Good morning to all grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the "season" man has chosen to celebrate our Lord's birth. There is much talk about the "spirit" of Christmas, the "spirit" of the holidays, the "spirit" of the Grinch and the "spirit" of Scrooge. For some reason man notices these "spirits" more this time of year than any other. Have you ever wondered why? Why doesn't it matter to them all during the year about the different spirits that are walking around in us, hovering all around us, and keep us in bondage? Like I said before, "It is because this is the "season" man as chosen. Man will notice certain things when man or the world is involved, but what about God, doesn't he remind us everyday to be aware of the spirit of falsehood, and the spirit of truth through His Spirit of Christ that is within us everyday? Why is it that only this time of the year is when some of us notice? A man might have to be reminded to give to others, love and have joy, but a Christian is always reminded everyday provided he is listening to his Savior everyday and not just certain times of the year. This leads me to think they are living through a spirit of falsehood if they only are reminded by the season man as created to celebrate his birth. This giving, love, and joy will come easy enough with the season, and leave as quickly as the season passes. This is not living trough the true Spirit of truth, if it is so easily pushed a side. This is living through the spirit of the world, and not of Christ. Many are being deceived today by the spirit of falsehood.
1 John 4::4-6 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the view point of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of falsehood.
Do not get me wrong; I love Christmas, the gifts, the family time, the tree, lights and decorations, BUT that is not the only day I give to others through Christ, have family time through Christ, and celebrate my Savior's birth through Christ as his reborn child. That is not only the days I recognize him, his birth, his life or death. I do all those things in him, and recognize his presence living in me everyday, and also confess his presence as my Lord, and his gift of grace daily in the world. What I am saying is the spirit of false hood, and the spirit of truth is lived out everyday, not just during a season man has created. There is the "spirit" of the Grinch and the "spirit" of the Scrooge walking, hovering, and tying us up every day, and if we are truly in Christ he is revealing those false spirits within each of us that HIS grace, gifts, and love overcomes as quickly as they hover to tempt us.
The spirit of Scrooge represents greed, selfishness, pride in ourselves, our own accomplishments and success above God. The spirit of the Grinch represents misery, self-pity, unworthiness, wanting to rob, and destroy all what God is revealing to us through his Son. Both of these spirits represent the spirit of falsehood, and they can grab us the minute the "season" man has created is over. It is easy for us to be like Christ among others that are like him during this "season" of celebrating because everyone else is, but what about the days when no one else is, those are the days the truth is revealed in you if you truly are living through the spirit of truth or the spirit of false hood. It is when the world is not looking that the truth is revealed. It is when the world is not listening or watching is when the true Spirit of God is revealed in you.
If he is above all in us, and around us, he will defeat them by all he gives us. If we are only a "Christian" celebrating his birth only during this time I do not think he will think we are living through the Spirit of truth, when we only live it a season out of the year because we join the world. That truly is not living, or sacrificing our lives for him as his child. This truly is not living through his commands out of the love he has given us. He does not only give us his gift of His Son during a "season." His gift is offered as a life gift, and is accepted as a gift for life, as long as we live accepting the gift, the gift will continually give. Our lives are made up of moments given by God for his purpose and plan; our lives are not made up of seasons chosen by men or the world.
Today look at the cross, the mirror of truth, and see if you are denying yourself, the world, and Satan daily, and caring your cross by all he gives you everyday. If you are truly HIS this "Christmas" day men have chosen to celebrate his birth, then this day will not be any different than any other day. You may have decorations, lights, a tree, and family you may not see altogether at one time, but your heart, mind, and soul has no different love for him, nor his love for others through you. Although his love may grow because he becomes more important than the decorations, family, and gifts.
If you see through the cross, the mirror of truth, that you have not truly lived denying yourself, the world, or Satan, above him, then receive his gift now, by you giving him the only gift you have, yourself, and he will begin giving you himself to celebrate with everyday, and no day in your mind, heart, and soul will be any different in HIM. His joy will be complete in you, his grace, and love will never leave you, and his love through you for others will bring others to knowing his birth in you, and them in a whole new way. It will be celebrated faithfully, and boldly everyday!
His peace, and grace always and everyday!!