A Message About Christmas

12-23-17

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Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!

The Lord has been impressing upon my heart to give a message from Him addressing Christmas. It seems as of late that Christmas has really been coming under attack not only by the world but also from those in the faith. Before you say “Brother Jeff, don’t you know that Christmas is a pagan holiday and in the Roman Catholic Church took it and  Christianized it? ” I will tell you, Yes! I am well aware of the pagan origins of the winter solstice celebration and Saturnalia. I am also well aware that Jesus Christ, Yahushua HaMashiach was not born on December 25th and that it was most likely born on Rosh Hashanah in September on the Gregorian calendar. That is most widely used calendar in the world today. It is noted, as well, that the origins of the Christmas tree are pagan, though I have never bowed down and worshipped one and have never seen anyone do so. Also there has been much said about Jeremiah chapter 10 being about Christmas trees but I am not so sure that Jeremiah was not prophesying about people wearing and worshipping crucifixes. If you would like to look further look into this watch this video by Stephen DeNoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVRC56FHcFM

I am also well aware that Christmas is now very much full of materialism and buying things for people with little or no thought about Jesus at all. Many people go into massive debt during the Christmas season and they pay for their folly for months afterward. This to me the worst part of this season and it comes out of selfishness, pride, envy and idolatry.

There are those out there that say we should not celebrate Christmas at all but instead celebrate Hanukkah during this time. Some of them even cite that Jesus himself celebrated Hanukkah and so should we; as well as the other feasts that are listed in the Old Testament. To me this is perfectly fine! If people like to celebrate Hanukkah as unto the Lord as well as the other feasts during the year, let them do so out of love for God and not because it is the law.

I believe that Romans 14 fits very well in this case. I will list the key verses here but I would advise you that all should go and read the entire chapter yourselves. Verse 1 “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.” This may well be one of the most powerful verses that we as Christians should live by but very few do. There is so much fighting and division in the body of Christ over things that really, in the eye of eternity, do not matter as much as loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and loving your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus quoted these two Commandments saying that all the other commandments were summed up in these two. Yet, no one is able in their own strength to keep even those two. Only by the power of the blood of Jesus and through Holy Spirit that lives within us can we keep them. If the law was perfect, Jesus would not have had to come to save us from our sins because we would have already been keeping the law and Jesus death and resurrection would not have been needful. The truth is that He is the only way to eternal life!

Verses 5-9 say “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” I believe, you can observe a day or not observe a day but if we do it, do it as unto the Lord but we must be fully convinced in our own mind that is what we should do or it is sin. We should not do anything that we have not sought the Lord about. In other words if you want to celebrate Christmas do so unto the Lord, if you want to celebrate Hanukkah do so unto the Lord,  if you choose not to celebrate either holiday, do that unto the Lord, but do not condemn your fellow brother and sister in Christ for what they do or do not celebrate.

In verses 10-13 it says this, “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” Let us not judge our brothers and sisters in Christ for celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or not celebrating either. For God is our judge and we will answer to him for our actions whether they are out of love or not. If you are judging, fighting and or causing your brother or sister in Christ to stumble you will be judged by the Lord, the righteous judge, for your actions. But remember 1 John 1:9-10
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

The rest of Romans 14 deals with eating and drinking or not eating and drinking things but I believe it applies as well to Christmas and Hanukkah. No day in and of itself is evil for God our Father has made all of them for us. It is not for us to say a day is Holy or it is evil. Just because some people in the past and maybe even in the present choose to do evil on certain days, it does not make that day evil for us for God has made every day holy for us by the Son. This also has to do with the Sabbath and worshipping on Sunday. As for myself I choose to worship my Lord every day of the week not just one day of the week. I give him my all, as best I can every day. I surrender to my Lord and God, Yahusha Hamashiach each and every day and I live, move and have my being in Him. My very breath is that of the Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit and I would have it no other way. My goal is to be walking in the Spirit 24 hours a day and all 365 days a year. My wish for you all is the same! Follow me as I follow Christ.

In conclusion I would like to say that if you are walking in the Spirit at all times, you will be showing love to those around you. In westernized countries most people do know that Christmas is representative of Christ’s birth. Just think about miracle that the Creator of the Universe and everything in it, would humble Himself and become a newborn baby and then later die an excruciatingly painful death on a cross, ALL OUT OF HIS AMAZING LOVE FOR US! And if we are the ones who has a carriers of his Holy Spirit, how much more should we be showing love to the lost during this time of year? If you confess yourself to be a Christian, they are watching you.  If you condemn this day and you even tear it apart finding all the faults in it, what good is it to these that don’t know Jesus? Are you bringing them closer to Christ by being negative and condemning Christmas? I don’t think I have to tell you the answer to that. There are many people that go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve that do not come any other time of year. And you can say what you want about the condition of the churches these days and I would agree with you, but I will say also say this; that the Lord can use a church service that mentions the name of Jesus more than you know. The Holy Spirit can work and move on that person’s heart and it could be a seed planted or it could result in their salvation right there and then. I am not talking about religion, I am talking about a true relationship with the creator of the universe Yahusha Hamashiach, Jesus Christ, Our Savior, our lover, our best friend, the one who will never leave us or forsake us and let us not ever turn Him away.

