Christmas is upon us and we have an opportunity to show its personal meaning, one-on-one. No two people see the holiday the same, one may be totally committed to the concept that it is about the birth of Jesus. The other may be totally wedded to the concept of celebration; the year, the harvest and the joy of friends and family gathered in the spirit of holiday merry-making. Both concepts have their dedicated followings and it’s a personal choice for the person, we have the power to decide or do we?
God say that power belongs to Him and mercy is His also. So what do we have? We have the fruit of the Spirit. The apostle Paul speaking to the Galatians tells us what we have: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against these there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) That is some list of personal and social attributes for a Christian, and it is especially important that we let the world know that we live and walk in the Spirit.
Paul warns us not to become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another and I do not believe he was merely concerned with the holiday season. Be joyful, yet humble with your good fortune, be kind to one another and let’s not provoke any one to anger or wrath and let’s not envy the “haves” if unfortunately, you’re one of the “have-nots.” Jesus speaking during the Sermon on the Mount said; “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”(Matthew 5:7) God renders mercy to each of us according to our work—the fruit of the Spirit of God. I prefer God’s mercy over man’s materials.
Let Us Pray: Father God, in the name of Jesus you have blessed us this holiday season in a special way and we are grateful. You opened supernatural doors in our life to give us your Son on this day we call Christmas. Thank you for saving and setting us free from the captivity of death and pain and suffering in a sinful world. Thank you for the gifts that are the fruit of your Spirit; love, joy, peace, goodness and your faithfulness.
Jesus we thank you for coming and teaching us the meaning of longsuffering and self-control. Thank you for your kindness, goodness and the self-sacrifice you would eventually make as we take back everything that the devil has stolen; physical and emotional health, marriages and relationships, children, families and homes, jobs and finances.
I cancel every plot, plan and scheme the enemy has devised against the men and women that are here today, in the matchless name of Jesus. I declare, by your word, “that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.” I speak life into every dead situation, and I thank you that nothing is over until you say that it is over! I speak prophetically into their life and into their situations blessing them in your Holy name.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:23-26) I bless you from the house of the Lord. Amen. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