Kat Kerr, who has been to Heaven to visit many times as God has called her to do so, even shares how in Heaven there is a place called "CHRISTMAS TOWN" with all the snow and lights and celebration...and with Christmas trees and on and on...
I love that about God. Christmas was His idea – to celebrate His only Son's date of birth and His incarnation on the earth.
Without that blessed night in Bethlehem, we would be eternally lost. Without, "Unto us a child is Born..." without, "Unto us a Son is given..." there would have been no death, burial and resurrection of our Savior; and without that, we would among all people, be most pitied.
But He WAS BORN for us. He LIVED FOR US...HE DIED FOR US. And He was RAISED FROM THE DEAD FOR US.
Be sure to thank Him this Christmas season for all of that. The tiniest thought toward HIM will be noticed by Him and celebrated by Him. And I LOVE THAT.
I suggest you read Psalm 139 as a Christmas text, even though it's not really used that way by most people. Because Psalm 139 tells us of His UNLIMITED THOUGHTS toward us and HIS KNOWLEDGE of each of our own thoughts. Think about HIM this Christmas. HE WILL LOVE IT!! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Don't miss the powerful voice of the Holy Spirit speaking this Christmas!
It's so easy for us to go through the holiday motions and miss profound revelation that the Holy Spirit wants to communicate. I am guilty as charged with this. And there is nothing wrong with trees and tinsel, presents and pageants, carols and cookies. There's nothing at all wrong with family coming together and enjoying the merriment of the season. I love and savor it all!
But There Is More...
I want to encourage you this season to have ears open and in tune with what the Spirit of God is saying that might involve a fresh perspective on a familiar story (the Christmas story).
This Christmas season, I sensed the Holy Spirit tell me to stop waiting for a move of God, but rather, start moving TOWARDS God in a new way. Christmas powerfully reminds us of how God has already moved towards mankind. (Photo via Pix.org)
• The Incarnation, God Himself entering the womb of a virgin Jewish girl named Miriam (Mary), and being born in the most humble of conditions.
• The Cross, specifically the torn temple veil. That supernatural act declared, loud and clear, that the wall of separation was removed and that the Divine Presence was accessible by those who received the Messiah's atoning work.
• Finally, Pentecost. This was the ultimate "move of God," where the Holy Spirit changed addresses, so to speak. He came to live within and dwell among people.
So God has moved. Scripture affirms it and History confirms it!
If this is true, why aren't we seeing more? Why is it that history has been marked, time after time, by what we called "revival" or "awakening"?
God has moved towards man; I am convinced, however, that the same God is waiting, seeking, looking for man to move TOWARDS HIM.
A History-Shaking Move of God
Study every revival throughout history, leading up into the 1990s with Toronto, Brownsville, and others. None of those revivals were completely sovereign and out of the blue. Before the "sovereign suddenly" where God broke out with intense power, presence, repentance, signs, wonders, and unusual visitation, there was a move of man towards God. Desperation has compelled men and women throughout the ages to confront themselves with what Scripture said is available, and then pray that what the Bible said would actually become their living experience. (Photo via Pexels)
I believe we stand on the precipice of another "history-shaking" move of God. Truth be told, I am convinced that it has already started, and it will simply continue to escalate in intensity until Messiah Jesus splits the sky and consummates His Kingdom on Earth.
This is why I am humbled, once again, to serve you through publishing. It's one expression of issuing the summons of Heaven to hungry hearts, reminding them there is more. Your words teach, inspire and show readers how to move TOWARDS GOD.
As we all move towards Him in an increasing measure, may we expect a fresh "Advent" of His divine presence in our midst!
Blessings upon you and yours this Christmas season!
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Larry Sparks, MDiv
Larry Sparks is a prophetic author, speaker, and lecturer on revival. He presently serves as publisher for Destiny Image, a Spirit-filled publishing house pioneered by Don Nori Sr. in 1983. Larry is fueled by a vision to help the Church community create space for the Holy Spirit to move in freedom, power and revival fire, providing every Believer with an opportunity to have a life-changing encounter in the Presence of God. In addition, Larry is a regular contributor to many publication outlets. He is author of Breakthrough Faith, The Fire That Never Sleeps with Michael Brown and John Kilpatrick, compiler of Ask for the Rain, and co-author of Arise with Patricia King. He earned a Master of Divinity from Regent University and enjoys life in Texas with his beautiful wife and beloved daughter.
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