The Spirit of Christmas

I was shopping in a store that was going out of business. I found many good deals of things we had been needing for a long time so my bags were full. As I was leaving the store, I seen an older man off to one side, about thirty feet from me. He looked like a shady stranger that one would try to avoid at all costs to be safe.

When he seen me, his eyes lit up and he said “Wow, I see you bought someone lucky so many presents for Christmas this year! They are going to be filled with the spirit!” It was hard to hear him, for he was mumbling and far away from me. But I understood the gist of it.

As soon as he finished speaking, I seen three shadowy demons come out of him and try to tag themselves onto me.

“Oh no!” I responded under my breath, “these things are not for Christmas! There will be none of that in my house!”

And as soon as I stopped speaking, I seen the demons pause, and then heard them whine and complain and tell me that I was no fun, before they turned and raced back into the man who had spoken to me.

My son came with me into the next store, and as we walked in I almost stumbled. The sudden weight was so oppressive that it was hard for me to walk. I had to bind it up in the name of Jesus to continue. We could hear the Christmas music blaring overhead and it reminded me of a nasty swarm of stinging insects. The place was very busy and overcrowded, and everywhere I looked I could see the colors of red and green.

We picked up the item we had come for and went to stand in line.

People were in a foul mood, angry at having to wait for so long in line to make their holiday purchases. Many were second guessing their purchases while they waited, verbally wondering out loud if so and so would like it or not.

As we left, my son told me that he had been hit with the demon of ‘I have to buy something’ really hard, but he refused to give into it and so he bought nothing.

We realized that was where the pressure was coming from; all the demons of ‘I want’, ‘me me me’, ‘whine’, ‘complain’, ‘less money’, ‘more debt’, ‘I have to buy’, ‘doubt’, ‘mine’, ‘more’, ‘should’, ‘spend’, ‘pressure’, ‘expectations’, and ‘failure’. The store was literally overflowing with demons!

We also realized that all these demons were under the authority of a principality demon called the spirit of Christmas.

We went to a food truck to bring back dinner, and there I met a man while waiting in line who was telling me of some job opportunities. He had been unemployed for a few weeks and had been praying that he would find a good job.

So I said to him, “May the Lord bless you and give you the job of your dreams!”

He starred at me for a second and then said “Oh! You’re a Christian!” Then he paused for a moment before asking me “Do you go to a church around here?”

“No,” I told him. “We have yet to find one that sticks to the bible.”

He then went on and on about the church he goes to and how magnificent his pastor was. He went on and on so much about the man, that I couldn’t help but wonder if the man was closer to his pastor than he was to Jesus.

I grew tired of hearing about the perfect pastor, so I interrupted him and asked “Do they celebrate Christmas there?”

I will never forget the look on his face; It blatantly said “well, duh! Of course!,” but to the man’s credit, he then blinked and said “yes.”

“Oh,” I said. “Never mind then.”

He frowned. “You don’t celebrate Christmas?”

I could see the thought that a believer in Jesus Christ that does not celebrate the holly day was a new encounter for him. So I told him, “We researched into it and found that it had too many pagan ties to it. We also found that there were so many demons attached to it that we stopped celebrating it.”

“Oh,” he said, and said nothing more.

I looked at him and realized that this was a man who had no idea of the war that raged all around him. As he said his goodbye and we exchanged blessings with each other, I inwardly cringed. It was like watching an innocent walk back into the slaughter, wondering when he would get hit.

When we got back home, we immediately noticed that things felt lighter. I asked my husband about it, and he too, said he noticed that there was less pressure in the house. He then sheepishly told me that he had finally gotten around to bringing that nativity scene to the dump, and that this is why the atmosphere was so much lighter in the house.

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Please don’t just continue to blindly follow the world in celebrating this pagan holiday, and then wonder why you are having problems. The Lord is very clear in His word that we are to have nothing to do with mixing pagan practices with His worship. When we do, problems arise. There are only two instances when a person’s birthday was celebrated in the bible, and both of those times were by pagan kings. But if you really want to celebrate His birthday, celebrate it during the feast of Tabernacles, when we celebrate that the Lord has come to live with us. If giving up Christmas is just too hard for you to do, consider celebrating Hanukkah with its seven candled menorah. There one has several days where one shares the miracles that the Lord has done in their lives and their families lives with one another.

May the Lord bring you into His perfect peace,
C. Dunamis

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(Note: For scriptures on this, see the post on how satanists celebrate Christmas.)
https://dreamsofdunamis.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/cast-out-the-spirits-of-christmas/
https://dreamsofdunamis.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/how-witches-and-satanists-celebrate-christmas/
https://dreamsofdunamis.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/a-short-video-clip-about-christmas/

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A Miracle: The Angel and Their First Customer

In an effort to bring in more money into the household, my husband started up a business. Him and his partners did their research, and knew that there was a great need for the product that they had created. So they were quite confused when, after almost two years, they had not even had one customer. They met and discussed closing the business.

That night, my youngest was woken up in the middle of the night by a very bright light. It shined out from the corner of his room. It waited, and when my son refused to get up, it shined brighter. (He was very tired.) Finally my son realized that it wouldn’t go away and let him sleep, till he got up and gave it some attention.

When he arose, the light dimmed, and he could see an angel of the Lord standing before him.

