Are you making God's gift, a seasonal gift?
We have come upon the “season” many of us call the season of gift giving, but God’s gift is not seasonal. What He gives us through His gift of His Son, His Holy Spirit, is the light of the World that shines in and through us 365 days a year!!
We exchange gifts of ourselves with Him every day, and what He gives us of Himself overcomes any gift we give Him of ourselves.
The gift we exchange with Him is the gift of ourselves with His gift of Himself, and He is not seasonal, what He gives us first gives us the power to give Him all of ourselves every day for the rest of our lives. I hope this message will inspire you to give all of yourself to Him from the power He gives you, so His fruit of His Spirit can be with you every day! This is how our gift exchange can only occur and this is exactly the way your gift exchange will occur when you have given all to Him every day!
First through His Spirit within He draws us to Him through the gift of His love, mercy and forgiveness from the Cross that gives us His faith above anyone or anything else giving us what we need to live the life He has chose for us to live.
Psalm 42:8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to God of my life.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whomever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God, did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
John 6:43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught by God, everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
When a person knows the gift of God that is asking them to give all of who they are to Him, through what He draws them with, all they need to do is ask, and He will pour Himself in that person the gift of life that pours out of them like living water.
John 4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
When someone receives the gift of His living water that pours out of them through His Spirit the world will hate them. His gift takes a person past this world, and those that love this world will hate those who have received Him because of His gift of Himself. This causes many people to give up His gift in exchange for another the world will accept.
John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. This is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master,’ (John 13:16) If they persecuted me they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they not know the One who sent me.
Those who do not obey the teachings of Christ will not want to be around those who do because of who He is and his teachings they follow through His Spirit every day. Those that are a part of this world will not know the One who gave them the gift of God that is not a seasonal gift, nor was He given to us to be a seasonal gift.
Through Him and His teachings He does not teach us his birthday, his “seasonal” gift giving, nor does he tell us to celebrate His birth as a “season”. He did not tech us the word “Christmas” nor did He give us the “Christmas” story as a seasonal celebration; the world did. This teaching of this tradition has caused Him, for many, to be a “seasonal God” with “seasonal joy”, and “seasonal gift giving”, that should be experienced every day because God gives every day the gift of Himself with His complete joy that never changes. We should be celebrating Him every day the same way we celebrate Him during what the world has made into a "season".
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who call us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape corruption in the world cause by evil desires.
How do you think He feels when someone says, “I love this season”, “This is my favorite time of year, or “He is the reason for the season?” He is not any reason for any season because He did not teach us he is a seasonal gift through His life-giving gift of His Spirit. He is the reason for living each day! This “season” should not give us any reason to love Him more, have more joy, more gift giving, or recognize his birth any more than any other day He gives us. If it does, then we are making Him be a reason for only a “season.” Which is one of the reasons I think he never told us because He knew what we would do.
The Cross is the only reason we have His gift and celebrate His gift of Himself each day. In remembrance of Him He taught us to only celebrate His gift by communion with Him, with bread being His body, and wine being His blood. If we follow this “Christmas” tradition man has created we should be living the same as we do each day full of His fruit of His Spirit, giving all ways through His Spirit He gives us the opportunity too, as we do any other day. We should rejoice in Him the same we do through the gift of His birth in us every day, not make this "season" any different than any other day!
Do not make His birth a “seasonal” celebration through the spirit of yourself, it will not last. He did not teach us that, He taught us to live in the gift of Christ every day! This does not mean we cannot celebrate this tradition the world as created, it means it should not stand out as being something brighter, more joyful, or more giving than any other time He gives us during the 365 days of each year He gives us to live in and through Him. The truth is most of us are more brighter, more giving, more loving, more joyful, and we justify it in so many ways the world has taught us.
If we find ourselves being brighter, more loving, more joyful, more giving in this “season” than any other time or day, then we can repent and He will renew our minds!! We do not need to fall into the trap the world has created and make Him a “seasonal” God, that teaching will not last. He wants us to experience His presence within ourselves every day as His light overcoming the darkness that takes us past this world into His now. We can repent and ask Him to forgive us for making Him a “seasonal gift” if we look at ourselves and find we are, or have been doing that for some time.
He will forgive us and give us what we need of Himself that makes Him our light of truth that lives in and pours out of us every day! We can still celebrate this tradition, but this tradition can come and go without being anxious, worried, and overcome with endless list of "gift giving" when we remain in Him as we do everyday! We will find we are as bright in Him any season of life when we remain in Him and not follow the world that changes like shadows. His gift of Himself in and through us will be welling up in us the same every day in a whole new way!