*Gloria in Excelsis Deo*
As you may know we are not commanded to celebrate the birth of Christ, but we may.
Since we have seen and experienced His glory similar as the shepherds and the wise men had, we cannot keep quiet because Christ was born in our heart and we have seen His glory through the salvation of our own soul.
The angel of the Lord brought the Good Tiding of Christ's birth to the shepherds in the field. And with the angel was a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. Then the shepdherds rushed to town and found Mary, Joseph and the baby. They glorified and praised God for all the things they had heard and seen.
The three wise men followed the star and came to the place where Jesus was born. They worshipped the Christ child and presented unto Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
They were celebrating Christ's Birth, weren't they?
In Christ we are free to glorify the Lord any way and any time, be it eating food or not eating, be it setting a day apart or make all days equally.
1 Corinthians 10:31... Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 2:16,17... Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Romans 14:5, 6... One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
People may say it is the wrong date, a pagan "worship day" on which we are celebrating His birth. But we have to understand that if one decides to glorify God on any day of the year by celebrating Jesus coming into the flesh, His death and resurrection or even His soon coming, this means that it will include also December 24th, 25th, January 1st, March 15th etc... any date. Whatever the world uses as their days of occult celebrations or rowdy parties is not our concern. We're doing God's thing... GLORIFYING HIM!
Many days of the year are celebrated by partakers of evil and occultism, which a follower of Christ does not need to take into consideration. We are NOT of this world. We can celebrate God any day and any time of the year without looking over our shoulder to see what the evil one is celebrating, on a particular day.
I am a Bond servant of God and created to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and will not allow myself to be influenced by what satan is whispering. With saying this, we have to consider our Brothers and Sisters, not to offend them while we worship the Lord.
We should not allow ourselves to be dictated by this world, or being pushed in a certain direction. We should consider more the move of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
I do not need to consider the wicked ones while worshiping God. Nowhere in God's word is this mentioned.
So, let these pagans do whatever pleases them, they have no message for me. I am following Christ only, and I'm set free to worship Him ANY TIME AND ANY DAY. AMEN!
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
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May the Lord bless you and keep you.
In His service.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman