Greetings once again Christlike Ministries NWA Family,
I would like to take some time to wish all of you a Merry Christmas from our family to yours, and being that it’s Christmas Eve what a better time to take a moment to let you know what’s going to be happening as 2012 draws to a close, and 2013 begins.
Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Many of us starting tonight or maybe already have begun gathering to celebrate with family many of us like we did for Thanksgiving. Only the difference is we gather to open gifts, and mimic what the wise men did when they brought baby Jesus gifts. It’s funny how many try to take credit for starting what God started, and even try to trademark what God already has the all the legal rights to. Like I’ve said before, if God decided to sue everyone for infringing upon His copy writes, trademarks, and patents…there would be quite a few people who would be flat broke…Amen!?!
Most of you know that I had to cancel the rest of the Christmas devotional series, but many of you may not know why. So, now that I have time to give you the explanation I owe you…here it is: For my “day job” I am a route driver for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and shortly after we begun the Christmas series I was given a new route. This route is a very important route for our franchise because it involves maintaining a strong and very good relationship with Walmart. So, with this new route came a pay raise, and increased responsibility because this new route could be the beginning of some really good things for our local Krispy Kreme franchise. As a result of being a reliable and dependable employee, and God making sure that I had the favor with my employer to be recognized for my hard work and dependability…my work day went from being 6 hours at the most to lasting anywhere between 10 to 14 hours, and it’s been difficult to find time to rest, write, spend time with family, or my own personal devotional time with the Lord.
So, as you might be able to understand…my time began to quickly get out of balance. I needed to cancel the rest of the series because I just couldn’t really find time to make sure I was getting enough rest, and as punishment for that my body has rewarded me with my first almost full blown cold (for Christmas) in about two years. However, I should also note that even though it’s taken me and God a few weeks…I believe I am starting to find a way (with God’s help) to get it all to balance again. I admit that I still have a bit of work to do in that area, but I believe that come 2013…when I believe that I’ll be more able to resume posting the sound Bible base messages you’ve come to expect from this ministry.
So…here’s some of the things I already know that 2013 are going to bring…
- A New Addition to the Kizer Family: My wife and I are expecting a child to arrive some time within the first couple weeks of August. We found out a couple weeks ago, and now that our close family and friends know…I’m free to announce it to all of you. God’s blessed us with the greatest gift of all…a new life.
- Embracing Faith: During a shopping trip to Dollar General, I found this daily devotional book, and feel like it’s a good daily devotional for us to walk through. I believe that this may wind up being our sole teaching tool this coming year. I will continue to monitor the devotional series that YouVersion puts out, and of course continue to rely upon the Holy Ghost to put whatever He desires on my heart to write about.
- The 2013 Theme: I was in the midst of writing the Christmas Eve message when I heard a simple word dropped into my spirit. That word: Abide. The theme for next year not just for myself, but all of us who are of the Christlike Ministries NWA Family is going to be “Abide in Christ”. We’re going to have to rely upon God more than ever before. As I wrote in a message not too long ago…we’re going to have to learn to approach the throne of grace with boldness to obtain mercy and grace to help us in our times of need. We’re not going to be able to rely upon our own strength and abilities…we are going to have to remain attached to the Vine…and that means we’re going to have to be even more committed to abiding in the Word, taking time to worship & pray in our prayer closets…and make sure that we’re gathering together with likeminded believers in good, solid, strong Bible believing and preaching churches.
- The Beginning of the Year Fast: Starting January 2nd, I am going to be fasting for 21 Days, and the things included in this fast are going to be things like coffee, soda, junk food, energy drinks, doughnuts, secular music, television, sports talk radio, and I’m not sure what else. I know the hard ones already are going to be the things I rely upon to give me energy during work…like coffee, soda, energy drinks. 21 Days without coffee is definitely going to require me to lean upon the Lord for strength…Amen!?! That’s the point of fasting anyways…disciplining your flesh to rely upon God for what you need…and therefore as much as I am dreading the fast from coffee, soda, and even tea…I know that relying upon the Lord during this time will allow me to really tap into what I need from Him…and hopefully bring a real, personal encounter with Him. That’s the goal of fasting…amen!?! Encountering God.
I believe that’s all that I can think of at the moment. Right now, as we stand…this post will be our 275th message. There are 97 Facebook fans (www.Facebook.com/ChristlikeMinistriesNWA), 114 Twitter followers (@ChristMinistNWA), and 39 that follow this ministry via United States, Canada, and Mexico). Christlike Ministries NWA truly has a global reach, and I’m trusting God to continue to help us reach every shore with the truth of the Word of God.Since February 25, 2012 we have reached over 100 nations (including the
I want to thank all 240 of you who follow Christlike Ministries NWA however you may be following us, and let you know that all of you are an encouragement to me. I trust God to help us to continue to grow, and add followers to this ministry. I trust Him to help me to continue to write messages that will impact our lives, and help us to maintain a more personal and intimate relationship with Him. I trust Him to help me grow personally, and continue to grow and become a better writer.
With that, I believe I will close this message, and wish all of you a Merry Christmas…and a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year. I hope all of you will return to follow this ministry in 2013, and will accept the mission to Abide in Christ even more. Please continue to keep me in your prayers, and know that all of you are in mine.
“My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 16:24 (KJV)
Blessings & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA