Choose Life . . .

If there is no point to life, no reason to be here, no life after death, no purpose, then why in the first place are we here?

It stands to reason that after all the suffering that this life entails, there must be something happening when we die. Otherwise, what’s the point?

We feel pain in our bodies. We feel pain in our hearts. Some of us suffer, some a little bit, some a great deal. Some of us live with disaster after disaster in our families and some for generations. You may think you are cursed. Well, perhaps that’s just what it is. If there is no purpose to this life, and no life after death, I ask again, then why all this suffering? To get to where? To just suffer through this life, and then be no more? To come back as a dog or cat or caterpillar? What a scam! But there is an answer to all these questions!

There IS a purpose to life, and there is a greater being who guides us toward that purpose and beyond. There is hope in a dying and immoral world. There is success for what may seem a lost and hopeless life, for those who genuinely seek truth and freedom.

There is, however, only one way to this salvation from the bondage of suffering, loneliness, poverty, sickness, infirmity, loss and grief and the hopelessness that life can bring. There is only one way to find the truth about your purpose here on this planet, and to be able to walk in freedom.

Firstly, we begin with the fact that we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind) and we live in a body.

The spirit is our real self. It will live forever. Our soul is where all information is stored, mulled over, and where decisions are made. All of this lives in an earthly body, which when the time comes will drop off and die and our spirit will spend it’s time in eternity. The condition of our spirit at point of death, determines where we will spend eternity.

Because we have the freedom to make decisions we are given the chance to learn about God, His love for us, and what He achieved for us. We are given the choice to accept Him or deny Him. He is our Creator and our Redeemer. If we are genuinely searching for the meaning of life and the truth about life, He (God) will reveal Himself to us. We are free then, to choose to walk with Him or not.

Jesus said : I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life;  no-one comes to the Father, but through Me ~ John 14:6.

Jesus also says to come to Him, if you are weary with life, and greatly burdened, and that He will give you rest, because He is the resurrection and life to all who believe in Him, and even if you die, you shall live forever with Him. He came for those who are in darkness, that they may believe in Him and live in the light ~ Matthew 11:28 ~ John 11:25,26 ~ John 12:46

Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, He died for us, and He rose from the dead, and then sent His helper, His Holy Spirit, to strengthen us, guide us, comfort us, give us boldness, and be a constant companion, a true friend, who can be relied upon in any situation life brings.

God’s great love for us is summed up in this verse from the Gospel of John :

“For God so loved the world (that’s you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” ~ John 3:16

So choose life!

Choose to ask Jesus to come and live in your heart and walk with you and help you to succeed in life with the help of His Holy Spirit.

Choose life, because the alternative is not pleasant. Jesus says in the Gospels, that if we deny Him, our Father who is in heaven, will deny us.

Choose life, because Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and if you believe in Him, you will never die!

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And it all began with the birth of a baby in a manger . . .

Jesus Christ is Born . . .

I used to watch the Santa Claus movies every Christmas, but don’t bother anymore. I made the decision that anything that promotes Santa over Jesus is no longer of any interest to me. I am grieving at the Santa’s everywhere ~

But Jesus is very rarely recognised as the reason for Christmas.

However, the last time I watched The Santa Claus Christmas movie which was two years ago, I was moved deep within my spirit from two different scenes in this story.

The first scene is when Scott Calvin (the Santa Claus) first arrives at the North Pole and is in denial of who he has now become. He is in the toy factory and trying to be persuaded by the head elf that he is now Santa Claus. He declares ‘What if I don’t want to believe in Santa and Christmas and all this anymore!’ (my words) and the entire very busy and very noisy workshop goes deadly quiet. You could have heard a pin drop. The entire room is in shock and grief at such a statement.

I got a really strong feeling and a bit of a picture of what heaven must feel when we decide to deny God. When we declare that we no longer believe in Him and what He sent His only Son to do for us.

The second scene is when Santa, having accepted partially who he is, is sitting on a park bench watching his son play football and every child in the park is drawn to him like a magnet, lining up to see him, because they know who he is, and come and sit on his knee and make their requests known to him.

This is exactly how God wants us to see Him and approach Him ~ In absolute faith that ‘HE IS’ ~ That He will supply all our needs ~ That He will heal all our sicknesses, diseases and infirmities ~ That He will look after us always.

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God the Father, Yahweh, the Great I Am ~ Loved us ~ All of us ~ No exceptions ~ So much ~ That He put into place over many hundreds of years a plan to send His only Son to this earth, born as a babe in Bethlehem, to eventually pay the price for our sins (therefore our loss of eternal life)

This miraculous birth is what we celebrate at this time each year. It’s time to put fiction behind us, accept His love,  recognise that HE IS and focus on the reality that JESUS is the ONLY true meaning of the Christmas season.

O Holy Night . . .

I have several favourite Christmas carols as I’m sure you do also. One of them is ‘O Holy Night’ of which I have a playlist of different people singing it. By the time I had heard it sung for the fifth or sixth time one phrase began to jump out at me. And that is ~

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.

The thrill of HOPE here is in the impending birth of the Messiah. The world is and always has been weary, suffering under a cloud of oppression of all kinds. Poverty, sickness, greed, violence and now in the twenty-first century, unheard of atrocities happening to innocents around the globe.

We have tried to appease some of this suffering by using the kindness of St Nicholas during his lifetime and turning it into a franchise called Santa Claus who lives at the North Pole. These are nice fantasies, and I have been a fan of the three Santa Claus movies each year, but I think I’ll give them a miss this year. There is NOTHING in all the Christmas advertising that even remotely alludes to Jesus, the Son of God, born as a babe in a stable, and why we actually DO celebrate Christmas. It’s ALL Santa. And to top it off in all these movies, when children query Santa their parents keep the deception going!
We act like Santa Claus IS real!? When did our faith shift from God, the REAL maker and provider in this universe, to an overweight candidate for a heart attack fictional fella who supposedly circumnavigates the world in one night. He has become our all powerful, all wonderful, miracle worker! No wonder our world is weary. It’s an insult to the real Nicholas who used his very large inheritance to look after the needy of his time.

Our need is for a Saviour who can provide All Year Round, not just one night of each year.

But to me, the biggest atrocity in all of this fiasco, is that we LIE to our children. If they cannot trust us, who can they trust. Many years ago, when we were struggling a lot financially, the burden of having to deliver our children’s requests for Christmas was huge. One year there was a particular doll that one of our daughters wanted, and I could not find it anywhere, so opted for something else. She was so disappointed when this doll was not under the tree. I found out later that it was a new all-the-rage doll and so popular which is why I could not find one, and of course, her best friend had got one.

My point is, that apart from the deception, there is so much pressure to deliver, and those who suffer the most are the parents who cannot in a million years ever afford to keep up the charade.

If only the world would turn to Jesus at this time of year,  and recognise our Saviour, we would find encouragement and hope and therefore provision for our weariness.

So to put it in a nutshell . . . Jesus Christ is our Saviour All The Time  . . . not just on one night of the year!

 

Glory to God one

 

O Holy Night . . . was written in 1847 by Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant and mayor of the town. He was an occasional poet, and was asked by a parish priest to write a poem for Christmas Mass. These are the beautiful words he wrote :

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Amen!