Preparing Your Heart For Christmas

You may have read Luke many times, but many have not and may have lost sight of what the meaning of Christmas is really about. This is a great way to get your heart ready for Christmas.💜

And here is what the Bible says about the Tree.🌳

“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”-Jeremiah 10:2-4(KJV)

Do not be deceived.

Peace be with you all.

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Black Friday

Black Friday does not bear good fruit. It is a day of sickening greed and a lust of material things. It is Satan’s playday, a day when people will think nothing of beating other people up for a pair of socks or a PS4. This is the opposite of what Jesus tells us to do, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It is a day or worshipping money, standing in line overnight to have your pick at your favorite Christmas gifts at a discount. Satan is literally turning God’s creation into carnal crazed beasts, lusting and killing for temporary things. It’s sickening.

Beloved, I Pray..

Three times, John uses the theme of “goodness” or “wellness.” First is general encouragement; the same phrase which starts this verse was used to introduce Gaius in 3 John 1:1. Second, John prays a general blessing. Then, he appeals for the health of Gaius. We don’t know for sure that Gaius had specific health concerns which would require prayer. One possibility is that Gaius was elderly. The apostle John was quite old by the time he wrote this letter, and Gaius might have been of a similar age. John seems to have known him for some time, and speaks of his church members as children (3 John 1:4). Third, John spoke specifically about Gaius’s spiritual maturity. John loved him (3 John 1:1), spoke well of those he led in his church (3 John 1:3–4), and commended his work (3 John 1:5–8).

Waterfall

Such a beautiful waterfall we saw out in the middle of nowhere in Attica, NY.

It made me take pause and think of Isaiah 44:3.

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring“.

If you earnestly thirst for God and seek Him, He will pour His blessings of His covenant upon you.

Judgement

Apostles were no more than servants of Christ, but they were not to be undervalued. They had a great trust, and for that reason, had an honourable office. Paul had a just concern for his own reputation, but he knew that he who chiefly aimed to please men, would not prove himself a faithful servant of Christ. It is a comfort that men are not to be our final judges. And it is not judging well of ourselves, or justifying ourselves, that will prove us safe and happy. Our own judgment is not to be depended upon as to our faithfulness, any more than our own works for our justification. There is a day coming, that will bring men’s secret sins into open day, and discover the secrets of their hearts. Then every slandered believer will be justified, and every faithful servant approved and rewarded. The word of God is the best rule by which to judge as to men. Pride commonly is at the bottom of quarrels. Self-conceit contributes to produce undue esteem of our teachers, as well as of ourselves. We shall not be puffed up for one against another, if we remember that all are instruments, employed by God, and endowed by him with various talents.

Iron Sharpens Iron

The phrase “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise, the Word of God is a “double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), and it is with this that we are to sharpen one another—in times of meeting, fellowship, or any other interaction.

The proverb also indicates the need for constant fellowship with one another. Man was not made to be alone, for did not the Lord God say this, even before the Fall (Genesis 2:18)? How much more, then, after the Fall of Man, do we need to come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ for seasons of fellowship and prayer? Clearly, this was recognized by the saints of the early church (Acts 2:42–47), who “devoted themselves” to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer, all corporate activities that provided opportunities for sharpening one another.

Drawing Near

Have you ever heard a pastor preach about God in such an amazing way that you felt they had this amazing relationship with God? Maybe it wasn’t your pastor but a friend. They saw God show up in their life and their relationship with Him hit a whole new level.

God is present in our lives and in the world every single day. Some days we see Him, but some days we do not. There have been times when I’ve come to the end of my day only to realize that God was right in front of me the whole day and I missed Him.

What about you? Are you paying attention to God’s presence in your life? I have tried to work on this. I don’t want to miss God, so I look for Him and then share my observations with others. Looking for God’s presence in my life has not only helped me each to grow in my personal relationships with God but also given me a great way to connect as I relate to others how I saw God work in my life each day.

Labour

“And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor : and this was my portion of all of my labor.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of the spirit and there was no profit under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
Has the Lord ever abandoned anyone who held him in constant reverence? Has the Lord ever ignored anyone who prayed to Him? The Lord is kind and merciful; He forgives our sins ans keeps us safe in times of trouble.
Dear Father in Heaven, Mighty God in Heaven and on earth, quicken us by the Wors you sent and by all you have done for us in your mercy and steadfast love. Keep us eager and joyful even in difficult and troubled day. Grant us unfailing trust in you, to give us firm ground under our feet so we can always thank and glorify you. For you, O Lord, are our God. You are our Father and will never forsake your children in all eternity. Amen.