Well it is that time of the year again…Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Christmas represents one feature of the greatest story ever told—the birth of Jesus—the birth of the Savior of humanity! God in the form of a man born of a virgin came as the Savior of the world. The great King of Heaven seated in majesty, chose to leave Heaven and come to Earth to be born in a manger…because of His passionate love form mankind!
What a night that was! O holy Night, is my most favorite Christmas Carol; after 24 years of being saved the words still move me to tears, especially the line that says, “long lay the world in sin and error pining till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.” …The soul felt its value! Jesus came to planet Earth to give His Life as a ransom for all, to give value to the souls of humanity. That the King of Heaven would come for me, would pay the price of His Blood for me…this soul felt its worth!
I also love Matt. 4:15:
“THE LAND OF ZEBULUN AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE JORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES—THE PEOPLE WHO SAT IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT, AND UPON THOSE WHO SAT IN THE REGION AND SHADOW OF DEATH… LIGHT HAS DAWNED.”
This Jewish King came not only for Israel but also for the Gentiles—for the world a Light has dawned…for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son!
I will never forget the year I got saved, the whole world looked different to me; it was as if I had never seen a tree before, or the clouds or the stars. I distinctly remember my first Christmas; I went for a walk one night, and I was looking up at the stars, feeling the wonderful awe and majesty of the season, I started to sing O Holy Night…and I started to weep, I guess it was the incredible anointing on the song, but I wept also because I had sung that song from I was a little child; I sang it all through my life! I had been singing this song, and had never understood or felt the full impact of what those words meant until that moment! And I was broken! That a King loved me so much, that He gave His Life for me as a ransom, and saved me for all eternity….and that one day I will see Him face to face. That’s what Christmas means to me!
I know that there are many viewpoints out there regarding Christmas. Many have tried to convince me that it is demonic. But for me, the sense of God’s Presence and love for humanity, hovers over this season, and cannot be denied…despite satan’s attempts to destroy Christmas.
People sometimes get so caught up in arguing about the date December 25th, but for me, it has nothing to do with a date…I thank God that He has given us a whole season of about 6 weeks, to focus on Jesus, to tell the world about the greatest story of all time…that we have been given a Gift of eternal destiny in Glory with our beautiful King! What does it matter about the date in light of this!
Satan hates Christmas and has been fighting to eliminate it for some time now, Why? Because he wants to eliminate the story of the Savior! Another reason is that he hates Christ…He wants to mark a big X through the name Christ, and turn Christmas into a shopping spree. He tries to distract from the story by commercializing it! Satan creates division among God’s people with fights and debates about the root of Christmas and about the correct date of Jesus’s birth, completely missing the gift we have been given in Christmas!
My thought on these two issues are…we will never have an accurate date of the birth Christ with certainty, God never told us the date in His Word, I believe on purpose…I personally don’t care about the date…what matters is the story, and the season we are given!
I am also an intercessor and have much understanding of the spiritual realms and the ability of the demonic to deceive and lay spiritual traps and landmines for humanity and the people of God. I also understand how easily religious demonic spirits take hold of Christians, hardening their hearts with cold, proud dogmatic attitudes that present a false Christ to the world! I am not talking about compromising on the Truth of the Word of God, I am speaking about misrepresenting the heart of Christ to the world…re-presenting Him in a wrong spirit…not in the Holy Spirit!
Why would we want to agree with Satan and join forces with him in trying to get rid of the Gift of the Story God has given to share with the world…and a season in which the world is focused on that story? Why would we want to throw that away?
As in no other time of the year, at Christmas God’s Presence, Mercy and Love are clearly felt, hovering over the planet…bringing Joy, bringing families together, reconciling relationships. At Christmas time, people for a short season take the focus off themselves and spend time thinking about others—people become givers, they become a little like Christ and give gifts…actually spending time thinking about what a friend or a loved would like or needs. At Christmas people give to the poor, to children living in lack without hope, some actually help to serve the poor and the homeless, taking on God’s heart for a season!
At Christmas, as at no other time, Joy is in the air…joyful songs proclaiming the King’s story are sung, heralded throughout shopping malls and stores, played over the airwaves on radios and TVs, carols sung in concerts, parks and town squares! At Christmas, for the Great occasion of the birth of Jesus, God fills the air with songs of Glory such as O Holy Night, Hark the Herald angels Sing, Joy to the World, Silent Night, Mary did you Know, O Come Emmanuel, O Come all ye Faithful, Angels we have heard on High…. All these famous songs were inspired by the Holy Spirit for Christmas to glorify the great King! Even secular Christmas songs are about Joy and Hope and Love!
At Christmas God has given a season of time with the greatest opportunity for the world to hear the Greatest Story they may not have otherwise heard! At Christmas people who don’t normally go to church or know Christ—they go to church, and they Hear the Story! The atmosphere is supernatural and ripe for the Story as Angels flood the Earth to minister and draw people to the Good News of a Savior.Christmas creates the greatest evangelistic opportunities to tell others about the Love of Christ—Why would we agree with satan, and join forces with him to try to get rid of it?
I say, let us fight for Christmas—a season I fully believe was given to humanity by God in His Mercy. Let us fight to keep Christ in Christmas and to take every opportunity to say Merry Christmas to someone, God bless you! Let us make this a season to show love, patience and kindness to others, rather than hate and fighting and debating about things, that really don’t matter in light of eternity! We can get so caught up in the debate that we miss God, and we miss His heart! Let us use this Christmas to represent the true heart of Christ to the World…the heart of a Savior! Let us give gifts of kindness to others! When we give a gift to someone we are actually giving to God…we become a little bit like God for a moment—the Giver of every good gift! James 1:17 declares this:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
I believe that darkness and hate is trying to overcome the world right now, but I don’t think God is going to let that happen just yet! Societies and nations have sunk into gross darkness before over History, and God moved in power to restore and to turn things around! It is not impossible for God! With one move of the Holy Spirit, with one great Awakening, God can turn things around! He has done it before and He can do it again!
I believe He will do it again! Why? Because He has a massive harvest of precious souls to bring into the kingdom of God—into His family! Let us take the opportunity given to us this Christmas, to begin to reach out to others in love, and begin to gather them in!
I believe this will be one of the best and greatest Christmas’s ever! Good things are about to break forth! Don’t give in to discouragement and hopelessness! Showers of blessings are about to fall on mankind from our Great and Merciful Father. The time of judgment is not yet! He will come to save us…that is what He does…that is who is…HE IS THE SAVIOR!
Merry Christmas everyone and a happy New Year! God Bless you and keep you and your family safe over the holidays, may His face always shine upon you! Peace to you, Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind!
O Holy Night
The Stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth!
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and Glorious Morn
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices
O Night Divine, O night when Christ was born!