"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
Immanuel is with us. Can you believe that Christmas is less that five weeks away! With only 33 days left until that day, did you know that people tend to go to church and to small group Christian fellowship meetings less during this season of the year? Perhaps that, along with the extra marketing pressure we all experience, is a reason why so many people get distracted and feel depressed during the Holidays. Hey, be diff. Refuse to bail on Christ and edifying church gatherings centered on God's Word. It's Christ's birthday not ours!
Some broken-hearted, isolated people I've talked with lately just cling to livin' the lie they love. They keep using drugs and they refuse to repent. It's like they live in a bubble, and yet several believers have tried to get the Message through to em before they die, but they still want not type of rehab, they want no Bible Gospel, or to get free. They want no Christian program that'll point em in the right direction and help em start applying God's Word for freedom. One day the bubble will pop...and that might be when they kill themselves. I pray they humble themselves and turn..soon.
Maybe you know some people like that too, but let's keep on praying for them, or fast and pray until they are open to the truth. Let's feel for those who no longer have loved ones around em this time of year.
And you know the devil and his unseen evil minions are stoked to use dead religious folk and their rotten leaders to burden heavy-hearted people even further than they already are. It's so sad. We need to have compassion for those people and intercede for them until we see results. Jesus said of the religious Scribes and the Pharisees (that he also longed to save), "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men..” Matthew 23:4
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Listen, no believer is useless in this world today who seeks the Lord with all their heart, who has become unburdened, and is then used of the Lord to lighten the burden of others. Let's help people off-load the junk.