Daily Devotional for Wednesday December 27, 2017

Scripture:

Mark 9:23 (NASB) And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

Observation:

Wrapping paper laid all around, the gifts were opened, and there was joy. Many years ago, things were not that way. My anger had raised its head too many times, and the joy of the day was lost. Today's verse shares an important question and answer. Notice the "?" at the end of what Jesus said... "If you can?" He then goes on to tell us how things are possible. I never would have imagined that the joy of Christmas would be with my family as it was. For too many years, the anger ruined the joy that the day brought. Thankfully, all things are possible to him who believes. I can honestly say that I believe in the power of Christ and the things that are possible in His name. With the anger gone and the attitude adjusted, the true meaning of His birth can shine through. It’s simply one word... LOVE. No matter what you face, the trials, the struggles, or the haunting memories of years gone by, with love and belief in Jesus Christ those things can be turned into joy. What do you need to replace by believing so that all things are possible? Find the joy in Christ's birth—not only for a day, but for a life time.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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