I’m sure there will be those that would disagree with me and that is fine. I do not condemn you but as for myself I will show the love of Jesus that He has put in my heart during this time of year and to the best of my ability all the rest of the year as well, for that is what we are all called to do.

Peace, love, provision and protection to you all.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Jeff Byerly

74 thoughts on “A Message About Christmas”

  1. Hi, Jeff.

    I am in agreement with your article because I believe your article speaks to a larger issue, in that not everything in life (at least as of now) is black and white. The truth is there are gray areas. And we can navigate those gray areas only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

    Life never flummoxed the Lord. Each time the Jewish leaders brought up a trick question to trap him, the Lord’s answers left them flummoxed. This is because the Lord was not simply following the letter of the law. He was following the spirit of the law.

    One of the areas that you truly need to be led by the Holy Spirit is in an unequally yoked marriage. A believing husband is called to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, which is good. But what if the wife will not submit to his leadership? What if she spurns his counsel? What if she loves him to bits and at the same time is in absolute disagreement with all his beliefs? She may crucify him with her words for his beliefs, but he would know better than to respond in like manner. Her attitude toward life may frustrate him, but he still has to build a family life with her. She would still be the mother of his kids. His family may want to go to the movies on Saturday while he may want to spend the day in prayer. How is this man to navigate the sea of unbelief he finds himself in?

    If someone does not have to deal with these kind of permutations and combinations, then so much the better, but life is full of such circumstances. But such circumstances are navigable if one allows oneself to be led by the Holy Spirit, in which case the person will walk in peace, joy, and liberty in the Lord.

    Believers do receive a call of separation unto the Lord, but we must also allow the Holy Spirit to decree the degree of separation and all the terms and conditions of it. Or else we may end up doing more harm than good.

    1. Thank you brother Sujit for your excellent wisdom from the Lord as always.
      Blessings love and peace to you brother!

  2. Romans 14 is not talking about picking any number of days or particular days to worship. If that was the case, then the Holy Spirit would be instructing us to say worship God one day a week and then the other 6 do what you want. The language used is completely centered around food and whether to eat or not to eat. Additionally, the wording used is to “regard” or “esteem” which makes sense when talking about fasting. Lastly, Paul is not instructing the readers to ignore God’s appointed times because if he was doing that, then he was clearly teaching against the commandments and people who claimed he was doing that would clearly have good evidence that he was. In Acts, he took a vow to show that he kept, adhered to and taught the commandments of God. They were unable to prove that Paul did otherwise. Read Acts 6, they were unable to prove that Stephen did otherwise so they brought up false witness to testify against him. One last thing, Romans 14 is not about Sabbath. He never even mentions it. Spend some time studying Isaac, you will see that Abraham kept the feasts. Isaac’s conception and birth are tied to the same feasts that Yeshua was conceived and born. Which shows that the appointed times are not Jewish, but simply for God’s people and if Abraham kept them, hmmm… maybe we should as well?

    I am not saying that people who do not keep appointed times are not saved, I am saying that we should walk in obedience to God’s commandments and walk as Yeshua walked.

    1. Matthew, with all due respect I disagree with you.
      Romans 14:5-6 says it plainly” One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.”

      And here again in Col 2:16-17″ So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”

      There are other scriptures I could post here but I will not beleaguer the point.
      Now that the Holy Spirit has been given to us we should walk it the Spirit at all times!
      But I will leave you with these scriptures that show how we should conduct ourselves.

      Romans 8:1-11 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
      9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
      Gal.5:13-18
      13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
      16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

      Love and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

  3. I think we’ve missed something here. Worship is first and foremost what goes on in our hearts. I can worship God while doing the housework, so when I bend down to clean a cupboard or stand up with arms outstretched to put out the washing, I’m not worshipping the cupboard or the washing line. Our physical posture is always secondary to the attitude of our hearts. Or I can give my entire attention to God and take up an appropriate posture depending on how I’m feeling or if I want to pray on my knees etc. So if our hearts are right before God we can worship while doing other things, because what is in our hearts is the most important. The other thing to mention is that we can fool others by eg saying the right words but only God knows what is really happening inside us.

  4. Jeff,

    Good for you for taking a stand. My husband and I feel the exact same way. When we found the pagan origins of Christmas 10 years ago, we threw everything away and started really investing ourselves in the authentic feasts. I cannot state how much we have been blessed for throwing away these things and observing the feasts of Elohim. It seemed at that decision the blessings started taking off for us.

