Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…there is a song that goes like that. I love Christmas! My mom, who has long been deceased, loved Christmas. It is such a special time of year. When I was a child it was magical. My mother made it so. Truly magical. When my son was young, we worked to make it magical for him as well. These traditions, passed on from generation to generation, make this time of year special.
I wonder what would happen if we as individuals joined together as ONE to let God make this time of year special? I wonder what would happen if we as people that long for that spirit that seems so far away during the rest of the year, I wonder what would happen if we would allow Him, our King, to not only be thought of but be really present this coming season?
You see, since I have laid down my life for The One, The Reason for this season coming…since I have done that, I have learned a few things. When we follow man’s tradition, we become blinded from God’s revelation. What do I mean? Well let’s start with The Truth. My mother, God rest her soul, taught me to believe in Santa Claus. I, loving my mother, loving to get gifts as a child in that magical under the tree fashion, being a mother now myself, loving to give to my one and only son, continued gladly in this tradition. Never questioned it even though as we grow, we realize Santa Claus is a lie. We realize this lie at some point in our childhood. We all know Santa Claus is a lie, don’t we?
So, let’s break that down in The Way that God has broken it down for me now, that I have given up EVERYTHING to follow HIM. Santa Claus is a lie. A more palatable way to say this is a fictional character. Seems innocent right? We sing songs with words like, “I saw mama kissing Santa Claus underneath the Christmas tree last night….” So now we have this fictional character taking the place of my dad…. confusing to say the least! When we are caught by our kids being Santa Claus we LIE to cover it up! To keep the “magic” going.
If Santa Claus is a lie (and it is) and we now lie to protect the liar to feed our children this lie during the most Christian unified time of year, what do you think that does to our relationship with God? What do we think that does to a child’s relationship with God when they get older? What do we think that does to The Holy Spirit which IS the Reason for The Season?
The Lord Jesus Christ whom we celebrate IS TRUTH and LOVE. By biblical definition this is HE, and you and I and all the “good” parents around the world feed this LIE to our babies! To God’s babies whom we are supposed to protect. By biblical definition satan is the father of lies. The Lord will not dwell where evil is. So we put God in a very awkward position. We want Him to draw near, we want Love to be magnified and celebrated and remembered at the same time we feed the devil by believing and promoting this tradition born of man’s sin.
Not convinced? Look at what Christmas has become in the world. I mean REALLY look. Has it not become a love of money festival? Revelation: the LOVE of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10), over time making Christmas less and less about God and more and more about the devil-a lover of money and a liar. Now-a-days as long as we have a credit card we as a parent or a grandparent or as any family member can make satan the hero of Christmas with just a swipe of a card. Debt binds us. Owe no man nothing says The Lord in Romans 13:8 through the writer Paul. Stolen the innocence of Christmas by making us tell our children that santa claus provided the gifts under the tree. That santa claus loves us. That santa claus is coming to town. You better watch out you better not pout you better not lie I am telling you why, who is coming to town? Newsflash! God is already here! Always! Satan does not even have to steal it anymore, we freely give the Power of The Lord a way by furthering this lie packaged as family tradition.
Before we go on to the solution, do this quick for me- write down santa just real quick anywhere… now write it again but this time move the n to the end of the word. Aaaahhhh!
Now you see? That devil has groomed us to make Jesus a lie.
So, what do we do about it? Here is the beauty, whenever God reveals a sin, HE always provides A Way out of it. (This is one Way we can tell it is God’s voice- the devil is never going to provide a way of escape from anything that binds us.) Solution is Simple: tell The Truth. From this point on tell The Truth. (John 8:32 And you shall know the Truth, and The Truth shall make you free) Tell your kids, the neighbor’s kids, tell everyone that we were wrong. Apologize. It is NOT that fictional character santa claus that provides presents under the tree it IS GOD! It is not satan claus that knows when we are bad or good it is God! God knows everything because (even better news) HE is not just here for a season HE is here always! When we are sleeping or awake, bad or good it IS GOD that KNOWs and wants us to be good so we can reside with HIM for eternity. Tell your kids this year our presents under the tree came from JESUS our provider! Tell the kids The Truth that our provision was not quite enough to get…. or this year momma still had to swipe the card because I am weak and God is working on me…TELL THE TRUTH about all of it.
JESUS really IS THE Reason for the season, and I promise you, better yet God promises us all that if we will UNIFY, If you and I will do this and share this with the world, if we will worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH, GOD will show Himself in MIRACULOUS WAYs. It will not be magic seduced by satan, it will BE GOD. The Word which is God will come to life this Christmas season and beyond! Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
GIVEN- He was given to us as a gift! Eternal LIFE is a free GIFT. The ultimate present is Eternal Life. The giver of this ultimate gift is always present (omnipresent). Do you have a heart for God? If you have a heart for God, help me! The Spirit of The Lord is MAGNIFIED when those that have a heart for Him UNIFY! Unity! If you are bold, then be vocal! Evil grows because we have gone silent. The voice of evil is so loud these days. What we speak about GROWs! Speak about God. Overcome your fear and put away the old man tradition. Help me show God we want more of Him by not promoting that lie anymore. Tell The Truth, “I was wrong. I am sorry I lied. I just got caught up in the tradition. Didn’t realize I was willingly putting the cuffs on God’s power. It is not santa claus that provides. It is Jesus we do all this for. HE is the one…”
Lisa Ellen says, forget about what you can not do. Focus on what you can do and do it more.
God bless us all!
GOD is LOVE is TRUTH these three are ONE!
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”