The Greatest Day EVER!

Christmas Day

How to walk in the true SPIRIT of Christmas.

Christmas day has to be the greatest day ever. It's the day God sent His Son, His only Son to save all of humanity. It's the day God chose to Bless all of mankind.  Christmas day, the day Jesus Christ was born here on earth. The day God gave all of  mankind a way to be in right relationship with Him through the birth of His Christ. This makes it the greatest day for  the whole world. So there can be no doubt Christmas day is the greatest day ever in all of History.

Whether you see the 25th of December as the actual day Jesus Christ was born or you are of the “theological correct” and believe it was some other day, there still was a day Jesus came to earth which makes this the greatest day for all of mankind. Traditionally we celebrate the 25th as the day it happened, but there was a day and it did happen. In all my studies I have never seen an actual verified day therefore I’m okay with celebrating the 25th.  Instead of splitting hairs on which day to celebrate it, we need to ask ourselves are we going to understand the importance of the day and the person God the Father sent?

 To me it's not so much about the date as it is about understanding what the day and the person of Jesus means. The day of His birth, whenever it may have been, has to be the greatest day ever in the history of all humanity. If you are like many people around this time of the year it is easy to lose sight of what this day is all about.

With all the things associated with the holiday we tend to forget the day is about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Throughout  the endless seasonal commercials, party after party,  and all the gift buying while making sure we get everyone what they want we can lose sight of the meaning of it all. We say and hear “Merry Christmas” (where it's politically correct) but what makes it merry, or better still, who makes it merry? Do we even stop to consider what we are celebrating? Has the reason for Christmas been slowly eroded away by the endless activities and events? Are we aware of the Christ of Christmas during this time or has He been placed way in the distant background somewhere? Do we keep in our thoughts what His birth represents?

History was made

Luke 2:6-19

the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. NIV

This was not just a new event but history in the making. God was doing something that had been spoken about for thousands of years. It could be said history was not just in the making, History was Made. There was a permanent demarcation made in history the day of Jesus’ birth. Up until that day it was continually spoken of through the ages by the patriarchs, prophets and kings. Since then until now He is still being spoken of as the chosen one of God the father, His Son was sent and born of a woman.

On this day, the day of the birth of God’s Son, this day became a permanent mark on the entire history of all of mankind. God the Father made sure of this by announcing His birth for thousands of years before it happened. All of heaven and its angels  and certain shepherds were witnesses to His historical birth. Since His birth He is the only one hailed as King of kings and Lord of lords. He has been the greatest person ever talked about, sang about, and written about.  No matter what man has tried to do through history to take away the birth of Jesus, God the father has made sure it will always be remembered. It is the most celebrated holiday event in the world, this of course and His death and resurrection (Easter) as well. No other historical event that has taken place can compare to what took place on this day, the day Jesus was born, the day we call Christmas day.

The Christmas Story

Luke 2:9-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." NIV

Luke 2:25-32

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." NIV

Luke 2:36-38

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. NIV

The scripture account of his birth reveals the truths of God’s intention behind Jesus being born. His birth was about Salvation, Redemption, Light, Truth, Peace, Joy, Good News, and of course God’s love for humanity, just to mention a few. But more importantly His Son was given to all peoples of the earth. The story of Christmas was about God giving everything man needed from this time forward through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ. As Christians we should never lose track of this truth. No matter what Christmas may bring your way this year or any year it is still about the greatest gift ever given in the history of all mankind. So we need to do everything we can to honor and keep the Christ of Christmas. 

Putting Christ back in Christ-mas!

So how can we make this the best day?  How can we have the best Christmas ever? By us doing our best to honor the Christ of Christmas, since it is His day. We need to fill all the days leading up to the actual day and the days following after Christmas with honoring Him. We need, in every way possible, to put Christ back into Christmas. Let’s define Honor: to regard with great respect; to give recognition or promote high esteem toward a person and center our and others attention on this person and their accomplishments;  Let us give Him as much honor as possible. If we are going to have the best Christmas ever, it should be centered around the one who gave us this day. The Bible states that if we sow we reap. Sow honor to Jesus Christ in this season. Let us put Him first in our lives with all of the things we do during this time. Let us promote Him in all we say and do, to as many people as we possibly can. We should make Him the center of attention.

