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He Who Denies Me Before Men

December 15, 2014

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He  Who Denies Me  Before Men

Thinking on all the displays  in the stores  —  and on the house decorations around town,  it seems very evident that “Christmas”  is a celebration  of Santa Claus,  reindeer,  Frosty the snowman, etc.     These days,  we also see protests against nativity scenes  and even the mention of Jesus,  “Merry Christmas”,  or anything Christian  —  although one grocery store clerk cheerfully told me,  “Merry Christmas!”  a few days ago.     That was like  going back  to the good ol’ days.     We had a good time  making each other’s day.

When we think about it,  all this marked emphasis  on Santa  is a denial  of Christ Jesus  and the reality  of the glorious authority  of the LORD.     Cherishing the myths  of Santa  and making them  the focal point  of Christmas  is pushing Jesus aside  as some sort of “no account”,  who just   gets in the way  of our “happiness  and good times”.     It’s a way  of shunning Jesus  —  while pretending  to honor Him.     Jesus is not really welcomed  into most Christmas celebrations.     Some even claim  Jesus has no connection  to the “real” Christmas celebration.

No one knows the real date  of Jesus’ birth.     December 25  was chosen  for a number of “reasons”.     None of that  should affect  our joy  of our Savior’s miraculous birth.     All that matters  is that we honestly praise  the LORD  for giving us eternal salvation  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     That honest praise  cannot possibly  make Santa Claus the center of attention.     Christ Jesus alone  is the center  of attention  for all  our joy,  praise,  and worship.

Either we recognize  Jesus as our Savior  —  or we don’t.     Everyone needs  to take an honest look  at what is in their heart.     Our eternal life depends on it,  because absolutely no one will ever fool God  about what’s really  in their heart.     Judgment Day will divide the unbelievers  away from the believers.

And,  we should not steal Jesus  away  from our children.     They need  to know the truths  about what God has done  for us  in Christ Jesus.     Their eternal life  depends on it.     Do we care?

Since trading  the truths  of Jesus  for the myths  of Santa Claus  is a denial  of Christ,  we need  to seriously consider  what Jesus tells us  in Luke 12:8-9,

And I say  to you,  everyone  who confesses Me  before men,  the Son  of Man  shall confess him also  before the angels  of God;  but he  who denies Me  before men  shall be denied  before the angels  of God.

This is  a most serious  spiritual truth.     Confessing Jesus  in this greedy,  commercial world  brings on rejection, despising,  and ridicule.     But,  what is most truthful,  honest,  and loving?     What is vital  to our eternal salvation?

If we have  any doubts  or fears,  we need  to study God’s word  and let Him  teach us  His truths.     He proves His truths  to be the truth  we can depend upon.     Then,  with a sincere joy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for condescending  to be our Savior  in Christ Jesus,  so that we can have the eternal joys  of Your love  and salvation.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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