Dream word – LOWER
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” NKJV
Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing some strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff then?” The other boy replies, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out don’t you? So, it's probably just your Dad!” Well, I wish Satan was just your dad, but unfortunately he isn’t. He is that old serpent, that old dragon and I tell you tonight that he is well armed with hook like claws and his most favourite time to come visit, is Christmas time. Now let me tell you why.
The jolly season has arrived, with all its vast expenditure and enormous expectation. The kids are coming, and the brothers the sisters, the aunts and the uncles and apart from the presents, guess what else they are bringing? Yes, you’ve got it! All their baggage. Now here is the thing you need to know this Christmas time; once their baggage meets your vast expenditure and your enormous expectations the kindled friction fire that is started in each other’s hearts becomes redder than the eyes set in the long and scaly beast himself, waiting and warming himself by the log fire.
So, how do resist the devil? How do you stop the fire from building and raging? Well, stop building it in the first place and stop stoking it in the second.
Don’t over-extend yourself or over-expend yourself. Make sure your reserves are intact, yes, rest and retire as much as you can. Chill out! Getting rid of your (probably totally unrealistic) expectations will help this no end. Don’t have any expectations at all concerning other people. Let dogs be dogs and cats be cats and the rats, well you probably shouldn’t have invited them in the first place! You know what I mean.
If you do not take my advice this Christmas and lower your expenditure and expectations, that you’d better watch out and you’d better take care, ‘cause Satan’s claws are coming to town!
Listen: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” - 1 Peter 5:8-11 NKJV
Pray: Lord, help me to rest in You this Christmas time. Help me to give place and space to grace, both within me and through me in Jesus name I pray, amen!
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