We always have the family over on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition with us. After dinner, I read the Christmas story from Luke. I would talk about the greatest gift ever given – our Lord Jesus- and then we open gifts to one another.
Christmas of 2019
Although it was less than a year ago, in my mind it seems like many years have passed. We gathered together as we always have. We hugged, we laughed and took pictures to capture the moments.
We were oblivious to what was about to occur that would change our lives forever. As we joyfully opened our gifts, the evil powers that be were in secret meetings and salivating at the thought that their moment was finally coming to fruition.
In October of 2019, the world powers had a practice run of what was to come. We were enjoying the beauty of autumn and our lives in the Lord. Here is a piece I wrote about the practice event:
Have you thought about this, brethren? Has your mind gone back to Christmas of 2019?
When I think now of what was coming; something so sinister and so life- changing, it nearly takes my breath away. Knowing now that this had been planned for years, as we were going about our lives, has a surrealistic feel to it.
But it did not surprise our Lord Jesus.
Monsters under the bed
Most children at some point have fears – especially in a dark bedroom. I remember when my daughter would insist that there was a monster in her room. She was inconsolable at times.
One night, I had to actually command any monsters in her bedroom to Leave Now – and Never Come Back! That may sound silly, but it did calm my precious child; and from that night on, the scary nights became fewer and fewer.
This Monster is Real
The fear of a child in a darkened bedroom is now a real fear among all freedom loving people. We who belong to the Lord have His peace that passes all understanding. But we are still in this flesh, and there are times when the “Monster in the room” robs us of our joy. But when we run back to the Lord and His Word, we are consoled by knowing that He is in complete control.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31)
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me“ (Hebrews 13:6).
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
Here is a sermon by my favorite preacher of all time, Adrian Rogers. He has been with our Lord Jesus for many years, but his sermons remain and are still helping the brethren today
“Riding out the Storm”
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Cry out to Him “Abba Father!”
Did you know that ‘Abba’ in Hebrew means Daddy?