    In fact, when you truly look into the origins of XMAS you have to come to a decision as a believer to follow Elohim or walk a compromised walk…which results in a lack of hearing God, or take the chance of God not answering your prayers. You cannot have both. We cannot entertain the world and God at the same time. There will come a point where people need to have the blessings of God and there fore the fear of Him will cause many to re-examine this holiday. For me and my house, we NEED the blessings of God. Our business and health and mentality cannot function without Him. There is no way we can afford being double minded in this area. Those Christians who know about the pagan roots and choose otherwise will be accountable. May God lead us all to Him*

    Huge blessings to you my friend! Meranda

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_K63yZ2r44

    1. Meranda,
      I don’t know if I made my point clear enough in this message but here is the heart of the matter.
      Psalm 118:24This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
      I will not give the devil ANY of my days! I will worship and pray to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ even on Halloween.
      The devil only has what people have given to him and he comes to steal kill and to destroy. Jesus came so we could have life and have it more abundantly!
      I just got off my face any spending almost 2 hours of alone time with y Lord,best friend and lover and He made no mention that I could’t do this today.
      Of course I didn’t make any mention of it being Christmas when I am in His manifest prescence because NOTHING ELSE MATTERS BUT HIM during that time.
      Now when I get up from this chair I will go and show the love of Jesus on this day.
      Most of the people around me ACKNOWLEDGE the birth of Jesus on Christmas day even though we know it wasnt on this day.
      In my humble opinion ANYTHING that draws attention to Jesus is a good thing!
      The devil is like a dog who lifts his leg and marks every tree, hydrant, pole or anything else he can urinate on.
      I say to him the Lord Rebuke You! Get out in the name of Jesus! YOU CANT HAVE ANYTHING THE LORD HAS MADE!
      This should be our attitude for Christmas day and EVERYDAY!

      Blessings,Love, Peace, Provision and Protection to you and Michael in the name of Yahushua HaMashiach!
      Jeff

      1. Our family attended a Christmas Eve service last night at our Church. I went with eyes open and looked at it with a more critical eye than the normal way I’ve done it all my life. As we were seated and waited for the service to start I prayed for revelation and a pure heart approaching this, thanking God for sending his precious Son to atone for us in the perfect sacrifice.

        You know what? I saw Christmas in a different way (from the perspective of a worship/praise/celebration, not the worldly Christmas). I paid more attention to WHAT the carols were saying. Christ’s birth was an AWESOME and GLORIOUS event – angels singing praises of His arrival to earth, 3 kings travelling from afar to worship Him. The sky even claimed His Glory! This was a huge event, arguably THE biggest event in history, except maybe His sacrifice on the cross! Why is it is covered in such detail in the Gospels? So many prophesies fulfilled, from the beginning of time. Truly the rocks would have shouted out His praises and glory if the angels didn’t, just as Jesus said when came into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey… and we shouldn’t be celebrating this blessed event? I felt His praises being lifted up as I sung along. Not that Jesus was born this actual day, but He was born fully God and fully Man and the biggest GIFT God could ever give us.

        The sermon was quite different too, a Revelation 12 Christmas story. Ending in a powerful call to accept Jesus as the only way to find forgiveness of sins, to realize a true change of ourselves through the Holy Spirit. To turn our hearts fully over to our Savior and King and let Him and His love transform our lives to be more like Him. Was a powerful message and many there were not Christians (people that attend only on Christmas). This message smacked them right in the face with the fact we are ALL sinful and hopelessly evil! Christ came because God loved us SO much. He is our only route to forgiveness and salvation, and our hearts need to change. 3 packed services – many not hearing this Gospel before! How sad it would be if they couldn’t be exposed to the truth of our need for redemption and the story of WHY He did WHAT He did for the ones He loves? We were encouraged to share with the downtrodden and unfortunate as we go into 2018 during the benediction.

        Something really amazing happened on the way home, I took it as confirmation from God that this was what was supposed to happen today. My wife wanted to grab a last minute gift for her mom, so we stopped at a store on the way home. My 16 year old daughter and I waited in the truck as my wife ran into the store. Out front was this homeless person sitting against the building under a blanket with your typical homeless “please help” sign. The Spirit said “help him” in my heart. I looked in my wallet and has a 5 and a 100 bill – “100” too. I don’t know why, but I said to my daughter “take this to that person (couldn’t even tell if it was a mans or woman) and tell him Jesus really loves him” She is like “a hundred bucks? Thats a lot isn’t it?” I said yes, but put it in her hand and said go share with him…

        She went over and crouched down with the person and spoke with (it ended up being a him) for quite a while, sharing with him Jesus loves him and listening to his story – which he went into quite a bit of detail. Apparently he had recently finished getting his welding ticket and was working making $6000 a month and then the bottom fell out of the industry that was employing all these welders. He went from feast to literally famine and was clearly struggling to survive and recover. He graciously accepted the gift and stated the money will only go to good things (not drugs/alcohol – and he wasn’t using these things at all). God wrenched my heart as I watched my daughter deliver an act of mercy and kindness with God’s love to this person – weeping in the truck.

