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A game of pretence

I have met many Christians and non-Christians alike, who play a game of pretence with God with regards to their own behavior.

Here is why:

Allow me to bring-up a number of well known festivals in most countries:

Halloween, (Holi) Colour Festival, Christmas.

Or some other common topics that do more than just touch on this area:

Vodoo, Makumba, Yoga, Heaven and Hell, Music, God, … .

What do they all have in common? They have a history and an unavoidable truth attached to them.

This truth is foremost a Spiritual Reality, that we encounter when being exposed to or participate in these festivals, games, topics, beliefs, … . But our community and society would like us to belief otherwise.

We are told to believe, that if we do not believe in its spiritual nature or existence or truth, it will not affect us.

This is a lie.

It is like saying: “If I do not believe in love, I can never be hurt emotionally.” or “If I deny the health hazard of ONLY eating sweets and do not belief it is harmful, it will not affect me.”

We are all aware that that is nonsense. We are beings, created by God with Spirit, Soul and Body; denying the existence of one of the three parts, will ultimately lead to psychological illness and disposition.

However interestingly enough, we do not allow people to constantly punch us in the face – because it would cause hurt and damage. Our society becomes more and more aware, that verbal bullying has long lasting effects on our soul. AND most of the people worldwide, seek for a thing to worship and to connect to, spiritually (no matter where they might seek this).

If you are a Christian, you cannot shrug this off in ignorance – we cannot afford to do that!

Celebrating some of these festivals, give worship and honour and glory to other gods.

Listening to secular music, some of which is filled with sexual remarks, reference, abuse, activity; violence, greed, love for money, hatred and so much more, WILL affect your Spirit and Soul!

Watching TV, WILL affect your view on violence, sex, love, prestige, integrity, sin… !

As a Christian, our God is a jealous God! He wants to be LORD over our lives, so HE sets the standard by which we must live. No longer do I/ME/Myself reign, but He does by guiding me on paths of righteousness and I surrender completely to that path!

So let us keep that in mind, when we do listen to such music, watch TV and participate in festivals… and let us choose wisely.

If you are NOT a Christian, allow me to say this:

Not believing in hell, will not prevent you from going there, unless you have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Not believing in God will not make Him go away, or make his laws or rules to life any different.

Should you have any questions with regards to faith that are not answered b y previous posts, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to facilitate your journey to discover the truth.

I understand you might have been badly hurt when these messages and sentences have been used out of context… please forgive me.

To all of us however, Christian or NON-Christian let us get educated and consciously get involved or abstain from involvement when we do.

We live in a society that turns values, morals and beliefs into a grey mixture of make-believe happiness and thoughtless blind following of what we are uncertain and unconscious of it is.

May God bless you, and may you have an encounter with Jesus, that will change your life forever!

A thought on why Christmas is special (prophecies fulfilled)

We celebrate Christmas 2013 today. 

If we look to our cities, shops and neighbourhoods it all seems to be about Santa Clause, Christmas trees etc.

However the background is quite a different one. And even though “Christmas” as we know it from its start had pagan roots, Christians all around the world consider it one of their biggest celebrations in the year. So instead of discussing its roots today or ways of celebrating….

When you and I as Christians celebrate this Christmas… let us not only remember the nativity story from Luke chapter 2. Let us remember WHAT was so significant about this man being born. Let us remember the cross of Calvary as well as the crib. Let usremember that he was no ordinary man but the promised Messiah to the Jews that would bring salvation ultimately to everyone who believed in Him. Let us remember how he – until now remaining unprecedented – has fullfilled all the prophecies given about his life. Most of which could not be influenced by himself. Let us remember the power of deliverance, healing, liberty, freedom, peace, love he proclaims and carries within His name.

And Most importantly: LET US PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF WHO JESUS WAS AND IS!

The below list is not exhaustive… its just something to start you thinking and researching. It is a quoted list… for details to the webpage please see below.

