Christmas marks the beginning of God’s plan to save us from eternal death and separation from Him. Jesus was born just as we are, as a baby. He was a full member of His earthly family, a human being. At the same time, He was also God. That’s an important distinction, because a holy, sinless sacrifice was required in order for our sins to be forgiven by believing in Jesus.
Jesus was born into this world to do what no human being is capable of doing. He lived a sinless life; He took the sins of all people upon Himself; He died willingly as a holy sacrifice to God the Father, and He rose from the dead.
In Romans Chapter 5, verse 17, it says: For if, by the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. [NIV Bible]
The new year is a clean slate and a fresh start. It’s a time for change and to start new habits that are good for us. Take this opportunity to start to believe in God!
It’s no secret that a lot of people find the holidays challenging. Paradoxes abound: You want to be with family, but gatherings can be tense. You want to make your kids happy, but you can’t give them everything they want.
I don’t claim that I’m only overwhelmed during the holidays, but I can’t deny there is added stress. God understands the memories, the expectations, and the pressure that comes this time of year, and He wants to help us have peace.
Bring what is on your shoulders to God. Jesus Himself invites you to do this! He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” [Matthew Chapter 11, verses 28-30]
In Isaiah Chapter 43, verses 18 and 19, God says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” [NIV Bible]
There is no better time to start believing in God than today. Maybe you’ve come this far believing there is no “God,” that you can manage your life on your own. Maybe you’ve been critical of Christianity in the past, rejecting the notion of a specific god. You may have believed that God is a higher power who can be found through any spiritual beliefs.
So maybe you have a history of not believing in God. God won’t hold this against you when you come to Him, looking for answers.
People of all ages, from all backgrounds, families and religions are saved every day by starting to believe in God the Father, Jesus His Son and our Savior, and the Holy Spirit.
You can change, you aren’t bound to your former beliefs. People who know you may be surprised or disturbed by you starting to seek and know God. You may very well encounter resistance or lack of support from friends and family. God will stand beside you during this, giving you the security of knowing He is authentic and true. Having faith in God will cause a seismic shift in the deepest parts of who you are, and that’s a good thing! 🙂
Don’t be held back by feeling hypocritical. God understands why people struggle with believing in Him. He’ll be your help, and when you start believing in Him, He will show Himself to you. You will know you are dealing with the One True God because He will be a presence you will recognize in your spirit.
Start to do a new thing!