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The True Meaning of Christmas

I remember a month ago that I was thinking about the coming of Christmas 2018, and the first thing that came to mind was to have the tree and the lights ready, that we actually mounted it in the middle of November.

Some will think the same or maybe other things like family dinner, or gifts. What is true, is that Christmas goes beyond all these matters, and that's why I want to take them to the real reason for Christmas.

And we will discover it in the Word of God. You probably thought I should show them those verses related to the shepherds, the manger, the wise men, the angels, yet Christmas is much more than each of those aspects.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 "So if any man is in Christ, he is new creature; old things happened; Behold all are made new. And all this comes from God, who reconciled us with himself for Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was in Christ reconciling the world with him, not taking into account their sins, and he entrusted to us the word of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors in the name of Christ, as if God were begging through us; We pray in the name of Christ: Reconciliate ye to God. He who knew no sin, for us made it sin, that we might be made justice of God in him."

 Several words become important in this passage, new life, reconciliation of mankind with God, the forgiveness of sins through Jesus, who bore our sins.

Therefore, we can say in principle that CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the historical moment, in which God came to earth in the person of his Beloved Son Jesus, to reconcile with him the sinful man through his substitute death on the cross.

Christmas is about the work of Almighty God to redeem humanity. Many celebrate Christmas, but not Biblical Christmas, that's a Christmas they've formed in their minds and that fits with their plans and ideas.

How was reconciliation between God and men possible?

1. God being God, humbled himself, becoming man through Jesus, his Beloved Son.

Philippians 2:5-11 "There, therefore, in you this feeling that there was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God as a thing to hold on to, but stripped himself, taking the form of a servant, made like men; and being in manhood, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, and death on the cross. For which God also exalted him to the full, and gave him a name which is above all name, that in the name of Jesus every knee of those who are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth might bend; And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

According to this, God in his unconditional love for humanity, knowing our status of weak, unable to save ourselves, sent Jesus Christ as a baby, who being God, was born into the world, grew up as a man and gave his life on the cross, so that everything He who believed in Him would be forgiven of his sins, and thereby lead us to a new position as children of God and assure us of salvation and thus eternal life.

2. Reconciliation with God.

This is to unite and leave all hostility aside, to bring peace and order between two people. This is impressive, for God by his unconditional love comes on his own initiative to reconcile us, to seek us, to reach us in his Spirit of forgiveness so that we would no longer be his enemies, but his friends, that we could confidently enter the throne of Grace, and have a permanent relationship and presence.

But he had to go to the cross and pour his Blood into the ordeal to pay the debt of the world's sin. This is how it made it possible for us to be saved and worthy of eternal life.

 

When we think of Christmas, we must take into account forgiveness, redemption, reconcilation, and justification of the Almighty God. We are no longer guilty, He paid our price, Declared us sanctified, which means that He set us apart, and now in our daily lives we depend on Him for a consecrated life.

Gentlemen, outside of Jesus Christ there is no forgiveness of sins and when a person comes to Him, willing that He will govern his life, everything changes, there is joy, happiness, trust, security, and even when everything is out of control in his life, we remain firm, because his trust is no longer in us, but in the Almighty God.

So the meaning of Christmas: it is the celebration of the moment when God sent Jesus, the Only Son of God, who came to earth in the form of a man to reconcile sinful humanity with him and make possible through faith in Jesus Christ , the total transformation of our lives, by giving us a new position as children of God, and having eternal life.

Today we must ask ourselves, that it would have been of our lives if Jesus had not come to this earth ?, I think it would be a life without purpose, no meaning, without hope, without peace, without joy, i'm sure we would be lost.

So WE PRAY: Thank you Lord for having had the initiative to come to our rescue and reconcile with you. Well, you knew we couldn't do it, and we couldn't save ourselves. But You are so kind and merciful that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross of ordeal and forgive our sins and give us eternal life. Thank you dear God, we bless you and we love you with all our hearts. Amen.

