Words Of Truth - December 9, 2009

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Christmas - Part 1"

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
Luke 2:19-20 

      It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas season has come, and there is no greater time for me personally. I love Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the goodies, and the presents! I don’t like the commercialism that the world has brought to it, but since I’m not of this world I don’t do Christmas the way the world does.

Mary and the shepherds had the right Christmas spirit, and we should too! There are some truths in these verses that will help the Christian to keep a right view of this season. Mary pondered in her heart all the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. She didn’t want to lose a moment; she soaked it all in. This was the Christ that had been foretold by the prophets, and He was born of her. There were angels visiting them with messages from God. Now shepherds were coming to see the Lamb that was born. What a moment! No wonder their hearts were full of “praising and glorifying God.”

If Christmas is going to be a matter of the heart bringing praise and glory to God, there are a few things we must hold to. These things are as follows:

C –Christ first
    Christmas is all about Christ Jesus. Not just His birth, but His pre-existence with the Father, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death, burial and resurrection are all part of this wonderful season!

H –Helping others
    Find another person or family that may not have the blessings you do, and be a blessing. You’ll find that it is “more blessed to give than to receive”. This is the spirit of Christmas.

R –Remeber those who serve you
    Think of those who have a part in making your life what it is. The postman, the newspaper carrier, the schoolteacher, the garbage man, the housekeeper, the babysitter, are just a few people who come to mind. A small gift would be appropriate.

I –Invest in the Lord’s work
    Why did Jesus come? “To seek and to save that which is lost”! Jesus started His church and “gave Himself for it,” and we should make an extra investment to His work. Find a soulwinning church and put an extra offering in it!

S –Spend time with family
    The most important people to you are the ones you live with! Take extra time with them. Spend face-to-face time, laughing, playing games, taking walks, etc. Go to your children’s Christmas programs. Make the most of their time off from school, and make family time!

 To be continued

Study verses: Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Isa. 9:6; Micah 5:2

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