Daily Archives: December 1, 2021

Jesus Christ Is The Lord Of Lords

Names of Christ: King of Kings

Jesus Christ: Our King | ReasonableTheology.org
Devotion from:  cbn.com

“King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and he shall reign forever and ever…”

The inspiration to the lyrics from the “Hallelujah Chorus” in Handel’s Messiah comes from the book of Revelation. But that name is also found in Paul’s first letter to Timothy, which reads:

“At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” (1 Timothy 6:15 NLT)

Focus on this idea of Christ appearing at just the right time. According to Scripture, Jesus first physically appeared as a baby born in Bethlehem. His true identity was known only to his parents and the wise men coming to bear royal gifts. Despite his public ministry, his teaching, the miracles, and a perfect sinless life that fulfilled prophecy, the people who were anticipating the promised coming Messiah somehow missed him. Why? Because they were preoccupied with the cares of the day at a time of great social, political and religious upheaval. Scripture also talks about the hardness of their hearts.

Today, we too live in an era of great social and political unrest. And we’d be fooling ourselves if we think our hearts can’t also grow cold and callous. As we pursue this idea of a perfect Christmas, our distracted hearts and frazzled minds can distort the true meaning of Christmas. We can even miss or forget the greatest gift ever given—Christ himself.

So how do we guard ourselves against this? We can acknowledge the King of kings and Lord of lords is also the Prince of Peace. And we can remind ourselves that Jesus Himself promised to appear again, returning as the Coming Conquerer. As the book of Revelation, chapter 19, describes, the King of kings and Lord of lords, His robe signifies his royal reign and priestly role. And the thigh, associated with the Old Testament, alludes to the idea of an oath or a promise and victory.

That should give us blessed assurance of Christ’s eternal sovereign reign, that He is indeed mighty to save, and we can be a part of His kingdom.

The Devil’s Burdens – Streams in the Desert – December 1

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There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9).

The rest includes victory, “And the Lord gave them rest round about;… the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand” (Joshua 21:44). “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting, but to no avail. She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came.

But one morning the mother came down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream. She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive looking beings which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.

Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the devil’s bundles. Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people. At last He came near her, and she saw that it was her Saviour. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said: “My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are the devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”

He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone.

From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household.

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

–Longfellow

Keep My Running Shoes On

51 Bible verses about Kingship, Divine

By Nichole Huggins, crosswalk.com

I love to walk around my house barefoot. I like the feeling of soft carpet on my toes and feel more “at home” without the restriction of wearing shoes. But more and more it seems that I forgo this comfort for the functionality of keeping my running shoes on.

You see, our home is different than many people’s homes. Because our son has autism, our home is louder; he is always singing, making noises, or quoting movies (in the world of autism it’s called “scripting”). Our house is in interesting order; you will find trains lined up on the kitchen table and strategically placed books open to strategically chosen pages. Currently our back door is always open. Our son loves to run outside and play, but it is also his current belief that the back door should remain open at all times—even if he is playing in a different part of the house. Living in this world of autism has caused our home to be a sometimes chaotic, but always beautiful haven for our family. And for now, living in the world of autism has caused me to keep my running shoes on.

For many, running and autism go hand in hand. People who are “on the spectrum” are often runners. Our kiddo is no exception to this pattern. Although he frequently overcomes his urge to run, our son’s current impulsivity requires me to jump up and move quickly at any moment. I have to be ready, so I keep my running shoes on.

I love how the Lord uses my son’s autism to gently sharpen me in my personal relationship with Him. The Lord has recently reminded me that just as I have to keep my running shoes on, the same applies in my walk with the Lord. I need to keep my spiritual running shoes on.

In 1 Peter 3:15, the Bible reminds us to sanctify our hearts and “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” We need to keep our spiritual running shoes on! It is easy for us to slip our shoes off and run our toes through the carpet of comfortability in life, but that is not the calling of Christians. Life was never meant to be about our comfort, but rather exalting our Creator.

It’s my prayer that people around me will be able to see that my hope is in Christ. May I be quick to help and show love to others. May I be a reflection of Christ in all that I say and do. I pray that I am sharp and “ready to run” this great race called life. Sometimes it’s easy to let our spiritual shoelaces come untied. We become comfortable Christians, and it’s easy for us to get tripped up. I am thankful the Lord can use my precious son to remind me that I need to lace up my spiritual running shoes and be prepared for this sometimes chaotic, but always beautiful life. So, what condition are your running shoes in?

Today’s Devotions

Morning

December 1

Jesus Christ - The World's Savior and Redeemer

Isaiah 40:29-31 29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

In this awesome chapter about the incomparable greatness of God Isaiah, closes with God’s ability to impact the lives of men. Though He is the high and Holy One, He gives His strength to those who are weary and weak. This is a theme that runs throughout Scripture. God does not help the self-reliant. Contrary to the popular expression, He does not help those who help themselves. He helps those who trust in Him. We must realize how helpless and needy man is. Then we can call out to God with our whole heart, without some man empowered backup plan. Our hope must be in God alone. Then He will meet us with the strength we need to endure.

Time and time again, God’s people have come to the end of themselves, and then God has done great things through them. It was when the body of Jesus was nailed to the cross and laid in a tomb that God brought about the greatest victory and greatest display of His strength. It was when Elijah thought he was finished that God began to use him for the majority of his ministry. It was when Hezekiah had nowhere else to turn that God defeated the Assyrian army. We could go on to some of the modern missionaries. Many of them came to the end of themselves and some even to death before their ministry exploded with fruitfulness.

Whatever your situation or season in life, look to God. Look to His strength. Don’t rely on your own wisdom or energy but on the life and strength of Christ in you.

Consider: When you think you can’t go on, and the need is there before you, hope in the LORD, and ask for a renewal of His strength. Then get ready to soar.