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The Eternal Spirit of Christmas

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“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:34-35)

At the very beginning of the Christmas story the critical presence of the Holy Spirit is established. By Him, was the child conceived within the virgin Mary. He was not born of the seed of a man, but of the Spirit of God.

Even at the beginning of Genesis, when God promised that Christ would come, He spoke of “the seed” of the woman (Genesis 3:15). It was not the seed of a man that would be the source of the Son of God made flesh; it would be the Holy Spirit using the woman’s body to bring forth the Holy One of God.

In this way, Christ would not have the sinful nature of Adam handed down through the seed of Adam. Which all other men, born of the union between a man and a woman, possess. This would be a unique man — the Son of Man. The same One who, along with the Spirit of God, created all things that are made.

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The Seduction of Latent Power

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“For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4: 8-12)

The world is full of many strange things.

Various religions demonstrate their powers through levitation, bizarre physical abilities, appearances of disembodied forms and many other apparitions that are shockingly real.

The question is, “What is the origin of this power?” Is it from power drawn from within these mystics, gurus and shamans?

Some teach that this is power which is latent within man. That is resides in all people but lies unharnessed by most. Others believe it comes from a source outside of man.

The Bible teaches that these manifestations are the workings of demonic entities attempting to deceive these mystics and those who follow them.

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Self Deception

 

Kendall Ledge Moss

Two things here.

One: Sin has powerful emotions attached to it.

Two: These emotions or motions are both spiritual and physical.

Which makes our struggle against sin such a terribly fierce battle.

In Hebrews, it tells us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 12:1). That word, “beset“, is an interesting one. It sounds like a commonplace or simple word. As if our sin was nothing more than a simple fly or gnat that irritates us. Something we could just easily swat away.

However, beset actually means to combat on every side or to lay under siege. This is like a vast, terrible army surrounding people in a castle. As an enemy bringing all the machines of war against them — seeking their total annihilation.

Yet, that verse in Hebrews tells us to “lay aside” the sin that so easily defeats us.

So how does that work? How does one just “lay aside” something that so violently and overwhelmingly seeks to destroy us?

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