CHRISTMAS IS COMING....
It’s not what we have to do, but how we do them, which dictates the level of stress we feel.
One solution to this is in the concept of blessing:
To bless, is to intentionally speak God’s favour & power into someone’s life.
There are many biblical references to the power of our words, for example:
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace."
So they will put My Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
So, how about blessing the checkout queue, the traffic jam, the recalcitrant teenager, the over-excited child?
How about releasing the Lord’s goodness & favour over the gathering at the school nativity, the Christmas market or the office party? How about using every frustration and irritation in the next two weeks as an opportunity to bless?
BLESSING THROUGH MATERIAL THINGS
As well as our speech, blessing can also be transmitted through things. If something is a blessing, it is an instrument through which His favour flows.
For example, the wine taken in Communion is called the cup of blessing (1 Corinthians 10:16); thousands were fed by the loaves & fishes blessed by Jesus (Matthew 14:13-21); and Paul’s handkerchiefs were taken to the sick & they were healed (Acts 19:11,12).
Let’s take the stuff of Christmas & speak His blessing over it all, that it might be the means by which His love and favour might flow. Let’s make Christmas cards & Christmas trees, candles & mince-pies be a means of grace to others. Let’s invest faith in the things we do, so we don’t just check them off our lists, but release the Kingdom through them.
Some of the trappings of Christmas, such as the Christmas Tree, not only hold the potential for profound experiences with the Lord, but can be used prophetically to release change in the world around us……
Let the Trees Rejoice!’ is available on Amazon Kindle, by clicking left. However, if you don’t have a Kindle, a free viewer can be downloaded from Amazon which will allow the book to be read on any digital device.
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