As we make room for the Lord in every area of our lives, He becomes a host, not a guest. We do not desire a simple visitation of the Lord, we desire His habitation. We go from temporary to permanent; from seasonal to continuous. As we celebrate our savior’s birth, we pray that He will be welcome in every household and occupy a bigger place than ever before!
When it was time for Jesus to be born, Joseph and Mary were forced to stay in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. The lack of concern for them, even with Mary’s condition, showed their poverty and thus, Jesus, the Savior of the World, was born in a manger where no one would expect such royalty. Even now, though He is Lord of all, He continues to look for hearts where room is made for Him. We may think our hearts are not clean or ready for the Lord; however, God looks for us to invite Him in, not because we are ready, but because without Him we can never be ready.
When we prepare for guests, we make sure the house is clean and everything is at its best. When we prepare for hosts, we turn the keys and everything we have over to them. As the host, our Lord sweeps clean our home and transforms it from a manger to a mansion. He doesn’t look at what is made for Him; He looks for those who are willingly making a place, from glory to glory!
Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy the people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains, or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now.
A husband or a wife comes home and while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of a wrong focus.
Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment from glory to glory!
1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
Should we offer a place to stay to someone in need? A ride? Money? Or Time? Knowing when to say yes or no can be challenging because of the giving heart we possess in the Lord. Helping when we shouldn’t can enable others to remain stuck in a situation. We could be stepping ahead of God if our assistance becomes permanent instead of temporary.
Our love for others might influence us to respond to their needs without taking our own into consideration. Our heart’s willingness to help doesn’t always mean we should. God leads us based on factors often unknown to us. Boundaries shows others the room allowed in our space. It indicates who we are, what we like and, most of all, who rules our lives. Showing someone else we take the time to ask the Lord helps them do the same. We grow dependent upon the leading of the Holy Spirit as we learn to yield to Him.
In our conversations with others, we quietly ask Him to direct our words and our silences; our steps and our stops; our moving closer or away. We learn to pay attention to the peace and the checkmarks He provides to guides us. We trust Jesus. He intervenes and rescues using His infinite wisdom, from glory to glory!
Psalm 104:9 “You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.”
The boundaries we set in place cannot be trusted apart from the boundaries God, Himself, sets on our behalf. He protects us from ourselves. He secures our borders, even in our unawareness of the need. We might feel restricted when, in fact, we are protected. He tears down borders we think are firm in order to enlarge our territory.
For our protection, some relationships come to a halt; others remain when we wish they wouldn’t. A door closes to a potential job, while another we didn’t want keeps coming around. A loan application gets rejected. The house we wanted to purchase goes to another buyer. The fences the Lord builds around us hinder unseen enemies from making inroads into our lives. Insignificant encounters can become relevant opportunities. As we look back on our lives, we praise God for making peace within our borders when we needed His help.
We all matter to the Lord. Regardless of the measures we take in the natural to secure our safety, only the boundaries God establishes for us remain stable and impenetrable. We belong to Him and He watches over His property. He works all things together for the good. We find God is our shield and defense, from glory to glory!
Psalm 147:14 “He makes peace in your borders, And fills you with the finest wheat.”
After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw the Egyptians dead on the shore. We too need to look back and see our enemies defeated. Through the victory on Calvary, Jesus conquered sin and death and they can no longer threaten us.
Fear, sickness, lack, and addictions are dead. The person we used to be before our new birth in Christ…is dead. When we face any opposition, we proclaim ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God. This enables us to disarm our adversary. To see our enemies dead helps nullify their power. We are survivors and through the power of Christ, we bounce back from all trials and tribulations. What we see and know as already conquered cannot threaten our lives. We stand on the truth that Christ won the victory at Calvary.
Lies of the enemy often pertain to things of the past. We can look behind us rejoicing the enemy was defeated. We can go forward with the glory of the Lord as our rear guard. The Egyptians tried to take the same path through the Red Sea that the children of Israel took, but they were defeated. Our enemies cannot travel the road of victory that Christ has prepared for us, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:30 “So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”