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What I Can Do to Meet GOD.

People do everything they can to gain knowledge of God. But really what you should do is read and ponder what the Bible says. God is not hiding from anyone; His will is that both men and women should live according to the revelation of His knowledge.

You may say, "Well, God will not give all those sinners any revelation." Seriously? So why does He send evangelists to preach to them? Why do you think He sent His Word? To reveal the truth!

Therefore, if you want to know that truth, just open the Bible and read it. My recommendation is to start with the Book of John, then Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the rest of the New Testament books.

In fact, if you read the third chapter of Galatians, you will discover that every promise made to Abraham was to Jesus! These promises brought Him and trained Him to heal and deliver people. He didn't minister with any special power that no one else could have. His ministry was based on the revelations he had received through faith in God's written Word.

When the devil tempted him, Jesus did not fight against his attacks with a legion of angels assigned to protect him because he was the Son of God. But he fought Satan with the phrase: "It is written."

God has equipped him with the same weapons to do the same. He has given His written Word and also to the Holy Ghost so that you can understand it. He is always willing to give you the knowledge you need. And you know something, you just have to open the Bible for the revelations to begin, but not only give it reading, but be obedient and put the Word into action in your life and you will see that God is real, because your Word does not return empty.

John 16: 7-15 "But I tell you the truth: It is expedient for me to go; for if I did not leave, the Comforter would not come to you; But if I go, I'll send it to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin, justice, and judgment. Sin, for they do not believe in me; of justice, for I go to the Father, and ye shall see me no more; and judgment, for the prince of this world has already been tried. I still have a lot to say to you, but now you can't handle them. But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to the whole truth; because he will not speak on his own, but will speak all that he will hear, and let you know the things that will come. He will glorify me; because he'll take mine, and he'll let you know. Everything the Father has is mine; that's why I said he'll take mine, and he'll let you know.

Source: Thank you Pastor Kenneth Copeland for his teachings. 

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How to Have a Foundation, Strong and Firm Life

When we see a skyscraper, we know that it has been sustained in the face of time by two aspects: the first having a deep foundation, and the second by the structure of what has been built. Similarly, every Christian believer must be firm in his walk, for which we see what the Word of God tells us about this:

Matthew 7: 24-29 "Any man, therefore, who hears these words unto me, and makes them, I will compare him to a wise man, who built his house on the rock. Rain came down, and rivers came, and winds blew, and struck against that house; and it didn't fall, because it was founded on the rock. But anyone who hears these words and does not do them, I will compare him to a uneasy man, who built his house on the sand; and rain came down, and rivers came, and winds blew, and they gave with impetus against that house; and fell, and his ruin was great."

This is a Word of a perfect example of a weak life and a foundation. What would you consider of his life, do you have a weak life or a firm life?

There is no other way to discover it, but when trials, difficulties, and tribulations come. How we react determines whether your life is strong or weak.

I imagine you want to have a firm life, because trials and difficulties will come. So, how do we manage to have a grounded life?

1, A firm life is one that has accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

Such a life begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of your life. This is the main foundation and foundation. There's no other way and sure.

2. A firm life is guided by the Holy Spirit

When we were born again, God sent the Holy Ghost to dwell in you because He knew we could not live properly without Him. The Holy Ghost fills us, empowers us to fulfill God's purposes.

Every firm life is aware of the presence of the Holy Ghost because its purpose is to guide you, direct you, train you, and show you the way forward and to be able to make the best decisions.

3. A firm life spends time alone with God in prayer.

Prayer time is the time to bond with God, if you don't, it's a mismatch in what's important in your life.

The most important thing in your life is your relationship with Him, your connection with the Almighty God. He's the one you're talking to, who you bring your needs to.

A strong person is one who has a life of firm prayer. If you do, a little here, and a little bit there, that won't get stronger.

A firm life communicates with God, knows how to talk to Him, knows how to listen to Him, knows how to bring him his wounds, his joy, his peace and everything else. 

