I’ll Be Home For Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

I look forward to every December of the year as its filled with so much joy, love, and Christmas Cheer! Decorations come out inside the home and even outside the home to give it that extra touch. Yes, this is the time I most look forward to, spending it with family, drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace or watching old movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life”. But one thing most people forget about during this time of year is the one who is crouching outside your door, waiting for the opportune time to pounce and strike, Satan!

1 Peter 5:8

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Satan is a mean one and he’s worse than the Grinch! Satan isn’t just planning to ruin your “holidays” but plans to ruin “all of your days”! He’s never satisfied until he gets you and everyone else off the straight and narrow way, and he will do anything to get you off  that path! He’ll use your finances, friendships and even family members. But how do we have a wonderful time of year this Christmas while staying on that narrow path?

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1. Be aware of Satan’s Schemes

2. Plan to stay on the right path

3. Keep the spiritual family close

4. Share your testimony earnestly

Jeremiah 29:10-11

“For I know the plans I

 have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has amazing plans for you this Christmas season! Do you believe it? Even if you don’t see those plans! With the plans of God though, we also have free will. We have a choice to do it God’s way or another way…

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Satan also has a plan for you this Christmas. It is a plan to ruin your relationship with God. Satan wants you to lose focus on God and get focused on other things this Christmas season. Satan has a plan to get you back into your “old habits” of thinking and acting, a plan to put you into a situation that you normally wouldn’t be in if it wasn’t “the Holiday season”. Don’t get caught in “Satan’s schemes”.

Proverbs 4:26

“Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.”

Take only solid paths this Christmas season, don’t allow yourself to be put in a “shaky situation”. Know your weaknesses and don’t allow yourself to go down a path you’re likely to fall upon. Steer clear, don’t give into peer pressure but be willing to lead the crowd a different way. Don’t be afraid to speak out. Your relationship with God is more important than you causing a scene or having people think you’re weird or different than everybody else.

Mark 6:1

“Jesus left there and went to his home town, accompanied by his disciples.”

Keep disciples close. Never be afraid to take disciples with you over the holiday season. With another disciple with you, you have someone to encourage you, motivate you and help you stay on the plans God has for you and not the plans of Satan. It could also be what helps your loved ones see a deeper relationship to inspire them to one day study the Bible.

Rev. 12:11

“They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”

Luke 8:39

“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

 Sharing your  testimony openly and helping people see how God has changed your life will keep the Grinch from “stealing” Christmas. Help them understand the gift God has given you. Don’t just go home with family and friends and point the finger at how they need to repent, tell them how you have repented. The only difference between sinners is if they are saved or not! Yes, saved sinners do “sin less”, but they aren’t “sinless”. Only in the eyes of God can we truly be sinless and that’s because He’s willing to forgive us through the blood of Jesus- the gift of God!  Let us visit our loved ones this holiday season sharing what God has done in our lives, how we have been forgiven, and earnestly share our testimonies. Help them see a sinner who has received help. Inspire them that there is also a gift this Christmas with their name on it, the forgiveness of sins by the blood of Jesus. Then you can share more of your convictions and the need to up hold God’s standard of righteousness and they can follow your footsteps in repentance.

With these 4 steps I believe we can overcome the attacks of Satan this Christmas season and truly say “It is a Wonderful Life as a Disciple of Jesus Christ”!

 

To God be all the glory!

Coltin L Rohn