INTRODUCTION

Christmas…a day of family, friends, feasting, gifts, and trees decorated with dazzling lights, and shimmering in an otherwise unlit room.  On that day, there is hardly any mention of our Savior that many of us have such a deep love and appreciation for, because of the truth that has been revealed to us by God’s Holy Spirit.  Even among those of us who have come to place our trust in Christ alone as our only way to be accepted by God, there is controversy concerning if we as Christians should celebrate this day, considering the fact that December 25th is actually a pagan holiday in which the pagan god Mithra, among many other gods, is worshiped. 

But even though God’s Word never tells us to remember or to celebrate Christ’s birth, and actually tells us not to practice the ways of the pagan nations, (Deuteronomy 18:9-15) shouldn’t we stop and give glory to God for what He did on that day?  For even God’s angels filled the sky that night to proclaim the birth of the Savior that God had provided to make a way for us to be redeemed from the sin that holds us all captive.

Christmas mainly focuses on Santa Claus, who sadly has been given the attributes of God…”He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake…”  Even children are told,  “You better be good, or you won’t get any presents from Santa.”  One day I heard a mom say that to her child, and in that moment, it made me realize why sometimes it’s so difficult for someone to receive salvation… a gift that is freely given and received, and we don’t have to work for it or earn it, even though it was paid with the high and costly price of the blood of Christ.  

Because I never wanted my children to doubt the existence of God, I felt it was extremely important to tell them when they were barely old enough to understand, that there was no Santa who brought gifts on Christmas Eve.  How could I expect them to believe there is a God they can’t see, if I would choose to tell them there is a Santa who comes riding in a sleigh in the sky to their home in the middle of the night to bring them gifts?   One day they would find out that Santa, whom they could never see bringing their gifts, was not real, and I wanted them to always believe they could  trust me, and that all I shared with them would always be the truth. Yes, I played imaginary games with them, but when it comes to risking their trust in what I tell them about God, to me there was no other choice. 

I remember how I felt when I first found out that Santa was not real…I was disappointed at first, but more than being disappointed, I remember being very angry at my parents for a while, because in my mind they had deceived me and lied to me.  I did not want my children to ever doubt the reality of God, or my word, so I knew I had to tell them the truth.  And of equal importance, I told my children the truth to honor God and to keep the focus on Christ at Christmas.  After all, He is the reason for the season, in spite of  the controversies over Christmas.

I have many fond memories of Christmas when I was a little girl.  One special moment stands out in my mind…One day my family and I were all preparing for Christmas.  Our nativity set was placed on the stereo, and the song ‘O Holy Night’ began to play.  That has always been my favorite Christmas song.  I was all alone in the dining room at the time, and when the part in the song would come where it says,  “Fall on your knees, ” I would drop to my knees and sing the words of the song from a heart filled with love to God, thinking about how special that night must have been when Jesus came to this earth.  

Since I became a Christian, Christmas, and Easter, (another highly debated  day to celebrate or not to celebrate) have taken on whole new and deeper meanings!  Through God’s Word and by His Holy Spirit, I have come to understand that Jesus, being God in the flesh, came into this world to set us free from the sins that hold us all captive, by living the perfect, sinless life we could never live, to one day become the sacrificial lamb that God would provide to pour out His wrath upon.  Jesus died in each of our places, taking the wrath intended for each of us, because of our sins, upon Himself. 

Maybe many of you are already aware of this, but I just found out 2 years ago that Bethlehem was actually the main place where sheep were raised to be used for the temple sacrifices.  Each of them was inspected very carefully, because they were to be without blemish or defect.  How appropriate that Jesus, the spotless, sinless Lamb of God who was to take away the sins of the world was chosen to be born in Bethlehem!  God’s Word is so amazing and filled with depth and beauty, and foreshadowing!  If only we would take more time to dig into the rich treasures in His Word, we would find no reason to look for ‘experiences’ that many today are choosing to seek after, and by doing so, they have allowed themselves to be led into deception.  But before I get carried away and start getting into the new concerns I have about what is happening these days in the name of ‘Christianity,’ I need to try and end my introduction by staying focused on that one special night.  That Holy night whenever it was, that Jesus, who always existed with the Father before the beginning of time, still being fully God, took on human flesh and came into this world to one day willingly lay His life down to satisfy the wrath of God that He has towards us because of our sins…

