How ready are you for the Christmas season? What is your favorite part? What do you dread the most? Many of you are about to start Christmas stressing, I mean shopping. The world’s approach to Christmas builds up for a letdown. The immediate crowds out the significant. The flashy blocks the timeless. The pricey hijacks the priceless. This leaves us with the emptiness and disappointment of regret when we realize what we have done. I don’t think this is what God had in mind. In the next three posts, I hope to help you embrace a Christmas without regret. For today we are going to look at how to avoid the financial hangover.
First, Don’t Give in to Pressure to Overspend.
Ephesians 6:18-19 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel…
Whenever we get to the edge of something spiritually significant, the verge of a breakthrough, something crazy happens. Some threat, worry, person or situation rises up to derail, delay or distract you from moving forward. The challenge is discerning what is happening and how best to move forward.
This final entry of how to stand firm in the face of life’s battles deals with critical communication. Everything is worse when communication goes down. It leaves us isolated and unaware. It is easier to misstep when we no longer hear needed insight or direction. This is where the final strategy comes into play.
Stand Firm through a Deepening Prayer Relationship with Jesus for His Family & His Mission.
Eph. 6:11-17 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil… 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Is 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
At the outset, I have to warn you that this post’s issue is a core passion for me. I believe it is critical to the growth and health of every follower of Christ. Yet it is among the most common struggles and regrets I hear other talk about.
I want to teach you something that can’t be fully learned in a simple post. The best I can hope for is point a direction, introduce a process and motivate you to embrace this path for yourself.
This is the martial arts of following Jesus. Anyone who follows Jesus can begin. It takes time to master and there are always more advanced levels. For it to work in your life, ongoing training will be required.
How do we stand firm AND take ground in the face of life’s spiritual battles? We must grow strong in God’s Word… the Bible.
It Matters Because Satan Seeks to Disrupt our Communication with God.