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Happy Holidays Greetings

Happy Holidays Greetings from S.T.I.C.!

Happy Holidays Greetings from Supernatural Truth in Christ! Are you broke? I am! Isn’t that wonderful?

What a way to start a post, don’t you think? With the debate on whether or not it’s Anti-Christ to celebrate Christmas, those of us who are too broke to spend anything on presents or activities get to just stand back and watch the arrows fly. If you’re not broke, please send your donations to… Nah just kidding, that’s not why I’m writing this!

For those of us who celebrate Christmas, I’m confident that if you might not have been broke going in, some of us may be that much closer to being broke coming out. There was a time that I worked very hard all year long just to be penniless when the holiday smoke cleared.

For those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, well, I congratulate you over your wise business decision, and also congratulate you for the holiday stress that you’ll be avoiding (at least with the exception of all of the occurrences of people giving you trouble for not celebrating Christmas, and traffic, both of which gets old quickly I’m sure.)

Regardless, there’s quite a bit of stress this time of year for an ample amount of reasons, whether or not you celebrate any holiday. For some, it’s much worse than others. That’s where I’m going with this post.

Putting all lightheartedness aside, there’s something in particular I feel lead to address.

Pull Over

The malls fill up as do the roads this time of year. People excited about their long overdue vacation time, or seeing relatives for the first time this year; buying, wrapping, and hiding gifts; making sure the bird is thawed out, picking your tree up off the floor after an assault from the cat, replacing those annoying little bulbs on several hundred feet of Christmas lights, etc..

As you trudge through all of these holiday traditions, please stay mindful to keep watch in your comings and goings for those people that are standing roadside with a sign. “Anything helps,” “Will work for food,” “Please Help,” you know the signs I’m talking about. How often is their Happy Holidays Greetings a car full of people who try not to look at them, because if they pretend to not notice and avoid eye contact, they won’t feel bad. Being viewed as stains on the scenery by some, complained about by others. Out in the frigid weather doing what most of us have never had to do, beg and hope for the mercy of others. Is this something that matters to us who either celebrate Christmas or not, or are on the fence about it?

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In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter at all. Nor should it matter what time of year it is in the first place. People tend to be more charitable around Christmas time, so those who would be standing roadside looking for anything to help their situation, feel more likely to find some sort of relief.

“Well I work hard for the money I have, why should I give it to someone who’s just standing there?”

Work? YOU stand out there in temperatures that will freeze your breath to your face, usually standing still (which is worse) knowing what people are thinking of you as they just drive on by, and having to swallow the humiliation of having no choice but to beg. In my opinion (again) they’re earning every cent of whatever they wind up with.

Proverbs 20:

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

they-take-a-bribe-happy-holidays-greetings-from-sticNobody stands out there so they can be minimized and judged, much less by people who are so dependant on the mercy and love of the Father. There’s rich people that shell out millions of dollars to cover up their humiliation. These people are forced to stand in the face of it in order to have some kind of relief. So what’s it worth?

The Lord Loveth a Cheerful Giver

It’s wildly popular these days to give so that you can get a return by the Lord. It’s true that Jesus himself did say…

Luke 6: King James Bible

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

I’ll be the first to tell you, (and this is coming from someone who depends on donations, by the way) that giving for the sake of receiving will not be blessed in the end. Oh yeah, Jesus is telling the truth, no doubt. But there’s not too much ever said about the last part, “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

When reading that particular sentence,  it’s easy to assume that Jesus is talking about amount. I’d suggest looking deeper into that than just a dollar amount, or a frequency. Let’s take a look at a verse that we find in 2 Corinthians 9 to help us out, and discover something that I think is overlooked in the giving department.

2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible

not-charity-happy-holidays-greetings-from-stic7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

So, between the two verses, we can ascertain that if the measure we give is grudgingly, we’ll grudgingly receive. Or, if we give of necessity, we’ll receive in kind. And thankfully, when we give cheerfully, we’ll receive cheerfully! Which sounds much better to me than receiving grudgingly.

How can we discern between giving cheerfully and giving grudgingly, or for any other reason? Paul gives us some insight into the answer to that question.

