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My Love, Jesus December 6, 2007

Posted by theregenerateme in Thoughts that sanctify.
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Yes, it’s that wonderful time of year again. I can hardly believe it, except that I have a couple handfuls of days before delivering my second child, thus counting down every day….no, every hour! I am elated to think about my daughter getting to celebrate her birthday so close to such an important time of the year for us Christians. A time that reminds our hearts to be humbled by a God so awesome, so majestic, that “we love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

 I think I fall in love with Him more and more as my walk matures. I have been saved for nearly 2 years now, and I can’t believe how much He has taught me. I think about how patient and merciful He was to me all those years I was living in a false walk- a pseudo walk if you will- proclaiming to know God. I truly believed I was one of His children, though I never had desires to seek His Word, evangelize, talk in depth with another believer about my faith, or share my testimony ( I had no idea what that even meant). How could I have known God when I didn’t even know or care to know His Word? But there is NO doubt now that The Holy Spirit resides in me! I remember when I started feeling different. It was when things had to be confessed, even though I didn’t want to confess them. I couldn’t keep quiet with my sin. And every time I thought I had nothing left to hide, The Holy Spirit convicted me to expose more. I became aware of what sin felt like, and how much I began to despise it. My attitude started changing, which was the cleansing that only He can do. I found myself praying almost all day long, and not because I felt like I had to, but just because it was an overwhelming urge that could not be ignored.  My desires became the complete opposite of what they had been for so many years. And now, not yet free from sin, The Holy Spirit within me is that light against my own fleshy ways, exposing the sin nature that is my wicked heart.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

He does these things for me because He loves me, and this is the reason I keep falling more and more in love with Him. I’m so happy we get to honor the birth of Jesus in just a few weeks. Christmas! It’s so very special, but unfortunately gets confused with alter-meanings. Let us set aside the commercialism of this holiday for a moment, and remember that it’s not about exchanging gifts, eating delicious food, the joy of giving, or spending time with our families; although these can certainly be included as part of the celebration.  It’s not open to interpretation. There aren’t alternative meanings to this day. To be completely honest, it’s a religious holiday for people of the Christian faith…period. CHRISTmas is a time to celebrate a God so great, that He humbled Himself in the likeness of a human baby, only to be raised by fallible human parents, and inevitably sacrifice his life so that we might be saved. 

“And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ( Luke 2:9-11)

No need to make alternative meanings, when the original is Perfect. That’s something to celebrate. That’s Someone to fall in love with, to be thankful for, and to live by. I encourage those who are true believers, to extend the olive branch to others this Christmas season. Let us exude the love that Christ has given to all of us by means of the Gospel, for it is all for the glory of God anyway. May we be faithful and unashamed witnesses to others during this holiday that has become grossly misunderstood and wrongly celebrated. May we pray for the courage and the confidence to show others who don’t know Him that the answers to life’s questions are in His Word, and only His Word….for the path IS narrow. May all of you see the blessings that our Great Majestic Savior gives, this Christmas season and always! 

Celebrating Him,

Lauren