What is Christmas really without Jesus. The world at large spends bucket loads of money during this festive season; and although the birth of Christ is important, even Jesus never made reference to His own birth – what was more important is His death, and ultimately His resurrection from the grave. Yes, without the birth of Jesus, there couldn’t have been a death, neither a resurrection, but the ultimate plan is what is more important – the birth of the new creation through the finish works of Jesus. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas; but how we do it is important. The last thing we as Christians should do is be conformed to the world.
Before you start making your plans for this festive season; I want to remind you of
Romans 12:2 – “…be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Let us not plan to celebrate this festive season like the world, for it is the time our Lord and Savior was born to this world; and He is indeed the Lord and Savior of the world – that’s why it is of vital importance that we celebrate Christmas different than the rest of the world. So how do we do that? The answer is in the latter portion of verse 2 in Romans chapter 12: ‘…prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’
Year after year Christians set up shopping lists, plan Christmas lunches and dinners, gather together in the church building for service – and year after year we celebrate Christmas as if it is our birth; and we forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christians has conformed so much to the world in these last days that a large number of us have removed Christ out of Christmas and calls it X-mas now. Furthermore, we buy presence for one another, but how many times do we buy a present for a stranger. We feast with big Christmas lunches or dinners, but how many times have we prepared a plate for a homeless person or invite a person off the street to come and sit at our table. We wish each other with open arm hugs and big smiles a merry or blessed Christmas, but when last have you just walked down the street or into a shop and wished a perfect stranger…
Most of us Christians have turned to be the biggest hypocrites during the festive season, especially on Christmas. Let us keep it real this Christmas – Jesus real – after all, the intent of Jesus coming to earth in bodily form was for the lost souls, reaching out to the broken hearted, and restoring the sick; ultimately bringing salvation to the world. Let us implement and be in full support of the true essence of Christmas.
Although the Bible does not reference the date of the birth of Jesus, it does give an indication of the season. What is important is that hope was born to this world. This is the true essence of Christmas; looking at the birth of Jesus, we can reflect and also relate to the world the new life which is made available in Christ Jesus.
Christians today have become too gullible; everything they see acceptable by the majority of Christians become a custom to them. Learn to say no, I’m different; my God had made me better than the general class. See the church of Berean Jews, Paul recommend them on seeking out the truth for themselves, examining the scriptures to see if what they had heard is true or not [Acts 17:11].
We have much to be grateful for this festive season; and by giving thanks we show our gratitude to God. There’s 4 ways to give thanks and show God gratitude:
1) In a personal communion with God; on our knees, face down, or with lifted hands, we tell God how grateful we are…
2) In telling others our testimony, what the Lord had done for us and bringing hope to others…
3) By doing acts of generosity and showing hospitality towards others…
4) By preparing a seed and showing it into the Kingdom of God, a sacrificial way of giving thanks.
Most people don’t like the above mention point 4; thinking that the church wants to make money. This is baby thinking; for we who ministers God’s revelation to the church is bringing knowledge to the church, because it worked for us. God had placed men and women in your path to teach you the deeper truth of God’s blessings and how to obtain it; in return show God your gratitude by giving towards the works of the church, which will further the Gospel and its reach in our day and age. 2016 was our year of Unstoppable Spreading, and reflecting on 2016, we can see that God did a lot for us, in our live and in our ministry. Now we are coming to an end of 2016, and this is where we prepare our hearts for what God is about to instil within us for 2017.
Most importantly, giving to the poor during this time is what will bring an increase grace on your life – giving hope.
With that said, let’s take a look below at the Word God released to us during our December Communion Service
DECEMBER 2016 IS OUR MONTH OF THANKSGIVING
God wants us to count our blessings and give thanks to Him Who caused the blessings to come upon us.
The best thing to win is to do; remain in the instructions and do as instructed.
The earth shall be covered with the knowledge of the kingdom. Isaiah 60:2 – ‘Behold the darkness shall cover the earth. And gross darkness to the people…’
1 Peter 1:23
Be not born with the corruptible seed.. We who gave our lives to the Lord, is born of God; and incorruptible seed, therefore our lives must reflect the incorruptible. The word of God endureth forever; and this is the word that is consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being born of God, we are born of His Word, therefore we must keep ourselves in consistency with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does the Gospel means – Learn to understand it, don’t assume it.
Healing is the children’s bread. Healing is the sincere milk of God. (1 Corinthians 3)
“By who’s stripes you are healed.”
From 1 Peter 2:21 onwards, Paul Writing to Jew Christians, they died as Jews, but rose as a new creation in Christ.
All his suffering was before Jesus death. Everybody died with Him. I am the result of his resurrection, that’s where salvation comes by confessing.
During this festive season, we have much to be grateful for; and in the ways we do this is important. What is it all worth to you – if you are serious about your salvation, then you will take this teaching serious; for whatever is beneficial to the Kingdom of God is also beneficial to you and your salvation. Have a blessed festive season.
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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