1 Corinthians 13: King James Bible

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Profit courtesy of Dictionary.com

noun
1. Often, profits.
pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction.
Compare gross profit, net profit.
the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.
returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.
2. the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.
3. advantage; benefit; gain.

verb (used without object)
4. to gain an advantage or benefit:
He profited greatly from his schooling.
5. to make a profit.
6. to take advantage: to profit from the weaknesses of others.
7. to be of service or benefit.
8. to make progress.

Of all the verses above, there is only one mention of profiting from anything, and it so happens to be as it relates to having charity in giving. Clearly from the description that Paul gives us above, charity is a spiritual condition, or to put it another way, a supernaturally charged heart condition.

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We all reap what we sow, and none of this cancels out anything that the Lord Jesus had to say about giving, but elaborates on it. From these verses, the only way to get anything from the Father in a manner that isn’t just paying you back what you gave, but instead to profit from it, is doing whatever it is you’re doing through charity. Other versions of the Bible convert the word charity in these verses with the word love. KJV says charity, so I believe that’s what the Father had intended to preserve.

So why did I bring these things up about charity and giving? Because too many people out there are taught “If you want something, you have to give something,” instead of “If you want to help someone and be a blessing, then give with all joy and bless them.” There’s a HUGE difference between the two.

To Wrap up Happy Holidays Greetings (pun intended)

I’ve got a handful of questions for you to ask yourself. Grab a piece of paper, and jot your answers down in one sentence per question.

  1. Why do Christians appear to be among the cheapest group of people on the planet, often being out given by those who don’t have Christ?
  2. If you are a giver, is your heart right about it? (Done in charity and love instead of looking for a payday from the Father, because you feel like you have to or else, or bragging rights)
  3. Are you that guy or woman, who tries to avoid eye contact with the man standing there at an intersection, desperate and in need of some relief?
  4. Why would we reserve the thought to give only around the holidays, when Jesus is King of Kings every day?
  5. When we can plainly observe what Jesus would have us do, why don’t we do it?

I leave you with those questions to contemplate between you and the Lord. Bottom line is, how you honestly you answer those five questions that you jotted down on that piece of paper, will show you exactly what the intent of your heart is.

Honesty is key, that is if you’re serious about the Lord moving in your life. You might be able to fool others, and maybe even fool yourself. But there’s no talking God into something that he knows isn’t true. And that goes for every element of your life, not just this topic.

happy-holidays-greetings-happy-holidays-greetings-from-sticWell, I hope someone gets blessed as a result of this article! Maybe convicted to do the right thing if they’re in a position to do so. Not everyone is in a position to give financially. So why not pull over and ask the person standing there with their sign requesting help, and let them know, “Hey, I wish I had money to help you out, but I don’t. But I would just like for you to know, that I see you. And there is a God in Heaven, and he sees you & I’ll be praying for you.”

For some people who are having a terrible go at life, that might just be the kindest thing anyone might have said to that person. You never know…

Happy Holidays greetings to you and all of yours, and thank you for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Holidays Greetings from S.T.I.C.!

  1. A timely word, Yes Happy Day/s ahead to You and Yours brother and for myself Yes, I am Saved from this World and love it not, save the souls; He loves.

    I find that the closer my walk is in and through Christ the more abandon of care of myself and more love and care for All that pass my path/sight…

    For example, yesterday I was chatting with yet another Sally Anne Person asking for donations and I’ve found that they are great ones to preach too; as they need Christ too.

    But aside from that I am lead by The Lord that Worketh in me Mightily and so my concerns are often about a person’s soul and as Paul said, “Silver and Gold have I none, but what I have I have I give unto You” then he would proceed to heal them…

    But I find that if I preach to a cold; shivering homeless person on the street that I better Not leave them with only having them feed, hopefully spiritually, But to have given them the means to eat, Physically too (and that is scriptural).

    So in speaking w the lady; a Catholic; I was familiar w her (actually she remembered me from last year) and gave her some Words; as to her Spiritual need and she received well. Then I said I’ve enjoy actually; having been praying for a demonized soul and described her and she said, Oh she comes by here often and then she came by!

    So I thanked the lady and caught up to her and again prayed with her and she was so willing to be free of the demon that this time … After buying her dinner and groceries that that whole time the demon appeared to have gone!

    Win win situation!

    But you ask, do I regret the money, given?