Hopefully when the end of the season comes we have done our best for everyone around us  to see Jesus in Christmas. If we are promoting Him by bringing attention to the Christ of Christmas then Jesus is working with us to have the best Christmas ever. With our witness of Jesus Christ living in our lives let’s sow toward others to insure they have the best Christmas.

We can sow kindness, love, peace, joy and much more to all we come in contact with this Christmas. We can do all we can on our end to demonstrate the Christ of Christmas to others by our words and actions. We can sow into others the true Spirit of Christmas by emulating Him. When we sow who He is we in turn honor Him and what this day truly means. This is how we have the best Christmas ever!

We can demonstrate who Jesus is and what His birth truly represents and by this we are honoring Him. As we honor Him through our lives we reap what the Christ of Christmas is really all about. We honor the Lord our King by how we practice Christmas. Remember it is a celebration of His birth and life coming to earth. We honor Him by clearly showing through our lives what His birth represents to the whole world.

The scriptures state we are to renew our minds. This literally means to make them new again. Christmas is one of the greatest ways to renew our mind and heart. This is the season to practice our faith by stepping out in what we believe. During this Christmas season let’s choose to make our minds new by clothing ourselves with Christ. You may say this is what we should be doing all year and you would be correct. Yet so often renewing our minds seems to fade to the background. But here at Christmas time we can bring His truths forward through our words and actions. By doing this we are bringing a fresh and new perspective to what we believe about Jesus Christ. What better time to do this than Christmas? The Christmas season is a wonderful time to make our minds new again to these truths of Jesus Christ and why He came to earth. By honoring His birth this way we are setting ourselves up to have the best Christmas ever.

Col 3:10-11

 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. NIV

Rom 12:2

 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. NIV

Eph 4:23-24

 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV

Rom 13:14

 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, NIV

Putting on Christ and renewing our minds as the scriptures suggest can be accomplished this season as we do as Jesus would do. Instead of doing things as we normally do lets challenge ourselves to do it better and be Christ like in all our doing.

Practically how can we do this and what does this renewal look like? Here are some suggestions using 10 truths to help you put on the Lord Jesus Christ. As you practice these truths you will be clothing yourself with the Christ of Christmas. This brings life and love to others but it also makes His life fresh and renewed in us. You will also be putting on the right attitude of walking in the true Spirit of Christmas. So let’s be those who put on Christmas and practice the reason Jesus Christ was born on this day. By doing this we strengthen our mind and heart with the attributes that can keep us in Christ all year. But for this time of the year we will be honoring and celebrating the true nature of Christmas, bringing the Christmas Spirit to all around us.

May you have the best Christmas EVER! 

He Came To Be With Us

   Matt 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." NIV

So you are standing in the long check out line a little impatient. Ask yourself is Christ here with me this very moment? One of the greatest truths of the birth of Jesus is God will be with mankind  permanently. He is going to live and dwell among us, which began on the day of His birth.  He  put His life in a human package and presented Himself to the world.

The amazing truth is all those who choose to believe  and accept Him can have His life living on the inside so everywhere you go He's there, you brought Him with you. What a great way to practice our faith. Right now wherever you are, do you believe He is there with you? He said he would be. As Christians we should always believe He is with us.

 In the midst of this season when you feel you are getting a little agitated, stop, take a breath and say inwardly, “Thank you Lord Jesus for being here with me, right now.” Ask yourself while you are standing there in that long line, am I being an example of Christ being with me?  It’s not even just about Him with you but are you with Him? Are you enjoying being with Him and are you passing this joy on to those around you?  It's a two way street, the Lord Jesus with you and you with the Lord Jesus.

 You should keep this knowledge wherever you are and whatever activity you find yourself in. He is right here with us always because He wants to be. This is why He was born. So if I am practicing the Christ of Christmas I should be enjoying His presence with Me wherever I am. Let the Christ you are clothed in be seen by your wonderful attitude as you stand there in line having the right mind and heart because He is standing there with you. So practice this truth He is with you and have an enjoyable Christmas no matter what's going on around you. Let Him Be With You In Every way Possible!