        Then on top of all that – after she gets into the truck I ask her how it went… “oh, that was Ray” she said. “I have talked to him before, about a month ago” elsewhere in the city. She told us the story about what had happened and what he had been going through.

        We talked about it as we drove home then she mentioned that she prayed at the service that she could share with a homeless/needy person, to be an instrument and witness for Jesus. Shen didn’t even see him there and I turn around and give her some cash and say go forth… I’ve never asked her to do something like that directly before. And seemingly out of the blue from her perspective – an answer to prayer! And it being someone who she had had a previous encounter with? What are the odds? Simply amazing our God. Peace on earth and good will toward men, Christ has come!

        Impacted both of us (and hopefully Ray too) in a powerful way. I’m still sobbing for joy! You can’t make this stuff up.

        So I say, why should we be afraid to proclaim and celebrate the awesome and world changing act of love from our God and Father? Nimrod is nothing compared to Him, like a candle compared to the sun. I don’t acknowledge nimrod’s ability to hinder my worship of my God. My heart is His.

        Much like the LGBT community has hijacked the rainbow as their own, or triangles, circles, colors hijacked as evil symbols – it was all God’s first! Do we need to give up all things that could be associated with evil in a different context?

        More and more I am feeling no we don’t. Not definitively, but I feel God working and showing me many things today – and condemnation wasn’t part of it. Amazing love. Amazing grace.

        1. Evan, That is an amazing story and it brought tears to my eyes and I felt the Holy spirit all over me as I read it!
          Thank you so much for sharing that with us.
          It seems there is nothing more to add…that story says it all!
          Love and peace my brother

    2. Our family attended a Christmas Eve service at our Church last night. I went with eyes open and looked at it with a more critical eye than the normal way I’ve done it all my life. As we were seated and waited for the service to start I prayed for revelation and a pure heart approaching this, thanking God for sending his precious Son to atone for us in the perfect sacrifice.

      You know what? I saw Christmas in a different way (from the perspective of a worship/praise/celebration, not the worldly Christmas). I paid more attention to WHAT the carols were saying. Christ’s birth was an AWESOME and GLORIOUS event – angels singing praises of His arrival to earth, 3 kings travelling from afar to worship Him. The sky even claimed His Glory! This was a huge event, arguably THE biggest event in history, except maybe His sacrifice on the cross! Why is it covered in detail in the Gospels? So many prophesies fulfilled, from the beginning of time. Truly the rocks would have shouted out His praises and glory if the angels didn’t, just as Jesus said when came into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey… I felt His praises being lifted up as I sung along. Not that was born this day, but He was born fully God and fully Man and the biggest GIFT God could ever give us.

      The sermon was quite different too, a Revelation 12 Christmas story. Ending in a powerful call to accept Jesus as the only way to find forgiveness of sins, to realize a true change of ourselves through the Holy Spirit. To turn our hearts fully over to our Savior and King and let Him and His love transform our lives to be more like Him. Was a powerful message and many there were not Christians (people that attend only on Christmas). This message smacked them right in the face with the fact we are ALL sinful and hopelessly evil! Christ came because God loved us SO much. He is our only route to forgiveness and salvation, and our hearts need to change. 3 packed services – many not hearing this Gospel before! How sad it would be if they couldn’t be exposed to the truth of our need for redemption and the story of why He did what He did for the ones He loves? We were encouraged to share with the downtrodden and unfortunate as we go into 2018 during the benediction.

      Something really amazing happened on the way home, I took it as confirmation from God that this was what was supposed to happen today. My wife wanted to grab a last minute gift for her mom, so we stopped at a store on the way home. My youngest daughter (16) and I waited in the truck as the wife ran into the store. Out front was this homeless man sitting against the building under a blanket with your typical homeless “please help” sign. The Spirit said “help him” in my heart. I looked in my wallet and has a 5 and a 100 bill – “100” too. I don’t know why, but I said to my daughter “take this to that person (couldn’t even tell if it was a mans or woman) and tell him Jesus really loves him” She is like “a hundred bucks? Thats a lot isn’t it?” I put it in her hand and said go share with him…

      She went over and crouched down with the person and spoke with (it ended up being a him) for quite a while, sharing with him Jesus loves him and listening to his story – which he went into quite a bit of detail. Apparently he had recently finished getting his welding ticket and was working making $6000 a month and then the bottom fell out of the industry that was employing all these welders. He went from feast to literally famine and was clearly struggling to survive and recover. He graciously accepted the gift and stated the money will only go to good things (not drugs/alcohol – and he wasn’t using these things at all). God wrenched my heart as I watched my daughter deliver an act of mercy and kindness with God’s love to this person – weeping in the truck.

      Then on top of all that – after she gets into the truck I ask her how it went… “oh, that was Ray” she said. “I have talked to him before, about a month ago” in another area of town. She told us the story about what had happened and what he had been going through.

