An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
Some days I feel beaten down. But then I remember the battle, and who is with me in the fight, for my courage comes not from me.
When light and clouds turn the ordinary into extraordinary.
Amazing how sunlight and clouds can take what a minute ago appeared ordinary and hardly worth looking at, into something breathtaking. Often we have a similar lack of understanding when looking at our own lives, or at the lives of people we meet. Even our appreciation of Jesus is flat and unremarkable. This happens when we look with worldly eyes, very little is perceived, and we move on. But if we let the glory of the Son of God shine upon us, then everything is cast in a new light. We see far beyond the ordinary and behold the eternal. Next time you get down on yourself, or on someone else, remember — in Christ that which looks dry and worthless can become a glorious new creation.
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)