Season of celebration. . . Christmas, a season of joy and giving and receiving. Children’s eyes light up with expectation of presents under the tree.
I’m sure Mary’s eyes were joyful in expectation of the birth of her son.
We can join with her in this season of Christmas expressing deep within the desire to know this newborn child; He belongs to all of us. Jesus' love surrounded Him, drew people to Him, caused some to fear Him. His love is mighty and He offers it to us today as a gift to all. But what does it mean to me personally? My soul isn't joyful this morning. I need to be returned to a former place of bonding with my God. Some days it’s like trudging through deep snow to link up with the Spirit. Lord I need Your help; a new beginning, a deeper place in You. I want to enter into a deeper place in You! Ever faithful, Holy Spirit leads me to conversation in the Word:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Amen! This is most important!
Then Holy Spirit takes me to the Scripture from Cast Up A Highway:
Isaiah 62:10 (AMP)
Go through, go through the gates! Go out of this place~ today a place of downcast spirit. Begin your journey.
Prepare the way for the people. How does one prepare the way Holy Spirit? The effort is to live a life of love and obedience to You~ I know commitment is required. My life with Your indwelling presence, should be a guide to those who know me. I allow You to live Your life in me. You worked through me to create the book, and the book is a preparation~
Cast up, Cast Up A Highway!
Gather out the stones. Gather out the stones ~ remove the obstacles. How? Show me Holy Spirit. How does one remove obstacles from the sight of another? Ah, yes, the Word and its power. . .
Luke 6:42 NKJV
Or how can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’
when you yourself do not see the plank
that is in your own eye? Hypocrite!
First remove the plank from your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck
that is in your brother’s eye.
Holy Spirit, show me the plank that is in my eye. What is blocking my vision? Holy Spirit I really need Your protection and Your help here. Ego? Is my ego blocking? Pride? Naturally I do not want to believe these are the problem, but I humbly submit myself to Your searching Holy One!
Psalm 139:23 NKJV
Search me, O God, and [thoroughly] know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Guide me Holy Spirit, my God, on Your road through this life. Is this the point where I am at Holy Spirit? I mean, have You found things in me that You want to address this morning? I am listening Lord:
Psalm 43:5 (AMP)
Why are you cast down, O my inner self?
And why should you moan over me
and be disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him,
for I shall yet praise Him,
Who is the help of my [sad] countenance,
and my God.
There it is! True, there’s a cloud over me this morning. Where does this weakness come from? Grrr! I see it! And I shall address it ~ “Begone demon of dread; I command you, begone in the name of Jesus!”
Praising You, Jesus, my glorious, most magnificent King of Kings! I love You! Thank You for defeating Satan so soundly! Thank You that because of Your suffering and death, I too have victory over Satan in Your name. I step up on top of the rotting carcass of demon death and shout “Hallelujah to the glorious God of the universe, the magnificent Creator! Jesus, You are the conqueror! Thank you for coming and redeeming us!
Lift up a standard or ensign over and for the peoples.
We lift the flag of Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and all things good to cover these as Father God’s chosen people ~ all those who proclaim Jesus as Lord! We go out to spread the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ who won back the keys of the Kingdom! He is our Lord, our God. We shall have victory in the mighty Name of Jesus! Christmas joy! We celebrate Christ our Redeemer!
Does the enemy try to pull you down too? I say, "I will not let my spirit be cast down!" May the Joy of Christmas be within you!