~Words of Faith
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Romans 1:19-20, ESV).
The magic and mystery of Christmas is God revealing His Son to us, not merely as a historical baby in a manger, who cannot be touched, as a living Savior who lives eternally and more importantly, exists for us to know intimately each day of our lives.
Everything about Christmas points to the revelation of Jesus to the world, the twinkling lights, the legend of Santa Claus, family traditions and gatherings of friends and family for a time of gift giving. It is a special time, and everyone can sense it – that special “Something” in the air.
As I’ve studied the Word of God, I believe the Holy Spirit has taught me something that I want to pass on to you: At Grace Church, we’ve been honoring the four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas. Each Sunday we light a candle and pray specifically for four divine attributes to be manifest in our lives: Peace, Hope, Joy and Love.
This isn’t merely some religious tradition. You see, we must think in spiritual terms. Are these merely religious traditions we participate in, as though they will somehow save us? Or are these kingdom principles that we receive by faith, in the manner in which Jesus taught us to pray, “On earth, as it is in Heaven”? (Matthew 6:10, ESV).
The essence of God’s kingdom coming to earth is not something that is in the future – Yes, that full manifestation will happen one day, but Jesus came to bring us “Life more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV), now! Jesus was born to bring the life of God to us; He was born because God loved us and wanted to live here with us while He prepared a place for us to come and be with Him.
Peace, Hope, Joy and Love are His divine attributes that we have the right as believers in Christ, to receive and apply to our lives when we need them. When we’re fearful, Ephesians 2:14 says Jesus, “Himself is our peace.” I may read that in the middle of a fearful circumstance, but it does me no good unless I read it, meditate upon it prayerfully and essentially say, “Lord Jesus, right where I am, I receive You as my peace.” That is how His kingdom comes to earth – that is what He intended; allowing it to transform how I think, and WHAT I believe.
Romans 14:17 says, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking…” In other words, “They are, “written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:3, ESV). The power of the Kingdom of God is “Righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17b, ESV).
These are God’s Christmas gifts to you. I encourage you to receive them and make this Christmas Season truly special for you and your family.
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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