Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the Magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.” But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. Matthew 2:16-21
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, He went His way. Luke 4:28-30
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Just like Herod was eventually removed from the scene so it will also come about that Satan will be removed from the scene and the presence of evil will be eliminated forever. In the interim we know that Christ lives in us through the person of the Holy Spirit and the words: “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world,” are our banner of victory in the midst of this troubled world. The Lord Jesus Christ can keep us from stumbling and someday we will stand blameless in His glorious presence.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for the life you have called me to. Giving thanks is a real stretch for me considering how soft I tend to be and how readily I want out from under tough experiences. I am learning how to see your touch in all my experiences and to feel your strength within me holding me up and helping me stand tall. What a privilege it is to serve you with my life and to see you at work in such amazing ways. Amen!
Posted on Thu, January 2, 2020
by Ken Hart