      We talked about it as we drove home then she mentioned that she prayed at the service that she could share with a homeless/needy person, to be an instrument and witness for Jesus. Shen didn’t even see him there and I turn around and give her some cash and say go forth… I’ve never asked her to do something like that directly before. And seemingly out of the blue from her perspective – an answer to prayer! And it being someone who she had had a previous encounter with? What are the odds? Simply amazing our God. Peace on earth and good will toward men, Christ has come!

      Impacted both of us (and hopefully Ray too) in a powerful way. I’m still sobbing for joy! You can’t make this stuff up.

      So I say, why should we be afraid to proclaim and celebrate the awesome and world changing act of love from our God and Father? Nimrod is nothing compared to Him, like a candle compared to the sun. I don’t acknowledge nimrod’s ability to hinder my worship of my God. My heart is His.

      Much like the LGBT community has hijacked the rainbow as their own, or triangles, circles, colors hijacked as evil symbols – it was all God’s first! Do we need to give up all things that could be associated with evil in a different context?

      More and more I am feeling no we don’t. Not definitively, but I feel God working and showing me many things today – and condemnation wasn’t part of it. Amazing love. Amazing grace.

      1. Evan, That is an amazing story and it brought tears to my eyes and I felt the Holy spirit all over me as I read it!
        Thank you so much for sharing that with us.
        It seems there is nothing more to add…that story says it all!
        Love and peace my brother

  5. Well said, Jeff. Romans 14 is a great passage that applies well to this topic. Thanks for sharing this insight with us.

  6. I have been praying for discernment on this issue and have had no clear revelation on this subject. I have seen both sides of this and both have a strong case. I have not known what to do, but this is how I will be approaching this season:

    I am going to make a conscious effort to look at all Christmas symbols and traditions (trees, lights, santa, wreaths, mistletoe, materialism, etc.) with disdain in my heart and focus my thoughts on my family, thankfulness and the celebration that the Christ came to this world PERIOD! Not on this day or celebrating His birthday – but Who He IS and Why it mattered…

    His arrival and what He did while on earth is the most momentous event in history after all. Even the calendar was changed, BC, AD.

    I will celebrate that He DID come and WHAT He came to do. I will pray against Nimrod as well and that he be bound and thwarted this day. Our God rules over all.

    ——————————-

    This morning I prayed with humility and sincerity to the Lord about my plan to participate in celebration of Jesus and what He has done for us with my family, with purposeful disdain for all non-Christ centered activities and symbols. That in my heart, this season will be His alone, in my worship and adoration for all He accomplished while here on Earth – and what He WILL accomplish upon His coming return. I also prayed that Nimrod will be bound and thwarted, and all pagan rituals will be muted towards him. That I do not want to offend God and am lifting Him up in my heart in this season – in thankfulness for His love and the sending of His beloved Son for us all.

    I felt love and peace come over me as I prayed this and I feel He is OK with this approach to the season, at least I feel that in my heart. I trust He knows in my heart that I don’t want to go against Him intentionally.

    Just wanted to share that, whether anyone agrees or not.

    1. This is your scripture verse Evan, 1 Sam16:7 For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
      This one I think these go with it too John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
      These ones fit very good as well too Romans 8:1 – 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

      One more 29:12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

      God bless you Evan and Merry Christmas!

  7. Thank you, Jeff, I needed that. I really felt confused about this pagan story. God is true to His word. He always sends someone to explain it beautifully. God bless and have a wonderful christmas.

  8. Jeff, in my humble opinion, this piece was superbly put together. I am not sure if there is anyone else who could have worded this better. Thanks.

    Also, a couple years ago, I was told by the Lord (indirectly) that Christmas produces special reactions on young children especially, which tends to resurface later on in their lifetime drawing them to a closer relationship with Jesus.

  9. Very well said Jeff! I agree, it is the way you look at it, I used to be a Jehovah’s Witness and they don’t celebrate Christmas, they used to though. We finally had enough of them and are back to celebrating it again. To me the tree represents life and the lights on the tree the true Christians that spread God’s word and love. It’s all in how you worship and I have come to the conclusion that it is a personal decision. We need to keep the reason in the forefront of it being Jesus’s birth and why he came to earth in the first place. People will say whatever they want. God truly blessed me when we returned to it and restored us with several years of wonderful Christmas’s that I had missed out on. Had good memories growing up. People will tear anything apart and slam you, but I agree that this time of year may be the only time that lost people may even give Jesus a thought, and you can plant that seed by doing a kind deed. Well said! ‘Mark’ needs to rethink his comment.

    1. Thank you Nancy!
      I just wish people would choose to see the good in things instead of only the bad.
      Merry Christmas!

  10. I disaree fully..this is lukewarm at its best…learn not the ways of the heathen no matter what way you justify it to yourself…its nimrods birthday 25th december…yule satanic high holiday yet you go along to get along?…3For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4″They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter…

    And yes you bow to the morning star =lucifer on top of your tree when you pick up the presents from under it…sad..

