Keeping Christmas Alive

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As I prepare to pack away “Christmas” for another year, I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you to carry into this New Year.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the season wanes and we can invest in time for just a breather to stop and contemplate. Before we dismantle the tree and the decor, and throw out the empty boxes, the torn up wrapping paper, and quickly glance once more at the soon to be discarded greeting cards, carefully pack away our nativity creches with the Babe in the manger; let’s  be careful that we don’t  also pack away the spiritual sentiments of the season, the reason for His advent!

What was the reason for His birth? None other than to restore our broken fellowship with God that we may once again have the fellowship with God just as Adam and Eve did back in the Garden before the fall. A precious time of intimacy and devotion that may continue throughout the year to come, that the spiritual sentiments of Christmas may stay alive in our hearts.

As the clock ticked away the countdown to the New year may this now be the top of your New Year’s resolutions to go deeper with God as you “Develop a Secret History with God” that will stand the test of time no matter what the New Year may hold, committing it to His sovereignty and trusting His heart and love towards you. I believe my book “Developing a Secret History with God” will not only inspire and encourage you in this resolution but will also give you simple steps on your journey. It will revolutionize your quiet time with God.

He is still calling you as He did back in the Garden of Eden “Child, where are you?” He already knows where you are at BUT He wants you to be seeking Him. He already knows your heart BUT He wants you to know His heart! God not only wants to hear from you He wants you to hear His voice. God bless you as you determine in your heart to press on into His presence.

What better time than today, the beginning of a brand New Year, to make a resolution that will impact not only this coming year but your whole life, more than any other resolutions you could make. Truly it will not only change 2018, it will change the rest of your life. I am not saying it will be a year without trials but it will be a year of your faith growing and still standing strong deeply rooted regardless of the winds that may blow over your life.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Walk with the King and be a blessing  as you determine this year to go deeper and press on into His presence.

 

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A Christmas Message !

 

Celebrating Christmas in October ?

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I know in a few months we will be hectically preparing in our communities, homes and families around the world to celebrate the fact that a Savior was born to us. Don’t get me wrong I am glad that the world at least sets aside a day each year to recognize the coming of our Savior, even if it is only for “filthy lucre”, for it gives us an opportunity to share and spread the joy that He was willing to leave heaven, empty Himself to become Emmanuel, God with us. As Christmas Carols are echoing throughout malls and stores, even perhaps for the wrong reason, I am pleased to hear the gospel being preached through the words of those carols.

But at this October harvest season of the Jewish holy feast of Tabernacles, as believers, let us celebrate His birth in our hearts where He is now tabernacled by faith, as we meditate on John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and was tabernacled among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

All important events of God’s plan of redemption occurred on a Jewish feast day.

During the Jewish Feast of Passover He was slain for us as the Lamb of God

During the Jewish Feast of First Fruits He rose again as the first fruits of those that slept.

During the Jewish Feast of Pentecost He sent the Holy Spirit.

You may ask, “Is the date really that important?

The accuracy of the details in God’s prophetic plan of redemption for the world through His people Israel is not only important but also amazing!

So surely the most important event of all, the birth of the Jewish Messiah, would not be fulfilled on a Gentile holiday but rather fulfilled on a Jewish Feast day, the Feast of Tabernacles, which inspired the apostle John to write“ and He was tabernacled among us”. During this feast Jewish believers dwell in booths representing temporary dwelling places. So isn’t it interesting that the long awaited Jewish Messiah was born in a temporary dwelling place in a stable during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.

The ultimate fulfillment of this great feast will be according to Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:for the former things are passed away.

CHALLENGE: This week celebrate and rejoice during “Sukkot” as you meditate on the detailed accuracy of God’s plan of redemption while still sharing during the December Christmas season with neighbors, family and friends the joy that a Savior was born and the hope of HIs second advent.

Have We Lost the Fear of God?

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Dear Child,

If you truly fear Me it will set you free! not punish you, because that fear will give you the courage to let go, the motivation to walk away from that which holds you in bondage. It is sin that is the slave master, not the fear of my presence and facing me as you come to fellowship with me. 

As you reverently fear me, child, you will walk uprightly and have no reason to lack boldness and confidence to come into my presence.

                                                Thus saith Papa

Surely the fear of God is the motivation to cause us to change our ways, not only for our own good but for the good of our children!

Jer 32:39-40  And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Proverbs 14:27  The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Where we find a lack of the fear of God we also find a lack of holiness.

CHALLENGE: Have we lost a reverent fear and respect for God’s holiness in our lives and churches? Has society lost respect and fear of all earthly authority because the church has lost respect and fear for God’s authority? If the church is God’s light in the world surely we lead the way for the world! 

Excerpt from DEVELOPING A SECRET HISTORY WITH GOD page 170

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Abiding in Him

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Dear Father,

                   How do I abide in You?

Dear Child

Abiding in Me is abiding in the Word for I am the Word, and if you do not abide in the Word, you can do nothing. Abiding is living with, you must live with and by the Word. Abiding is not just visiting BUT living with continually.

Abiding in Me is abiding in My Body. You can’t stay connected to the Head unless you are in the Body. Parts of the Body cannot operate in the Spirit apart from the Head. 

Abiding in Me is talking with Me. If you live and abide with Me you will converse with Me.

Without these you are not abiding, you are only occasionally visiting.

                                                                    Thus saith Papa

 John 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 Challenge: Are you abiding or only occasionally visiting?

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