Our family, like so many, is embracing Christmas early. Christmas music and movies have been blasting hope, joy, and love into our home since mid October.
Advent, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for God’s intervention has been inaugurated despite the month at the top of the calendar. 2020 has provided the opportunity to engage with God afresh and submit to His ways and timetable.
The Church needs to know that Emmanuel “God with us” is still on the throne and very active bringing light and truth in the midst of all the fear, chaos, and division like He has since the beginning.
And God saw the light as pleasing and beautiful; he used the light to dispel the darkness.
Genesis 1:4 TPT (emphasis mine)
He is still using the light of His truth to dispel darkness as I repent for all the ways I have put my needs, wants, and understanding before Him and have allowed Him to be eclipsed by others. I repent from becoming distracted and stirred up with passion for people and politics instead of the person of Jesus Christ Himself: in all His purity, humility, goodness and kindness.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV (emphasis mine)
23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.
Examine me through and through;
find out everything that may be hidden within me.
Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.
24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,
and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—
the path that brings me back to you.
Psalm 139:23-24 TPT
If we call ourselves Christians, then we have the responsibility to do ALL He commissioned us with humility and boldness. This mission needs to be deep in our hearts and clear in our minds and can only come from the Bible—the Word of God Himself.
8 But the one who indulges in a sinful life is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was revealed was to undo and destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:8 TPT (emphasis mine)
17 “Your Word is truth! So make them holy by the truth.
18 I have commissioned them to represent me
just as you commissioned me to represent you.
19 And now I dedicate myself to them as a holy sacrifice
so that they will live as fully dedicated to God
and be made holy by your truth.”
John 17:17-19 TPT (emphasis mine)
Calling Jesus Lord is costly.
When Jesus is truly Lord of our lives, it means that WE ARE NOT.
Christians, by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives, we have given up the right to live how we want and on our own.
Instead, we have given our lives to Him and for His glory on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
We have to stay in the Word of God and allow it to guide us and cut through ALL lies, because lies originate from one source: the father of lies.
Only the Holy Spirit can breathe on the Word of God and bring revelation and understanding. We need to be sensitive and submissive to the Holy Spirit’s teaching and correction.
You live fully in me [Jesus] and now I live fully in them
so that they will experience perfect unity,
and the world will be convinced that you have sent me,
for they will see that you love each one of them
with the same passionate love that you have for me.
John 17:23 TPT (emphasis mine)
May we be sanctified by Your truth and made one in perfect unity by the power of your Holy Spirit to destroy the works of the devil!