THE POWER OF HIS NAME

Wonderful Counselor ~ Mighty God ~ Everlasting Father ~ Prince of Peace

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Devotional:

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“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 AMP).


“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 AMP).


“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 AMP).


Wise Men Still Seek Him

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10).

After Jesus was born, the Bible tells us in Matthew chapter two that Wise Men came from the East to bow before Him and worship Him.  They went to great lengths just to get a glimpse of the child and traveled a long distance for many months, following the star. When they saw Him, they were so overwhelmed.  The scripture says they fell to their faces to honor and worship Him.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  That means that we should have a reverential honor and respect for Him—just like the Wise Men did.  We are wise when we set everything else in life aside in order to seek Him.  We are wise when we worship Him and give Him everything that we are.  We are wise when we take time to honor Him.  Remember, God is a  rewarder of the people who diligently seek after Him.  As you continue to put Him first in all you do,  you’ll increase in wisdom and discernment, and  you’ll move forward into the life of blessing He has in store for you.

Prayer:  Father in heaven, I choose wisdom.  I choose to put You first and seek You in all that I do.  I honor You and bless Your name.  Thank You for the many blessing You have prepared for me.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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Commentary:

What do you need today? Do you need guidance or counsel about a particular situation? Do you need an Almighty Presence in your life, an Everlasting Father, a Prince of Peace?  Through Jesus Christ, we can have all that, and more. 

One of the reasons Jesus was sent to this earth was to be your Wonderful Counselor. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Counselor comes to live inside you by the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes day to day problems weigh us down and we don't know where to turn, but Jesus is always there to counsel and guide us.  But you should know that He’s not just any kind of counselor.  He's the Wonderful Counselor.  He is full of wonder and amazement and He’s truly extraordinary.  You will also find that He’s the very best counselor you could have because He knows all things!  He knows your hurts, your pain, your joy.  He knows when you laugh, when you cry, when you need a friend.  And He's always there, right by your side, to walk with you, to talk with you, and to lead you along the way.  Do you need counsel regarding your job, your relationships or an important decision?  Do you need a counselor to act as your defender today?  You can call on the Wonderful Counselor, and He will be there, anytime, night or day.  You can call on him with assurance.  You won't receive a voice mail, but what you will recieve is His caring heart, His loving touch,  and His awesome presence.  If you open your heart and let Him show you His wisdom, you will receive His counsel from the Word of God and also from the godly people in your life.  As you seek Him with an open heart, He promises to lead and guide you.  He promises to show you the paths of life so that you can live in victory the way God intends!

Not only is He your Wonderful Counselor, He is your Everlasting Father.  When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become His Child, a child of the Most High God, and you 
instantly have an Everlasting Father!  When you think about the word everlasting, you realize that before the beginning of time, the Father was there.  He was waiting for you to accept Him and become His child.  I can imagine that He was excited and anticipating that day, just like an earthly father would anticipate the birth of a newborn child.  I can imagine He would think everyday, “Is it today?” Is this the day that my child will accept me and come to me? I don’t know what your experience has been with your earthly father, but God is a good and perfect Father.  He loves you with an everlasting love, and the best part of all is that it is UNCONDITIIONAL.  He loves everything about you so much that He notices when a single hair falls from your head.  The Bible says that His thoughts of you are more than the number of grains of sand upon the beach.  He accepts you just the way you are, and He loves you enough to guide you and work His character in you.  And, He will be your Father from now throughout eternity!  He will never leave you nor forsake you!  

He is also our Almighty God, and our Prince of Peace.  When things go crazy in your life and you don't know which way to turn, He can restore Peace to your life and give you an awesome sense of His presence.  I don't know how He does it, but He can give you a peace that passes understanding, and even though you won't understand it, it will be there, deep within you, and you will know from where it came. 

In Him, we have a Wonderful Counselsor, An Almighty God, An Everlasting Father, a Prince of Peace, and so much more.  As we enter into the new year, and the rest of our lives, we truly have so much to be thankful for.  If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I invite you now to accept Him, ask Him to come into your life and fill you with the joy and peace that only He can give.  And I promise, Your life will never be the same.

