Billy Graham · Christmas · Family

FAMILY: The Joy of Christmas

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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. — Matthew 2:10

Every year people write me saying how much they dread Christmas. Often their complaint stems from how busy they will be, or how much money they will spend.

Did those wise men who journeyed hundreds of miles across the desert to seek out the infant Jesus ever feel that way? After all, it took months to make the arduous trip, and they had gone to great expense to provide gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the new Child.

I doubt it. in fact, as their journey neared its end we read they had “exceedingly great joy.” what made the difference? Their focus was totally on Jesus, the one who would be called “Immanuel,… God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

Don’t let this Christmas season overwhelm you. Don’t feel you have to do everything, or go into debt just to impress other people. Focus instead on Jesus.

Take time every day to read the prophecies of His coming and the wonderful story of His birth. Make this Christmas one of “exceedingly great joy”!

Matthew 2:10

 

God Bless,

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(Source: Billy Graham)

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Billy Graham · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: Lord Jesus is always with us

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. . . willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
—2 Corinthians 5:8

A little boy was riding alone on a train on a hot day when the travellers were extremely uncomfortable; and the scenery was not too interesting as they passed through the desert of Arizona. A lady sitting beside the boy asked him, “Are you tired of the long ride?” The little boy smiled and said, “I’m a little tired, but I don’t mind it much. You see, my father is going to meet me when I get to Los Angeles.” Sometimes we get a little tired of the burdens of life, but it is exhilarating to know that Jesus Christ will meet us at the end of life’s journey. The joy of being with Him forever is beyond the ability of any writer to describe.

Prayer for the day

To think You will be waiting for me at the end of this earthly journey! I am filled with unspeakable joy, Lord Jesus.

(Source: Billy Graham)

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Billy Graham · Great Christian Prayers · Prayer

PRAYER: Great Christian Prayers

 

Great Christian Prayers

O God, I am a sinner; I am sorry for my sin; I am willing to turn from my sin. I receive Christ as Saviour; I confess HIm as Lord; I want to follow Him and serve Him, in the fellowship of His Church. In Christ’s Name. Amen.

~ Billy Graham

 

May grace of Christ be with you,

 

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Billy Graham · Prayer

PRAYER: True Happiness

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It is not wrong for men to possess riches. But the Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness! Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart. And money certainly cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God. Often money is a hindrance to these things. Money takes our minds off God. Riches, when used selfishly rather than for the glory of God, tend to corrupt in our hands. Money cannot be a substitute for God. If God has given you more wealth than your neighbours, dedicate it to Christ. Realize that you are only a steward of that which God has given you and some day you will have to give an account of every penny you have spent. The Internal Revenue Service wants a record of how you spend your money, but that is nothing compared to the books God is keeping.

 

Prayer for the day

Father, I would be a faithful steward of all You have given to me. Make me constantly aware of Your leading so I may wisely spend any money with which I have been entrusted.

May grace of Christ be with you,

(Source: Billy Graham)

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Billy Graham · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: WORRY

As God’s children, we are His dependents. The Bible says, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” Dependent children spend little time worrying about meals, clothing, and shelter. They assume, and they have a right to, that all will be provided by their parents. Because God is responsible for our welfare, we are told to cast all our care upon Him, for He careth for us.

Because we are dependent upon God, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” God says, “I’ll take care of the burden—don’t give it a thought—leave it to me.” Dependent children are not backward about asking for favors. They would not be normal if they did not boldly make their needs known. God is keenly aware that we are dependent upon Him for life’s necessities. It was for that reason that He said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Prayer for the day

How magnificent, almighty Father, that I, dependently, can rely on You to take the burden of my heart!

(Source; Billy Graham)

May peace be with you,

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Billy Graham · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Believe in the Holy Spirit

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.. . I [have] raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee . . .
—Romans 9:17

Walter Knight tells the story about a little boy who had recently received Christ. “Daddy, how can I believe in the Holy Spirit when I have never seen Him?” asked Jim. “I’ll show you how,” said his father, who was an electrician. Later Jim went with his father to the power plant where he was shown the generators. “This is where the power comes from to heat our stove and to give us light. We cannot see the power, but it is in that machine and in the power lines,” said the father. “I believe in electricity,” said Jim. “Of course you do,” said his father, “but you don’t believe in it because you see it. You believe in it because you see what it can do. Likewise, you can believe in the Holy Spirit, because you can see what He does in people’s lives when they are surrendered to Christ and possess His power.”

Prayer for the day

Make my heart completely devoid of self so that it can be filled with Your Spirit, Lord.

(Source: Billy Graham)

Peace be with you,

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