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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
When Mary said, “And now generation after generation will call me blessed,” was she being proud? No, she was recognizing and accepting the gift God had given her. If Mary had denied her incredible position, she would have been throwing God’s blessing back at him. Pride is refusing to accept God’s gifts or taking credit for what God has done; humility is accepting the gifts and using them to praise and serve God. Don’t deny, belittle, or ignore your gifts. Thank God for them and use them to his glory. (NLT)
Luke 1:46-55 – Mary responded, “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. For he, the Mighty One, is holy, and he has done great things for me. His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him. His mighty arm does tremendous things! How he scatters the proud and haughty ones! He has taken princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has satisfied the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. And how he has helped his servant Israel! He has not forgotten his promise to be merciful. For he promised our ancestors—Abraham and his children—to be merciful to them forever.”
When [the wise men] saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. – Matthew 2:10 (KJV)
James A. Harnish (Florida) titled his story “GREAT JOY;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“. . . When we grasp the truth of Christmas, we also find amazing joy: a long-lasting, life-energizing, soul-strengthening, heart-warming joy. Jesus came to show us what God is like. He worked continually for our good and even died for us. God will do whatever it takes to reach us. That is the truth of Christmas. . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus is our picture of God’s unfailing, self-giving love.
Prayer: O God, give us the great joy of those who have found the Christ child. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO NEED TO EXPERIENCE JOY
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