God Bless you and may He bestow His richest blessings upon you in the coming year, and all the days ahead.


Meditation:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Spirit that lives inside of me. Thank You for the Wonderful Counselor that guides and protects me, and the knowing deep inside me that you are my Everlasting Father, an Almighty God and my Prince of Peace.  I choose Your guidance today Lord and ask you to go with me every step of the way, leading and guiding me in the ways that you would want me to go.  Speak to my heart, dear Lord, so that I can honor You and follow Your leading today.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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/A STRONG PRAYER - GOD HAS AMAZING THINGS IN STORE FOR YOU

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Stars do not struggle to shine, rivers do not struggle to flow,

And you will never struggle to excel in life,

Because you deserve the best.

Hold on to your dream and it shall be well with you... Amen.

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The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil,

The hand that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain,

The mouth saying Amen to this prayer shall laugh forever,

Remain in God's love.

Your dream will not die, your plans will not fail,

Your destiny will not be aborted,

And the desire of your heart will be granted in Jesus! Name.

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Say a big Amen.

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No one goes to the river early in the morning and brings dirty water.

As you are up this morning, may your life be clean, calm and clear

Like the early morning water.

May the grace of the Almighty support, sustain and

Supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

Amen.

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Love the Lord. Have a wonderful day in Jesus' name.

The will of God will never take you

Where the grace of God will not protect you.

Divine visitation that will move your life forward

Mightily by the outworking of God's

Unstoppable Power.

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You are blessed beyond all curses in Jesus' name!

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With thanks to Cheryl Solomons

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Stories to Touch the Heart and Warm the Soul:

 

THE AFTER-CHRISTMAS SALE

Bible Reading: Colossians 3:  8-15

 

"Look at my new sweater!" said Brianne, holding it up for her father to see. "You should see all the stuff Mom and I got on sale today.  Cheap, too!"


Mom sighed. "Yes," she agreed, "but it was such a hassle
getting through the crowds at the mall and pawing through the piles of clothes, that I wondered at times if it was really worth it.  But as Brianne says, it was cheap!  It makes you wonder how the stores can afford to sell things at those prices."


"They know what they're doing," Dad assured her. "They're
clearing out things that are no longer profitable and making room to restock their shelves with new things that people want, things they can sell to make money. Right now, they're selling off winter stuff to make room for spring merchandise."   He paused for a moment. "I think we could take a lesson from them," he added.


"Like what?" asked Brianne curiously.


"There are things on the 'shelves' of our lives that we should
clear out from time to time," explained Dad as he reached for his Bible. "Let's read about them for our devotions tonight."  He turned to the book of Colossians and read Chapter 3: 8-15.


"Hearing those verses makes me feel guilty for getting angry
at some pushy women in the store today," confessed Mom.
 
"I need
to get rid of anger from the 'shelves' of my life."


"How much do you suppose we can sell our bad qualities for?"
asked Brianne with a mischievous grin.


Dad smiled. "Forget having a sale and just trash them," he
advised. "And let's not forget to restock our 'shelves' with things that are pleasing to God, like compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience."


Brianne nodded. "We can sell those things for a whole lot
more than the old stuff we're getting rid of, don't you think?"  she asked with an innocent air.


"All right! All right!" said Dad. "So my comparison doesn't hold
up in every detail." He grinned at his daughter, and she grinned back. "But it is important for us to be alert and willing to replace old, bad traits with new, wholesome ones," added Dad. "Then we'll be able to keep showing God's love to others, and pointing them to Him."


Memorize: 
Colossians 3:9-10  "Put off the old man . . . put on the new man".


How About You?


What traits are found on the "shelves" of your life? Do you
need to get rid of things like lying, bad language, or a desire to get even with someone? Do you need to add kindness, a forgiving spirit, friendliness, or some other good quality? Ask God right now to show you what changes need to be made-and to help you make them. Start the New Year by discarding old, sinful attitudes and adding the things that please God.

MAY YOU HAVE A HAPPY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR FILLED WITH GOD'S LOVE AND BLESSINGS!