Monday, December 19, 2011

Why Celebrate?

At Christmastime, we celebrate Jesus’ birth, which represents God’s goodness.

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall NOT perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

When we receive the Son of God as our Lord and Saviour, our sins are forgiven, we are saved from Hell, and we have a promise of a home in Heaven. But eternal life means more than all this; it means you become a "partaker of the divine nature" (II Peter 1:4), you become a child of God. Eternal life is the "new life" that God gives to all who are willing to receive His Son. It is the life of God imparted to man.

Jesus came so that we may have life and have it ABUNDANTLY! (John 10:10)

Are you living life in abundance; is your life full & overflowing with the goodness of God? If not, WHY not?

The first part of John 10:10 says that The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.

Recognize that it is the enemy who wants to prevent you from living the abundant life that Jesus came to give YOU. Do NOT allow the enemy to have victory in any area of your life. Take authority over the enemy in Jesus’ name. (Luke 10:19)

We are born into an earthly life that contains sin and its deadly effects - pain, suffering, despair, illness, but take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! (John 16:33) The life that Jesus made possible by His saving work, of which His birth is just a part of, has much different attributes:

Hope - an eternity spent together with God is assured! (Titus 3:7)
Joy - an everlasting happiness that can penetrate even the toughest of times. (Isaiah 61:7)
Peace - hearts free from anxiety and filled with gratitude. (Phillipians 4:7)
Love - the eternal, unconditional love of God that will never change. (Psalm 136:2)

We can exchange the ‘un-abundant’, cheap imitation of life that exists in this world for an abundant life filled with Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love. That’s WHY He came.

Jesus came that you may have a life filled with hope; that you may have a life filled with joy; that you may have a life filled with peace; that you may have a life filled with love; Jesus came that you may have a truly abundant life!

Stand upon God’s Word, celebrate God’s goodness & embrace the life that Christ came to give YOU!

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