I love winter. It’s easily my favorite season because it has Christmas and snow. Therefore, I thought I’d use the January momentum to remind you of how pure white Jesus has made you. He offers free and full forgiveness. Praise Him today for forgiving sin and though your sins were as scarlet, He’s made them white as snow.
New Year. Newness. Freshness.
Hear the amazing news of what is yours in Jesus:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So, if you are a believer, all of this newness, freshness, life, and vitality is yours because of Jesus. You are in Him and with Him the old has passed away; the New defines you.
Christmas is coming this weekend. Center your thoughts and life on the amazing news that the angels delivered to the shepherds in the field (and as a result to all kinds of people like them):
There is Good News…
Of Great Joy…
For all people:
Unto you is born, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
Isaiah 9:6 told of a child being born on whom we could bank all of our hopes, who had the authority to do something about it, and would give us more that we would ever dream…
…and, those realities are all found in Jesus. He’s the One to whom all praise is due.
So, today, praise God for sending His Son for us.
All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, because He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing we could possibly dream of in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
You’re blessed today, as a believer, with things like:
- having your sin erased
- having God’s wrath towards you removed
- being declared righteous
- being born again
- being made holy
- destined for glory
- being made right with God
- having abiding life in the here and now
- being redeemed with precious blood
- being raised from death
So, thank God for these amazing blessings and walk tall today because of who you are In Christ.
There’s amazing good news for those who are in Christ Jesus:
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
In Christ Jesus, then, you have become righteous, sanctified, and redeemed. Thank Him and praise Him for this reality in you today. Download the Gratitude Guide to continue nurturing gratitude this week.
Jesus came and He was a king, but His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Today, as we think about the Gospel and what it means for us, remember this truth: as a believer, you are part of a kingdom that is outside of this world. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, you have been put to death and raised with Him as you believe in Him. Therefore, seek the things that are above where Christ is. Seek first His kingdom, which is not of this world.
Hear these encouraging words from Romans 8…
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)
Get it? As a believer, who is in Christ Jesus our Lord, you are secure and loved, regardless of what you may be facing in these short days you have on the earth. So, be encouraged in His love today.