Jesus The Greatest Gift Ever Given

Rom 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NIV

Rom 5:15-16

how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! NIV

2 Cor 9:15

15 Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! AMP

Eph 2:8-9

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— NIV

You just opened a present and it's one of those “special” presents. You know the one, Aunt Tilda bought you a sweater. You cannot possibly imagine ever wearing it. You put on a fake smile and say, “Oh that’s nice”. Here is where we get a chance to practice Christmas. Ask yourself, did I receive this with a good heart?

 Gift giving and receiving isn't so much about the gift but about the heart behind the giving and the heart in how it was received. In a time like this are we still appreciative? Do we display a thankful heart no matter what we received because we have a grateful attitude as Christ would have? So often we judge the gift first and not the heart of what was behind the giving.

You may think that is the ugliest sweater you have ever seen and wonder why they would buy such a sweater. But here is the truth, you thought of self first and what you wanted first. You became self centered and made the gift about yourself. Whether you are giving the gift or receiving the gift are you displaying the right heart attitude?

The reason Jesus was born was to be a gift to all of mankind from the Father in heaven. So to understand the gift you have to look at the heart of the Father behind it. God so loved the world that He gave is what the scripture states. Behind it was love, behind it also was everything Jesus was going to give through His life. God gave, and Jesus gave His life, what an absolute wonderful gift. His gift is still giving to mankind.

He is the gift that just keeps giving. Did we receive His gift because of the benefits or because of the love? Our heart should do its best to mirror the right attitude, whether receiving or giving.  

Here is the real question, can you keep a good heart when receiving a gift even if you know the person put no thought into it? A thankful heart is not based solely on what was received. Let yourself be an extension of the gift whether you are giving or receiving. Don't make it just about the gift. Display the heart of why Jesus Christ was the greatest gift ever. Keep in mind this Christmas how blessed in Him you truly are no matter what kind of gift you may have received, in doing so you demonstrate the real Christ of Christmas. 

 He came to restore relationships

John 15:13,15

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend, ...15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. NIV


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,... but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Col 3:13-14

 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. NIV

Eph 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." NIV

 It is the time of year we get together with family and friends. Sometimes we can actually dread this because we know Uncle Lou will be there. You know the Uncle which is just so hard to be around? He is the one always bragging on himself, always trying to dominate every conversation at your get together.  Maybe you are thinking of the one person you know who doesn't quite appreciate you, even maybe dislikes you a little. Because you know you're going to have to be around them you put on a face trying to mask how you really feel.

The worst is when it is within our own families. Family can be tough navigating through during the Christmas season. I mean after all we don't want to hold grudges against our parents or siblings do we? Maybe it's someone you use to see as a friend or someone at work you had a little riff with and now you will have to be around them. So we tell ourselves to put on our game face and get through it. After all it is Christmas and we do not want to be the party downer. But putting on a face means you’re putting up a front, this is not a form of guarding your heart as scriptures  state. It really means you are still holding onto something in your heart against them and will do your best being around them.

 LET IT GO! To have the best Christmas ever has nothing to do with being on your best behavior, but everything to do with being the best friend or sibling you could ever be. The birth of Jesus empowers us to forgive and it gave us the ability to not just overlook offenses but to let them go. Here is where you may say, but you don't understand they  have 

never change and they are the hardest person to be around.

Be nice, polite, and civil with them during this time. Allow the heart of Christ in you to direct you to let it go and instead have the best attitude toward them by releasing all things which you may have stored up.

You are going to go out of your way to treat them special just like the Christ that was born on this day would treat them.

 If you are going to honor the Christ of Christmas then be free to  release people, let these things go and enjoy what you can of the relationship you may have with them. Here is a thought, they may never change, or maybe, just maybe this is the year they will be different. But whether they are different this year or not you have the power to be different. Keep a loving, forgiving attitude in spite of what they do.