1 Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:20 Galatians 4:4

2 Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1 Luke 2:4-6

3 Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22-23 Luke 1:26-31

Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. Genesis 12:3 Genesis 22:18 Matthew 1:1 Romans 9:5

Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. Genesis 17:19 Genesis 21:12 Luke 3:34

Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob. Numbers 24:17 Matthew 1:2

Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:33 Hebrews 7:14

Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne. 2 Samuel 7:12-13 Isaiah 9:7 Luke 1:32-33 Romans 1:3

Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal. Psalm 45:6-7 Daniel 2:44 Luke 1:33 Hebrews 1:8-12

10 Messiah would be called Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23

11 Messiah would spend a season in Egypt. Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:14-15

12 A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace. Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18

13 A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah Isaiah 40:3-5 Luke 3:3-6

14 Messiah would be rejected by his own people. Psalm 69:8 Isaiah 53:3 John 1:11 John 7:5

15 Messiah would be a prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15 Acts 3:20-22

16 Messiah would be preceded by Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6 Matthew 11:13-14

17 Messiah would be declared the Son of God. Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:16-17

18 Messiah would be called a Nazarene. Isaiah 11:1 Matthew 2:23

19 Messiah would bring light to Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16

20 Messiah would speak in parables. Psalm 78:2-4 Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:10-15,34-35

21 Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:18-19

22 Messiah would be a priest after the order ofMelchizedek. Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:5-6

23 Messiah would be called King. Psalm 2:6 Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 27:37 Mark 11:7-11

24 Messiah would be praised by little children. Psalm 8:2 Matthew 21:16

25 Messiah would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9 Zechariah 11:12-13 Luke 22:47-48 Matthew 26:14-16

26 Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field. Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:9-10

27 Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58

28 Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5

29 Messiah would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67

30 Messiah would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19 Psalm 69:4 John 15:24-25

31 Messiah would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38 Mark 15:27-28

32 Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34 John 19:28-30

33 Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16 Zechariah 12:10 John 20:25-27

34 Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35

35 Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments. Psalm 22:18 Luke 23:34 Matthew 27:35-36

36 Messiah’s bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46 Psalm 34:20 John 19:33-36

37 Messiah would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46

38 Messiah would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34

39 Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side. Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34

40 Messiah would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60

41 Messiah would resurrect from the dead. Psalm 16:10 Psalm 49:15 Matthew 28:2-7 Acts 2:22-32

42 Messiah would ascend to heaven. Psalm 24:7-10 Mark 16:19 Luke 24:51

43 Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand. Psalm 68:18 Psalm 110:1 Mark 16:19 Matthew 22:44

44 Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin. Isaiah 53:5-12 Romans 5:6-8

(list quoted from “Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled – 44 Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Jesus Christ” By Mary Fairchild)

May you spend these days, becoming LOVERS OF CHRIST and allowing that change within you to change all that is surrounding you to bring light to this world.

Blessed Christmas.

Reach out to your family this Christmas

The final post before Christmas…and I gave it quite some thought. As you probably read in my first post on the topic there are many who feel Christmas is a festival of hypocrisy amongst people they should love.

Love can however only flow, when we are reconciled and act in true love toward one another. Often it is reconciliation that lacks. Offence, bitterness, unforgiveness and even hate all too often dwell among those we should love most.

Now…no matter who started it, whose fault it was or who should make the first step… I want to challenge you:

YOU do the first step toward reconciliation. Take time… take beautiful paper…and write letters.

Letters to all those that you don’t feel 100% comfortable around due to one of the above reasons or where you deem they feel that way about you and you don’t even know why.

Write a letter to each of them. Make the letters individuals. Write and ask for forgiveness… forgive, and put into words you appreciation and you love for that person instead. Compliment them where it honestly applies… appreciate them for the things we often take for granted as well.

writing letter

Put the letters into beautiful envelopes and if you can… deliver them personally or make sure they still get them on time!

Only when you and I make the first step in love and humility towards reconciliation will Christmas happen in your own home too.

May you be abundantly blessed this CHISTmas!

