Share Button

How to Enjoy a Stress Free Christmas and Spirit Filled Holiday SeasonOne of the key ways to enjoy a stress free Christmas season (and a stress free life in general) is to walk in humility. This involves surrendering to God and letting Him handle the people in your life who say and do hurtful things. This kind of action is much-needed when dealing with the tensions that sometimes arise as family members come together to celebrate the holiday.

In Matthew 11:29, CEV, Jesus said,

Take the yoke[I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.

A yoke is a wooden crosspiece placed over the necks of two animals such as oxen. The yoke is also fastened to a plow or cart for the animals to pull. Usually, the load is heavy. However, in Matthew 11:30 Jesus says His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Jesus encourages you to learn from Him in Matthew 11:29 because He is humble. In fact, let me tell you about His family reunion.

In Luke 4, we learn about Jesus’ visit to his hometown of Nazareth. I’m not sure how long he’d been gone. Maybe He was looking forward to seeing old friends and family members or maybe not. After all, He was Jesus and well aware of the drama that would develop.

I wonder how the folks in Jesus’ hometown felt about Him at this point. They knew He had left his carpentry business to become a traveling preacher. Some may have thought He’d lost His mind by giving up a profitable trade in favor of spreading a strange message. Maybe some had not changed their opinion of Jesus as a boy. The Messianic Psalm 69 verses 7-12 tell us what some in his hometown thought of Him:

For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.
9 Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.

 

Sometimes you need spiritual power to visit with family.

 

On his visit to Nazareth, like all good Jewish men, Jesus goes to Temple. He reads from a scroll. The text is Isaiah 61:1. Jesus reads the words from that verse and sits down. He tells the congregants:

This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:21).”

Jesus declares Himself as Messiah to the men and women He’d grown up with, folks who had known Him since He was baby. Their response?

Is not this Joseph’s son? (Luke 4:22)

In today’s words that question would sound like…

“What? Wait a minute. This is Joseph’s son. Why, we’ve known Him since He was a baby. He’s no one special.”

Jesus immediately picks up on their unbelief and reminds them of two stories. One, involves Namaan, the leper (2 Kings 5). The other involves the widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17). 

 

Being with family is not always easy. This holiday season, spend time in prayer before you meet.

 

According to Jesus, Namaan, who was a leper, wasn’t the only one who needed healing but Elisha was sent to Namaan. The widow, who was about to run out of food and starve to death during a famine, wasn’t the only one who needed help, but God sent the Prophet to her. Jesus’ words filled His hometown friends and family with rage. They physically forced Jesus from the city and almost pushed Him off a cliff!

Why did these stories upset the Nazarenes? Namaan and the widow were gentiles. Jesus is telling his friends and family that these gentiles had more faith than they did. Jews considered Gentiles unclean and held themselves above gentiles. They had tremendous pride in their heritage as God’s chosen. And, here Jesus dares to tell them that in the area of faith, these gentiles were above the Jews.

Jesus managed to escape the people of Nazareth’s rage. I share this story with you to let you know that our Lord knows exactly what you often go through with family. He calmly walked away from the situation. He survived this family gathering and you can do the same. 

 

Take your mind off yourself and aim to be an effective witness.

 

You don’t have to let what your relatives say and do make you upset. You can be stress free by praying for them before you meet. Resolve to surrender to God and respond in love. The latter might actually include avoiding certain conversations with certain people.

God never asks you to do anything that is not possible. Follow the instructions in Matthew 11:29. The promise is rest — peace and composure — that will help you truly enjoy a Spirit-filled Christmas season.

Love,

Karin

Share Button

{ 1 comment }

When Disappointment Strikes, What Are You Going to Do?

by Karin Peavy November 3, 2017 Believe Gods Word

So, maybe what you’ve prayed for hasn’t happened yet. The question is what are you going to do? Are you going to sit back in defeat and be overwhelmed with disappointment? Are you going to decide that God’s Word is true no matter what? I experienced a bit of disappointment recently. But I had already […]

0 comments Read the full article →

I speak ANOINTING Over You! I Declare You Will Walk in Your Anointing!

by Karin Peavy August 8, 2017 Be Strong in the Lord

Today I speak anointing over you. The word Christian means Christ-like, and “Christ” means Anointed One. So, you and I are little anointed ones. We have the power, the anointing of Christ in us. Because of that I am encouraging you to stand up under that anointing. Acknowledge it. Say, “I am anointed.” The anointing […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Not Making Progress as Fast as You’d Like? This Might Be Missing!

by Karin Peavy July 6, 2017 Believe Gods Word

  If you are not making progress in your life as fast as you’d like I’d like you to read this message very carefully. It could be that you are failing to take an action that is necessary to get you from Point A to Point B. Recently God spoke to me and helped me […]

1 comment Read the full article →

God Moves Suddenly When You Least Expect

by Karin Peavy June 27, 2017 Be Strong in the Lord

If you are waiting on the Lord, this Word from God will bless you. God has GOOD things in store!  When you least expect He will bring wonderful and exciting changes to your life…suddenly. Yes, God moves suddenly. He moves swiftly, unexpectedly and without warning. When you least expect, He’ll come shining through!

2 comments Read the full article →

Prosperity is God’s Will for Every Believer: Here’s What the Bible Says

by Karin Peavy June 22, 2017 Prosperity

Many Christians argue against prosperity. They have labeled teaching on prosperity as the Prosperity Gospel saying it is false. I don’t believe in a Prosperity Gospel. To me it’s just plain Bible teaching — sharing what the Bible says about money.

3 comments Read the full article →

How to Stand on the Word of God

by Karin Peavy June 7, 2017 Believe Gods Word

We are constantly exhorted to stand on God’s Word but HOW do you do that? Say a bill comes in the mail and you don’t have the money to pay it. You don’t see how you’re going to afford to pay it. Find a scripture in the Bible that supports what you need from God. […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Get Quiet Before the Lord and Position Yourself to Hear Clearly From Him

by Karin Peavy May 24, 2017 Hearing God's Voice

Get quiet before the Lord. Have you ever heard that expression? What does it mean exactly? The meaning of “quiet” in the Hebrew language paints several pictures. First, there is the picture of someone observing a scene as a spectator. Spectators are on the outside looking in. They are inactive in a sense because they are […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Hold On to the End! The Absolute Importance of Having Patience & Not Giving Up!

by Karin Peavy May 1, 2017 Be Strong in the Lord

I’ll be the first to admit that exercising patience is difficult. You have to hold on to the end. The challenge is not knowing how long you will need to hold on. You can feel like you’re going crazy by the waiting. (Come on. Be honest. Smile.) Years ago, during a critical time in my life, […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Hearing God’s Voice is One of the Biggest Benefits of Prayer

by Karin Peavy April 17, 2017 Guidance

It’s easy to go to God, mouth off then leave the prayer room. When you do, you’re missing out on the biggest benefit of prayer: hearing God’s voice.

0 comments Read the full article →