When I was led out of the practice of Catholicism by God’s Holy Spirit questions starting coming to me about the celebration of Christmas. As born again believers we know exactly where to go to get God’s trusted answers. Right. God’s Written Word!
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Because the Lord says no where in HIS Word to remember Him the way the world likes to (their way not His) and even those that don’t believe in or on Him celebrate it with “believers”, my conscience won’t allow me. I feel very strongly that the Lord has convicted me of this through the many questions (and answers) I have had laid upon my heart that don’t make any sense about the supposed celebration of the birth of Jesus GOD’s Only Begotten Son.
That being said I won’t debate. We are not to debate what we know has been laid upon us. We are to trust Him and obey Him. Not argue with others. Jesus never argued. He said what He said and that was it. Sometimes silence is answer enough.
If you have been wanting to stop just remember when you think you are “standing alone” you are not alone- the Holy Spirit is with you and will give you any necessary words to say. One thing the Holy Spirit has led me to say when someone tries to reason how they “feel” is this: “It is not about you and I and about how we “feel”-faith is not based on how we feel- It is about The Lord our God and what HE says and leads us to do.”
I was very surprised to learn that many believers have had pretty much the same experience as I have.
I will tell you this it was not easy at first. Each year grows easier as we learn we are giving testimony more by not celebrating than we are by following the hoopla of the world. We are in the world not of it.
If you are a believer and don’t “feel” the same way that I have been shown that is between you and the Lord. Just like NOT celebrating is between me and The Lord.
Seek the truth and remember the words Jesus Himself has spoken:
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus also tells us we are to simply worship God in spirit and truth in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Oh, and yes…I LOVE THE LORD VERY MUCH! He is my ROCK of SALVATION!