Merry Christmas precious family of Jesus!!! Oh what a joyous day to celebrate God with us and His forever victory that keeps us as His precious children safe from the enemy at work in this world around us!!! His Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts thru faith in Him and He leads and guides us each as individuals, He leads and guides us thru His voice spoken to our hearts, thru His written Word, thru the godly counsel of others and thru life circumstances to put us in life where we need to be for safety and to carry out His will, His plan and His purpose for us!!!
To be open to our Father’s counsel is very important because it can be the difference between life and death, being safe and being harmed by the enemy in this world!!! One example we see of this is found in the Christmas story when an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said:
“Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”
“So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.”
It is possible that this could’ve been a reaffirmation of tangible conversation that Joseph overheard from others around him or it could be that it was a very strong intuition that the Lord gave directly to him from out of the blue!!!
This we can know – when our Father speaks a message put upon our heart for us by the Holy Spirit whether it is directly from Him or spoken as a tangible voice thru someone else, we can have one of two responses:
- We could respond to a person “Do you feel called by God to walk by me to keep me from screwing up?” and out of pride reject our Father’s guidance to us thru the message shared as we weigh it before Him for His truth in it. OR
- We can respond with a heart of appreciation that all things shared to us contain a nugget of gold that our Father would have us consider before Him to give us insight that distinguishes between what is of the enemy and what is of Him!!! Our Father is all about protecting us as His kids so when He speaks to us to protect us from the enemy, it is good not to get defensive, but rather to have a heart of gratitude for something to consider as a way to help us as our Father’s kids. Even if a message is spoken by the enemy, it is opportunity for our Father to reveal truth over what is false and hence we gain wisdom thru it by taking it to our Father. Our Father used what was spoken of by Pharaoh’s hardness of heart towards Moses and God’s people to reveal truth over the enemy and the power of God at work in helping His people as He called them out of Egypt too!!! God works good thru all things, hence we can reject pride in not wanting to hear what others are led to speak to us as our Father’s kids!!! How awesome to be able to learn and grow wiser in our Father thru it all!!!
Oh it is a good thing that Joseph listened to the angel of the Lord instead of saying “Don’t bother me, I am sleeping!!!” Because He listened to our Father’s voice of warning to him, he, Mary and the Son were kept safe from destruction by the enemy working thru Herod. Oh our battles in life are not with the flesh as our Father says:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
As we ponder our Father’s Word today, let us consider how our Father is perhaps sending an angel messenger into our lives to help us avoid the destruction of evil that wants to destroy Christ’s work!!! Where is our Father asking you to go with information presented to you for His safety for us as His kids of faith??? Is our Father perhaps sending you as an angel messenger to speak a divine word to guide someone else on the path to safety from the enemy??? You are His vessel of love and light in this world as He moves thru you, dear one!!! I am sooo proud of you for being strong, courageous and faithful to our Father!!!
Our Father will always lead us to where we need to be to carry out His will, His plan and His purpose for His kids of faith!!! Now what a Christmas gift is that to have our sweet Father’s protection and guidance at work in us, thru us and all around us for the divine life!!! Oh that all just makes me smile!!! I love this song here that talks about following our Father as He leads us in triumphant procession to victory!!!
Enjoy the gift of the presence of Jesus with you forever – never will He leave you nor forsake you or me!!! Christmas love to you wherever you are and wherever our Father has you going in life!!! Following our Father, our lives will be lived with divine purpose that makes a forever difference in this world!!! Oh that just makes Christmas for us everyday forever!!! 🙂