If you want to ruin your Christmas then hold things  against family and friends for what they may have done. If you want to have the best Christmas ever, then let it go for this year. Enjoy what you can of the relationships you have with family and friends. Look past the things they do, even those things which really bug you. It doesn’t matter how they treat you but whether you are going to practice the true Spirit of the Christ of Christmas. His birth was about bringing people that were distant into His family. Those who had no chance, they did not deserve His love, He extended it to them anyway. Should we not clothe ourselves the same? Jesus treats all the same, how they treat Him back is entirely up to them. He still remains the same toward them. Yet through the birth of Jesus Christ, God the Father extends His love to them the same as He extends it to you. If we want to have the best Christmas ever then just let things go in those tough relationships and enjoy them anyway. Just be that friend you should be, treat them as if they are the easiest people to be around and enjoy Christmas.    

                                  Be in the day


Phil 3:13-14

 one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. NIV

Matt 6:34

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. NIV

James 4:13-15

 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you don't even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

John 8:32

 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."NIV

John 8:36-37

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. NIV

Rom 8:1-3

for those who are in Christ Jesus,  2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. NIV

No question about it, when the holiday season hits we tend to be busier. Our lives are busy enough and yet we have to add all of  the Christmas to do list to our schedule as well. Things stack up on us and all we think about is after Christmas I have so much to catch up on. You are, in a way, saying Christmas is to blame for your schedule getting out of whack. Yet this is the greatest day in all of history. We need to enjoy the day Christ Jesus was born. We need to let go and enjoy the moment.

Trust the Lord. Clothe yourself with His life, His love  and Just let your busyness, and your “all important” schedule go in this season or at least for a day or two and enjoy Christmas. 

We need to drop all the things that piled up yesterday, things we are still carrying on our docket for tomorrow and we need to drop all the worries of tomorrow and enjoy this moment of Christmas. Enjoy all of its sights, sounds, and smells. We need to forget what’s behind, we need to not worry about tomorrow and live in this Christmas moment. Jesus was born so we could drop all our cares and trust Him.

Our faith at Christmas should engage in letting go of all that is not Christmas during this time and letting Jesus be in our thoughts. Let go of the stress, anxiety and worries of all we have to do and enjoy Christmas. Enjoy everything Christ’s birth is meant to represent. If you are going to have a great Christmas don't drag yesterday’s stuff or tomorrow's concern into your Christmas. Even if it's just for the day,  do not let yesterday speak to you and do not let tomorrow weigh you down, just let the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason for this day be your focus. Be liberated.

 When Jesus was born it was to liberate mankind. He set us free from oppression, sin, and all the baggage this brings with it. Jesus’ birth was to save and to set all of mankind free. Because it comes the end of the year and because we tend to let everything pile up Christmas becomes a burden. Let it go. Give to the one who was born because He cared about you. Tell yourself it's not as important as I thought and it can wait, I am letting things go for now. Tell yourself I am not going to let these things weigh me down. 

Letting them go and showing others how you view the day as more important than your busyness or all important schedule will help others let go and enjoy the day.

 So during this season, be free. Do something which would be liberating to you. Don't allow the same old fears and insecurities dominate your thinking and your actions for this day or work related busyness and its schedule.

 As Hebrews 12 states strip off the weights and sins that entangle us, weighing us down and be free. So for Christmas be as free as you can, whatever it may require you to do. Don’t ruin Christmas by hanging on to anything Christ would not want you hanging on to. Live free and enjoy all Christmas brings. Be in the moment with the attitude of the Christ of Christmas. Put on the Christmas Spirit and enjoy your Christmas. 

 Put merry in your Merry Christmas

Luke 2:10-12

 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. NIV

Prov 15:13

 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, NIV

Prov 15:15

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. NIV

Prov 17:22

 A cheerful heart is good medicine, NIV

John 15:11-12

 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. NIV

John 10:10

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). AMP

It seems like during the hustle and bustle of this season there are 100 things which can steal your joy almost instantly. It's amazing how quickly we can get out of sorts during this season. We all can have a Scrooge or a Grinch pop up in us at any time.