This is a priority. And if you don't do it with your children, you've let them down and hurt them more than you imagine. You must believe in your heart that the Almighty God is your God.

No one is too busy to pray. The truth is, if you have time. Rest assured that it will strengthen you more by talking to God daily.

It's more than a habit, it's a discipline. He's first of all else.

4. A firm life is built on the teachings.

God puts verses in your heart to help you in the face of difficulties. If you don't read the Bible you won't have them, because it's not about your opinion, it's about who created you. He has a will and purpose for you. He'll be there when you die and I'll call you to trial. It's just about Him.

That's why we raise the Bible, bring it to church, and take note. Remember that you come to the Church to be instructed in the Word of God and not just to cleanse your conscience.

5. A person with a firm life obeys God and leaves the consequences in his hands.

Obeying God should be the norm because when you do it you rest in Him and you are confident that He has control over everything in your life.

6. A firm life sees Jesus Christ as his source of strength.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things in Christ that strengthens me."

If there is anyone who had a grounded life, it was the Apostle Paul. He was imprisoned, chained, beaten, wrecked, bitten by a snake. His base was so solid that he didn't care what they did to him. He was never discouraged. Probably yes, because he was human but surely his gaze was set on Jesus.

He did not give up, he continued to see his eternal reward and the fulfillment of his purpose. They tried to kill him, but he was firm. He stood firm in the Word of God, firm in his obedience to God, and knew in his heart that his strength was not in his body, but in his relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

He will not let you give up because with Him you can accomplish anything God has arranged for you to accomplish.

7. A firm life expresses love and shows love for others.

If he loves and does not show his love for others, your life is not firm. 

The fruit of the Holy Spirit begins with love. To love someone is to make thename available to them, to encourage them, and to make a difference. 

8. A firm life, loves, lives and serves God with his spiritual gifts.

A spiritual gift is a gift of service, mercy, and exhortation. And God likes us to put it to work, because when you do, that resource will be strengthened. It is also a gift from God that empowers you to perform in an exceptional way.

9. A strong person forgives easily.

Not to forgive, makes you a reencorous person and that will end up affecting your physical body, because we cannot separate the spirit from the emotions of the physical body, because they go together.

On the other hand, it harms your relationship with God and with others.

God wants you to walk like Him, in Holiness.

10. A firm life has internal peace.

You will have inner peace because your relationship with God is fine, and so is other people.

Difficulties, trials, but there is still peace.

11. A firm life is a consequence of belonging to a Church of Biblical teaching.

If you want to live and please God and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, you must be teachable. You must ask the Lord to speak to your heart, to teach you something new that will transform your life. And this is why we must bring the Bible to the Church.

Read it, ponder each verse, take note, and come to the Church to worship God, not only with chants, but also with the Word of God.

This is important for you to grow, to stand firm and fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

12. A firm life is one that impacts the lives of others.

You'll see people who are shocked, you do apply all these and each of these principles.

 

OR: My Father, we thank you, for being so merciful, because even when we fail you, you are always there to rise and make us like you. Therefore, I ask you to record this truth in my heart, and to be wise people, to examine ourselves in the light of what a firm life is, and to decide to give you the best of ourselves. In the name of Jesus. Amen." 

Source: Thank you Pastor Charles Stanley for your teachings.

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How to Find God's Plan for Our Lives

The key words in this verse are "What shall I do Lord?". Having been decreed by Saul of Tarso at the very moment of his conversion. Until that point God had allowed him to carry out his own plans, persecuting Christians and believing that this was their destiny. However, God had other divine plans and purposes. And we all know that after his conversion, Paul, formerly Saul, was instrumental in writing most of the New Testament Books and that they have imprinted divine principles for our spiritual growth.

If God powerfully used Paul, and defined him what his purpose in life was, so He can also manifest them to each of us.

So the question we can ask ourselves is this: How can I know God's plan and purpose for my life?

Behold: Four Characteristics of God's Plan for Our Lives.

