Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Wow, I can hardly believe that it is already Christmas eve, I remember thinking last year at this time that Christmas had literally snuck up on me, well I hate to tell you, but it did it again!
I have had the priviledge of enjoying Christmas in a couple of different locations over my life time and to be honest it is hard to pick a favourite, from beautiful and warm, sunny Cape Town, South Africa to Italy and then Canada. Each hold their own little bit of charm. I love the fact that once a year most people stop and reflect on what Christmas is all about, Jesus Christ, sent by God to be the Saviour of the world.
I have noticed a disturbing trend here in North America where the stores and the people are “Celebrating the Holidays” but not “Celebrating Christmas”. The trend it seems is to focus on the presents, the gatherings and the magic of the season and push the idea of Jesus, sent by God to a lost and dying world as far away as possible.
To be honest, in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the big celebration it is easy to forget why we are even doing this, but if I am honest with myself, I have to sit down and acknowledge that everything that I have, everything that I am today, comes directly from God.
I used to be a person so steeped in my sin that I felt dead, oh I put on a happy face to the people around me, I smiled and sometimes had fun, but inside the very depths of my soul I was dead and missing the ingredient to make me truly alive.
I looked to people to fill that void, but it didn’t work and it sent me into a deeper cycle of destruction, then I looked at things for that deep soul satisfaction, but things didn’t do it either. It was not until I recognised that all of my behaviours were actually pulling me down and tearing me apart and in order for me to live differently I needed to find the true saviour.
I didn’t really know who the true saviour was, I searched and hunted, starting with myself. If I could just be better behaved then I would feel better about myself, but that only worked for about 5 minutes and then I was back to square one doing the same old destructive things again.
If I starved myself and lost weight, then I would feel better about my self, no I was just left hungry.
If I ate a lot and filled in those curves a bit that would make me feel better about myself, no that just left me over weight and feeling worse.
Then one day I believe I had a God interruption moment, where He literally interrupted my life to set me on the proper course, a course that would bring health and healing to my body, soul, mind and spirit.
I was desperately lonely and in need of something or someone, and that is when God stepped in and revealed to me that he was the only one that could fill that huge God sized hole in my spirit.
I said yes to the God of all things and He sent his Holy Spirit to take up residence within my heart. That was many Christmas’s ago and to be honest it has been the hardest, most exhilerating, thrilling ride of my life.
He set about teaching me the truth of his precious word, which is found in the bible. He opened up the scriptures to me in a whole new way. He helped me to renew my thinking about myself, others and God.
He helped me to lay down all of my old habits and destructive behaviours for something new and exciting, a life being filled and led by The Holy Spirit.
He taught me that I could have a heart that was completely healed and set free from the sin that I had so willingly entertained.
Today as I write this, I am so thankful for the deep and complete healing that God has brought to my ravaged soul. I am thankful for his great love for me and his many blessings that he has revealed to me.
I now have a heart that is overflowing with Joy and love that comes only from walking in a relationship with God.
If you have not as of yet found anything to fill that “God sized hole” in your heart and you to find yourself desperate and lonely and just putting in time, let me tell you about how you can change all of that and your eternal future.
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, He made man and woman in his image. He set them in the garden of Eden and told them that they could eat from any tree in the garden except from the one in the middle of the garden. The devil came along and decieved them into thinking that they could be “Like God” knowing good from evil if they ate from the tree. He convinced them that they would not die and that it was not that bad to eat from that tree.
The did it, they ate that fruit.
The consequences were not immediate death in the flesh, but a more serious death, the death of their spirits, they were now seperated from God and having uninterupted fellowship with him. God and sin cannot be in the same place.
When God spoke to them about what they had done, and after banishing them from the garden, he set about with a plan that would bring the people back into unbroken fellowship with him again.
He sent his son.
This son, Jesus Christ, came to earth as a baby, born of a virgin mother just over 2000 years ago. He came with the express purpose of leading the people back to God, to making a way of unbroken fellowship once again.
Just before Jesus died, he told his disciples that he would go back to his father in heaven; but would send us his people the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s job was to lead us into the truth , what is that truth, that Jesus is the Son of God, that he came to earth as the final sacrifice for our sins and that in dying he made the way clear and open for us to go to God and have unbroken fellowship with him again.
My friends, when we are born we are all classed as sinners, not one of us are in right standing with God, but through the death of Jesus on the cross as the ultimate sacrifcie we can once again enjoy unbroken fellowship with God.
All we have to do is, believe that God did indeed send his son Jesus to die for us, we then can ask Jesus to forgive us from our sins, turn from them and turn to him. He gladly forgives us as he wants to have fellowship with us even more than what we want it.
The bible teaches us that when we come to him, he will never turn anyone away.
He removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west. He helps us to had a new mind set and he sets about restoring us into fellowship with him, when we believe and accept him as our Lord and Saviour in our lives.
If you have never made that commitment to Jesus Christ before and want to do it today, why not take a moment and say this short little prayer with me, it will change your life forever, as you will be welcomed by God into his family. He will give you an eternal future with him, and he will come into the deepest places in your heart and bring hope, healing, life and joy. I have experienced all of these things through God and to be honest I would never ever want to go back to my old way of living, without him.
I pray that as the Holy Spirit moves on your heart right now, that you will make that descision to stop running from him and ask him to become Lord and Saviour of your life.
Dear father God,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that without you I cannot experience what life is really meant to be here on this earth. I have tried it out on my own for such a long time and I am miserable. I believe that you sent your son Jesus Christ to this earth to be the ultimate sacrifice for my sins. I believe that you are the one and true God. Please forgive me for the sins that hold me captive and come into my heart. I thank you for your great love for me and I thank you for your plan that you have for my life. I give you my heart.
Thank you father,
If you have prayed that prayer and would like to know more about the decision you have just made, and how to start your life as a brand new believer in Jesus Christ, please contact me, I will send you a bible and I will be glad to walk alongside of you on your journey of faith.
I pray that the lord will bless you indeed this Christmas and that as you truly discover the real meaning of Christmas you will be filled with joy, peace and love.
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