Last Sunday, December 12, 2010, as the worship band led us in the song ‘O Holy Night,’ my mind went back to that day when I was a child singing that song, and how here I was now with God having given me a full understanding of why Jesus came to this earth!  My eyes filled with tears, as I now sang that song, having such an intense love for God and a deep appreciation for the extent He went to, so that the barrier of sin that separates each one of us from a perfectly Holy God, would be torn down, and that we might know the depth of the love that He has for each one of us!  And on a personal level, I was moved to tears at the thought that He chose to reveal His love and truth to me!  That song is even more meaningful to me today: whatever night Jesus was born on, He was and is God in the flesh, who came to dwell among us, and to save us from our sins!  Jesus…Immanuel– God with us!  O holy night!  O night divine!

In closing, I would just like to say that each one of us need to seek God concerning if we should celebrate Christmas or not.  If your desire is to honor God, and you can still have a godly attitude in sharing your convictions about not celebrating Christmas in such a way that it is done with gentleness and with respect, and you still choose to make the most of this time of year to share the gospel that can lead someone to come to know they have a sin problem, and can share the hope that is found in Christ alone, then fine.  However, if we get to the point where we sound self-righteous and have a critical spirit, and are so “heavenly minded that we are no earthly good,” as the saying goes, and we are repelling instead of reaching those who do not yet know the gospel, then it can be seen as something that maybe Satan is responsible for.  Maybe he is bringing about division in this way to get our focus off of Christ in order to make us ineffective in reaching those who need to know about God’s gift of salvation that He gave to us.  The gift that expressed the depth of the love that He has for each one of us when He gave us His Only begotten Son.  He gave us Jesus, beginning the very night He was born to be our Savior…no matter when that night may have been.

May true peace and hope that comes through receiving Christ alone, be yours this Christmas and in the New Year to come. 

I will be posting a few more poems to end this year, and Lord willing, will then post the first chapter of the book I am writing about my life, for the glory of God.  So be watching for that, if you are interested.  I will upload them as ‘Pages,’ so they will not be showing up under ‘Christian Poetry.’  For those interested in reading them, please come to my site and click on the pages that will be above on the heading of my site along with the other pages that are posted there, such as ‘Some Of Living4HisGlory’s Favorite Scriptures,’ etc.’  

I would appreciate any constructive criticisms or encouraging words you may have to share with me.  My goal in writing this book is to reach young girls, or anyone who is seeking love in all the wrong places.  In doing so, many find themselves getting involved with someone who only ends up bringing heartache and pain into their lives, instead of seeking God’s love first, which is the main love that can only fill the void that each one of us who do not yet know Christ in a personal way has.  We try and fill that void with the pleasures of this world, whether it is in material possessions, such as a new car or home, or through drugs, sexual intimacy/satisfaction outside of marriage, or in finding a new job, position, or a promotion in an attempt to give us meaning, purpose, and fulfillment, or in many other ways too numerous to mention.

In the future, I will not be writing as many poems, (maybe just one every month or so) so I can get my priorities in order, and so I can also get back to writing my book, and will self-publish, Lord willing, when it is complete.

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by to read my poems.

