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Daily Devotion - December 18, 2009

Daily Devotion - December 18, 2009

Listen to the song A Christmas Blessing from the recording A Jernigan Family Christmas

“…Merry Christmas I wish you…”

The word ‘merry’ is usually associated with Christmas due to the use of the phrase ‘merry Christmas’. The word merry literally means ‘full of joy’. When breaking down the word ‘Christmas' we are reminded that the word ‘Christ’ is literally the Son of God Who came as the Savior of mankind. The rest of the word ‘mas’ is a shortening of the word ‘mass’ which means ‘ceremony’ and can mean celebration. When we ‘wish’ something on someone, such as ‘we wish you a merry Christmas’ we are actually speaking a blessing upon them. To wish someone a merry Christmas is to say this: “I bless you with a joy-filled celebration of the Savior’! When I say merry Christmas I am blessing someone else with the hope that I have found. When you hear those words over the next few days, take them to heart and receive the blessing – whether those speaking it ‘get it’ or not! And in like manner, speak it as more than a perfunctory phrase. Mean it as a blessing to those you speak it to. You will find you receive a blessing when you give a blessing. It’s part of God’s economy – we reap what we sow!

Take time to consciously bless others as Christmas approaches. What better time to bless people with the hope of salvation than during the time when even the secular world is confronted with those simple little words ‘Merry Christmas’!

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Romans 12:14 NASB

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7 NASB

Excerpted from the new book by Dennis Jernigan called Daily Devotions for Kingdom Seekers available at

Daily Devotion - from December 11, 2009

“…O, come let us adore Him…”

When we worship the King we focus our entire being on the magnificence of His entire being. He is worthy of all our praise simply by virtue of Who He is! We cannot worship our God without also recognizing what He has done for us. When someone has rescued us – when our life has been saved from certain calamity or doom – we become very grateful and we tend to focus our attention on the One Who did the saving. That is good and that is right…especially as it pertains to our worship of Almighty God. Have you ever stoped to wonder just how God uses even our worship of Him for our own benefit? Here is one of my favorite Kingdom Truths: worship requires the focus of our entire being. When I worship, I must engage my mind…my emotions…my senses…my physical body in order to relate to my God in worship. The Kingdom Truth? When I am entirely consumed relationally in worship – my entire being engaged – there is no room for t he enemy or his lies! While worshiping the Lord the enemy is defeated and my identity is bathed in the truth of Who He is which, in turn, reminds me of who and of Whose I am! O, come let us adore and worship Him!

Use worship as one of the weapons of your warfare against the enemy and his lies in your life today. Exalt God and watch His glory invade your existence.

{Let} the high praises of God {be} in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD! Psalm 149:6-9 NASB

Excerpted from the new book by Dennis Jernigan called Daily Devotions for Kingdom Seekers available at

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 My very good friend, Dean Briggs, asked me to take part in his son Evan's Manhood Ceremony, asking me to challenge Evan in the area of sexual purity. As I prayed over Evan and meditated on what I would share, this song was born. It is a call for us to love God with the same passion He loves us with...a holy, pure, burning passion.