Today we are praying for the country of Kuwait. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers. If you want to pray for more nations in North Africa and the Middle East you can click HERE and explore the different nations and peoples that makes up the region.
Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
As we consider the Christmas season, a very familiar passage of Scripture is found in Luke 2:1-7. It reads, “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” This passage of Scripture is so familiar to us that I think it would be helpful to qualify it, and expand our understanding of it, by looking at another text in Philippians. With Luke 2 in mind, consider Philippians 2:5-11. It reads, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
With Luke 2 as our backdrop, we can learn much about the sacrifice Jesus made to come to this earth as a baby and live and die as a man, and then rise from the dead on the 3rd day.
First, we see his equality. In verses 5 and 6 we read, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped….” Jesus did not come into existence in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. He has existed for all eternity! John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He existed in eternity past in the form of God, equal with God! Colossians 1:15 tells us “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Hebrews 1:3 says, “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” Jesus existed in eternity past and was, is, and ever will be equal to the Father in power and glory. In His equality with the Father, we see Him being willing to empty Himself to come to earth to be born as described in Luke 2. More on that tomorrow....
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