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A Case For Christmas!

 

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 doesthat 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!

 

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Keys to Transform Your World!

Prophecy, possesses the ability to stir the spirit and raise expectations of experiencing and seeing the Hand of God move in our lives and in the world! Yet many have collected personal prophecies for years and not seen their fulfillment. Having a heart of continual expectation with little evidence of fruit, can sometimes lead to disappointment, discouragement and cynicism. It is important to have understanding of the keys and tools God provides for receiving the abundant life He promises in His Word. There may be the belief that we are waiting on God to move and we get frustrated in the wait; and yes, there is a timing factor involved, however, God’s appointed time to step into the Promised Land of dreams is scheduled to coincide with our arrival at the Gate named Fullness of Maturity! God is waiting for us to grow up, to become the leaders of transformation He has prepared for a new age of authority. These are Leaders of character, supernatural insight, having the unction to be the revelation of Christ, and release the deposit of His Life He has placed inside each one.

The video below contains some keys that with application will become the springboard that launches the revelation and rich deposit of Christ in you—the hope of Glory!

 

“YET NOW BE STRONG” – RETURN & BUILD

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When Jesus was crucified, resurrected and ascended to the throne, He laid the groundwork for His disciples to begin to build the Father a House patterned after His Mind, Heart & Life. In the early Church, the believers, who were the living stones, came together in unity to build such a House—one where the Father is worshiped in Spirit and in truth—truth that had been buried under years of error and traditions of men!

God’s plan from before the beginning of time was to dwell in and amongst a people chosen for Himself. Beginning with Abraham the Father initiated the work to prepare for Himself a House, a Place of Dwelling structured and built with the very substance of the Life of His Son Jesus. Yahweh’s House is intended to be a House of transcendent Glory, a habitation of the Godhead for all eternity; a place where God’s sons and daughters will live in His Presence, beholding the beauty of the LORD forever! This Sanctuary is a Heavenly Place, a Dominion and a Royal Kingdom, God moved to establish on Earth in preparation for His Son’s coming rule and reign on earth—A Heavenly Kingdom centered on earth in Jerusalem, “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven!”

Temporary dwellings were erected on Israel’s journey to the final resting Place of the Ark in Jerusalem, where Solomon was chosen as the one to build the Father’s House for the Glory of His great Name. Solomon is a picture in type of Jesus, the Son of God. This house was built from written specifications received from the Father by David, Solomon’s father, “All this,” said David, “the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.” (1 Chron. 28:19). Over the course of time, because of sin, disobedience, and idolatry, the people of God lost the Glory—the House was destroyed and the nation was taken into captivity by their enemies for seventy years for a period of discipline. In God’s chosen appointed time, after a long season of refinement, He released His people from exile to return to His Land to rebuild His House for His Glory as a blessing to all the earth.!

buildingAs children of God, we will all find ourselves either in seasons of captivity, where the Father is refining and disciplining us in the fire of His love, or in seasons where we are released and given new opportunities to re-build the House of God according to His blueprint. The return of the exiles to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple was overshadowed by God’s favor—the miraculous nature of God’s providence, accompanied by signs and wonders! Through Daniels prayer Angel Armies were dispatched and Cyrus was raised up to release Israel to return to the land, and to support the work of building the Temple financially. Many heard the call and were obedient to return, to volunteer for the work of rebuilding the House of God, but many had become settled and chose to remain in captivity rather than take the risk into unknown territory!

The people of God have now arrived at such a time in history mirrored in the book of Haggai & Zechariah. Just as with the exiles, over time, the fire present in the early Church diminished and was replaced with religion and the idolatry of self. Complacency followed due to the desire for self comfort. Self interests—the desire to build their own houses and empires, were raised above God’s interests! Ichabod—(the Glory has departed) became written over much of the Church over history as the Glory of God lifted. THE LACK OF GOD’S GLORY HAS LED TO MUCH LACK IN THE HOUSE OF GOD! As it was then, the Father is now asking us to consider our ways:

“You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the LORD of Hosts: “Consider you ways! Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the LORD. “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the LORD of Hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock and on all the labor of your hands.” (Haggai 1:6-11)

The Father is now calling for a great move of repentance in the hearts of His people. He is once again sounding the call to return from the captivity brought on by a spirit of religion, pride and works of the flesh, to build the House of God ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF CHRIST IN THE FULLNESS OF HIS GLORY! A Holy Place aligned to the Plumb Line of Christ according to His Mind, His Heart and His ways!

He is now saying to all His people in every nation from every tribe, and especially to Israel:

“YET NOW BE STRONG…all of you people of the land, and work, for I am with you.” says the LORD of hosts, according to the word I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My spirit remains among you; do not fear!”
“FOR THUS SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS: ‘ONCE MORE (IT IS A LITTLE WHILE) I WILL SHAKE HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE SEA AND DRY LAND; AND I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, AND THEY SHALL COME TO THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS, AND I WILL FILL THIS TEMPLE WITH GLORY,’ SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. THE SILVER IS MINE, AND THE GOLD IS MINE,’ SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. THE GLORY OF THIS LATTER TEMPLE SHALL BE GREATER THAN THE FORMER,’ SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. ‘AND IN THIS PLACE I WILL GIVE PEACE,’ SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. Haggai 2:4-9

After a long season of refining and preparation God is now about to release His great Armies in Heaven and on Earth, in a divine coalition to defeat the powers of darkness in the Dance orchestrated by Heaven (see previous word on Angel Armies)! God is blowing the trumpet and calling the Israel of God to return with Him to complete the House of God begun in Jerusalem The call is now going out to rebuild the end-time Temple—The Headstone of the House of God—with shouts of GRACE, GRACE to it!

“AND HE SHALL BRING FORTH THE HEADSTONE WITH SHOUTINGS, CRYING, GRACE, GRACE TO IT”

God has prepared a Headstone Generation for such a time and for such a task! A generation that has ascended to union with Christ in Mind & Heart, to become a mature Man of great authority (Ephes. 4:13). When both the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon were completed according to God’s specifications, the Glory of God filled the Temple! The measure that the House of God is structured according to the Father’s design—whether individually or corporately—determines the measure of His Glory it will reflect. At The completion of the end-time Temple in the book of Ezekiel, God’s declaration over it is ‘Yahweh Shamah’—THE LORD, HE IS THERE!

“…the name of the city from that day shall be, ‘The LORD is there.” Ezekiel 48:35