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Christmas Devotionals (19 of 25) by Jason Major

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Read Matthew 2 (NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION)   “Come, and walk towards the gates of Christmas Mountain, and see the gates open. It is important to Me that your heart is at peace as you come here.  I see the heavy burdens that you have carried in your heart, and the questions and struggles of life’s events.  As you walk up to the house, I want you to see that I have the keys to the house. I want to give you a key to the house, so that you can come here anytime you want.”

daily word - busy?

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Are you busy? Does it seem that everyone is? Are you busy from things you choose or burdens imposed on you from without? Are the things that keep you busy giving you life and fulfilling your sense of destiny and meaning, or do they leave you feeling exhausted and discouraged? My yoke is easy and my burden is light, so it should give you life rather than making you weary. Do your friends ever use the excuse that they are too busy to spend time with you? Do you ever use the same excuse with yourself about the amount of time you spend with me? You can be busy in serving me and at the same time avoid me.

Christmas Devotionals (18 of 25) by Jason Major

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Read LUKE 2:8-20   “My child, here we are at Christmas Mountain. Now, put on your coat, it is time to put on your winter shoes and coat and walk with Me up the mountain to Christmas Village.  I want you to picture it like a small Charles Dickens Christmas Carol – like village, with shops and a small church and a town square.”

daily word - finish my work in you

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Do you think I have completed the good work I have begun in you? No, but you have my  promise that I will. Have you ever looked back and realized that I was at work on problems that you didn’t realize you had? There are some things that you can only see in hindsight. Can you see the implications for your current state? Can you see by inference that you now have other issues that you will not be aware of until some future time when they are resolved? Can you also see that your effectiveness at self-improvement is limited if you are not even aware of the areas that need work? Do not be discouraged. I will complete the good work I have begun in you.

Christmas Devotionals (17 of 25) by Jason Major

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Read MATTHEW 1:18-24   “It’s been a long day, My child. Come, and rest with Me.  Look into My eyes, I see your tiredness and need for rest. How you long for the magic of the holiday to heal you!” “Walk back into the living room with Me, and I want to sit in the comfy chair.  I have some hot apple cider for you to drink.” “I am here.  Let Me add some wood to the fire, as you listen to quiet Christmas music in the background.”

daily word - have a plan?

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Do you lead a considered life or do you just deal with whatever comes your way in the moment? I told a story about a king who intended to build a tower but ran out of money, and another king who should have considered his prospects of winning against his enemy given the relative sizes of their armies. Do you have a plan for your life? So do I, and if yours does not conform to mine you should choose mine instead. In any context, including this one, you are better off to lead a more considered and intentional life. Any situation can be viewed from successively higher levels of understanding.

Christmas Devotionals (16 of 25) by Jason Major

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Read MATTHEW 2:1-12 (NEW LIVING)   “Yes, yes, you need rest.  I know that you are looking for guidance, wisdom about your life.  Please, come into the house, and rest on the couch.  Let Me start the fire, with wooden logs burning.  Hear the crackle of the fire burning the logs.” “Sit right there, I am going into the kitchen to get you a drink of hot chocolate.  Sit down, there is no need to rush.  I know how fast time has gone by for you; and how stressed you have felt about life’s events.”

daily word - deja vu

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Have you ever gone somewhere and felt that you had been there before although you know you had not? The term for this is déjà vu. Do you think this is just a trick of your mind? I hold your life in my hands, and everywhere you go I have already been before. Some things you have not encountered before may seem familiar because they are part of the spiritual path I have prepared you for. You live in a temporal realm, but I live outside of time, but also within you. Have I not promised to prepare the way for you? If you understand this you can have confidence and peace as you move forward.

Christmas Devotionals (15 of 25) by Jason Major

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Read Matthew 1:18- 25 (New Living) “Take time with Me.  The reason for different translations is to read different ways of interpreting the same story.  Sit down with Me in the living room at Christmas Mountain.” “The story of Mary and Joseph is a love story.  Joseph did not know how to react to what Mary had been told by the Angel Gabriel.  One heard directly God’s voice, the other did not.  It was not until Joseph had his own encounter that he was able to be at peace.”

daily word - heavy lifting

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Do you consider the work of evangelism to be daunting? Consider the magnitude of the task. You are asking people to renounce their false ways and turn their lives over to me. You don’t have a promotional budget of millions to make this happen. Does it seem impossible? Yet you are not alone.  It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin. Have you ever tried to do this on your own? How did it work out? I ask you to take part in an effort of ultimate significance, and your part is important. Never forget that but also never forget that this is a team effort and that I am doing the heavy lifting.

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