Remembering Christ in Christmas

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the activities associated with the majority of the western world’s concept of Christmas (or the ‘holidays’ as many westerners refer to it), that perpetuates Santa Claus and leads them to losing themselves in the frenetic quest of purchasing the ‘right’ gifts.

The true gift of Christmas is God’s ultimate free bestowal of love to His greatest creations, which is that of the blessed hope of reconciliation with Him, both in this life and for all of eternity – granted to His children through Jesus Christ.

And it’s such a big gift. All we have to do is get out of our own way and remain focused upon the enormity of God ’s love expressed within His purposes for each of us, allowing ourselves to be the spiritual revelation of them as we are promoted, encouraged and expedited in our realization through the power or Christ within us:

I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of [facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill HIs purpose – I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infused me with inner strength and confident peace.] Phil. 4:12, 13. AMP

Focusing on the gift keeps us humble, knowing that we are, by ourselves, ineffective in God’s purposes until we recognize, invite, embrace and lay hold of God within us. And within that union, we finally attain a closeness with ourselves that we’ve so desperately sought, through the grace of Christ’s communion with us.

Only in the strength of that kinship can we rise above the fears generated by ourselves from the seeds of our exposure to this world, ascend above a frequent itch that calls us to apologize for who we are and find our fulfillment in the love of our Creator and His Son:

…present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be confirmed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:1, 2. AMP

This Christmas gift of God’s grace is an offering of unity with Him as His child, which transcends us from what we’ve become to that which He created us to be in the first place – wise, free in His truth, and awakened in our fullest spiritual connection, thus knowing ourselves in Christ, conscious of the nature of God within us.

All in all, we’ve been given a part to play in increasing God’s kingdom by preparing others and ourselves for Christ’s return in the face of a worldly spirit that so desperately fears His coming.

Our Christmas gift has so many loving facets from a God who’s love towards us knows no bounds. Through Christ, He brings our lives to our ultimate fulfillment in Him – in His love, joy and peace as He sheaths us with His image. We are delivered by His grace from who we thought we were, so that we can live the life He meant us to have, through our spirit that is directed by yet another gift, the Holy Spirit.

Let us not also forget the part of the Christmas gift that is the mercy of God, which cleanses us from our sins perpetuated out of ignorance, through the blood of Christ, solely because He loves us so much, so that we can remain in His presence because He put Christ’s righteousness upon you.

All that God asks from you is to surrender yourself to His love. Why? Because He knows that there is no rest for you until you rest in Him.

Thus, we can move away from out old selves and into the living gift of resurrection, forgiveness, acceptance, peace and spiritual perfection…

Goodnight, God bless and Merry Christmas.

Will You Help God Help You?

We know that God is all-powerful and He doesn’t really need our help (directly). More about that later…

Beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing with every person that descended from them (through the end of time), God gave the gift of free will. It is really an agreement between God and all people, whereupon He agrees not interfere with their volitional decisions.

He will do His best to try to show you the right path but your decision for your next moment rests entirely in your hands – as well as does the consequences for those decisions.

Why is that important?

Since mid-July of this year, (beginning with the post: How The Devil Stole Your Soul), we studied how the Devil convinced Adam and Eve that they were less than perfect by telling them that God lied to them regarding the potential consequences of their disobedience and encouraged them to disobey God so that they could ‘better themselves’ through rebellion.

As we know, God does not lie and Adam and Eve did become ‘damaged goods’ through their subsequent disconnect with God. Then they passed this disassociation down to their descendants, who passed it on to there own – ad infinitum.

When I say ‘damaged goods,’ I mean people who think they are not ‘good enough’ or ‘unlovable’ in God’s eyes, the eyes of others, and in their own.

If someone suffers from a malodorous and fractured sense of self, they look outside of themselves [to others and to a parasite that resides in their mind while existing outside of it (ego / voice in their head)] to find acceptance / validation. Yet because these same people believe they are inherently flawed, they present a false persona to others (a mask) that they hope those others will love.

But, if you’re trying to get someone to love your mask, and even if they do, that’s not remotely related to loving the real you, so your real needs never get met. When you’re engaged in this fruitless, frenetic dance, you take on the characteristics of fear, shame, guilt, anger, bitterness and rigidity – which makes you an extremely poor candidate for healthy, love-filled relationships, as well as making you vulnerable for unhealthy relationships of the most destructive kind.

Seeing as how all of life exists in relationships, your life becomes no life at all…

Praise God we saw last time (Can God Deliver You From Yourself?) that nothing can stand against our God and nothing can block His love from blanketing you. God created you and set you upon a good path:

Does not [God] see my ways and count all my steps? Job 31:4 AMP

You have also given me the shield of your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip. Ps. 18:35, 36. NKJV

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way…The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. Ps. 37:23 & 31. NKJV

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Ps. 23:6 NASB

Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before they ever took shape, when as yet there were none of them. Ps. 139:16 AMP

It’s just that you were knocked off of your path as a child due to the unconscious brainwashing that took place. All you have to do is ask God to take you back (in confession and repentance) and He will – no exceptions! He’ll clean up the mess you’ve inadvertently made out of your life and restore you to His kingdom, whereupon your life will be a blazoned glory of your Father.

