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For unto us a Child is born This is the period we celebrate the birth of the most important and most celebrated King that ever was birthed in the earth. Many argue the value of celebrating at this time as we don’t know for sure whether Jesus was born on the 25th December or on some other day. Well recently a lawyer did some research about this time of the year. Checking to see why the three kings travelled from the east and whether their journey was justified. What this lawyer found is quite intriguing. He found that at around 3BC some strange things happened in the heavens. Jupiter which is referred to by astrologers as the king planet came very close to Regulus known as the king star. The Babylonians called Rugulus Sharu which means king and the Romans called Rugulus Rex which means king. It was found that between 3BC and 1BC these to heavenly bodies and in particular Jupiter did some perculiar things for a star and a planet. These perculiar things were interpreted by these kings or Wise men to have a bearing on a new king being born in the earth. It was further found that Jupiter the king planet actually seemed to stop during this time over Bethlehem which led the kings to believe that the king was going to be born in Bethlehem. This is a time of the year that three heathen kings travelled many thousands of miles in order to pay homage to the New King in earth. Strangely the very people that this King came to represent and the very people whom this King came to die for tend to take this period so lightly that it is known amongst the season where selfish indulgence and ungodly revelry reign supreme. I hope this insight into how important this period is will give us a changed perspective of how we will celebrate this year. Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this. ‘For unto us a child is born’ is so fitting for us as we’ve entered a new season. Something has been born to us and in us – something new is taking place – we’ve shifted our way of thinking and the place we have been looking to. (I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. Ps 121) I believe that just as children born are vulnerable so too this time is a vulnerable time for us. This is a time where we need to be extra cautious and more attentive to the voice of the Lord; lest what we have gain in the past few weeks is lost in a short time. Just as Jesus was vulnerable to the enemy when He was born and His mother Mary and father, Joseph had to flee in order to protect Him under God’s hand and instruction, so we too need be aware of the enemy’s plans to destroy us and remove us from his sight. Stay focused this Christmas period. As a matter of fact prayerfully plan your schedule – let the Holy Spirit guide you to do what God has already planned for you in this period regarding your finances and any holiday plans. Be wise – you have placed your spiritual man under strict training recently and in order to remain fit the training should not cease during this time. “You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. I don't run without a goal. And I don't box by beating my fists in the air. I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won't lose out after telling the good news to others.” 1Co 9:24-27 I remember going into strict training one year and got my body into peak condition. However, I had no goals, no races planned and soon I got demotivated and even bored with the training schedule and began to stop the intensity of the training. It is so easy to get spiritually fit by going on a fast or doing a 40 day period of devotions but the danger is if you have no goals, nothing to go forward with all will be lost as slowly the intensity stops and you start getting bored. Be disciplined as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Jesus said to the disciples just before that fateful time when He was to be handed over to be crucified, “Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Let us spend time watching and praying as we enter this season. Let us even go so far as to hold one another accountable during this time. Be expectant and vigilant as we trust God for the impossible. At this time God made the impossible take place is the sky which herald the birth of a New King in the earth. It is the season of the impossible. Listen to this prophetic word.
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