I mentioned in the morning message last week that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is the most stressful time of the year for most people. When we find ourselves under pressure we usually demonstrate what is truly going on inside of us. Because whatever is down in the well, comes up in the bucket!
Let me remind all of us that if we are truly children of God, we have two natures: (1) the old sinful nature – the flesh, and (2) the new nature - the born again one in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Over and over in the Scriptures, we are instructed to “lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:22b-24). Paul’s letters to the churches include instructions of how to apply the doctrinal truth of our salvation to our day to day living. We must remember to treat one another with dignity, respect, and honor all the time. This involves daily, consciously and deliberately confessing our sins in prayer and feeding on the Holy Word of God, seeking to live intentionally for the glory and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Do not give the devil an opportunity” this season, brethren. Live everyday with the purpose of giving glory to God and being truly thankful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! God bless you as you serve Him every day.