Not Counterfeit

December 15, 2011
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1 John 2:27 – As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you, remain in him. (NIV)

We spent too much time teaching our kids to believe in Santa Claus. We'd take them to the mall for the yearly Santa picture, the one where they scream and Santa cringes. We told them to be good or they wouldn't get any presents. My hubby even used to leave real snow prints on the living room rug.

We lied to them because we wanted them to believe in a fictional character, but when I suffered a nervous breakdown, I didn't call on Santa. I cried out for Jesus.

Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a newborn baby, and then died on the cross, just for me. He rose from the dead, just for me. All I had to do was turn from my old life, ask Him to forgive me, ask Him to come into my life. After I asked forgiveness for my wrongdoing, and invited Him into my life, He sent His Holy Spirit to live in me. Santa can't do that. We used to tell our kids that Santa lives in the hearts of children, but he can't. Santa isn't real.

But Jesus is real. The Bible says that the God of our hope fills us "with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope." (Romans 15:13 AMP)

Santa can't give that kind of peace. Santa can't give hope, and Santa joy ends as soon as the Christmas presents are opened.

Enjoy Santa if you must, but never forget that God truly did send His Son Jesus to die on the cross and pay the price for all those things we do that separate us from Him. There's no myth in that story.

Prayer: Lord, help us focus on the real, the true, the You of Christmas. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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