But we need to remember this day was about great joy being brought to the earth through the birth of Jesus Christ.

If you are going to enjoy Christmas then put merry back into what you do. In faith let the negative things run off of you as it is said “like water off a duck’s back”. When it feels like people out there are targeting you this season, trying to hurt or offend, make you mad, choose to be merry instead. If we are going to say “Merry Christmas” to people than let’s be merry ourselves. Choose to be full of life, Christ life.

Jesus was born so He could bring us abundant life. If we are going to have the best Christmas ever then let His life out in its fullest capacity, displaying an overwhelming joy. It’s so easy to lose this perspective and our disposition change based on various circumstances which happen during this time. Instead choose to be full of life and joy.

The greatest part of this truth is it is contagious. It does not just benefit us but all those around us. Who wants to be around a Grinch? Everyone would rather be around a happy, joyful person. This speaks of life. Keeping a joyful heart keeps us strong. Being of good cheer helps us guard our heart. It also does wonders for those we meet and greet to see the right countenance on our faces. If we are smiling  it may disarm people and they may reciprocate the same way. It is amazing what a happy face does to those around us. Clothe yourself with the Christ of Christmas and display His life and His joy.

Have a cheerful heart no matter what may be happening around you. Let the Spirit of Christ be in your merry as you go about this Christmas season.

 He came to give, serve, to bless            

Matt 20:28

 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." NIV

John 3:16-17

 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. NIV

Rom 8:32

 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things   NIV

You pull out the list of all the people you have to buy presents for. You’re looking at the names and probably evaluating what they did for you last year. You may even come across the one person you are thinking never does anything for you so why should you do anything for them. Instead you close up your heart just a little towards them.

Maybe you were just called upon to bring the ham this year, again. “But I always bring the ham, why can't someone else bring the ham? It is just not fair the way they treat me, they always expect me to do this and they never appreciate it.” I think we all, from time to time, have been in these types of situations. We are  asked to serve and to give of ourselves when it doesn't seem like others are pulling their share of the weight. You may be giving to others when you know they do not have the heart in giving back.

No doubt these can be trying, and the temptation to close up our heart, even if it's just a little, seems only right.

The very reason Jesus came was to give His life. His life was going to be the price He paid to ransom all of mankind. He came to give unselfishly even to the point of death. He didn’t put together a naughty or nice list. He gave unconditionally. It was not about who was worthy of receiving but about giving to all, for all, holding nothing back. During this season it is so easy to think of self and what self wants.

But if you want to have the best Christmas ever than just take a minute and unselfishly think on how you can give of yourself to others. Christ was born to serve not be served, we can follow this example and find ways to serve others. This is the best way to give to others. Even if you know those you’re serving do not truly appreciate your efforts, do it anyway.

 Let go of the tendency to be selfish and have a giving heart this season, give and serve and just genuinely be a blessing to others, deal a blow to your selfishness. Again, is this not what the Christ of Christmas would do? Even when you think of Christmas, usually attached is the thought of giving presents. So be a present, by your servant attitude and giving heart, this is what blesses people. Don’t take thought of what's fair or not fair this year. It is not about what is fair, was it fair for Christ to be given to those who did not appreciate Him?

To bless means to empower someone to prosper or succeed. Be that blessing in this season. With your words bless, with your actions bless, be that blessing. Give, serve, and bless because this is the act of a heart with the Christmas Spirit. Honor Him and His birth this way. It is about Christ Jesus and not about ourselves, so do it for Him. It doesn’t matter how others reciprocate back  but what does matters is did your heart give, serve, and bless others? 

This is how we honor the Christ of Christmas. This is how we practice the Spirit of Christmas and this is how we have the best Christmas ever. 

He came to seek out the lost  to rescue, save, and heal the broken hearted

 Col 1:13-14

 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. NIV

1 Tim 1:15

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —NIV

 Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." NIV

Luke 4:18

He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], AMP

Matt 14:14

 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. NIV

Matt 11:28-29

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. AMP

You're at a Christmas gathering/party when your eyes catch the one person you usually avoid because they seem distant. You never talk, and well let's face it, they are just plain socially awkward.