    1. You didn’t even watch that video did you Mark?
      With the measure you have judged me,you will be judged.
      You missed the whole point of this message and I feel sorry for you!

      1. Mark, it’s all about focus. We choose to focus on Jesus despite all the negatives related to this “pagan” holiday. How does God get glory if those of us who know the truth of His mercy and goodness help the situation by acting like Scrooge? Yes I’m calling you Scrooge brother. Let the light of Jesus shine no matter what the circumstance!

  11. Hi Jeff, thank you for a fine assessment of the Christmas tradition. I also detest the commercialism and excess, the strain it puts on peoples budgets and in all the hullabaloo, the oversight of remembering Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

    This Christmas, if you are fortunate enough to have a sumptuous spread of food to share with family and friends, I implore all to hush the gathering and offer grace as a gesture of humility and thanks for all present to reflect on these precious gifts of fine food and healthy family with which to share the day.

    Merry Christmas Jeff and to all your readers, in this year of Our Lord 2017.

  12. I have been so confused about Christmas lately. Thank you Jeff for downloading the heart of the Father for us christians in search of his absolute will. You are a huge blessing in my life.
    Have a lovely Christmas, a sister from Rwanda.

  13. I agree that we must always walk in love and teach truth in love. Everyone here knows the truth about Christmas celebrations.

    I would like to address the comment about the law not being perfect. The scripture states

    The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
    Psalms 19:7 KJV

    If the law was not perfect then Yeshua would not need to follow it. Everything Yeshua did pleased the Father.

    The issue is that we are not prefect. We have transgressed God’s holy law and standards for righteousness. The law of sin works in our members to cause us to sin – that is transgress the law of God. Obedience to the law cannot restore us to a right standing with the Father. It cannot give life.

    Only Yeshua gives life. Once we have received this grace and filled with the Holy Spirit, we should desire to walk in his commandments and turn from the ways of the world.

    The law of God is liberty. The way of the world is bondage.

    Shalom.

    1. I probably should have word that poetion differently Matthew.
      The law does show us that we fall short and thus our sin.
      When we truly have the Holy Spirit residing inside of us we will automatically begin to follow the laws of our God and they are not grevious to us.
      If we love Him we will keep His commandments.
      Love and Peace

        1. Жанат,
          read The Holy Scripture and do what is written there. Search and pray to Him with all your heart and you will find Him!
          “Ask and you will be given, search and you will find, knock and it will be opened”, said YAHUSHUA in The Gospel.

          1. Thank you for your excellent reply
            I must have missed this one
            It is the truth!
            I will add these verses as well
            Jeremiah 29:12-13
            Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

  14. Hello Jeff!
    A beautifully said word!
    I am a Messianic Jew and many folks find it difficult to understand whether I am a Jew or a Christian. I say that I am a follower of the Messiah Yeshua who was born a Jew and died a Jew. Yet, he came to save us all, Jew and gentile alike. We are all part of the olive tree, root and branches. He is the light of the world that shines in the darkness,especially at this season, like the candles on the menorah.

    Bless You and Your Family,
    Merry Messiahmas!
    Sue M.

  15. The December 2017 issue of “True West” magazine had an article titled “A Bozeman Christmas.” It describes a Christmas celebration in Bozeman, Montana in the 1870’s. It starts out giving credit to the organization that was responsible for making their Christmas celebration a great success. And then includes an excerpt from the actual article that ran in the Bozeman Times newspaper in 1874:

    “On the eventful Christmas Eve, all the Masons and all those who love the Masons met at the large and spacious Hall, 26 by 60, newly built in the place, for the purpose of having a grand entertainment in the way of dancing.”

    “Bozeman’s boosters had won the day that Christmas. It is still the county seat of Montana’s most-populous county, Gallatin County, and the Masonic Lodge No. 6, where that Christmas celebration was held, remains active to the day.”

    “By 1874, Bozeman’s citizens were celebrating Christmas like many would back East, reports David Walter author of Christmastime in Montana. He shares an account demonstrating such, published in Bozeman Times on December 29, 1874:

    One need not be very aged to remember his Presbyterian grandfather’s holy horror when the Episcopal church bells rang out Christmas, nor the time when Christmas trees were nothing less than Popish abominations. A Gothic window, or a cross upon a steeple was enough to turn any deacon’s stomach in those days – and all the women in the congregation had the cramps at the mention of a Christmas tree. But those times have passed away, and Christmas has become a thing of joy to all in the land.”

    From True West Magazine, December 2017, pages 36 and 37.