    But if i did then what kind of Christian would I be… and when I give it is Christ that shows me too; as He is in charge of hearts; even sinners. As to me; I was commanded by His grace and love flowing mighitly to her that I Rejoice to increase the flow! I enjoy to Run to Him; when I sense His love at work; why would I turn and walk away?

    But in giving our whole hearts; it is He that turns the tap off or on; not me! and in fact i had to hold myself back from giving All! But God often will harden that soul’s asking; to a level He thinks I should give… For if a person asks then are we not to give? So I see His love for me too..In the process and often will make me weep with tears of appreciation…

    Yes, brother I am Set Free! And Jesus will be with me and them on those cold streets with gloves and food and money and moreover A Word of His love and a kiss and hug… And weep together…

    Oh Yes, I Cry again, even Now and this time Not for the cold, homeless or deprived on the street; for They are Royalty in the Kingdom, but for ones amongst us in the great house…cold and Grossly dark people…

    Though she did Rejoice and said, ‘Oh it feels like Christmas!’

    Which makes the Lord well Pleased!

    For the heart of the matter and no I didn’t explain that He is not in Xmas…

    And Now, for the sake of encouraging ones, and I may of lost my reward; to express that the times that I have an abundance or even not (though more understandable if one is exercising their faith to be a Wise steward (w money) and yet I’m often guilty of taking the High road of Love instead, and giving that which … Well .. but funny w fellow Christians they perceive me as often judgmental when it is mostly always, I trust; in and through His love; of Righteous Judgment (ouch just got a love bite from neighborhood cat, so I must do it too often) and the times it has not been (when i’m off) then I get corrected, believe me; as it only takes my next prayer to find that out…Or a neighborhood cat used to Chide me, playfully)

    But sorry, I digressed … So back To Thankfully giving and What I was going to elaborate on is that Giving is a True Joy and Yes, Truly Christian.

    Always!

    As for me and yet some do have (more than others as there is many members); do have the “Gift of Helps” of helping; of Giving Firstly of themselves and also can be financial…

    And too, God’s Word is balanced and more to the Spiritual side, brother..

    “For if a man doesn’t work, He doesn’t eat”

    So we should discern these things if a person is just lazy or if a widow is indeed a widow or if family is yet around as we are to let them practice piety at home.. and not get in “The Way”.

    But as I say, when lead (and then I’m not full questions, but give cheerfully and always say that they truly must Praise God as I’m just the messenger that He wants them to know He loves them to death and to life if they’ll let Him in.

    Sometimes, I will counsel some to work and again; others I am lead to give them liberally…

    But when i dropped off that ex Possessed soul; off at her meager apt. With just a bed and a chair and her family and two kids having not visited now for 10 years.. Yes, Christ’s heart of love was evident and I weep even now..

    But Yes, Sally Anne in 1880s was very effective pulling out their brass band idea and hitting the enemy from the side and thousands got saved .. but now.. even those asking for money, most are yet unsaved and it is now a business.. and people are not daft to that.

    As they seem to be more warming up a soul for Hell then giving that soul the True Gospel!

    I much prefer delivering groceries personally…

    And having already given prayers, deliverance or means of it.

    “Oh for The Joy that was Set before Him, endured The Cross, despising the shame”

    lest, Bruce; born of God by Amazing Grace and His Blood and yes, that initial baby step of Faith.

    • Hi there Bruce,
      That’s a powerful story Brother, and I know for a fact, that you don’t only talk the talk, but you walk the walk. Your willingness to serve the Father coupled with the power of the Holy Ghost changed a life forever with that woman you spoke about. And if anyone ever needed a spiritual leash from the Father to keep you from giving all, it’s you Brother. And I’ll say this not to embarrass you, but as a privilege to lift you up.

      Thank you for this wonderful testimony of perseverance and persistence over one precious soul that needed the help. You didn’t give up, nor would the Lord rest until that lost sheep was found and returned. And thank you for all of the help you’ve been to myself and this ministry. You’re truly a blessing.
      God bless you all the more abundantly Bruce, and may the Lord pour out an anointing that will be fresh, new, all the more energizing, and clear, and may the effect of being so close to God’s glory cause for others to take notice of it about you, even if you don’t!!!
      In Christ,
      Brian

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