Prayer Partners Around The World (PPATW)
FALSE TEACHINGS AND PREACHINGS
5/1 THRU 5/31
"CHRISTMAS VS X-MAS"
JESUS IS THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, He will reign on David’s throne and over his Kingdom, establishing it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
ICE BREAKER QUESTION:
HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND IS IT DIFFERENT WITH HOW THE WORLD CELEBRATES IT?
I. THE LIES, THE BLINDINGS, THE DECEPTIONS
EPHESIANS 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. John 8:44 "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
➢ MEMORY VERSE:
Being allowed, Satan has turned marriages into a joke; Satan turned sex into something dirty, Satan has turned this beautiful planet that God created into a big blue ball of garbage and Satan has turned Christmas to X-mas leaving out Christ! People are so caught up with the fast pace of life that they have forgotten what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. It is really about Baby Jesus, the Son of the great Almighty God who was born in a simple manger among farm animals and shepherds with no lights, no crowds and no fuss.
God never intended in the birth of His Son to become a worldwide event motivated by greed. God never intended people to be consumed with idols and not concerned with Jesus. God never intended this time of year to be also the highest rate of depression and suicide. How did all of this happen? SATAN!
Here in the US, people are festive with coloured lights and ornaments, X-mas trees lit up and dressed up for the occasion, Santa Claus hats worn by most everyone everywhere specially parties with drinking and reveling and to those of the world, this seems to be a happy time where everyone is enjoying life and what this time of year brings. Yes, it is also a time that families get together and enjoy each other’s company but what about Baby Jesus? Who was born on this day, who is the GREATEST GIFT EVER to mankind. Is the world reflecting on Jesus Christ’s birthday? Do they know why He was born? Do they really care? Xmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, snowman, exotic gifts, working overtime, over drinking, over eating - none of this brings glory to God yet to the people of the world these are all necessary in the celebration of Christmas.
EPHESIANS 5: 14-17 "14This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."
II. THE TRUTH
God came to this world in the flesh through His Son Jesus Christ. It is about a humble and meek event that truly represents Christ and our Father. There is no power in X-mas trees; there is no power in Santa Claus; there is no power in any of those worldly images or ideas of Christmas but there is ALL THE POWER in the simple birth of our King Jesus who came to this earth to die for our sins. Jesus’ birth represents a gift that never stops giving. Jesus birth represents God wanting us to be reconciled to Him through Christ. Moreover, Jesus birth represents the price necessary to cover our sins that separate us from Gods love and Jesus’ birth represents a love that goes beyond understanding and human comprehension. John 18:37 (KJV), “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Do you hear our Shepherd’s voice and are you following His commands? Jesus is the truth to open your eyes to see the lies, the blindings and the deceptions of Satan and of this world. He will open your heart and your mind to His truth; He will set you free, and you shall be free indeed!
They cannot see that God does not want all of that revelry, drunkenness, partying, stress and glitter. God loves when we come together in reflection of His love, which is His Son and say thank you as we give of ourselves to be those mighty men and women that He called us to be. Jesus said about His own birth to Pilate in
1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
God could have had a spectacular sky show when Christ was born but all He had was a shining star. God could have had all the kings of the earth to attend but he had only Joseph, Mary and shepherds. God could have had armies of angels guarding His birth but all he had were the animals that were around him, why? Because there is more power in the simple things, which brings more attention to Jesus and not the things or people around Him. The real meaning of Christmas should be peace, joy, love, and humility as we bow before Him in worship and admiration. We should really begin our gift giving by submitting ourselves completely to Christ. What better gift is there to give than the gift that Jesus already paid for on the Cross? People of the world believe that Christmas is a time full of images, which they perceive to bring them happiness. But as His true children, we know that happiness is based on external conditions while Jesus gives us internal joy that goes beyond external circumstances.
Romans 8:38,39 "38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Colossians 1:15 "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature."
QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:
WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE OF YOURSELF TO OUR LORD FOR HIS CHRISTMAS/BIRTHDAY GIFT?
Christmas is about the true gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of His supernatural birth, His sinless humanity, His vicious death for us all on the cross and His spectacular resurrection from the dead where we can be free from sin and free from Satan’s lies, blindings, and deception. The real questions is do you want to be free? And the real message of Christmas is one of goodwill teaching mankind to embrace life with God and not separate itself from Him due to sin and disobedience to His majestic Word and wonderful will. In the end, it is the simplicity of Jesus’ birth which is more powerful than anything on this earth! Wow God knew from the beginning that His gorgeous Baby Boy would be brutalized and slain just for us! THANK YOU JEHOVAH!!!
No celebrations, no gifts, no commercialism, no presents, no glamour, and nothing can compare to the power of Christ’s birth, His life, His death and His resurrection. Think about this: X-mas trees will die and if they’re fake, they are already dead. Gifts will become old and faded, family members and friends will disappear or die, parties will end, lights and ornaments will burn out and break. However, Jesus our Savior, Lord, Groom, King, and our EVERYTHING!!! will never fade, die, break, get old or go away. He is here to stay for eternity for those who truly want to live in truth. This Christmas do it God’s way in humbleness and meekness and in appreciation to Baby Jesus by surrendering your all to Him. Do not tell Jesus what was told to Him before where there was no room in the inn for him to be born. Do not put Jesus out of your heart & your mind. Make room for Him to stay and sit on the throne of your life always!!!
(*Scriptures cited are taken from the NIV, KJV, and Amplified Bible)