The battle had raged on for many years with no end in sight and the bruises and blood dripping from the wounds of my soul were now apparent to all, even those without spiritual eyes. The open bleed out of arterial wounds left mortality a certainty – And I was blessed to be without any hope in my feeble humanness!
Your Grace-Full Christmas Present #14 is “The Love Switch!”
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Many are never blessed with Hell and as a result they don’t think it exist – I know different! Why? Because I have been blessed to be there, live there see it and be around it more times than I ever thought I would.
Is there a lake of fire after we die and who will get thrown into it – I don’t know – and on most days I don’t really care – I just know the Hell I went through here on this plain of existence and if you ever doubt it make sure you have my phone number because you will probably need it when you go through it!
What does this have to do with some peasant shepherds and the Christmas story – Plenty!
Jesus was and is and will always be a game changer! He brought what hadn’t been experienced except by a very few and even then it had fear attached to it – JESUS BROUGHT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FROM ABOVE! JESUS BROUGHT PEREFCT LOVE!
- Drives out all fear! – Up to this point many and in fact most still do have a fear based relationship with God. This changed with Jesus but ONLY with Jesus! Once you fear God because of the law and the situations that bring you to that point – He wants a relationship with you like He had with Adam – not of “fear” as we think of it but of Thank-Full-Ness that can Only be cultivated by Grace!
- Develops over pain and process! – Jesus didn’t go straight from the manger to the cross – it was a long and winding road most of which we know nothing about! The more you allow yourself to Grow in the awareness of each moment (yes even what you call consequences) being not only in iHis awareness but planned and orchestrated by Him – the easier your life will be, His yoke will be and the greater Peace you will have!
- Doesn’t follow the law! – The first “law” that Jesus broke was in His birth. But one “law” He broke everyday He existed was being around “sinners!” One reason a person Has to get over God in a legalistic framework is that PERFECT LOVE cannot exist in a legal framework – it never could and it never will be able to!
Be like the shepherds! Be afraid BUT let that fear dissolve as you see what the message is and the message is this:
GOD RADICALLY LOVES YOU!