Make Room For Jesus

December 27, 2012

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the innLuke 2:6-7

 

We are close to wrapping up another busy year and the world did not end as some had predicted. Therefore, we will continue to rejoice that we are in the land of the living. The days between Christmas and New Year's affords us the opportunity to reflect, as well as prepare for the upcoming year. An important question to ask yourself; did you make  room for Jesus?  

 

In the text above, we see Mary, the mother of Jesus prudent at wrapping up her child and creatively providing a place of comfort. In order for our love for Jesus, our Savior to remain a priority, care   and  creativity are characteristics  we must nurture. We are all challenged with the busyness of life.      

 

Jesus is our  good shepherd who comes to give us life and it more abundantly. It's in Him that we live, move, and have our being. This tells us we can't have true life outside of Jesus.  

  

It is easy to become busy doing life and the Lord's work, while forgetting the Lord of life and work. Jesus spoke of those who will come at the end of time and say, Lord Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? cast out devils in your name? and do many works in your name? He will answer them and say, get away from me you workers of iniquity, for I never knew you. He wants us to make room for Him.

 

I sense we all need to re-calibrate as the year is ending.  In Revelation 2, we find a remedy. The word tells us to remember from where we have fallen, repent, and return to our first works. Our first work is loving Jesus!     

   

Much Love and Respect,

Pastor Eric 

The Potter’s House

December 13, 2012

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  Jeremiah 18:1-4 KJV

 

The Lord our God has something to say and to show you!  As with Jeremiah, He desires to speak with you and reveal His will.  He wants to give you insight for oversight concerning your life, family and surroundings. In the text above, let's gleam some lessons that will allow you to get this much needed insight.

 

1. Arise and go down.  I have learned if I am going to hear from God, I must go down. Going down represents you humbling yourself as a living sacrifice before your heavenly Father. The challenge is not knowing what to do, but doing it. You must be obedient and disciplined to make it a habit of going down and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit when he tells you to get down. 

  

2. God causes you to hear his words.  As you are willing to go down, the heavenly Father promises that He has a message specifically for you. He is waiting to impart wisdom that comes from above. He that has ears to hear, let them hear what the Lord is saying - Mark 4:9. 

 

3. God causes you to see.  When you come to a place of humility in your life He speaks and also desires to show you  things to come. Jeremiah 33:3 tells us to call upon Him and He will answer you and show you great and mighty(hidden) things.  He reveals unto you that He is in complete control of everything.   

 

4. The Potter's House.  As Jeremiah did, you must arise from your house; a place where you sit and govern and go down to the humble environment of the potters house. It's in this house that you realize God is the potter and everything else to include yourself is the clay. Your local church should be one of those places outside of your home where the Father meets and speaks with you. It's also the place were broken vessels are made new.

  

In closing, I encourage you to get down that you may hear what He is saying and see what He is doing that it may go well with you.

 

Much Love and Respect,

Pastor Eric