Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

Live Everyday Like it’s Christmas

It’s become more or less a Christmas tradition that I rant about how people act around the holidays should not be just for the holidays. For about three to four weeks of the year everyone is jolly, charitable and treating others with honor and respect. Yet magically after New Years resolutions fall through almost everyone is back to being all about themselves. A similar situation happens with “getting right with God” around Christmas. Christmas is one of the three statistically most attended days for Church, but that attendance is not there for long. When I say live everyday like it’s Christmas I don’t mean putting a tree in your house or lights outside as a permanent decoration. What I mean is treat others and behave like you would around the holidays. Serve God and read the Bible like you would around the holidays.


Christians Should be like this Year Round

“For the grace of God had appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self–controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

–Titus 2:11–14 (ESV)

This passage is a very encouraging one until you try to put it into practice. Christians are called to live godly lives not a godly holiday season. My hypocrisy level is over 9000 right now. I don’t know a single person who does live a perfectly upright and godly life but I can generally tell when people are actually making the effort to do so and when people aren’t. I’m sure most people reading this can too and have their own list of people who become magically reasonable around the holidays. Point is Christians are to live godly lives out of the gratitude of the salvation Christ provided as the atoning sacrifice for our sin. Not to be saved but because we are saved.



While there is debate on the meaning of Chapter 2 of the epistle of James, any way you read it works are tightly connected to salvation. Part of salvation is doing works. Ryan and I both agree that works act as an indicator that you have in fact repented of your sin and turned to Christ. They do not save you in of themselves however they do evidence salvation. If Christians (Including myself) are only engaging in good works around the holidays the non–Christians are going to pick up on that. If the more mature Christians are only engaging in good works around the holidays the less mature Christians are going to repeat it. Live every day like it’s Christmas; it’s live a godly life not live a godly holiday season.

Charles Stanley: Do You Know Who You Are?

The following article comes from August 2017’s “From the Pastor’s Heart” by Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries.

Do you know who you are? This may sound like a strange question, but in reality many Christians don’t understand their true identity. As a result, they struggle to live godly lives and can’t understand why they feel so defeated. Temptations and sinful habits seem overwhelming and impossible to overcome. As they cycle in and out of failure, they’re left wondering, “Is this what the Christian life is supposed to be?”

Much of this confusion and defeat comes from an inaccurate understanding of who we are in Christ. So let’s consider what God’s Word says about us. Our salvation experience is an amazing event that changes everything in our lives even though we can’t always feel it. We’re no longer what we used to be and will never revert back to that old condition. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

This same concept of newness is found throughout the New Testament in phrases like the new covenant, a new and living way, new life, new self, and born again. This is not merely a remodel of our old life before Christ. God isn’t in the process of patching up the old so it’s better than before. Our old sin nature can never be reformed or renewed.

So what exactly has been made new? Obviously, it’s not our bodies. Each year we get older, and the signs of aging become more obvious with each birthday. Jesus told Nicodemus that one must be “born again” to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Then, in verse 6, He clarifies that this is a spiritual rebirth by saying, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Before our salvation, we were alive physically but dead spiritually. We had no ability to reach out to God or save ourselves. The problem started with Adam. When he sinned, the entire human race came into bondage to sin and death (Rom. 5:12). The only remedy for this dire condition is to be born again spiritually. And that’s exactly what happens at the moment of salvation.

We are made spiritually alive by the Holy Spirit who comes to indwell us. Our old self has been crucified with Christ, and its power over us is broken (Rom. 6:6). We are no longer slaves of sin because we have a new Master who, through His indwelling Spirit, empowers us to obey Him. We’ve been given a new self that is fashioned in the likeness of God and “has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Eph. 4:24).

What about our problem with sin? If we’re new creations with new natures, why do we still struggle with temptation and sin? Although our spirits were made alive at salvation, our bodies are still in their fallen condition. The apostle Paul said in Romans 7:18, “I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” He describes this struggle with sin as a war between our flesh and our mind (Rom. 7:22-23). So how are we to overcome sin and live according to our new life?

The victory comes through a renewed mind. Paul tells us to lay aside the old self, be renewed in the spirit of our mind, and put on the new self, which iscreated in God’s likeness (Eph. 4:22-24). We aren’t renewing our thinking in order to become new, but because we are new. Becoming a new creation was an instantaneous event that happened at the moment of salvation when we were forgiven and justified. But the renewal of our minds is a process of sanctification whereby we are increasingly transformed into Christlikeness.

Now we are called to dress according to our new identity in Christ. We must stop wearing the rotten, filthy garments of our former lifestyle because they are no longer fitting for the new self, whom God created in righteousness. In fact, we are told to consider ourselves dead to evil practices and attitudes such as immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, greed, anger, wrath, malice, slander, and all kinds of abusive speech (Col. 3:5-10).

Instead we are to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (Rom. 13:14). We need to begin seeing ourselves as new creations clothed in Christ’s robes of righteousness, which display holiness, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, love, peace, and gratitude (Col. 3:12-16).

Since Christ lives within us, it’s only fitting to wear His clothes. If we cover ourselves in old, corrupted rags from our past lives, how will anyone be able to see Christ in us? Not only do we look no different from the world around us, but we dishonor our Lord and Savior.

It’s our responsibility as Christians to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us through His Word. Each time we read or hear the Scriptures, our minds are renewed in the ways of God and our spirits are refreshed to obey Him. When it seems like the world is bombarding us with temptations, let’s go back to the Word and once again clothe ourselves with Christ.

Sanctification – Growing More Christlike

Sanctification – Growing More Christlike

sanctification-packThese 3 minibooks have just been released as second editions. Why minibooks? Because you can read them in one sitting. Also, they are cheaper to purchase. These three books deal with helping us dig into the Word of God and learn how to grow spiritually. Every Christian’s aim is to become more like Jesus Christ. I pray that these will be a blessing to you. I also pray that this new minibook series will be a blessing to many for the glory of Jesus Christ.

You can purchase all three on Amazon. Below are the links.

Driving Them Out Slowly – a study of the Old Testament conquering of the Promised Land, learning principles of how we as Christians are to break spiritual strongholds in our lives.

Sanctification: The Forgotten Phase of Salvation – this is a study of the three phases, Scripturally, of salvation. It deals with a broad view of theology and dives deep into how a Believer continues to grow more and more like Jesus throughout their lifetime.

Cleanse Me, Lord! – crying our for spiritual cleansing is a necessary component of a humble heart. Jesus said that the poor in spirit (broken, humble) are blessed. This minibook looks at how God desires us to come to Him, saying “CLEANSE ME, LORD!” What is your hearts cry when you come face to face with your sin?

All my books can be seen on my Amazon Author Profile.