Friday, December 24, 2010

CHRISTMAS- looking ahead

Why do we celebrate Christmas? Zachariah 12:10 and 14.  Verse 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of Grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on Him whom they pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over Him, as one weeps over a first born."  This is the revival that God wants, His spirit of Grace to pour out over us and a spirit of mourning, repentance, to come from us.  When you were born again, did you mourn over Christ in your plea for mercy? or did we just say a prayer and move on.  People pray for revival because they want healing and they want their own selfish desires to come to pass, but have we forgotten about the risen Lord, the one who died on the cross for you.  HE BOUGHT YOU WITH A PRICE (Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  Therefore we owe Him our life.  

Have we as a society (America) forgotten what Christmas is?  Have we forgotten that its all about Christ.  The gifts that we have gotten the gifts that we give are only because of Jesus Christ.  When we come to Christmas we need not look forward to opening up presents but rather look forward to revelation of our Lord and Savior.  We will give reverance to Him, for He alone is deserving and He alone will be my portion.  I will never ever serve any other God or any other idol on this earth, including the idol that we put before Jesus on Christmas.  That idol is our own selfish desires.  We too often put our desires ahead of Christ, and for some reason it happens to be more so on Christmas.  We do our normal routine go to a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve to achknowledge Him who was born, barely even remembering why He was born, and then forget everyhting and long desire to open presents on Christmas morning.  Not to mention we instill this phenomonon into our childrens brains then they not even knowing what Christmas is all about and believeing in some sort of crazy old man with a long beard to bring them presents. V. 14 ".....On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the hosue of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to clense them from sin and uncleanliness."  The Lord has provided a fountain to the hopeless a fountain that creates hope, it is a fountain that is full of living water and is cleaner than any water that you may drink.  It clenses you deep into your soul and brings a holiness that honors the Lord.  It will bring you Joy and a hope that not even death can destroy.  Something that no man can take away.   If you drink of it you wil be sealed with the blood of Christ and risen with Him in that last day when He comes back again.  Will you drink of it today?  Will you take this Christmas to look forward to Him who bought you with a price. 

I do not say all of this in order to be negative or to put anything down, I say all of this to raise Christ up.  I SO dearly I want all of us to glorify Christ on this day this wonderful day of Christmas and look forward to what Christ did for us that we were bought with a price.  We can still enjoy the holidays, have fun opening up presents and being with family, but please don't take Jesus out of Christmas, stand for what is right and stand for what the SPIRIT inside of you is saying.  He is speaking to each of you this moment about something so divine that your minds can't even be wrapped around it.  Spend some time with Jesus today, read Zachariah 12:10 and 14 and meditate on it.  Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you in a way that He has never before, becasue He longs for you.  Jeremiah 33:3 says "Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known."  JESUS IS ALIVE and He will speak to you, but you must call on Him and wait on Him. the Psalms 46:10 says "Be still and know that I am God"  Be quiet and listen to what He has to say don't just get into the word of God (The Bible), but eat and drink of it drench your Spirit in the goodness of who God is and He will answer.  If your going through a hard time please don't give up but put your trust in Him and He will provide.  He provides for the birds yet He loves you so much more.  He will provide believe that!  Moreover on this Christmas eve day and on Christmas morning tommorow do not forget to look forward to what Christmas is all about and tell a friend why Christmas means so much to you!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS-what a graceful day (Full of God's Grace)