Normally the most you’re willing to commit to is saying “hi” as you are moving to another part of the room. Maybe it's a person you know to be unfriendly.  What would happen if you were the first to seek them out and talk with them like you would anyone else? What if this year you decide to start a conversation with them and honestly try to hear their story? Ask yourself what could have made them this way. Simply try reaching out and treat them as normal as you would anyone else.

While Christmas can be one of the happiest times of the year, it can also be one of the loneliest times of the year for some. So many people we meet during this season just seem lost. They seem a little hopeless. The Christmas season does not necessarily bring them anything to look forward to. They may have no family or friends to celebrate with and Christmas makes one vastly aware of their situation. Maybe they are concerned or worried about not having enough money to get through Christmas. The list can be huge at this time of the year. Yet Jesus was born for the purpose of seeking out those people to rescue and save.

 Is this not truly the best time of the year to have the attitude to seek out the burdened and lost? Jesus was willing to take a detour to earth for all of humanity. Shouldn't this be where we should display the Christ of Christmas, to be willing to go out of our way to reach out to those people we seem to shy away from or just avoid? We should look for the awkward, the friendless, those who are lonely, maybe even in need. So many people are a little more open during this season, all we need to do is present the Christ of Christmas.

People's needs are not just monetary. Many have money but do not have anything to look forward to and find it hard to be joyful in the season. Christmas may have no special meaning to them or maybe the opposite in that it holds no good memories.

If you want to have the best Christmas ever than find those ways you can make a difference in the lives of these type of people. This is what the Christ of Christmas would do.

During this time if you know someone who is lonely or see someone that's lonely, isolated, withdrawn, does not seem to have any friends, then be that friend. Be the one to draw them out with your kindness.  Help them in any way you are able. Invite them into your circle of activities even if its only for a day.

Perhaps they are not someone you would normally hang out with or you may feel uncomfortable and awkward being around them, do it anyway.  Not in some pity way but truly try to spread the Christmas Spirit to them. Most people will pick up on that and they don't want your pity or charity yet they need help. Find a way to help them without making them feel like they are a project. Ask yourself what would the Christ of Christmas do to win them over, to befriend them, to draw them out and then clothe yourself with His Spirit of Christmas.

 If you want to have the best Christmas ever, than go and be a good friend to someone in need. If their need is monetary than try to help them you if can without them feeling they're being given charity. Think in ways of “how can I reach out” to them bringing as much salvation and rescue as you can to their heart's in the Spirit of Christmas. Be the one who reaches out with healing. Try to discover their burden and lift it if you can. If possible find how you might, even in a small way, bring relief to them.

If you want to have the best Christmas ever then share your heart of Christ with someone. Instead of passing by the person who wants to go unnoticed, give some attention to them. If a door opens up to share Christ with them great and if it doesn't, still go the extra mile and show compassion in some form or way. God took time to share His Son with all of us, in the same Spirit let’s share our heart with someone who could use a good heart lift.  

He came to bring good news,

Luke 2:10-12

 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. NIV

Matt 4:23

 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. NIV

Rom 10:15

nd how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" NIV

Matt 9:35

 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom NIV

This is the time of the year for socializing. It is the season we do more visiting with family, friends, and relatives while attending different events and parties. We probably see and talk to more people this time than at any other time. But are we spreading good news or are we catching up with the latest gossip on Uncle Fred? You know the one which always has some sort of drama surrounding their life. Are we guarding our hearts with the negative subjects, such as politics? You know they're wrong and you're right when it comes to running our government. What more needs to be said? Since we are usually around so many people, carrying on conversations, we should be the bearer of good news. If you want to ruin Christmas get caught up into your endless debate on the good and evil of politics, or how bad your favorite team is being coached. “I mean, what an idiot that coach is!”

 But if you want to have the best Christmas ever then be the one to bring good news.

Say something positive and hopeful. The reason Jesus Christ was born was to bring good news. He brought a message of hope, love and salvation. We need to clothe ourselves with the same Spirit. It is so easy to get caught up in the latest gossip and drama which surrounds it.

