ups and downs, hasn’t it? World events and a Presidential election here in the United States have taken up most of our prayer time. Our world is changing before our eyes, and if not for God, it could really be disheartening. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, let us hold on to His Word and His promises! We may have had a tough year, but with God all things are possible. So let us press in and trust God as David did in Psalm Three.

David was running to save his life as his son Absalom was against him. How many times in this past year have we felt like running? David was in serious trouble, yet he cried out to God saying “But You O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Vs. 3) In his desperation, in his total despair, in his life threatening, didn’t know if he could make it, didn’t know if he would live to see tomorrow, He cried out to His God! It was done in his weariness, while feeling so very alone. Can you identify with this? I certainly can! I can picture him looking out towards the sky as he reached up and cried out with a loud voice to the One who watches from heaven, the One who hears everything, and trusted that He would come through for him! The Living God was his hope and only hope! After a while, as God’s Presence fills the place of torment within him, he calms down, and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is filled with a God given confidence saying, “I awoke for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” David encouraged himself in the Lord! This is something we should be doing!

When life gets hard, and things seem to go wrong all around us, this is something that we need to follow. Look back at last year! God saw you through! You made it! Now you have a brand new year coming up that is filled with hope, filled with God’s promises, filled with strength to go on and press in to all that He has for you. Glory!

This month Christians are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a season of hope, a season of joy! Because He came, because He died for us

while we were yet sinners, and because He lives, we can, as the song says, “face tomorrow.”

There is nothing that we can take for granted. We do not know what the new year will bring. But we do know that because of God, we can face it and be victorious. We can lie down and sleep at night knowing that our God Reigns! Because He lives we are never alone, and with Him on our side, joy comes. This is the joy that no man can take away. It is the joy that knows without a doubt in our heart that our God is Alive, and He sees and hears us! He will take us through both the good times and the bad, and He will work everything out for the good. Romans 8:31 tells us “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Then it goes on to say “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Vs. 37)

Upon awakening from his sleep, David knew without a doubt that he would be a conqueror. He wakes up from his sleep, looks up to the sky and says “Arise O Lord; Save me O my God! For you have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people.” (Ps.3:7,8) Glory!! Can you picture David straightening up while He speaks to God? Can you picture him with his eyes upon heaven, with a look of confidence on his face? This is the courage that we need to take hold of, and how much more because of what Jesus has done for us? His Word tells us of His love, of all that He has done for us, and how He is in heaven sitting at the Right hand of God ever living to make intercession for us! “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

When we look back on this past year, others may have said “there is no help in God” but we can see that God did come through, sometimes in ways that we did not expect, sometimes it was at the midnight hour, but He came through! Look! We are still alive, I am able to write to you, and you are able to read this! Praise God! It is only through His Grace that we can see another day! We can have confidence in God because He listens to us, and He is the One who puts joy in our heart. David writes: “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your Name Be joyful in You. (Psalm 5:11)

Let us put on a spirit of praise. Let us enter into this season of Christs’ birth with joy and thanksgiving, and praise. Let us move on to the next year with joyful expectation of all that God has in store for us. Let us put our hope in Him and know that He will work things around for our good. Let us know just how much He loves us and how He is cheering us on as we go through life’s journey. Let us have courage and press in to all that is in store, knowing that we are never alone, that He is with us.

Let us pray: Father, in Jesus Precious Name, I lift up this reader to You and place him or her into Your loving arms. Father, I ask for You to watch over this person, meet this persons needs, and give this person the desires of his or her heart in this new year. I join with the reader in prayer for all needs to be met, for Your honor and glory. Praise You Father!

God bless you, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara

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