“Our Daily Bread” http://odb.org/
The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie http://www.harvest.org/devotional
Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots” @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com
Original post @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com/2021/12/26/dont-pack-up-the-christmas-spirit/
Don’t Pack Up the Christmas Spirit
POSTED ON DECEMBER 26, 2021 BY BETH ANDREWS
Christmas Day has come and gone and my living room looks like a toy store exploded all over the place, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So what now? Well, I’ll clean up the blast zone and eventually pack away the ornaments on the tree. We’ll finish off the last of the Christmas dinner leftovers today. But, where does the Christmas spirit go for the next 11 months?
You probably know by now that Joy abides in my house year-round in my precious granddaughter. But what of the peace the angels declared? According to Jesus, that peace was His gift to me, something the world can’t offer (John 14:27). It doesn’t belong in a box in the shed. It belongs in my heart to rule over my relationships (Col. 3:15).
Is there a box in my shed for the “Hope” of Christmas? The Hope that God is who He claimed to be, that He is trustworthy and faithful (2 Thess 3:3), that His love is unfailing (Ps. 136) and His promises are as sure as His Name (Heb. 6:13). Hope that His eye is ever on me and His ear is tuned to my cries (Gen. 21:13, 11). Hope that one day this wicked world will be turned right-side-up (Rev. 21:5). I am hanging on to hope – it is my word from the Lord for the coming year. I need it desperately; this past year has drained most of my hope.
And then there is love – the greatest of all gifts (1 Cor. 13:13). Love slept in a manger (Luke 2:7). Love walked the dirty streets, healing and lifting up the downtrodden (Matt. 8:1-3). Love died on a cross (Mark 15: 37) and love brought life from death (Mark 16:6). Love must never be packed away for the world needs it more than any other thing. Love – holy love – is the only thing that can save mankind. And it is the only thing that will draw men out of darkness into the light.
I don’t know if your Christmas was merry or jolly or less than you’d hoped, but I know that the spirit of Christmas lives in the hearts of God’s people all year long. Beloved, pack up the decorations but don’t pack away the Joy and peace and hope and love. Set it out for all the world to see.
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
Picture credit: https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS832US832&sxsrf=AOaemvJteHpK_MzVdD5tzrcjp2YK1ByeZw:1640896068532&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=image+spirit+of+Christmas+in+our+heart&fir=mhoOi7UI8LbQLM%252C-jpNfgSzYgbQ8M%252C_%253BETk7gZpoVlrniM%252CcjHOsmqQ0uQF9M%252C_%253BhgAtZcBQ6biDjM%252CTEjJqdCSqiX-VM%252C_%253BWWFtP-lo1LQIgM%252C1YkA0kHhWyfOnM%252C_%253BeDAdxedMP1u84M%252Crfh6i3t0AsOvxM%252C_%253BOMHT8lT6vo4ARM%252C0PWJVsoW57R1AM%252C_%253Bg12XxSDipqGT2M%252C2zl2DXrkBTrT6M%252C_%253BX_PqHwC1AFK0CM%252CRTnucxp8hII0tM%252C_%253BD-wZTaAm25FsFM%252C6IgyU3qvJ_uGjM%252C_%253Bwg4iqxEYmO1oUM%252CcrBiXFnFXuEWyM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kS6PcSyem3h4JvyUwn-gXh0mn3Urw&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi2h5yaroz1AhWQdt8KHcLKAuUQjJkEegQIERAC&biw=1238&bih=927&dpr=1#imgrc=0gmNcsnQFNeDfM