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Christmas Messages

Published on 12/21/2016
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Have you ever thought about just how powerful Christmas is?

This one day is able to bring people together from all over the world for family gatherings, parties and events. We decorate our houses, neighborhoods and shopping centers. Retail stores start selling Christmas supplies in September so people can begin preparing months ahead of time. People are extraordinarily generous and give to family, loved ones and those in need like no other time of
year. Generosity and goodwill to all abound. All this to celebrate one day, the birth of Jesus.That’s the power of Christmas.
Despite all of the good things happening because of Christmas, you may find yourself feeling powerless during such a powerful time of year. Maybe you’re facing a situation and you don’t know what you should do or what direction you should go. Maybe things just aren’t working out at your job, a relationship is on the rocks, or your health is on the line. Or maybe you feel powerless to help someone else in need.
Whatever it is, you can be sure that God knows your situation, and He’s made available to you the power needed to change it. As a born ­again, Spirit ­filled believer, you’re meant to be a pipeline of God’s love and power.

When that pipeline is open and the power is flowing, you can speak with new tongues, lay hands on the sick and see them recover, preach the gospel to every creature with conviction and power, and cast out devils (Mark 16:15­18); and walk in the spirit (Galatians 5:16).
But, there are times for all of us, especially this time of year, when the day­to­day business of life, the constant
demands of our flesh and the busyness of the season seem to get in the way. Somehow our pipeline gets clogged with carnal things, and the rushing stream of God’s power is reduced to a trickle in our lives.
It’s a common problem. Even Jesus’ first disciples ran into it. Jesus had given them power to cast out devils (Luke 10:19), and they had even experienced some of this power (Luke 10:17). But in Mark 9:28, we find them stumped by a particularly tough situation. They had been presented with a boy controlled by a demon. And, for some reason, they found themselves unable to drive that demon out. Later, the disciples asked Jesus why they had failed. “And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (verse 29, KJV).
Now fasting, in this instance, would not have changed God or His will concerning the boy. But it would have changed the disciples. Jesus had already directed the disciples to cast the demon out. That demon was undoubtedly stubborn, and when he resisted, the disciples slipped into unbelief. Had they been fasting and praying, they would have been strong in the spirit, and they would have been able to do what Jesus did—cast the demon out! (See John 14:12.)
Proclaimed Fasting
Obviously, fasting is a valuable spiritual tool. So let’s look into it a little more closely. There are basically two
categories of fasting. The first category is a proclaimed fast (Joel 1:14). A proclaimed fast brings you to a place
where you can hear from God. The ideal time to go on a proclaimed fast is when you need divine direction.

In 2 Chronicles 20:1­15, the Bible tells what happened to God’s people when they fasted and prayed to seek His
direction. There we see the Israelites hemmed in by their enemies and badly in need of divine guidance. Their king, Jehoshaphat, proclaimed a fast that was directed toward seeking The LORD. He wanted to draw his people’s attention toward God. Why? Because God reveals Himself to and rewards people who are seeking Him, whether individually or corporately.
When the congregation was in one accord, the Spirit of The LORD came upon Jahaziel. “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (verse 15, KJV). Imagine how good that sounded to their ears! The Holy Spirit spoke and that was the reward they were seeking so you can join me in a prayer and fast this January 2nd for 3 days on and 3 days off and continue for the whole of February. Be on this mailing list for special updates and some more videos on the ways we do things with youtube. We are giving away special ideas of the ways we make videos and raise funds for the needy in the South-East-China-Seas.
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