'TIS THE SEASON
What is it that you enjoy most about the season of Christmas? Is it all the beautiful decorations, the generosity, the relaxation time, gathering with the ones you love and breaking bread together, or the cheerful music bringing joy to your spirit? What about the hope that the Christmas season brings? With the new year approaching and all the dreams and aspirations that it gives you—whether for your health, your lifestyle, or future plans—there’s a fresh hope in the air. That’s exactly what the birth of Jesus coming into our reality provides.
Whether the circumstances of two thousand years ago or tomorrow, God manifesting Himself into our reality ignites hope into our hearts. We begin to realize we are no longer waiting on a promise. God has put His Promise into our spirits not only for ourselves, but for the world around us that is still desperately waiting for a sign of hope. We can rejoice no matter our current circumstances, because we don’t have to worry about the future. Our King and our Kingdom that is not of this world, is not only near us, but also within us. When we choose to manifest that true reality we carry, we are no longer tossed to and fro, but are active participants and decision makers on the journey. This not only releases hope within us, but also around us to everything we touch.
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 3:3 HCSB
What impossible situations are you believing God for today? Where are you in the tension between what God has promised you in your heart, in His Word, in your vision; and what has manifested in your life. We no longer have to wait as the people of God once did in Mary’s time, for our savior God to manifest Himself and His Kingdom in our lives. We do not have to look at our current circumstances and worry about what that may imply about our future, or the future of those we love. We can know that the hope and promise that God gave His covenanted people has already come. The wait is over—we just have to receive and partner with the gift of His Holy Spirit. He is the best gift that could be given to us. He didn’t just rescue us, but He gave us Himself so that we can be like our God on this earth in every way. That’s exciting, that’s generous, that’s hope, and most of all, that’s true love! That’s the reminder this Christmas season brings—no matter what your today looks like, with the unconditional love of God for you and in you, you have the privilege of doing what Jesus would have done (and did do) in your shoes…starting now!
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Kintsugi has always intrigued me. When a small dish from the treasury of my Grandma’s china that had been passed down to me broke the other week, I almost tossed it right into the trash can. But mid toss I stopped and said out loud, ‘No. Verna! She knows how to do kintsugi! I want to do that with this dish.’ At that point I immediately picked up the phone and put in my request for a little help and know-how for the project which turned into a fun morning and lunch together.
Throughout over 30 years of ministering identity and destiny to children, we have put together many prayers, identity statements, and tools to empower and speak truth into precious young lives. Here we have the privilege of being able to offer some of these resources just for YOU to minister life in your very own home.
Through this simple, but powerful lesson plan, teach your children the authority that they have over the enemy and how they have the power to choose what they will allow to affect their heart and soul.