“You may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) The rich blessings of God are not given to everyone who is born, only to those who are born of faith in the “Son of God.” The power of the Holy Spirit provides for us the things that human effort, human religion and human righteousness could never do. He is there to empower our living, during this Christmas Season and beyond, with a glorious sense of joy, peace, and hope that can carry us through the trials and hardships that are inevitable by-products of life in a fallen world.
What the world needs now, right now at this very moment, is the power found in a Person who has been sent by the Father to bring fullness to our lives. In a world that is in mad pursuit of happiness, we can have joy by the power of the Holy Spirit. In a world that is crying out from the grief of constant conflict, turmoil and violence. We can have true peace, without treaties and international agreements, destined to be broken. In a world that is filled with empty despair and a bleak future, we can have a bright hope.
Why and how you ask? Because the power of the Holy Spirit can equip us for life here on earth in a way that the world simply cannot grasp. His power can enable us to experience the things that the world craves and hungers for and cannot secure, but are ours, yours and mine, by the Spirit. This is the abundant life Jesus spoke of—a life that is full and rich and deep and lasting. A life that is lived by the power of the Holy Spirit and not by the deception of self-sufficiency.
The hymn writer Thomas Chisholm expressed this when he wrote” “Pardon for sin and a peace that endures; Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow—Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Today unlike any time in human history we live in a society that truly needs to see the glory of God expressed in a spiritually mature and empowered church on a global scale. After the joy and celebration of Christmas has come to an end, may we submit to the ministry of the One who has come to magnify God as the Christ Jesus and see His great work among the people of God? Let’s pray with the apostle Paul, “To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21) Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Morning Prayers for the Christmas Season (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Tim Morey – Living Between the Times (godspace.wordpress.com)
- The Spirit of Holiness (anointedplace.wordpress.com)