God Exalts those who Act with Faith

God exalts thow who act with faith. This principle goes back to the Old Testament and even Genesis when Abraham acted on faith to God’s call.

And those who God exalts are rarely the powerful and important. In God’s story, the common people take the center stage. It’s not a king’s eloquent decree that makes Jesus stop, but rather a blind beggar who desperately calls out His name. Jesus did not ignore the common people or portray them as buffoons.

God prefers to focus on ordinary people and how they become quiet heroes through loving acts of fatih; God invites us to do the same. 1 Corinthians 1:28, “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are.”

The Incarnation is the First Miracle in the New Testament

The incarnation is the first miracle of the gospel, not the turning of water into wine or the cleansing of the lepers. No, all those things are symptoms of this miracle of God taking on flesh and living among us. The Apostle Paul writes that the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Him. God arrives with a body, with a hometown, with a voice, and with a name.

In Jesus, salvation has a name. Jesus isn’t a name that his parents plucked out of a baby name book, summoned from their familiy trees, or a result from brainstorming. He shall be called Jesus. The Lord will save His people from their sin.

Jesus is a name with a purpose: He will save us from sin.

Praise His name, His name of hope.

What did Jesus Teach about Wealth?

  1. He didn’t condemn wealth nor condone it. Jesus hugn out with rich and poor alike. He had dinner with the wealthy, the elite, the poor and the social outcasts.
  2. He warned about the deceitfulness of wealth. See Mathew 19:23.
  3. He cared about how wealth was used. Do we use wealth to bring honor to the King of Kings, or is it for our benefit and comfort alone? Look how He handled the woman who lavishly poured expensive perfume on his feet.
  4. He commended wealth used for eternal impact. See Luke 16, the parable of the shrewd steward.

Create “Triggers” to Pray More Often

I don’t know anyone who says, “I pray too much.” I think all of us could pray mroe. So why not create triggers in our daily routines that will increase our prayer times like we already do with saying a blessing at each meal?

Things like:

-Pray for a neighbor every day you get the mail from your mailbox.

-Thank God for something specific every time you wash the dishes.

-Ask God how you might encourage or bless someone else each time you walk into the grocery store.

Notice specific rhythms to your day and try to create a prayer habit out of those.

James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”