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As Christmas day approaches, I've been pondering the Christmas story along with the mystery and mysticism surrounding it. So many supernatural things took place at the birth of Jesus: how He came in the form of a tiny baby to a virgin, all the angelic messengers, and the unlikely visit by the kings. It was all totally astounding if you really stop to think about it. And as astounding as it was, it was hidden from most of the world until God's appointed time of His unveiling. Wow! I don't think we have really ever grasped the half of what took place.
As I was pondering all the mysterious ways that God works and shows up, I heard the Lord say, "I am coming to show up and show off! Look for Me and you will see Me in places that I have always been but you missed Me because you weren't looking for Me there."
"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). He is going to reveal Himself to you in multiple ways this Christmas season!
Surely The Lord is in This Place
Down through the annals of history, God showed up when men/women least expected it, but needed Him the most! When Jacob was running from His brother Esau after stealing the birthright, he decided to stop at Bethel for the night. As he slept, he dreamed of a heavenly ladder with angels going up and down. It was then that he heard the voice of the Lord, God, renewing the covenant given to his forefathers now being given to him. And he thought, "...Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it" (Genesis 28:16).
He is also in covenant with you and will come to you in your hour of need. I know because I've been there too! One of the prayers I have probably cried out the most over the years has been, "Lord, I need You!" And I have seen His faithfulness in my life over and over. Now after years of walking with Him and gaining a little more understanding of how much He truly loves me, I don't say "I need You, Lord," so much anymore like I used too. (Photo via Unsplash)
Instead, I find myself saying, "I love You, Lord," for I'm always looking for Him to show up every day (Proverbs 8:34). In fact, He is ever present IN us, working to do His good pleasure in and through us as we yield to Him (Philippians 2:13). I hear Him saying, "Just as I came to Mary, I have come to you! At the Cross you were co-crucified, then you were co-buried and were co-resurrected, so that you now co-live life together with Me. You can expect to see Me show up every day when you look to see. Some people 'look to look', but you must look to see Me. Watch for Me to move in, through and for you!"
A Revealing Party
Just a week ago, I dreamed that I was at a revealing party where the identity of a baby was being revealed and I woke up before the gender was announced. Immediately upon waking, I knew that the revealing was a picture of Jesus being revealed through us and the reason I didn't hear what the gender was, was because in this case the gender didn't matter. It only mattered that He was being revealed through us, both male and female.
I'm hearing the Father say, "I am about to do a great reveal. I am going to reveal Myself through you. For I am yours and you are Mine. And you are going to be amazed. Together, we are one. It's a mystical union. By faith, we move together. Gifts that you didn't know you had are going to begin to manifest. Boldness that you have never experienced before is going to be stirred up and released through you. You are going to begin to do My works and greater, because I am in you and you in Me.
"So expect for Me to come and show off in you. I don't like being held back and limited by unbelief, so I am going to set you free from your own preconceived limitations. Like Mary believed that I could be birthed through her, now believe that I am being birthed through you. Enough with the false humility and unbelief. It's time to say like Mary said, 'As His servant, I accept whatever He has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass' (Luke 1:38)."
All of Creation Waits
Get ready to see Him come when you least suspect it, but at the same time be ever expectant like Mary. It's time to manifest Christ and to be revealed as part of the "Greater Works Generation"! All of creation is waiting on you and me (Romans 8:19)! As my husband often says, "Creation is not waiting for the rapture to come, but all of creation is waiting for sons and daughters to be revealed! It's time for the big reveal!" (Photo via Unsplash)
"You are my dear children, but I agonize in spiritual 'labor pains' once again, until the Anointed One is fully formed in your hearts!" (Galatians 4:19)
(Paul wrote) "My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of His Cross crucified me with Him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives His life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that He gave Himself for me, and dispenses His life into mine." (Galatians 2:20)
Mary's prophetic song can be yours!
"And Mary sang this song: 'My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God! My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God! For He set His tender gaze upon me. And from here on, everyone will know that I have been favored and blessed. The Mighty One has worked a mighty miracle for me; holy is His name!'" (Luke 1:46-49)
May joy fill your hearts as you celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, who came through Mary and now comes through us! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Have a Merry Christmas!
Stairway Ministries | The Passion Translation
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Brian and Candice Simmons have been married for 43 years. With their three children, they spent nearly eight years in the tropical rain forest of the Darien Province of Panama as a church planter, translator, and consultant. Now, nearly everyone in the village follows the Lamb of God. After their missionary career they came to New England, and were involved with starting Gateway Christian Fellowship, which they pastored for 18 years. After turning the church over to a wonderful leadership team, they began to travel full-time speaking, teaching, and helping churches and leaders to grow in Christ. They've had the joy of traveling to over 30 nations, sharing the message of God's greatness and His end time glory that will be revealed through His people. Brian is also the lead translator for The Passion Translation Project which will result in a new, dynamic version of the Bible for this generation. Brian and Candice have three children, six grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
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