3 Gifts God Wants You To Have This Christmas

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11
This is the time of year where we are focused on giving gifts to our children, family members, and friends. Some are even stressed trying to figure out what gift to buy that family member that has everything.

Jesus said our Heavenly Father loves giving gifts to us. He desires to bless you with good things. I believe there are 3 gifts that God wants you to have this Christmas.

  1. Total & Complete Forgiveness

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:11

The angel announced that a Savior was going to be born in Luke 2. Our greatness need was to be saved from our sin.

If our greatest need was information God would have sent an educator wrapped in swaddling clothes.  
If our greatest need was technology God would have sent a scientist wrapped in swaddling clothes.  .
If our greatest need was money God would have sent an economist wrapped in swaddling clothes.  .
If our greatest need was pleasure God would have sent entertainment wrapped in swaddling clothes.

But our greatest need was to be saved from our sin. So God sent us a Savior.

Jesus came not save us in our sin, but He came to save us from our sin. There should be a change when you receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Jesus came not to rub your sin in, but He came to rub it out.

I'm thankful this Christmas that Jesus saved me from:
  1. Sin
  2. Myself
  3. Hell

2. Peace of Mind

"Great peace have those who love Your law" Psalm 119:165

People are searching for peace. Peace can not be found in more money. Peace can not be found in your career. Peace can not be found in the accumulation or substance of material things.

Peace is a person. Real peace is in the prince of Peace. Jesus Christ. When you have Jesus you have peace.

I've learned that there are 3 primary things that rob us of our peace.

  1. Guilt
  2. Grief
  3. Grudges

The Bible is clear that when we receive Jesus Christ we receive forgiveness from our sin, mistakes, and past. They are forgiven and forgotten. Make peace with your past and move forward in God's grace.

If you are battling grief, I am so sorry you are hurting. This can be a tough time of the year especially when you look over and see the empty chair, or no longer gathering at a particular family member's home. Keep remembering your loved ones, but please know that this is not it. There really is a place called heaven. Many times when I preach at the graveside for families in our church I remind them that this does not have to be goodbye, but see you later. Heaven is as real as Atlanta, Georgia. Hold fast to the hope we have of Heaven.

The only one who has the power to let a grudge go is you. You will be hurt in life, but you have to decide to not allow resentment to take place in your heart. Jesus gives you the power to let go and move forward. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison, and believing it is going to harm someone else. Grudges and unforgiveness only hurt one person, and that person is you. Let go of the grudge.

3. Eternal Life

Christmas is a celebration that the son of God invaded the earth. He came the same way in to the earth that we did--through the womb. All of God was in Jesus. That's why his body was so powerful that you could just touch his clothes and the glory would cause healings to happen.

If he put his hands on you blind eyes would be opened. Dead people would be raised back to life. Whatever he touched would change because all of God was in Jesus.

Jesus came in the form of a baby. Why? Because no one is afraid of a baby.

God didn't come to scare you. He came to save you. He came to love you.

From majesty to manger.

From heaven to earth.

So we could go from earth to heaven.

I hope and pray that in your pursuit in giving gifts to others, you receive these 3 gifts from God this Christmas.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Justin Mitchell

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