And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21 (NLT)
We are so thankful for Jesus and what His coming to the earth means for our lives. It’s so great to be able to enjoy a relationship with God, freedom from sin, and all of the benefits Jesus has brought into our lives.
We are so thankful to you for your support and for reading the devotions.
StudentDevos will be taking the next few days off from writing to enjoy the Christmas season. We wish blessings to everyone and that you have a great holiday celebrating Jesus!
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” – John 8:12 (NLT)
Have you noticed how bad it seems like our world is? The news tells us about kids being abducted. People are killing each other. Others are fighting for freedom and justice. In the middle of all this, it can be easy to feel like our world is dark.
However, Jesus came into our world to bring us light.
Today’s Truth: Jesus Came To Bring You Light
Even when it feels like everything is hopeless, Jesus says He came to be light. When your situation seems dark, Jesus is there.
So regardless of how dark it may seem around you, know that you have light in Jesus. And you can be a light to others this Christmas season.
So spend some time today asking Jesus how you can be light to those around you. Maybe you can encourage a friend. Perhaps you can give a gift to your neighbor. Whatever it is, God can use you to be light to others in your world today.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, – 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
I remember as a kid one Christmas, it felt like all my cousins got more presents than I did. I spent the whole holiday pouting because I felt like I didn’t get my fair share of presents. Now, I’m sure that wasn’t the case and that we all got the same amount of gifts, but from my 6-year-old perspective, I was treated unfairly.
That Christmas day was no fun for me because I chose to be unhappy and sad. I could have been thankful that I got presents, but instead I chose to look at what I didn’t have and as a result became very unhappy.
Jesus wants us to experience joy this Christmas. And while you may not get every present you wanted for Christmas, you can still choose to be happy.
Today’s Truth: Jesus came to bring joy to your life
When we let Jesus into our lives, we are filled with joy. But sometimes, we let that joy be silenced by circumstances and things that are going on around us. So today, if you’ve allowed yourself to become unhappy, choose to focus on joy.
Realize that Jesus loves you, and knowing Him is the best present of all. So regardless of the things going on around you and in your life, make this Christmas a season of joy!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)
Have you noticed how crazy life can get sometimes? Maybe you’re concerned about your family gatherings this Christmas. You know that Uncle Henry will probably tell that story about you that is so embarrassing and you just wish that Christmas was already over!
Maybe you’re stressed out about finals, or something going on at school. It’s true, life gets crazy sometimes. And in the midst of the craziness, how do you keep your calm?
Today’s Truth: Jesus Came to Bring Peace to Your Storm
Where do you go in the middle of all the unrest around you? Today’s Bible verse helps us out. It shows us that in Jesus we can find peace. Jesus didn’t deny that we would have trouble. No. He told us there would be trouble in the world. But in the middle of trouble, we could find peace in Him.
Jesus came to bring peace into your life and into your situation.
What are you going through that is bringing you trouble? Take it to Jesus. Ask Him to show you how to find peace in the middle of all the craziness of life. He won’t make your trouble go away, but He will show you a way to go through the midst of it and still have peace in Him.
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
Want to know the great thing about God? It’s that he is with you. There’s a difference between someone being for you and someone being with you. If someone is for you, it means they cheer for you. They like the stuff you post online.
But those people like you from a distance. They cheer for you when things are good, but they’re not there day in and day out. They aren’t there when you can’t sleep at night or when things are hard.
But that’s what is so great about Jesus. He’s not just a fan, liking a few things you put online. No, He’s there with you.
Today’s Truth: Jesus Came to Be With You
Jesus is with you when things are hard. When you don’t know what to do, He’s there. He’s not just a God that is for you, He’s with you. Each step of the way. Every day.
So today even if things feel hard. Even if you feel like you can’t keep going on, know this. Jesus is with you. That means you’re never alone!
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But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. – Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT)
You are a child of God. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you. It doesn’t matter whether people like you at school or not. To God, you’re important because you’re His child.
God wanted a relationship with you. The Bible is a story of God’s great love for you.
Even when you didn’t deserve it. In those moments where you were far from God, even in those moments that you might have cursed God’s name, God looked at you and choose you. He chose to adopt you into His family.
Christmas is a time where we can think about Jesus and realize how lucky we are to have a God who came down to us. Not because we deserved it in any way. No. Just because He loved us.
