Today is whats known to many as “Little Christmas” (Irish: Nollaig Bheag) is one of the traditional names in Ireland for 6 January, more commonly known in the rest of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany. It is sometime thought that it is called this because under the older Julian calendar, Christmas Day celebrations fell on that day whereas under the Gregorian calendar it falls on 25 December. Also, many Ukrainians have a day off on Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine and falls on January 7, the Orthodox Christmas date. The day is celebrated and commemorated by so many, regardless of the date. The gift is the BIRTH of Jesus to mankind, when salvation became a possibility.
Crucial to that gift unfolding was Mary & her obedience! The truest gift & best show of affection we can ever offer our Lord is a heart that desires to please Him. That is willing to undergo whateer His will might entail?! How many of us have undergone a hardship, only to later discover, the hidden blessing?! As we embark upon this New Year, just six days in now. the message we are hearing across the board, in sermons, churchs and close circles is that of Restoration. The acceptable Year of the Lord. Where His children are set apart, yet again, but in a blessed and restorative way.
Many hearts will be won back to the Kingdom, things are being escalated and ramped up. We are called to “redeem the time” (Eph 5;16), it is critical to the agenda of Christ’s Kingdom. If you had the most important message that every human needed to know, how would you do it? How would you get it out there?
..You’d begin with those closest to you and they would in turn spread it to those closest to them. Thats what we are called to do. To spread the WORD. When you do good for someone and they try to thank you, simply tell them. Thank Jesus, He told me to help you and He wants you to repay the favor by helping someone else! Thats what we call praying it forward! God is going to be blessing you, and over abundantly. How many unsaved people will be drawn to those who are being blessed all over the place. How will You or I, as children of the Most High, going to minister to them? We will feed and cloth the spirit as well as the body! AMEN?! Dont just send them away with a meal or some pocket money, send them with something worth chewing on! The meat of the word!
We think nothing of texting, emailing, posting information about the latest deal, event, or news scoop. Does anyone really believe that no one is going to be required to answer for the vast amount of time (not a word was mentioned about spreading the good news?!) Speaking for myself, I do not want to be the one with no recollection of ever having spoken of Him!
1Corinthains 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
People love plaques, awards, rewards and trophies. Write His words upon the tablet of your heart and then spread it around! No greater accomplishment or acquisition exists! Get thoroughly engulfed by His word & go share it!
Have a Blessed week!
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Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Have a Blessed week!
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