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Receiving the Spirit of Christmas

Written by Creflo A. Dollar

I want to show you how to have a "Mary" Christmas - as in the Virgin Mary. I am not trying to exalt Mary above Jesus or claim that she is a deity. That would be unscriptural. Rather, I want to show you how to connect to the same supernatural power that Mary connected to.

The prophet Isaiah foretold that a virgin would conceive and give birth to a son Whose name would be called "Immanuel" or "God with us" (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:20- 23).

Can you imagine what Mary had to deal with? When the angel Gabriel informed her that she would give birth to the Savior of the world, I'm sure she had to fight off doubt and fear. I'm sure she wondered, "What will people think?"

Mary had to be strong no matter what others said. She heard from God and chose to trust Him. Conception took place, resulting in a supernatural birth that still goes against human reasoning.

According to His Word

The key to Mary's supernatural conception was that she received God's Word. She said, "For with God nothing is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment" (Luke 1:37 AMP). God specializes in doing supernatural things that seem impossible (Matt. 19:26; 1 Cor. 1:27).

In Luke 1:38, we see that Mary received the spiritual truth of God's Word by saying, "…Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to thy word…." She was saying, "Lord, I'm Your servant. Use me to fulfill Your will for my life and the world. I believe I receive Your Word, and that settles it!"

That's the attitude you should have. If what God speaks to your heart or through His Word contradicts your reasoning, don't debate with it. Receive it by faith as Mary did, and allow the power of God to work in your life. When you receive the spiritual truth of the Word, you receive the true spirit of Christmas; you receive the life that Christ Jesus came to give you (John 10:10).

When it seems like you're sinking deeper into debt, or when your body is under attack, receive the truth of God's Word. It says that you have been redeemed from the curse of poverty, sickness and spiritual death (Gal. 3:13).

The facts may show that you're broke and sick; however, that's not the truth. God's Word is truth (John 17:17). You are what it says you are. You can have what it says you can have. And you can do what it says you can do!

Receiving the truth of God's Word is vital. First Thessalonians 2:13 in The Amplified Bible says,

When you received the message of God…you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].

The Only Way To Victory

Like Mary, you must make God's Word the final authority in your life. Conduct your finances, health, marriage and the raising of your children by the Word. That's the only way you're going to experience His supernatural power.

The Word of God is "seed" (Luke 8:11; 1 Peter 1:23) and it produces a harvest. Just as it only takes one sperm out of millions to cause conception to take place in a woman's womb, it only takes one word from God to be implanted in your spirit to cause conception. One word from God will change your entire life!

Perhaps there are things that you have been praying about for quite some time, but have not seen any results. Don't give up, cave in or quit! Don't abort by confessing that the Word isn't working or that you don't deserve the goodness of God.

Righteous people don't talk that way. They speak faith and patiently await the birth (manifestation) of God's Word in their lives.

The Word of God has a due season of manifestation (Titus 1:3; 1 Peter 5:6), so wait patiently for it. Due season always comes! This holiday season is a good time to receive God's goodness!

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