 THE PAGAN ROOTS OF DECEMBER 25th -BY YOUTUBE USER-KJTHETRUTH 

THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS -BY YOUTUBE USER-MANDMEVANGELISTS

 “We venture to assert that if there be any day of the year of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Savior was born, it is the 25th of December…Regarding not the day, let us, nonetheless, give thanks to God for the gift of His dear Son.”  ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon ~

SOME OF THE MANY PROPHECIES FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST

Born of the seed of a woman- Genesis 3:14,15 Fulfilled Galatians 4:4                 Romans 16:19,20

From the tribe of Judah- Genesis 49:10  Fulfilled Luke 3:33

Descendant of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob- Genesis 12:3, 17:17,19, Numbers 24:7   Fulfilled Matthew 1:1,2,16 Luke 3:34,38

Heir to the throne of David-Isaiah 9:6,7 Fulfilled Luke 1:32

Anointed and eternal- Psalm 45:6,7 Fulfilled Hebrews 1:8-10

Born in Bethlehem- Micah 5:2 Fulfilled- Luke 2:4-7

Time of His birth- Daniel 9:24,25  Fulfilled-Luke 2:1-5

Born of a virgin- Isaiah 7:13,14 Fulfilled-Luke 1:26-28,30,31

Called out of Egypt Hosea 11:1 Fulfilled-Matthew 2:13-15

Jesus the Messiah would have the power to heal- Malachi 4:2 Fulfilled-Matthew 9:20-22 (Just one of many people Jesus  completely healed.)

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”       (John 3:16,17)

“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1 Peter 1:20)

“But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)

“Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,  “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son , and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”  –which means, “God with us.”  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:18-25)

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them,  “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,  “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:8-16)

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. ” (Malachi 4:2)

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”  Malachi 4:2 KJV (Note the differences between the NIV translation and the KJV translation…one of many reasons why I am trying to adjust to the KJV…many changes have been made to newer translations that water down, distort, and in some verses change the meaning of the text in such a way that will even mislead readers away from the truth about the deity of Christ.)

“…when Christ came into the world, He said,  “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased.  Then I said,  ‘Here I am–it is written about Me in the scroll–I have come to do Your will, O God.’ ”  First He said,  “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not desire, nor were You pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made.)  Then He said,  “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.”  He sets aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin.  But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.  Since that time He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool, because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”        (Hebrews 10:5-14)

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

“We  all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.  But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:3-7)

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–for before the law was given, sin was in the world.  But sin is not taken into account where there is no law.  Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.  But the gift is not like the trespass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!  Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. ” (Romans 5:12-19)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.  His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:13-18)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.”  (1 Timothy 1:15,16)

“The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.  He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.  Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural decent, nor of human decision, or a husband’s will, but born of God.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:9-14)

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Out of His mouth comes a sharp swordwith which to strike down the nations.  “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has the name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19: 11-16)

“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

 

 

FOR GOD SO LOVED…HE GAVE

Some say that we as Christians, shouldn’t celebrate Christ’s birth

The day God took on human flesh, to come down to this earth

The miraculous fulfillment, a virgin birth foretold

By Isaiah and Malachi, God’s prophets from of old

God’s Word now wrapped in human flesh, came to bear the sins of man

Before of the foundations of the earth were formed, this was God’s redemptive plan

He knew that man left to himself, would choose a sinful path

That man would turn from His love so great, and would instead receive His wrath

But God so loved that He gave His only Son, it began that very first Christmas day

A gift for those who would receive, for all had gone astray

The KING OF KINGS, and LORD OF LORDS, who in a manger lay

Was destined to wear a crown of thorns, His Father’s will choosing to obey

If there was no manger, there would not have been a cross

We would still be in our sins, for hope, we would be at a loss

He most probably was not born on that cold December day

But God gave us the greatest gift, when He cared to send Him our way

He was despised, felt anger, rejection, and pain

But sinless, He did continue to remain

He bore our sins and carried our sorrows

For all our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows

A celebration may be held on this day, by pagans all around

But the day that Christ was born, man stood on holy ground

The shepherds trembled to see the glorious sight

Of angels proclaiming a Savior was born that very night

The good news of great joy, that was meant for all mankind

That in the town of Bethlehem, Christ, the LORD, their Savior, they would find

So, as you think upon these things, let God’s Spirit be your guide

Don’t miss a chance to share Christ’s love, because of your convictions or pride

No matter what you may decide, share this joyous news with all to hear

That Jesus came to give new life, and to deliver us from sin and fear

 

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket- manger-cross

Scripture added to picture on Photobucket by Mary K. Dalke

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