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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Be Holy Spirit Filled this Christmas”
It’s time to get ready for Christmas. So, how do we ready ourselves for this holy day? One of the primary ways is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Our society fills itself with inebriants for Christmas, but we need to fill ourselves up with the Holy Spirit.
This was the Apostle Paul’s prescription. He said, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
To prepare for Christmas we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was there with Jesus from the very beginning, nine months to be exact.
The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
And for this same birth to take place inside us, that is, Jesus becoming alive in our hearts, we need the same infilling, overshadowing presence.
After telling the crowd to have their lives filled with the fruit of repentance, they asked John the Baptist if he was the Messiah. But he told them no, but said that when the Messiah came, He would baptize them with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:1-11).
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
As believers we need the Holy Spirit to come upon us so that Jesus Christ can be formed within us. I believe it’s far more important for Jesus to be formed in us before we ever lecture or preach of our society’s need to keep Christ in Christmas.
So, let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit this Christmas season so we can truly make a difference in our community and world for Christ.
** From Sunday Morning Message: “Getting Ready for Christmas” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1yvKZGFmY
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