1. The Lord has a definite plan and purpose for each of his children.

Jerenias 29:11 "For I know the thoughts which I have of you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, for the end which ye may hope."

God made the plans for us from the beginning. His counsel will stand and do whatever He wants. An example of this is the life of Moses. The Pharaoh had all the children of the Hebrews killed, but his mother put him in a basket to be dragged by the stream of the river and saved from death, but when he did, he reached the princess of Egypt, who raised him as his own and thus was saved and subsequently the deliverer of his people, guided by God.

The greatest king who existed among the Hebrews was King David, for when the prophet Samuel went to ungirl, all his brethren had passed, and asked his father Isai if there was no other son because he had not received from God a sign of whom he should anoint , and they didn't have dinner until their last son David showed up.  

God's plan is personal. In the world there is no one else like you, therefore God's plan is unique and personal, for you only. It's a perfect plan.

Romans 12: 1-2 "So brethren, I pray you for the mercies of God, that you present your bodies in living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your rational worship. Do not conform to this century, but be transformed by the renewal of your understanding, that you may check what is the good will of God, pleasant and perfect."

It is a practical, pleasant and perfect plan that is demonstrated every day.

2. The most important thing in life is, therefore, to discover God's plan and purpose for our lives.

Clearly, but the sad reality is that some Christians fail to discover God's plan and purpose for their lives, and the result is that their whole life is full of disappointment and defeat, frustration and failure.

Every unconverted person lives planning his own life, as Saul did until the moment of his conversion; but it is also sad that many Christians plan their own lives. However, there is nothing better than knowing that we are at the center of God's will.

3. We enter into God's plan when we accept and recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Saul entered into God's plan when he obeyed what the Lord told him to do. Lord Jesus Christ revealed himself to Saul by saying "I am Jesus whom you persecute.

Acts 9: 6 "He, trembling and fearful, said, Lord; What do you want me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and enter into the city, and you shall be told what to do.

This is not to say that God was not interested in and attentive to Saul before his conversion, but the truth is that Saul only really entered into God's plan when he bowed to the feet of Jesus Christ and accepted him as his Savior and Lord.

4. We turn to discovering, and continuing in God's plan, through our daily submission to Him and his revealed will.

He has before him the complete plan for our lives, but he only reveals it to us step by step.

Psalm 37: 23 "By Jehova are ordained the footsteps of man, and He approves his way."

If we want to know and do God's will, we must submit completely to Him with a deep desire to obey Him. So the discovery of God's will requires us to have fellowship with Him in prayer, studying and deepening in His Word, meditating on it; obeying the commandments and precepts and the guidelines of his Word; prompt and unconditional obedescience, Saul had to enter the city before the Lord would show him the next step; complete and tacit trust, we live by faith and not by sight, even when we go through trials.

5. God's plan is an eternal plan.

All of us who belong to the Lord have a glorious eternity before us. Notice that God's plan has an earthly and a heavenly part. We are prone to have a very limited idea of God's plan, and it is, from a limited earthly perspective, yet God's loving plan for his children is an eternal plan.

2 Timothy 4: 7-8 " I have fought the good battle, I finished the race, I have kept the faith. Moreover, the crown of righteousness is kept unto me, which the Lord, a just judge, will give me in that day; and not only to me, but to all who love his coming.

 

God has prepared from before the foundation of the world, a unique plan, designed for each of us. But we will only find it step by step when we are obedient to his Word, pondering it day by day and putting it to work.

LET US PRAY: "Today I ask our God, to forgive us if we have made our own plans, without taking yourown into account. I understand that these are perfect and pleasant plans, so on this day, I commit myself to look for you every day in prayer and submission to you. Guide me and make me understand your ways, keeping your commandments and precepts. Teach me to be afraid of you, open my eyes and my spiritual eyes. Fill me with your presence and list me in such a way that you understand that you are by my side. In the name of Jesus Christ. Love. "

 

Source: Preach of Master Miguel Varela, 1 Dicembre 2018

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