So no matter how hard it’s been with your friends and family. No matter how badly you’ve been treated by others, you can know that in the end, God loves you. It’s His love that gives you your worth. People won’t always do the right thing by you, but God will.
So today, challenge yourself to believe God’s love. Challenge yourself to see you how God sees you. Realize that you’ve been adopted in the family of God. God loves you, wants you and thinks you’re His best!
For with God nothing will be impossible. – Luke 1:37 (NKJV)
Has God spoken something to your heart about your future? Maybe as a child, you had a dream of doing something great for God. But perhaps you’ve let that dream become dormant and become focused on other things.
God wants to bring good things to pass in your life. But you’ve got to believe Him. Mary believed in God. In today’s verse, we see that the angel tells Mary that with God nothing will be impossible. There are going to be times in your life when it seems like the things God has spoken to you will never happen.
It’s easy to get discouraged, lose hope, and just give up on your god-inspired dreams.
God is not finished with you yet. Even though you haven’t seen your dreams happen yet, don’t give up. God will bring them to pass. The crazy thing is, it always takes longer than you’d like. But God does not fail. Nothing He has spoken to you is impossible of happening if you’ll just believe.
It takes faith though, to believe that what God has spoken will happen.
Today’s Challenge: Believe What God Says
So today, challenge yourself to believe what God says. When He speaks it comes to pass. Trust Him with your dreams and your future, and in time, you’ll see great things happen as you trust Him.
Do you feel alone sometimes? Misunderstood? It’s easy to feel like no one really gets you and that you’re all alone.
Don’t believe that lie. You’re not alone. Jesus is with you.
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When you’ve got God on your side, you’re never alone. Yes, people may not get you, but the most important person does. His name is Jesus. He is with you always. So no matter what you’re facing, you’re never alone.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
The Bible tells us that God is with us. That’s part of what Jesus came to the earth to provide to us. He came so that we wouldn’t be alone and without purpose in life.
Jesus came to be with you. That means that when you walk through the doors of your school, you’re not alone. When you go to dance class, Jesus goes with you. Those days you have to go and take a spelling test, Jesus is there. In all things, Jesus goes with you.
So even when things seem hard. Even when you feel like people don’t get you, be encouraged. You’re not alone. Jesus came so that you can have a relationship with Him. You don’t have to walk through life by yourself. You’ve got Jesus on your side!
Today’s Truth: Jesus is with you.
Do you love Christmas lights? It seems like lights are popping up all over the place these days as Christmas gets closer. Houses and stores are all lit up and it’s so much fun to watch.
In the midst of all the holiday cheer, it can be really easy to forget about the main attraction, Jesus. Jesus is the main thing about Christmas. With all the lights, candy, hot cocoa, and cookies, it’s easy to forget about how good Jesus is, and how much better our lives are with him in it.
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
The Bible describes Jesus as the prince of peace. That’s good news. That means in the middle of a crazy world, in the middle of fear, you can live your life at peace.
Jesus came to the earth to bring you peace. It doesn’t matter if it feels like your entire world is falling apart. You can live in peace because you know that God always takes care of His children.
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As a child of God, you can live at peace. Even when things seem crazy and out of control, God always provides and sees His children through. You don’t have to live in fear and anxiety. Jesus came to bring you peace. So focus on peace today. When you start getting worried or anxious, remind yourself that Jesus came to bring you peace!
Today’s Challenge: Focus On Peace
Christmas is getting closer and if you’re anything like me, you’re in full investigation mode. Carefully inspecting the Christmas tree to see if any new presents have appeared. When one is found, it is picked up, inspected for size, shook, all in hopes of determining early what presents you’ll be getting this year.
The Christmas season is so much fun! However, in all the gifts and hype, sometimes, it’s easy to let Jesus become a side thing instead of the main thing.
The problem with that is: Jesus is the main thing about Christmas!
Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! – 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NLT)
Jesus has a whole holiday with His name in it, and we often push him into the shadows and focus on all the giving and presents. And there is nothing wrong with some good Christmas excitement, as long as we don’t push Jesus and what his life means for us out of the picture.
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God gave us an amazing gift, His son Jesus. When we look at Jesus’ life, we realize the goodness of God and the freedom we get to live in as children of God, which is better than any present under the tree.
So over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at Jesus, what His coming to the earth meant for us and how we can strive to make Jesus the main focus in our hearts this Christmas season!
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Today’s Challenge: Make Jesus your focus this Christmas season.