Christmas brings love and good cheer. Presents being exchanged. Happy anticipation of a day when dreams come true.
Not so true for everyone. For many people the holiday brings with it sad thoughts of Christmases past of those loved ones that have passed on. Financial pressure to try to meet expectations brings with it frustration and depression. Statistically, the average American will spend $750 for Christmas this year, which means a couple will spend $1500 and a family of five will spend on average about $3,750.
While the economy makes a very slow recovery, many families are feeling the pinch in their wallets. And it is all centered around a holiday we call Christmas.
Christmas is not supposed to be a celebration of spending money, or a holiday to be depressed. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth.
The Angel said to the Shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night, Behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy that shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord!
Christmas is about GLAD TIDINGS or GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY! Not bad news and no joy! Jesus came to this world to bring us HOPE!
Man's sinful condition put him in a place of needing a Savior. ''But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.'' (Galatians 4:4-5)
We have been brought all the way from being completely lost without God to not just being ACCEPTED by God, not just being redeemed and ATONED by the blood of the Lamb, but He went all the way for us that we would even be ADOPTED us into His family! What a loving Father we have!
In view of God's great love for you, what I believe God wants to say to you today is to KEEP HOPE ALIVE! Don't allow yourself to go down the road of unbelief and doubt. Don't let yourself be overcome by your circumstances. Don't believe the lies of the enemy. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!
1. Hope (Elpis) is expectation ...
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