Deuteronomy 32:13 December 2012
He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock;
He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.”
Dear friends and family,
It is with great joy that I wish you and your families a blessed and love-filled Christmas season with Christ as the center. This month I want to bring to remembrance the reason that Christ came.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.
From the time that Adam sinned in the garden, God had been making preparations to redeem man from Satan’s grasp. All through the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets speaking into existence the Savior, the Christ, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us so that we might behold him. So often during the holiday season our focus is on the little baby in the manger, and we lose sight of the Man, Jesus Christ, and the purpose for which He came. Because of God’s love for us, He sent Jesus, His only Son, not only to free us from Satan’s grasp spiritually and give us the right to choose our own master once again, but also to dispel the lies that had been propagated against the character of God Himself. Jesus said, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Whatever we read of Jesus in the Scriptures shows us the true picture of our Heavenly Father. Scripture tells us that God is love. Yet we’re told that His love isn’t like our love, and indeed it isn’t, God’s love is AGAPE love. Phileo is man’s love. How are they different? Paul tells us that Agape love suffers long and is kind. Phileo may suffer, but it grows bitter under the burden. Agape doesn’t envy. Phileo has always displayed envy and jealousy. Agape doesn’t brag and isn’t puffed up and arrogant. Phileo has forever pushed itself forward. Self is the center of it’s world and its very strength. Agape does not behave itself unbecomingly. Phileo airs its grievances in the divorce courts and courts of law. It grows wildly jealous and strikes down in cold blood the very object it claims it loves. It will betray and use you to keep self uppermost in any equation. Agape doesn’t seek its own. The struggle with Phileo from birth to death is to get and hold onto “its own!” It is a cruel taskmaster, but it is all we’ve had from the garden until Jesus came. Agape is not provoked to anger; however Phileo is sensitive and hard to handle, it IS easily provoked, and it tells you that it is very sensitive and must not be rudely shocked or neglected. Sensitiveness is and always has been of the devil! Agape takes no account of an evil done to it. Phileo is always discussing and feasting on the scandals of the world. Agape rejoices not in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. Phileo cannot understand this and turns to hatred and revenge at the slightest provocation. Phileo ALWAYS rejoices when its enemy falls. It cannot rejoice in truth if that truth does not gratify its passions. Agape bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things, and Agape never fails or goes bankrupt. Phileo squanders its fortune in its youth in riotous living and before it comes to manhood’s strength it is in danger of being dashed against the rocks of failure. Agape is the character of our Father, the nature of the Great Creator God. This is what Jesus brought to the world – true love, God’s love. It never compromises with the truth, gives in to evil, or tries to please man at the expense of the truth. It readily pardons when repentance is manifest thus showing a perfect balance of compassion and justice – which is true love. The holidays seem to fill people’s hearts with an awareness of love and goodwill. For a time, our focus is turned away from ourselves and toward others. We seem to be more mindful of the needs of others, and people seem to be more open, softer, and more reachable at this time of the year; and so it should be because this is when LOVE came into the world in bodily form. This is when Love’s light shined upon mankind and manifested itself to us. This is when the greatest demonstration of real love was birthed into the earth to save you and me. When you think that we are to be His witnesses, we are to be written epistles read of men, we are to be His light to this dying world, it would seem impossible. Most of us feel this kind of love is totally unattainable for us, and in ourselves it truly is. However, there is a place in God, a victorious realm in Christ, available to us right now. This place of victory and victorious living is only found in the realm of God’s love and power. It’s a place where man can call on God and God will move in such a way and cause us to remain in such a place of victory that regardless of what the storms of life have to throw at you, you’ll ride the tides above those things in complete victory over self and the flesh. Not no trials, but victory in and over them all. In John 17:15 Jesus prayed a prayer for you and me:
“Don’t take them out of this world, but cause them to live above the evil in it.“
If it weren’t possible for us to live above the evil in this world then Jesus never would have asked the Father to help us do it.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation (Greek word meaning pressures, troubles and trials), but take courage; I have overcome the world (Greek phrase meaning, I have deprived it of its power to hurt you.)
