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CHRISTMAS TREE

      YOU ARE A TREE!

Christmas Tree (1)

When I was growing up we, my three sisters and my brother along with my dad, would go into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree and on occasion the older kids and my dad would shoot mistletoe out of the trees. We would then bring the tree home where mom was waiting with fresh baked goodies and other party favorites. We proceeded to decorate the tree with lights, candy canes, ornaments we collected over the years, some of them where home made while others where passed down from my grandparents, and of course a lot of tinsel and an old tin star shining brightly on top.

A few years ago, while I was visiting my sister, the Lord gave me a story while I was sitting in her living room admiring her Christmas tree. As I gazed upon its beauty, she always has a perfect tree, He showed me something that I would like to share with you.

“You are a tree!” He said. Okay, I have been called a lot of things,but a tree is a new one 🙂 He then reminded me of a verse found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 (Amplified Bible):

[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Jer 17:7-8 (AMP)

  • THE TREE– The tree is an ever green; it stays green all year round. It symbolizes everlasting life. In John 3:16 He says;

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.


  • THE ORNAMENT- Ornaments on the tree symbolize testimonies or precious moments you have in life.  As I looked at my sisters tree I saw new decorations and some with pictures ,while others were hand made .  These decorations/ornaments are special to her they remind her of years past and the fun she had. The ornaments we have in life are stories of how God has blessed us or delivered us out of a bad situation;they are praise and adoration we give to God.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

An artificial fiber optic Christmas tree

Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)

  • THE LIGHTS- We are the light of the world. The lights represent the different peoples there are in the world. Wherever we are, when we share what God has done, we shine as lights on the Christmas tree.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Eph 5:8-10 (NKJV)

       You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Christmas gifts

Matt 5:14-16 (AMP)

  • THE GIFTS The gifts under the tree are symbolic of the fruit of the Spirit. A fruit tree has fruit that we enjoy but the tree itself does not eat them. They are not for the tree; they are not ornaments or lights. What gift/fruit do you have that you can share with others?

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Leading the 2001 Christmas Pageant of Peace pr...

Gal 5:22-23 (NKJV)

  • THE ANGEL/STAR– To top off the tree we put an angel or a star. These ornaments symbolize you and I as the messengers of the good news. The star guided the wise men to where Jesus was staying. The angels visited Mary and also the shepherds.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matt 28:18-20 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

WHEN THE DEVIL….

Twilight in the Wilderness, (1860), Cleveland ...

READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11 

Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?

It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there? 

Several years ago my church had  concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play,  sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.  

Symbolically/spiritually-  we will see what happens when a person becomes born again.  Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)

It all started with

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)

When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.

3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)

But look what happens next.

1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….

Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)

Notice:  When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)

“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.

“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off.  When you are all alone and you start to get hungry

“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..

 Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you  and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...

30 DAY CHALLENGE

The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”

I AM FREE AND CLEAR!
39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Acts 13:39 (AMP)

 I AM NOT CONDEMNED !
1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (AMP)

I AM NEW AND IMPROVED!

17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

I AM COOL WITH GOD AND HE IS COOL WITH ME!
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 3:24 (AMP)

I KNOW GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH ME!

1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  

Romans 5:1 (AMP)

I AM PERSUADED THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)

For further study read: ROMANS

WHEN THE DEVIL….

Twilight in the Wilderness, (1860), Cleveland ...

READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11 

Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?

It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there? 

Several years ago my church had  concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play,  sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.  

Symbolically/spiritually-  we will see what happens when a person becomes born again.  Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)

It all started with

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)

When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.


3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)

But look what happens next.

1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….

Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)

Notice:  When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)

“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.

“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off.  When you are all alone and you start to get hungry

“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..

 Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you  and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...

30 DAY CHALLENGE

The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”

I AM FREE AND CLEAR!
39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Acts 13:39 (AMP)

 I AM NOT CONDEMNED !
1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (AMP)

I AM NEW AND IMPROVED!

17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

I AM COOL WITH GOD AND HE IS COOL WITH ME!
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 3:24 (AMP)

I KNOW GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH ME!

1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  

Romans 5:1 (AMP)

I AM PERSUADED THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)

For further study read: ROMANS

CHRISTMAS TREE

      YOU ARE A TREE!

Christmas Tree (1)

When I was growing up we, my three sisters and my brother along with my dad, would go into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree and on occasion the older kids and my dad would shoot mistletoe out of the trees. We would then bring the tree home where mom was waiting with fresh baked goodies and other party favorites. We proceeded to decorate the tree with lights, candy canes, ornaments we collected over the years, some of them where home made while others where passed down from my grandparents, and of course a lot of tinsel and an old tin star shining brightly on top.

A few years ago, while I was visiting my sister, the Lord gave me a story while I was sitting in her living room admiring her Christmas tree. As I gazed upon its beauty, she always has a perfect tree, He showed me something that I would like to share with you.

“You are a tree!” He said. Okay, I have been called a lot of things,but a tree is a new one 🙂 He then reminded me of a verse found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 (Amplified Bible):

[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Some kind of pine tree close

Jer 17:7-8 (AMP)

  • THE TREE– The tree is an ever green; it stays green all year round. It symbolizes everlasting life. In John 3:16 He says;

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.


  • THE ORNAMENT- Ornaments on the tree symbolize testimonies or precious moments you have in life.  As I looked at my sisters tree I saw new decorations and some with pictures ,while others were hand made .  These decorations/ornaments are special to her they remind her of years past and the fun she had. The ornaments we have in life are stories of how God has blessed us or delivered us out of a bad situation;they are praise and adoration we give to God.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

An artificial fiber optic Christmas tree

Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)

  • THE LIGHTS- We are the light of the world. The multicolored lights represent the different peoples there are in the world. Wherever we are in the world when we share what God has done,we shine as lights on the Christmas tree.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Eph 5:8-10 (NKJV)

       You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Christmas gifts

Matt 5:14-16 (AMP)

  • THE GIFTS The gifts under the tree are symbolic of the fruit of the Spirit. A fruit tree has fruit that we enjoy but the tree itself does not eat them. They are not for the tree; they are not ornaments or lights. What gift/fruit do you have that you can share with others?

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Leading the 2001 Christmas Pageant of Peace pr...

Gal 5:22-23 (NKJV)

  • THE ANGEL/STAR– To top off the tree we put an angel or a star. These ornaments symbolize you and I as the messengers of the good news. The star guided the wise men to where Jesus was staying. The angels visited Mary and also the shepherds.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matt 28:18-20 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!