How to give – Christmas

Perhaps the previous posts were not quite yours… or perhaps you enjoy giving and would love some more ideas? Well here is a marvelous idea:

Buy a big plastic bucket, then fill it with day to day goodies and staple foods:

Flour, sugar, milk, eggs, vegetables, fruit, cereals, … whatever comes to mind. Make sure not to buy the cheapest goods, but things you would have enjoyed receiving yourself!

food buckets

Then pray to God to reveal a person who would need such a gift for Christmas. Probably it will be someone you are barely acquainted with… the single mom next doors, an old lady you meet when taking a walk in the neighborhood, … .

Go there and deliver it with a card reading Christmas blessings you feel applicable.

Believe me when I say… the recipient of such a gift (when being shown by God to you) will be the happiest person you will meet in a looong time!

Blessings!

Christmas season – outreach idea

Here we go… I hope you enjoyed my last two posts on this topic. Here is a second idea on how to reach people with God’s love this Christmas season.

Go to: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/ and copy the text in the most common languages of the area you live in.

Print it on beautiful paper, roll the message up and bind a lovely ribbon around it. (You do want to take at least 20 of them… they will be gone quicker than you know.)

rolled up letter

(Sometimes attaching a sweet helps when distributing them.)

Then go out into the streetssmile!… and hand them out as season greetings to people you pass by. And experience the blessing of receiving a smile and knowing you just handed them the key that might lead to life!

Blessings!

A Christmas idea – how to give

Perhaps after reading my previous blog, you were wondering how you could reach out to others?

Well here is idea number one: if you can, bake some Christmas cookies, decorate them beautifully and put a few of them in small little cellophane bags with a beautiful ribbon.

wrapped cookies1

Then go to Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”3

Copy this text (handwritten if you can) or a part of it. If you feel like doing something special copy it on a piece of paper you later can fold into a star, otherwise just roll it. Attach a beautiful ribbon and bind it to the cookies.

Then go into town… choose people, smile and wish them a blessed Christmas, whilst giving them a small Christmas gift. And allow God to surprise you.

Blessings!

A controversial season – Christmas season

Spending time chatting to friends on the net about this topic I find that there are in general two groups: those that love this season (for various reasons), and those that hate it. What makes each group feel the way they do? Why does this season arouse such strong feelings?

Those that love it are in fact few. It is those that love spending time on holiday, with family, and loving others. In our society this group is getting smaller by the minute.

Among those that hate it are those that feel forced to hypocritically play the game of “ideal idyllic world”. They are sick and tired of fighting all year long and having to PLAY peace over Christmas… they long for true reconciliation and true love and true acceptance. However every year they feel like hypocrites (which they condemn and hate), and they lose faith in ever celebrating a truly felt Christmas.

Then there are those that hate it, for they feel lonelier than ever in this season. They lack family, true friends, company, an ear and a heart that listen. Some even lack essentials…

And there are those that bear bitterness in their hearts that surmounts all love directed toward them in this season. They would even argue that NO love is ever shown towards them. And looking at it with human eyes…some of them would have every reason to feel that way.

HOWEVER, does it have to be that way? It seems around the world this season is used to promote help for aid organisations, mobilise consume of every and any kind, and to promote happiness. Surely that arouses anyone’s feelings. Those that promote it get excited when people like it…and when they explicitly don’t.

Those that hate it… they long for joy, not happiness, peace of heart, not of a moment, love unconditional instead of all the conditions attached. Every event, occasion or date that explicitly celebrates and names JESUS, is increasingly becoming such a controversial matter. Jesus doesn’t leave people untouched.

So what can you and I do to change Christmas for the people we meet this festive season?

–          ask for forgiveness (no matter who’s fault it was), and choose to forgive (EVERY TIME)

–          (confess) love and make a point of giving true compliments

–          give… of your time, your love, your effort… not to gain back…but to demonstrate love

–          spend an amount of time, doing something you never did before, to bless others (ideas for that will follow here on the blog throughout the next few days)

–          spread the GOSPEL… spread the message of the light in the stable that became the light of the world, when dying at the cross.

In short,… BE Jesus to them…even if it seems like little to you… it might mean the world to others. Live your faith, without hypocrisy, applied practically, authentically and full of love…and witness about how your needs were met by Jesus.

And if you need ideas on how to do this… observe this blog… I will post an idea every day until Christmas now.

May God bless you abundantly!

Jessica