Holy Days

Saturday , 28, November 2015 Leave a comment

Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man… ( Matthew 15:17-20)

On the week when many of us will be busy stuffing too much food into our mouths, it seemed like a good time to remember the dangers of some of the stuff that comes out of our mouths… While it may be a sin to overeat, deeper and more destructive sin emanates from our heart in all kinds of selfish and harmful ways. Holiday’s seem to bring to the surface some of the junk that we keep buried in our hearts at other times. Surrounded by people who we love—and who drive us crazy—we say and do things that don’t fall under any definition of “Holy.”

We are followers of Jesus Christ, and are therefore called to be holy. In fact, with the Holy Spirit in us, there is a very real and strong expectation that we will in fact be holy—set apart for the purposes of God and set apart from the pettiness and perversions of the flesh.

The great irony is this: “Holiday” is short for “Holy Day” and every holiday in Jesus should be a picture of holiness. But, like the Griswold’s in Christmas Vacation, the opposite often becomes the case, as pressures grow and tempers flare…

In addition, holidays—American style—are so wrapped up in self-centeredness, self gratification, and self-preoccupation as to be breeding grounds for the long list of sexual and moral sins mentioned by Jesus in the passage above. What ought to be days of deep reflection, selfless giving, and most joyous worship become everything but that, as evil things proceed out of our hearts and through our mouths…

Loneliness, ironically, plays a huge part in all this. The holidays—even as we are offering God Thanksgiving for His provision and celebrating His birth as Emanuel (God WITH us)—are some of the loneliest and most forlorn days of all for many. As a pastor, these are some of the busiest—and most disturbing—days I walk through all year long as I try to minister to those who are depressed, dejected, and feeling despised…

So should we do away with holidays? No!   Rather, we need to help people—starting right here in our own House—rediscover the richness of holiness! Hearts filled with the Holy Spirit are far less likely to tie one on by drinking spirits… Hearts conformed to Jesus by the Holy Spirit are far less likely to lash out at a thoughtless comment or an angry look. Holy Spirit-tuned hearts are far more likely to take every thought captive, to run away from sexual immorality, to tell the truth, speak wholesomely, and love even the hardest to love…

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you—for Jesus to Baptize you with His Holy Spirit—BEFORE trying to navigate through the next few days and the next five weeks! When your mouth is about to vomit hate and your heart is set on sin, open them instead to worship and praise. When loneliness encroaches, spend enough time with Jesus to KNOW that you are not alone. And FAMILY, when you see someone struggling, open your mouth in love and speak a holy invitation over them—sharing the gift that these holidays are really all about—HOLY JESUS!!!

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