But see the scripture above, ‘steps of a good man’ and ‘The law of God is in his heart.’ Thus, in order to get a good life, you must include God and do your best to be obedient to His word. Only then, will God set all things in good order for you – including all the love and acceptance you could ever want, both from Him directly and from others whom He loves you through.

You have freewill choices and efforts that you have to make to have the kind of life you want:

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Eph. 6:10 – 13. AMP

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph. 6:14 – 17. NKJV

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Rm. 8:13, 14. NKJV

You must make a continuing choice for living God’s way, thus keeping your love-connection with Him intact. That’s the primary way in which you help God help you. Then, God will grant you the highest and best life…

But what happens when you don’t? And I’m talking here about people who are doing their best to walk a godly path. Yet you’ve seen many a Christian (some of them quite famous for their ‘holiness’) come upon hard times, where sin has crept in and their lives fell in ruin.

Why is that? Didn’t they have enough faith? I don’t think that’s true in most cases.

First of all, many people think that the devil takes a hike when you saddle up to God. Not so! He doubles down on his efforts to pull you away from Him. God is going to annihilate the devil (through Christ), but that’s not going to happen until the time of this world is done. It’s up to you not to listen to nor act upon Satan’s suggestions.

Second, we are literally swimming in a sea of humanity 24/7, which, for the most part is godless – either by choice of through ignorance.

Guess what? Swimming in that mire can break us down little by little. Incrementally and sneakily, our old humanity (with that voice in our head) creeps back in. We don’t even recognize our descent back into the wiles of our flesh until our lives begin to fall apart once more.

Still, we can always return to God to start anew. Yet, what if we could greatly reduce our backsliding and thus our valleys of suffering, and live the majority of the time on the peaks of our love-filled life?

It is possible. How? We must become a detective and find out all the sneaky ways the world tries to tug at us and uncover the games we unconsciously play to stay in the satisfaction of the flesh.

We can become hyper-aware of all those shenanigans and nip them in the bud when they first raise their ugly heads.

When we do that, we become aware too of the need to return to God with confession and repentance to get our lives back.

So, I’m going to shift gears in our series and look at solutions (Praise God!) to this age-old dilemma. It’s based upon my 45-year study of human behavior (and that includes my own). It’s only one set of solutions, but it’s a way that brought me back from the brink of death and I believe I’ve been charged by God to share it with you should you choose this mission of awakening.

What is this mission? It’s a way to lay the foundation of how to gain instant awareness of when we’ve been sucked back into the ways of the world, so that we can regain our conscious appreciation for whom God made each of us to be. In other words, to reclaim the perfect humanity that He already gave us.

You don’t have to understand that perfection, you only have to embrace it. As a perfectly created image of God, you already possess all the attributes of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22, 23.)

If you let these spiritual qualities manifest (by following God’s path), love, acceptance and happiness would lose its elusiveness; self-judgment would be a bygone practice and you would attract whomever you wanted, to share your rediscovered happiness and love with…

This is the most important task that you will ever take on because it is a matter of life or death: to either live in and by the light of God that He has always planned for you, or to remain in the darkness and die by degrees.

You’ll need the right tools: willingness, God, meditation, steadfast awareness and inquisition, and action.

I’ve listed these tools in the order that you have to apply them.

WILLINGNESS

No one else can give you your life back. You have to take it back and you can only do so if you are willing.

I placed the tool of ‘willingness’ before ‘God’ because He never violates our free will. (He does that primarily because He wants you to willingly send your love to Him. After all, it’s only love that’s freely given without coercion that constitutes real love.)

That’s why it’s so important to make sound decisions, because in order to preserve your free will, God has to allow the consequences of them to play out.

God will do anything you ask of Him (within His guidelines), but you must be willing to call upon Him and make those requests before He can move on your behalf. Also, you must be willing to change your ways of being and doing (repent) in order to shed that unworkable life that you’ve been living.

To be continued…
Goodnight and God bless.

Looking for the love of God

Did you know that we don’t have to look for the love of God? He has already given us a guarantee that His love is ours to have. Read for yourself what God Himself says:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39.

We want to keep this promise of God at the forefront of our thoughts at all time to remind us that His love is here already. We only have to learn how to connect to it.

Our entire time together will be spent in learning how to make that love-connection with God so that every moment in your life can be filled with God moments.

And, if we also keep in mind that God is love, (1 John 4:16), every moment of our lives we stay connected with God are also our ‘love moments’.

However, it’s in the making of that love-connection with God in the first place that people run into problems….