SANTA CLAUS IS COMING???
One Sunday morning, God spoke to me through a vision and words, after I asked him, “Father, what do you want me to know today?” I would like to share God’s message with you, because I know it is for all believers in this Christmas season that is currently upon us!
The vision the Lord gave me was of a bunch of elves milling around anxiously in front of a brick house on the driveway that is covered in snow. As soon as the vision was over, I heard God say, “Santa Claus is coming!” Upon hearing God’s words, I immediately knew why the elves that I saw in my vision were milling around anxiously. They were excited for Santa Claus’s anticipated arrival!
After contemplating the vision and God’s words, I replied to God, “I don’t want Santa Claus to come, because Santa Claus is not real! But you are real Jesus! I WANT YOU TO COME! Because only you can give me ALL that I need, and MORE!” I knew I was asking Jesus to COME in all of his power and glory and to completely invade my being through the Holy Spirit that dwells within me.
Right after I expressed my thoughts to God, I opened my eyes and saw that I had just received a message from a friend named Angie. She sent me a story of a woman who raised her son from the dead after having no heart beat for 60 minutes. It was a story of the impossible becoming possible! It was the story of the POWER of PRAYER and BELIEF in the IMPOSSIBLE!
After reading about this family’s miracle, I said to God, “YES, this is exactly what I am talking about. This is what I want. I want FAITH so BIG for myself, my children, my husband, my family, my friends, and my nation, that it is capable of spiritually and physically raising the dead to life.” The desire of my heart is for all of God’s children to fully embrace their identity in Christ, and to fully receive all that Jesus wants to give them, so that we can all be compelling and bold witnesses for Jesus. The desire of my heart is to see every son and daughter of the Most High God become Jesus’s hands and feet in this dark world!
By sharing this story with me through Angie, who’s name means “Angel/Messenger,” God was showing me what is possible when we BELIEVE the promises that are written in the Bible for the children of Yahweh. And, since we are currently in the Christmas season, the season of giving, I want to remind you of the spiritual gifts that are promised to each and every believer that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Scripture.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed … Now there are varieties of GIFTS, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of SERVICE, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of WORKING, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To EACH [believer] is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to EACH ONE individually as he wills … Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? BUT EARNESTLY DESIRE THE HIGHER GIFTS.” (1Corinthians 12:1, 4-11, 27-31) “Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the higher gifts, especially that you may PROPHESY.” (1Corinthians 14: 1)
Now you may have read these verses before, or maybe you have heard them preached. But have you ever keyed into Paul’s words that we are to earnestly desire the higher gifts of God? Also, have you ever pondered why Paul wants you to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy?
I just love that Paul tells us to earnestly desire the higher gifts. What I believe that means is that we play a part in what we receive from our Lord and Savior. What that tells me is that those who earnestly desire the higher gifts are the ones most likely going to receive them. Because, if we have a desire for them, it means we have been truly wanting the “MORE” of what God has to offer us. In my own experiences, whenever you desire MORE of God, you are sure to receive it.
The gift of prophecy is one of the higher gifts. The first reason that I believe Paul instructs us to desire the gift of prophecy is because, when we have this gift, it means we are able to hear God’s majestic voice. It means that when we enter into God’s presence in our quiet time with him that we have the interest of hearing what he has to say. It means that our spiritual ears are wide open and we are ready to obey whatever it is that we hear. It means that we have learned the art of spiritually listening to our Heavenly Father’s voice, and have the boldness to speak the exact words that he gives us.
The second reason that I believe that Paul instructs believers to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy is so that we can bless other people’s lives. Paul gives us insight into the purpose of this gift when he explains, “He who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” (1Corinthians 14:3) Paul tells us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy because he knows how fulfilling it is to bless other people with God’s personal words for them. Paul knows the blessing that comes for both the hearer and the receiver of God’s personal messages. The fact that Paul tells believers to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy tells me that God wants all of his children to have this gift, AND, will give it to those who earnestly desire it.
So ask for BIG THINGS from Jesus this Christmas Season! Don’t limit him any longer in what he wants to do in you and through you for his Kingdom! Take Paul’s advice and earnestly desire all of the higher gifts, especially to prophesy. Jesus wants to give you EVERYTHING he has had planned for you since the very day of your conception in your mother’s womb. He is simply waiting for you to ASK for them, and then wholeheartedly BELIEVE that HE will pour down upon you his special spiritual gifts that he reserved just for you, for such a time as this!
COME LORD JESUS, COME!!!