To our December Newsletter
Merry Christmas Prayer Warriors.
In this edition we explore putting the Christ back into Christmas. And I will like to share a sermon titled “You’re In Christ” by my pastor, Pastor Pearline Bent of Threshing Floor Ministries sent to me via text. She says:
YOU’RE IN CHRIST
The Lord Sits On The Topmost Seat Of Power
“For by Him (Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him, and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things exists. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead , that in all things He may have the pre-eminence”
“Honey, welcome home, what happened in school today?”
“I was embarrassed today Mum” Marcia replied, obviously upset
“Come here, my dear; tell me about it,” her Mum said consolingly
“Well, in history class, the teacher asked what we thought was the highest position of authority in the world. Jack said “the Head of the UN”, Sophie said, “the US President,” while Felicia said, it belonged to the richest person in the world. I raised my hand and said it was Christ, and everyone burst into laughter,”
“Oh no, dear. Don’t be embarrassed, You‘re actually right, and you should be elated. Christ is the highest authority, and you’re seated in power with Him.”
Some people, like Marcia’s classmates, may be ignorant of the awesome power and authority that the Lord Jesus Christ has and wields. God the Father didn’t just set Him above , but far above all principalities, powers, thrones, dominions and every name that is named. Every situation bows to the Name of Jesus, because He has all power and authority. He’s far above all kings, presidents and governments! Ephesians 1:15-23, 1Timothy 6:15
When God set Him at this high place of glory, He also put all things under His feet, and legally declared Him Head over all things for the benefit of the church (His body) – that’s you and me! It doesn’t matter what part of His Body you are, you’re still above all things! You’re seated at the right hand of God in Christ Jesus, in the highest place of divine authority and power! Satan, sickness, poverty and death are all under your feet. Therefore, reign in life and rule over circumstances; exercise the dominion of the Spirit, Hallelujah!
Ephesians 2:5-6 1 John 5:4
Dear Father, I thank You for making me sit together with Christ, far above all principality and power, and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world , but also in that which is to come! I rejoice at this awesome blessing as I exercise my dominion in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Use the Name of Jesus today: Command difficult situations to comply with your words in the Name of Jesus
Well after reading that I was inspired, refreshed, uplifted and I hope you were too. But soon after that, whilst listening to PREMIER Christian radio news, I heard that a number of people are taking the Department of Education in the UK to court citing that, it was negligent in protecting the right to opt out of school assemblies . Whilst I agree that everyone should have free choice as to whether to believe in Christ or not. The aim of these people was to make school assemblies a thing of the past and thus deprive a whole generation the free choice of accepting our Lord as their personal saviour. And I believe this attack is happening all over the western world. However it is clear to me that without Christ moral decay is inevitable as we can all clearly see in the tv, film industry, newspapers, advertising world and town centres in the west. Although there are a few genuinely moral humanist, the vast majority of society without Christ heads for disaster. And I know that some Christians have behaved badly but if you pattern yourself on Christ and not his imperfect followers, believe with all your heart in His sovereignty , mercy and grace and do your best to follow Him on a day to day basis, your life will be worthwhile and full of joy, there will still be trouble and pain for we live in a fallen world but I guarantee that He will walk with you , guiding , comforting and enabling you to overcome your hurdles and society will be better for it as more and more people get to know His saving grace and do their part in Christ whilst within this world.
A Coptic Christian Christmas Service in Africa
I received this letter into my inbox and was very concerned and will like to share it with you all:
According to a recent survey commissioned by Premier and conducted by ComRes, 67% of people across the UK do not believe that the birth of Jesus Christ is the main reason for celebrating Christmas, and 52% do not feel the religious aspect of Christmas is important to them. There must be something we can do as Christians to reverse this and to remind people of the true and joyous meaning of Christmas.
The ‘Christmas Starts with Christ’ campaign aims to spread the key message “Christmas Starts with Christ” through resources such as posters across neighbourhoods and parishes, as well as across social media.
Premier radio has created a number of FREE resources for you to use in support of the campaign and we encourage you to let your friends and local church know about the campaign as their participation will further strengthen our purpose and mission.
Please get involved and secure the welfare of the next generation and our world . http://www.premier.org.uk/Projects/Christmas-Starts-with-Christ/How-do-I-get-involved-as-an-individual
December Prayer points requests
· For the Christmas starts with Christ campaign to take off within the UK and possibly world wide
· For the love of Christ to comfort the broken-hearted in Paris, Mali, Beirut, Baghdad and Northern Nigeria, Chad , Cameroon, Kenya and Somalia where Islamist militants full of hate inflict their evil on the population
· For wisdom for the G20 countries and the UN in combating this new terror (Militant extreme Islamist)
· For the preservation and protection of Israel and fairness for the Palestinians and for both sides to acknowledge and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour , without whom life is worthless, a mere existence
· For courage, boldness, wisdom and determined love for enemies by the persecuted church worldwide, especially in the Middle East and Africa
· For the prosperity and re-evangelisation of Africa , the Name of Christ lifted high and Christian values practised on a daily basis, for faith without works is nothing but hypocrisy
· For a better, stronger, prosperous, peaceful and more positive 2016 worldwide
Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests
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GOD BLESS and THANK YOU Prayer For Africa Friends.
If you believe
And I believe
And we together pray
The Holy Spirit will come down
And Africa will be saved