At this Christmas time, I greet you in Jesus precious name.
The verse in Matthew 1:23 is so relevant at this time of the year. It says, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which when translated means, God with us.”
It has been such a special year for me, I have really experienced God’s presence. The Lord has revealed Himself to me in so many ways, one of the most significant experiences for me this year was in Ein Gedi when the Holy Spirit manifested Himself tangibly, not only to me, but to 4500 other delegates from all over the world. I am so in love with Jesus.
However, I feel that the Lord has cautioned me to take time out to be with Him over this Christmas period. I believe God wants us to set special time aside in our busy schedules over the Christmas holidays, to be separate and to hear from Him. We talk about the end of the year, we talk about the Christmas season and in a few weeks time we will be into the New Year. We really need to rest up. There was no one more busy than the Lord Jesus Christ and yet He said to His disciples, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. For there were many coming and going and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves,” Mark 6 v 31 & 32. Jesus saw that the disciples were burning themselves out. They were doing good things and they were working hard for God. But there comes a time, my dear friend, when we’ve got to get our lives back into balance. We are of no use to anybody, if we are so tired and so worn out that we have nothing left to offer.
Resting is actually a holy practice. It’s not a selfish thing. Father God designed the Sabbath day to be a day of rest but we abuse it very badly, all of us. The shopping malls are busier on a Sunday than they are on any other day of the week. We find mothers’ trying to catch up with the washing and house cleaning on a Sunday because they are so busy during the week. This is not what Sunday’s were designed for. The Sabbath was created so that we could come aside and be quiet and restful. I pray that at this Christmas time, you will not forget the true meaning of Christmas, that you will remember that Father God sent His son Jesus Christ to be an example, a mentor and a figurehead for us to follow and emulate. You will see right through the Gospels that Jesus spent a great deal of time with His Father. There were times when the disciples became impatient with the Lord, because they could not find Him. There were crowds waiting to see Him and to hear Him preach and yet His priority was to spend time up the mountain. Jesus rested in the presence of His Father, He knew that if He didn’t do that He would have nothing to give to the people. Please take time out this Christmas to spend with your Heavenly Father. I am going to make a stout effort to do so, that is to spend time first in the presence of God, and then with those that are nearest and dearest to me.
We have had an amazing year, God has been so gracious to us, we have seen the Lord move in signs and wonders all over the world and we thank Him for that. But we know that the best is yet to come. “And let us not grow weary in doing good, because in due season you will reap if you do not lose heart,” Galatians 6 v 9. We want to thank you for your friendship, support and love over this year. We are one year closer to seeing Jesus face to face, what an exciting time that will be.
May God bless you richly and enjoy your time spent up the mountain, with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ Service
Angus, Jill and the Shalom Team
PLEASE NOTE: Shalom Trust Offices will be closed from the 14th December 2012 and will re-open on the 7th January 2014
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