By Rev. Tanniel G. Saydee Sr Senior Pastor Harvest Chapel Ministries Lower Caldwell,
Montserrado County Cell#: 0886838388/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PILLARS OF HOPE FOURTH EDITION
KEEP YOUR SIGHT ON GOD’S BLESSINGS
All of God’s children are attractive. Jesus calls them the light of the world. “However, a light attracts whatever sees it.
Sometimes it attracts good things and other times, even evil thing are attracted by the light.
I don’t mean that evil is found in light but rather they challenge the light and try to put it off.
While good people, things or ideas come to celebrate and promote light, evil people, things or ideas come to shut out the light.
But one thing is certain, once a light has a strong source it will continue to shine no matter what.
Our hope as children of God is that we are the light of the world and God is the source of our light.
No power of darkness is able to put off our light. Before the enemy ever struck God has already send beforehand the forces of good to keep our light burning.
SPIRITURAL VERIFICATION: Matthew 2:1-15
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
- And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
In Matthew chapter two we see the birth of Jesus and the circumstances that surrounded His early childhood.
When He was born, His star appeared in the sky.
It was so attractive that it was noticed distinctly from all others. However, God allowed good and wise people to see it first.
When they saw it they started to search for its owner so that they would bless Him.
While they searched the enemy also knew about it and secretly planned to destroy its owner.
God who was the source of that light was also the protected of its owner.
When the wise men finally found the child they presented gifts that would later be used to help the child Jesus and his parent to flee to Egypt.
When Harold the evil king discovered that he has been tricked he ordered that all children two and below be executed in Bethlehem.
By this time Jesus had already escaped to the land of Egypt for safety.
The forces of good got to the light owner first before the evil forces could attack.
This is always the case with God’s children.
God will never allow evil to come near His children unless He had blessed them first.
It is important to recognize the blessing of God in our lives and wisely appreciate them so that they can serve as our defense in time of trial and tribulations.
Take Genesis 41:34-36 for example: ‘Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities’.
Joseph advised Pharaoh to store a good portion of the years of plenty for the years of emptiness.
In your time of blessing you need to remember that there will come a time when things will not be as they are now.
A wise person will always prepare for the future. Whatever you have now is a blessing from God and you are trusted with the responsibility of preserving it to benefit you and others in the future.
KEY: Discover what God has blessed you with and use it to overcome every challenge you will face in life.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know you have blessed me with your gifts and abilities.
Help me discover what you have given to me that I may use it to your glory and to live an overcoming life.
Thank you Lord for all of your blessings of provision upon my life in Jesus name, Amen.
HOPE: The currency you have now to invest within your future is Hope.
Please use it wisely.