  16. For baptism by water was given to men, as an outward testimony of one’s commitment to God in The Messiah’s name, grafted in; and also for union in fellowship within the body of Messiah. Therefore, be wary of any doctrine which steals from the power of the cross, as though the sacrifice of The Messiah was not enough, lest you fall under judgment for that by which you have judged.
    http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=Stealing_from_the_Power_of_the_Cross

    My love conquers all of the power of the enemy, look to the cross.
    http://holyspiritwind.blogspot.se/2016/09/my-love-conquers-all.html

    Jesus said: “My people, the cross by itself is symbolic,but the cross with My Body on it is the real story of My love for My people. This is why no cross, a bare cross, or the resurrected cross do not convey the same meaning as when you see a large crucifix on the altar. When you see the sufferingChrist as you saw Me in Holy Week, then you know how much I sacrificed to save all of mankind from their sins. Even when you pray over people, you use My crucifix and ask for healing in My Name. There is power against demons in My Name and My Blessed crucifix. All exorcisms use My Name and My crucifix. When you look on My crucifix, this is not a sign of defeat, but it is a sign of My victory over sin, death, and the devil with his demons. I have brought salvation to everyone by My sacrifice, and My Resurrection is the Good News of how all of My faithful will one day be resurrected as well. This Gospel of St. John is about loving Me and loving your neighbor. ImitateMy love for you by loving Me and your neighbor as yourself.” http://www.johnleary.com/archives/May2007.pdf

    do not give in to the promptings of your weaknesses; trust Me, trust Me; ….

    look, 3 courage, daughter; I am by your side and so long as I am by your side, you will be kept on your feet; …. daughter? I shall never abandon you ….

    listen; hear Me, Vassula, I am sharing My Cross with you; look, My Vasssula, My Love is before your eyes and My Loyalty surrounds you; whenever I see from far off an anger from a legion of demons heading towards you to strike you and hurl themselves on you to tear you to pieces, I come between you and them, leaving them trembling; console then your heart in My Heart and do not fear; courage! no demons will be allowed to strike you nor will I allow them in their fierce rage to leap on you and burn you;

    I am standing near you to give you signals when to open your mouth to speak in My Name; come, the Light is your Companion;
    http://www.tlig.org/en/messages/700/

  17. Jesus said;
    It is a nice gesture to send gifts and Christmas cards to share your love with family and friends who live at a distance. Rejoice on these feast days when you are singing many beautiful hymns.”
    http://www.johnleary.com/index.php/2017/11/30/monday-november-27-2017/

    Yet woe to those who associate the name of The Son of God with sin!
    Woe to those who honor pagan customs and revel in filthy traditions!…
    Woe to all who celebrate this holiday called Christmas,
    FOR YOU DO DISHONOR ME BY ALL YOU SAY AND DO!
    This season of so-called giving is detestable in My sight!…
    ABOMINATION! IDOLATRY!
    http://trumpetcallofgodonline.com/index.php5?title=Worship_with_Gratitude_His_Birth%2C_and_Give_Thanks_for_His_Death_and_Resurrection

  18. so you have never bowed down infront of the christmas tree as a child, when they tempted you with earthly gifts?

    1. So basically your saying that if one bows down to pick a prezzy from under a tree your worshipping it. If thats the case ive bowed down to worship my dog when ive bowed down 2 see if hes sleeping in the kennel and ive bowed down to my bedroom door every day as I live in an old english cottage with small doorways. Am I worshipping my door? Cmon mate be serious and merry Christmas.

      1. Great point Mate
        I suppose I worship my boots that I put on to go to work everyday?

        Merry Christmas Tom!

      2. If you look at King Josiah he got rid of trees in the temple.

        Jeremiah 10 :4 For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4″They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

        Trees are specifically mentioned in the scriptures that talk about false deities.

        In fact, if you look in the scriptures nothing makes Elohim furious than people bowing down to idols.

        You need to look into the history of Christmas…. because you haven’t done any research- respectfully saying

        Meranda

        1. Whos bowing down to idols Meranda mate? Youve lost me. No one is bowing down to trees . Personaly I dont put decs up but have no prob if anyone does. An idol is anything one puts before God. Mobile phone, football, facebook. Can someone explain why were talking about bowing down to wood?

          1. ◄ Jeremiah 10 ►
            1Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.

            2Thus says the LORD,
            “Do not learn the way of the nations,
            And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
            Although the nations are terrified by them;

            3For the customs of the peoples are delusion;
            Because it is wood cut from the forest,
            The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

            4“They decorate it with silver and with gold;
            They fasten it with nails and with hammers
            So that it will not totter.

            5“Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
            And they cannot speak;
            They must be carried,
            Because they cannot walk!
            Do not fear them,
            For they can do no harm,
            Nor can they do any good.”

            6There is none like You, O LORD;
            You are great, and great is Your name in might.

            7Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
            Indeed it is Your due!
            For among all the wise men of the nations
            And in all their kingdoms,
            There is none like You.

            8But they are altogether stupid and foolish
            In their discipline of delusion—their idol is wood!

            9Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
            And gold from Uphaz,
            The work of a craftsman and of the hands of a goldsmith;
            Violet and purple are their clothing;
            They are all the work of skilled men.

