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Christmas - The Birthday of Jesus

Devotional: Do Not Be Afraid

by Joel Osteen

Today's Scripture

ď...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ĎJoseph, son of David,í the angel said, Ďdo not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirití Ē (Matthew 1:20, NLT)

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didnít turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when he found out she was pregnant, he didnít know what to think. He was afraid that he might be making a mistake because things didnít turn out the way he planned. But, God sent a messenger in a dream to reassure Joseph that he was on the right path.

Today let me reassure you that God knows right where you are, and He knows how to get you to where you need to be. Even when things donít go the way you planned, His hand is on you. Do not be afraid, trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf and that He will lead you into the life of blessing that He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, I choose to trust in You. Even when things donít go the way I planned, I know You are at work in my life. Thank You for Your perfect love which casts out all fear. I love You and surrender every area of my life to You in Jesusí name. Amen.

Source: Today's Word with Joel Osteen, December 19, 2011

See Also:

What does Jesus think of Christmas? by Marcus Honeysett
I asked a group of friends last week what they think of Christmas and got some interesting answers and some slightly ironic ones. A Ghanaian lady said how shocked she was when she arrived in the UK to find that Christmas involves giving presents, but without any real thought about why.

Christmas Then and Today
Christmas is about love that is, giving and giving sacrificially. It is the blessed season that engages the world in a covenant of love.

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