 It seems people actually go out of their way to include you in on the latest goings on. But if you want to have a great Christmas then be the one to respond with faith filled words, words of hope and thoughtfulness. Be the one which brings good news. This is what Christmas was all about. His birth was all about bringing good news to all of mankind.

 If we want to have the best Christmas ever then let us be those whose words are based on good news. Let's be those who hear a negative conversation and interject words of hope and words which change the direction of the conversation into something positive. We need to be those who point people toward the true meaning of Christmas.  

He came to bring peace to all

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. NIV

John 16:33

 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." NIV

Rom 15:33

 The God of peace be with you all. Amen. NIV

Phil 4:7

 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV

Col 3:15

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, NIV

You find yourself caught up in the thick of the season’s traffic. You can't believe how congested it is, when all of the sudden someone cuts you off and gets right in front of you. Maybe it is the exact opposite, but of course completely by accident you cut someone off and they lay on their horn and when you look in the mirror you see their lips moving and those are not pleasant words being said. Face it, traffic can be a bear at this time of the year and it can start to make our pot boil. But whether it is traffic, long lines at checkouts or whatever this time of the year brings our way, will we keep peace in our hearts?

The birth of Jesus Christ was about God making peace for all of humanity once for all. The scripture states we should let this peace rule our hearts. If you want to have the best Christmas ever then clothe yourself with the peace of Christ. He came to bring peace. We need to let this peace be in our hearts and allow it to be a guard over it. But if you want to have a really great Christmas be the one to bring peace to any situation you can.

So many are stressed, worried, full of the cares of this world, they need someone to bring calm to their hearts. They need to be around someone at peace with it all. Think how nice it is when you are around someone who just doesn't seem to be worried. We should be those people at this time of year. We should not only have peace in our own hearts but bring peace to others whenever we can. Instead of allowing the atmosphere of this season be about busyness, and chaotic circumstances which can so quickly happen, let's pick up and put on the Christ of Christmas and bring peace, His peace . .

He came to bring God’s Favor 

Luke 4:19

 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." NIV

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. NIV

John 1:16-17

 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. ….grace and truth came through Jesus Christ NIV

Rom 5:1-2

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. NIV

Rom 5:17

How much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. NIV

During this time of the year everyone seems to want a favor. Can you pick this up for me? Hey could you bring the turkey this year? You mind running by the store for me? The list can go on and on at times. Of course we can say no but we feel as if we are almost obligated to grant their request because it’s Christmas. But are we doing it for them with the right heart or Spirit of Christmas? Did we respond correctly by displaying the Christ of Christmas? After all this is the day called Christmas, the day when God gave us His Son because of His heart of love.

What an amazing truth. God Almighty chose to grant favor to us through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ. God is looking at you with approval, in full support of you, giving preference to you. Because of Jesus, God the Father is looking favorable at you right now. You did not have to do anything, Jesus did it for you. You need to understand you did not deserve this favor either but through your acceptance of His Son, the Father has granted you favor. All of heaven now recognizes you with the same favor they do with Jesus. 

Can we show the same heart toward others who are asking of us those endless favors?

If we are going to have the best Christmas ever then with the same attitude the Christ of Christmas extended to us we need to extend the same for those who ask of us.

Our Witness

This Christmas be the greatest witness

you possibly can for the Lord Jesus Christ.

As you have read over these truths of what Jesus brought to all of mankind by His birth, determine you will practice them to the fullest. Bring the true Spirit of Christmas Day to as many people as possible during this season. Display the Christ of Christmas, Clothe yourself with Him and be the best witness you possibly can. This is the greatest way to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, not just telling people what Jesus did but showing them what He did. Allow your actions to bring honor to the season.

Be a blessing to everyone you come in contact with. Be uplifting and encouraging, Bring healing and faith, Be supportive and affirming.

Be helpful, giving, generous, extremely thankful, always full of grace, accepting, prayerful towards others this season and you should have the best Christmas EVER!









From Our Hearts To Yours


May You

Have The Best Christmas Ever!