            10But the LORD is the true God;
            He is the living God and the everlasting King.
            At His wrath the earth quakes,
            And the nations cannot endure His indignation.

            11Thus you shall say to them, “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”

            12It is He who made the earth by His power,
            Who established the world by His wisdom;
            And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.

            13When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
            And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
            He makes lightning for the rain,
            And brings out the wind from His storehouses.

            14Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge;
            Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols;
            For his molten images are deceitful,
            And there is no breath in them.

            15They are worthless, a work of mockery;
            In the time of their punishment they will perish.

            16The portion of Jacob is not like these;
            For the Maker of all is He,
            And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
            The LORD of hosts is His name.

            17Pick up your bundle from the ground,
            You who dwell under siege!

            18For thus says the LORD,
            “Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land
            At this time,
            And will cause them distress,
            That they may be found.”

            19Woe is me, because of my injury!
            My wound is incurable.
            But I said, “Truly this is a sickness,
            And I must bear it.”

            20My tent is destroyed,
            And all my ropes are broken;
            My sons have gone from me and are no more.
            There is no one to stretch out my tent again
            Or to set up my curtains.

            21For the shepherds have become stupid
            And have not sought the LORD;
            Therefore they have not prospered,
            And all their flock is scattered.

            22The sound of a report! Behold, it comes—
            A great commotion out of the land of the north—
            To make the cities of Judah
            A desolation, a haunt of jackals.

            23I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself,
            Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

            24Correct me, O LORD, but with justice;
            Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.

            25Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You
            And on the families that do not call Your name;
            For they have devoured Jacob;
            They have devoured him and consumed him
            And have laid waste his habitation.

  19. I agree with you one hundred percent Geff. What witness does it give to unbelievers to not celebrate Christmas — a VERY POOR ONE.

    1. Yes unbelievers have no clue about any of the things that Christians fight about concerning Christmas but MOST know it represents the birth of Jesus.

  20. Like so many thinks in life, it is all what you make of it. Still not a fan of Christmas though – but the article is good. I’ve almost got the family to nuke the present part:) The way I see it, Everyday should be a day to think of Christ, and frankly I like the 4th of July with FIreworks. Nobody expects anything, we have BBQ and fireworks, and it is usually warm and sunny.

    1. I agree Steve the presents are really not necessary at all…Sigh but we still do. Some habits die hard. Presents are not wrong as long as you keep things in perspective and dont go over board like I used to.

  21. Jeff, it amazes me so much how the Holy Spirit can confirm His Word. Yesterday and the day before Ruach haChodesh kept impressing upon me those scriptures exactly. I was being convicted by several things Spirit is showing me at this time…it seems to be centered around ‘judge not that you be not judged’ theme as opposed to the ‘are you not called to make up smallest law court and we shall judge angels.’ I have been talking to several people lately who are somewhat confused, it seems, about when to judge, what to judge or who da judge (sorry about my attempt at levity but I am not apologizing). Anyway, seriously, the Spirit is beginning to speak to the prophets and pre-confirming it to His Body such as I have never experienced in my 40 years of leaving the world to follow Him… these truly are exciting times and I am so blessed that Father has allowed our path to cross. Thank you.
    ThomasNoDoubt

    1. Thank you Thomas for your confirmation and Yes we are in the MOST EXCITING TIME IN HISTOEY TO BE ALIVE! HALLELUJAH!

  22. I agree with your summary, Jeff, what a balanced point of view and thank you for not condemning the practice of recognising Christmas, even if we would change loads if there was the opportunity to start again in the way we celebrate.
    For now, though it is about how we take those opportunities to show what we believe about Jesus to those around us, whether that is about presents, giving to the poor or serving your family.

  23. I am completely inline with your synopsis…my beef with Christmas for me personally, is the amount of money that is expected to be spent…

    1. Tim wins best comment for use of the word synopsis when talking about Christmas. Merry Christmas Timbo mate 😃 Nice one!

  24. Amen Jeff you hit the nail on the head here. Its really all about loving our brothers and sisters and using Christmas as an opportunity to witness. Thats what its really all about….not dates…or origins…just love and spreading Jesus. God bless.

  25. I do agree with you on this topic Jeff. I believe we should celebrate the birth of Jesus for he came to destroy the works of the devil. Who cares if the day is wrong. Who cares what others are doing and celebrating. Let us behave in a way that draws all men unto the Lord Jesus instead of acting stiff necked and judgmental. Let us celebrate Jesus, and show His love to a lost and perverse generation everyday but especially at the time of the year when all the nation is focused on Him.

    1. Yes as I stated we all know Jesus was not born on Christmas day.
      Show the Love that He has put in your heart and be blessed!
      Merry Christmas!

      1. Да, Джефф, но мне на память упорно приходят эти слова –
        23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
        (KJV 1Sa.15:23)
        Благословений.

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