Christmas gifts are unwrapped and frosted cookies are disappearing. New toys cover our living room floor. It's a few days after Christmas, but my mind still lingers in the season.
“When they [wise men] saw the star, they were overjoyed.”
Matthew 2:10 (NIV)
The wise men understood the significance of the star. Did we understand the significance of Christmas this year?
Where was your joy this Christmas? Hopefully it was found in more than the abundance of presents, sugary delights, and family gatherings. All bring great joy and fill our hearts full, but you know, as well as I do, it's not the same as the joy found in the Lord.
My sisters, if we are not filled to all the fullness of Christ during this season of remembrance, then we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas altogether!
The Messiah has come! The wise men understood it! Do we?
Let our hearts continue to be overjoyed as we live out the power of His presence in our lives! Not just today, but all year long.
This week we will be studying about the joy of the Lord. Please join us as we linger in Scripture and ask God to reveal new things to us. Please click here for the complete reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse:
“You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.” Psalm 4:7, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
How does God fill us with joy?
This verse says the joy the Lord gives is greater than when “grain and new wine abound”. Apparently, when this verse was written, grain and new wine were something to be joyful about. As you think of your own life, what would you say the joy of the Lord is greater than? “You have filled my heart with greater joy than _________________”
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