'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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This morning was a mix of play and work, cloudy faces and happy faces. In the middle of folding Sunday and Monday’s laundry with the little tots I wondered, ‘what did Eve struggle with as a Mom?’ The first mom ever. No other moms before her or around her to compare herself with. No endless approaches to sort through. No moms saying you ‘should’ this or that. She was the first. Was she a crunchy perfect organic mom? Or was she okay with peanut butter and jelly sandwich days for her boys? Did she struggle to respond instead of react? Did she get tired of telling her kids for the 99th time to ‘chew with your mouth closed’? Or did she just let that one slide? Did she struggle to make the choice to stay present some days? Did she ever snap and tell Adam, ‘I need a break?’
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.