What Does Christmas Mean To You? — Prophet Tony Mathias

Luke 2: 10-11. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”

Merry Christmas! – A great day to serve the Lord with joy and bless people around you; a great time for excitement and celebration.

What Would Christmas Mean to Those

Who Don’t Know Christ Personally?

Annual celebration of the birthday of Jesus the God-man who came to the earth; the Crib; Christmas tree with gifts; Santa Claus with a long beard gifting children; Display of colorful lights; Lighted stars hanging over homes; Carol singing; Wining – Dining- Partying; Shopping; Distribution of sweets….

This could mean taking Christ out of Christmas!

But What Does Christmas Mean To You?

Why do you need to celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is more than externals. The important thing about Christmas is the Reason for the Seasonwhy Christ was born?

He came to:

  1. Indwell you!
  2. Destroy the works of the devil;
  3. Give you authority & victory over the devil, disease, death, sin. 1 John 3: 8; Ephesians 4: 9; Colossians 2: 15
  4. Give you abundant God-kind of life – John 10: 10.

He built you a bridge, the-Cross to cross you over from death to life, earth to heaven. He saved you by grace through faith and enables you to live a victorious life through gifts of grace and righteousness.

He came specifically for you. “For unto us a child is born – a Son is given.” You did not choose him. He chose you! Isaiah 9: 6; John 15: 16.

Christmas is the time to remember Jesus, the Emmanuel who dwelt among us so He could save us. God our Father gave us His very best, the gift of His only Son Jesus.

What birthday gift can we offer him?

Thanksgiving, praise, worship, service; letting our talk match our walk; remembering the poor and needy; this would reveal our love for Him.

Blessings And Miracles — Prophet Tony Mathias

Although we serve the God of miracles who performs miracles [temporal bypass of natural laws] to draw people to himself, yet he desires to bless us even more than perform miracles. What is the difference between a blessing and a miracle?

Blessingprevents crisis; renders a permanent solution; always brings abundance.

Miracledelivers from crisis, offers temporary solution, brings abundance once in a while.

To be healthy is better than getting healed repeatedly.

To be wealthy is better than getting financial breakthroughs.

To avoid problems is better than getting delivered from them.

Isn’t it? Which do you prefer?

As someone said and how true it is? – Living from miracle to miracle is living from crisis to crisis. When it comes to personal needs, miracles are for people who don’t have a revelation of God’s blessing. God always wanted His creation to remain blessed but sin polluted it and blessings flew away. Sin brought sickness, poverty and wars. Then came the need for miracles.

Believers pray for financial miracles, healings or other temporal needs yet disobey God’s Word. For example, God told us to work so He could bless the work of our hands. God told us that if we would give, it would be given to us. If believers don’t work and don’t give offerings, how will they be blessed?

If we abuse our bodies, we can receive a miracle of healing. But if we go on abusing it, sickness returns and we need another miracle. Following instructions on diet, exercise, work, sleep and right use of emotions will work like medicine.

Laughter they say is the best medicine. Ignorance of God’s Word, as well as unbelief, stops God’s blessings and in turn brings crisis, and disaster.

If in a crisis if they believe for a miracle, it will come; yet, again and again, they need more miracles. Deuteronomy 28:12.

The Lord prefers to keep you healthy and wealthy rather than to heal you miraculously or give you financial breakthroughs repeatedly.

Abraham’s blessing belongs to us through faith in Christ. Divine favor brought him abundance. It will do the same for us when mixed with faith Galatians 3:13-14

How would you receive blessings instead of looking for miracles? Ephesians 1:3; Luke 6:38

– Knowledge and Faith. Meditate on his Word and act like it is so.
– Be a good cheerful giver