The angel told him, that the reason his father’s business had no customers, is that there was a pagan man praying to his god to bless this company (he was a friend of one of the partners,) and this man’s prayers were actually a curse upon the company. The angel told him he was to tell us to bind up this man’s prayers, and break their bonds and cords, and claim that they are as nothing.

The angel then said that the company could grow and be a help to us and one day even help out the body of Christ, if we prayed for it. The angel said it needed the prayers of his mother, to help it succeed. (At the time, my husband was doing this on his own, and hadn’t really talked to me about it.) The angel further said that when someone would ask about why the company was so successful, we were to say it was because of Jesus.

My husband was amazed at the message, for he had not told his youngest anything about the company’s problem.

We talked about it and came to an agreement. Then we bound up this man’s prayers in the name of Jesus.

Three days later they got their first customer!

Today, the company is growing, and we give all credit for its success to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hanukkah is a time to remember the miracles on one’s life. This was one of them.

May you be blessed with miracles in your journey with the Lord,
C. Dunamis

The Feast Of Dedication

 

Tonight is the beginning of The Feast of Dedication. This is when our family re-evaluates our lives and our homes to see if any pagan things has infiltrated it, and to then cleanse the temple (ourselves) from these idols, as well as any hidden apathy or unbelief, and re-dedicate ourselves and our lives to God. It is also a time for us to remember God’s miracles in our lives.

The Jews refer to this Holy Day as Hanukkah, while others think of it as The Festival of Lights.

Some claim that Jesus Christ himself, celebrated The Feast of Dedication. John 10:22-23 “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.” Others claim he did not celebrate it, but used it to speak out against those who were against Him. It is also when He said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

There was a time when I had sworn to never celebrate Hanukkah, for it held too many pagan practices for my comfort. We have been able to separate this celebration from what the Jews have added to it over the years, so we now celebrate it, hopefully in His Spirit. It helps us to focus on Jesus instead of all the pagan idolatry that goes on in the world at this time.

We do not use the nine candled menorah, for it was something man came up with. (Some also claim that 9 is an evil number.) We have sensed and seen demons around nine candled menorahs, even with oil lights. We have yet to see them around a seven candled menorah with oil lights. Seven branched menorahs are described in detail in the old testament. The nine candled menorah is not found in the bible at all. Wax candles can attract demons, depending on where they came from and who made them, so we do not use them. Even if they are made by a Jewish company specifically for the Holy Day, they may have been made and blessed by a rabbi, which might carry the demon of priest-craft with it. So we avoid all use of candles in ours, and use olive oil and fabric wicks instead, just as they did in the Old Testament. For us, the menorah is a symbol and a reminder that God is in control. The center light represents God, and all the other candles that stem out from it, shows how all we do and the strength that we have comes directly from the Lord.

We re-tell the miracles and answered prayers that have happened in our lives, for during this time, “Jesus pointed out to His listeners that the miracles He had done authenticated His claim that He was, indeed, the long-awaited Jewish Messiah (see John 10:37-38)…It also reminds us to remain true to God even when the world around us tries to force us into assimilation.”
(http://www.gotquestions.org/Hanukkah-Christian.html )

According to our God, every new day begins at sunset. This is when we light the menorah. Usually the mother of the family lights them and says:

“Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments.”

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.”

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.”

Then the first candle is lit.

Then she says: “We kindle these lights to commemorate the saving acts, miracles and wonders, which You have performed for our forefathers, in those days at this time. We also remember the miracles and answered prayers that You have gifted us with in our own lives. We offer thanks and praise to Your great name, for Your miracles, for Your wonders, and for Your salvations.”

On the next night of The Feast of Dedication, two lights are lit instead of just one. (The same verbal dedication is given each time.) On the third day, three lights are lit, and so on, until all the lights are lit. Then on the remaining days, we either light all the lights again, or we light them according to what day of the week it is. (Friday evening would have all the lights burning, and Saturday evening would only have one light lit. Sunday would have two, and so forth.)

On each night, we recite scriptures out loud, (you might try http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2013/12/03/hanukkah-readings-for-eight-nights/ for ideas on this,) discuss them, and then share with each other a miracle or answered prayer that we experienced in our lives, especially within the past year. We then have dinner, and perhaps partake in a board game, or bake some kind of desert, or do something else that involves the whole family. During the day is when we look within ourselves and talk to God, to take personal inventory and re-dedicate ourselves back to Him. Sometimes this means shutting ourselves up in a room and just spend time reading His Word, and for others it means taking a long hike out in nature to be with Him.

The Feast of Dedication is not listed in the bible as one of God’s Feasts that must be followed. I share with you how our family celebrates this Feast, in order to give just one possible example of how a believer might celebrate it. If you feel God calling you to celebrate it differently, then please follow Him and do so! Our family’s example is not to be taken as a must-do. It is simply a glimpse into a time in our lives that the Lord has told me to share with you. Remember, Colossians 2:16 says “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.” “Every believer in Yahuwshuwa is now under the royal priesthood of Melchizedek (1st Peter 2:9), and so we do not need to do the temple ceremonial laws when keeping feasts. We can be led by the Holy Spirit in how we keep these holy days.” (http://doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/09/december-25th-birth-of-antichrist_22.html)

May the Holy Spirit bring you and keep you tucked under the Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, especially in this season!

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http://doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/12/eight-day-miracle-of-oil-on-chanukkah.html

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Winter_Holidays/Chanukah/Christians/christians.html

http://www.opendoorministrieswv.org/hanukkah.html