All posts tagged: Jesus

Sharing the Greatest Gift

“Jesus Christ is the Light that dispels fear, provides assurance & direction, & engenders enduring joy & peace.” ~DAVID A. BEDNAR I believe that David A. Bednar was completely correct in his assessment in our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. There is such beauty in his words especially during this season of lights and dedication and the celebration of the Greatest Gift this world has ever received. But for many, this season brings confusion, loneliness, and pain. Let us, the Children of God, saved by the grace of God, and made to be lights in the darkness, shine brightly for our Lord drawing others unto Him, out of fear, out of confusion, into direction, joy, life, and peace. How do we shine this light? We shine it through loving those around us, not just during this holiday season but every day, with sincerity, truth, and the same grace that saved us! How else do we behave when we have been given something special? We respond with joy and excitement, such that we …

Advent Communion Prayer by Bri Lassiter

Every Advent celebration looks a little different for me, and I don’t usually follow a set devotional or Advent guide. What I like to do instead is turn over the whole celebration plans to Jesus and ask Him to tell me what we should focus on. So in sharing one of my resources, I want to show that Advent doesn’t need to fit in any box, and if you want a starting place to find lasting and meaningful aspects of celebration between you and Jesus, be encouraged to let Him lead. Mine is very different than a traditional celebration, yours may not be, so just ask Him to show you whatever songs, devotions, scripture passages, communion prayers etc work best for you, and see where He takes you! The following Communion prayer is an adaptation of the prayer by Paul Keith Davis founder of White Dove Ministries, as found in this YouTube video.  Any and all prayers I use as a jumping off place as guided by the Holy Spirit and you may find yourself …

Rag Tag Ugly Advent by Bri Lassiter

I love Advent, it’s a very special celebration just between me and Jesus. If you’re not familiar, every Sunday of the month you light a new candle that represents a different aspect of the Christmas story, first is hope, second is peace, third is joy, fourth is love, and the fifth is the Christmas candle, all lovingly encircled in an evergreen wreath reminding us of the everlasting ever-living Father. I don’t really remember why or when I started celebrating it, especially since I don’t know anyone else who does, but for many years it’s just become a special Jesus and me time that overtakes my whole month of December and breaks me and heals me and gets me ready for Christmas to be meaningful and intentional. Every year I almost don’t celebrate it. The waiting and the focus on hope peace and joy always make me uncomfortable in seasons when they feel deathly scarce. But Jesus always compels me in the end. This year I told Him my Advent wreath is ugly, I lost my candles …

Encouraged in the Wait: Trusting in God in the Trial

Revised from November 29, 2016 “He [God] gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” ~ISAIAH 40:29-31 This passage from Isaiah is one that I’ve quoted many of times in my walk with the Lord Jesus. Often times I’ve felt it come up from within my soul during times of, you’ve guessed it, waiting! And although this scripture does indeed tell us, like many others found in the Bible, that the Lord is faithful to those who wait, the power of waiting in the circumstances that the Prophet Isaiah is writing on is what really moved my heart recently and I am certain it will do the same for yours. When the Lord spoke to Isaiah, giving him these verses it was in response to what was going on …

The Season of Light: The Glory of Hanukkah and the Beauty of Christmas

December marks the season of Light. It is the when the days grow shorter and the sky is wrapped in a tapestry of deep indigo blue. Night comes and for many, the thought of darkness is the first to cross our minds. But consider the evenings in the winter, when the snow has blanketed the ground in deep, glistening crystals of soft white. And that soft white upon the backdrop of deep blue only glows. Then add the clearness of the cloudless sky with the sharp glow of the moon’s light and the brilliant twinkle of the stars. What was meant to be deep darkness has become the stage for the majesty of light. The imagery alone brings a smile to my face. The Word tells us in that at the fullness of time our Savior, Christ Jesus, the Light of the world, was born into the world to save it (GALATIANS 4:4-7). Just when it seemed that humanity had reached its lowest, most depraved point in creation, with darkness claiming to reign, the Light …

Mounting Up in the Wait: Faith for Creatives

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” ~ISAIAH 40:31 Turbulence and storms, symptoms and circumstances…darkness. None of these negate the truth of God’s Word and His Light that overcomes the darkness and all that it brings. Our job as born-again children of the Most High God is not to try and make His word come to pass but to trust and have faith in hope that it will come to pass as He declares in Isaiah 55:10-11. This often requires waiting on our part. And let’s be honest, waiting gets difficult. But be encouraged in the wait. There is glory in the wait. Isaiah 40:31 assures us that they that wait on the Lord shall: Renew their strength: The Word says that when we wait on Him and in Him, our strength is renewed. What is it to renew? Think about when you borrow a book from the library, return date comes before you are finished but …

Begin: Poses the Promise

Begin: Take your steps in faith toward your promise and promised land. “… And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old… …but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’… …here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day…”~ JOSHUA 14:6-12* Breathe. Breathe in the Rhema word of truth daily and let your soul be at peace. Believe. Believe what has been said to you by His Spirit…And now, begin. After allowing his mind to be conformed to the Rhema Word of promise, after having walked in the wilderness for 45 years, persevering in the …

Your Inheritance is Secure

“The Lord assigned my portion and my cup. You maintain my lot secure.” ~PSALM 16:5 WMB In our journeys in our creativity, the pursuits of our dreams and just in life in general, I can’t think of a Word that brings more peace than Psalm 16:5. Stepping out in faith to take hold of what Christ Jesus has purposed in our hearts is an adventure, but it can also be a point of stress if we aren’t secure in the promises of His Word. First, let’s be reminded that the Word is Christ (JOHN 1: 1,14), that He is the Truth (JOHN 14:6) and there is no falsehood in Him (I PETER 2:22). So when we read a promise, all of which are yes and amen in Him (II COR. 1:20) and in the Word, we are reading or seeing into the Perfect Person of Who He is. We can count it as ours for He is ours just as we are His (SONG OF SONGS 6:3)! Another translation of Psalm 16:5 says, “O Lord, You are the …

Believe: Persevere in the Process

Believe: Believe what has been said to you by His Spirit From the time Caleb and Joshua spy out the Promised Land to the very moment that they are actually being led by the Lord to inherit it, 45 years will have passed. Throughout those years the entire generation of men of war who were meant to take the land for their posterity has died in the wilderness as aimless wanderers, having gotten close to what the Lord promised but never taking hold of it. Still, in the midst of the graves, the seemingly endless cycles, and monumental odds that could easily lead into doubt, Joshua makes his home in the Lord’s presence (EXODUS 33:11) while Caleb holds the promise of his mountain close to his heart. BELIEVE THE WORD OF PROMISE  The Word of Promise, The Word that is our sword of salvation against the enemy is our Rhema Word. “The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you …

Dressed for the Appointment: Hope for the Promises to Come

*Revised from December 26th, 2012 Six years ago I was led to write a short message reminding many of my friends on Facebook to keep holding on to the Word of Faith and promise that Christ Jesus had given unto them. Now, six years later, I am urged to do it again. The Lord laid this question upon my heart that only you can answer for yourself, really, and here it is. “Are you dressed and are you ready for the open door?” It is easy to be given a dream and a prophetic vision for your future/destiny/purpose, but it is a whole other thing to not only hold on to it but to be prepared for it at all times. With many of the trails that we face within the monotony of life, it is easy to lose hope in the dream, allowing it to be transformed into the elusive ‘carrot on a stick’ dangling just out of your reach. “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and …