There is a place of victory in the Kingdom of God IN THIS EARTH, in JESUS, that is victorious in every situation and circumstance. That place of Victory is God’s love!
1 Corinthians 15:56-57
“The sting of death, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In the Scripture we read at the beginning, John 3:16-17 we were told that God gave His Son so that we would not perish. That word “perish” in Strong’s concordance means to destroy fully or completely, to mar, to lose, to die. Scripture states that Satan comes to kill, to steal and to destroy. If we allow him to steal from us the truth of God’s Word in any area, if we allow him to steal from us the truth of God’s love in any circumstance, then he will have access to kill something in our lives. If we allow him to kill something in our lives, then he can destroy us fully; taking more and more ground. For instance, if we allow him to steal from us the truth of God’s love then he can steal from us through bitterness, resentment, hatred, hopelessness and depression. If we allow him to steal our joy then he can kill our strength and hope and destroy us with weakness and despair. If we allow him to steal from us the truth that God loves us then he can kill our faith and ability to trust God and destroy us through unbelief and fear. If we allow him to steal the truth that God is our Creator, our Protector, and our Lord, that all we have and all we are, we are and have because of His goodness and mercy toward us, then he can kill our reliance upon God and destroy us through pride, selfishness and arrogance. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 4:11 to be diligent, to labor to enter that rest, to move into that realm of victory and love; to operate and function in it, where you have ceased from your labor and strength and are moving in and relying on His. Where you have left Phileo behind and have allowed His Agape love to flow from you and have left your own vain philosophies and mindsets and rely only on His Word and His Spirit. This is the meaning of Christmas! This is why God sent His Son. So that we could know who our Father really is and walk as His sons and daughters in this earth. That we might KNOW HIS LOVE.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (Amplified Bible)
May He grant you our of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality. May Christ, through your faith, actually dwell, settle down, abide, make His permanent home in your hearts. May you be rooted deep in love (agape) and founded securely on love (agape) that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints, the experiences of that love, what is the breadth and length and height and depth of it. That you may really come to know practically, through experience for yourselves, the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience; that you may be filled through all your being unto all the fullness of God. That you may have the richest measure of the divine presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God himself.
Forgiveness, eternal life, deliverance, protection, preservation, healing, mercy, grace, righteousness, love and power; these are the gifts we have been given because of Jesus Christ, because the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This is why He came – that you might know the love the Father has for us and walk in it; that we might know and manifest the power and might of our Father and bring HIS love to this dying world.
John 17:20-26 (Amplified)
Neither for these alone do I pray (it is not for their sake only that I make this request), but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) me through their word and teaching.  That they all may be one, (just) as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.  I have given to them the glory and honor which you have given me, that they may be one (even) as We are one:  I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and (definitely) recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them (even) as You have loved Me.  Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me (as your gift to Me) may be with me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me (Your love gift to Me); for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You (continually); and these men know and understand that You have sent Me. I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and your very self, and I will continue to make (You) known, that the LOVE which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them (felt in their hearts) and that I (Myself) may be in them.
As we give gifts this season to bring love and joy to each other’s hearts, let’s remember the wonderful gift God has given us in His Son and rejoice as we realize the Grace of God that is in US, and for US! Let’s never forget the price that was paid to obtain it – a life laid down! This holiday traditionally marks the beginning of that earthly life, the birth of that precious physical body that brought love and truth to man again – The Word of God – Jesus Christ. May God bless you abundantly in His Word and in His Truth this coming New Year. May next Christmas find you stronger, more mature, and more intimate with our Savior than ever before. May His righteousness, peace, love and joy fill your hearts and lives now and always . May His love fill us and overflow from us to every life our lives touch.
For Unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given, and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be unto God for His indescribable Gift!!
God Bless you and Merry Christmas – Solid Rock Ministries