It’s Christmas! The time to celebrate the gift of Jesus. Christmas is also a time to reflect on our own lives and remember what this gift from God really means. But how often do we get wrapped up in what the rest of the world thinks Christmas should be? Are we allowing ourselves to be consumers of a worldly Christmas or are we allowing ourselves to rejoice at the miracle of this true gift from God?

The Bible gives us clear instruction to rejoice as we announce this good news. The Messiah is born! Christmas at its core, is the chance to gather with the people of God and celebrate Jesus. What we can too often forget is that it is okay to be enthusiastic and energized with the message of Christ! So today, give yourself permission to find the joy in your own heart that rightly celebrates the Christmas story.

The Hope of the world came for all mankind, not just for the Christmas season, but for every day. So how are you celebrating the good news, and are you sharing your joy with others? Christmas is the perfect opportunity to spread the good news, so be intentional to tell someone today about the joy found in Jesus.

Who doesn’t love Christmas carols? Since we sing them in a shortened time period, their impact is concentrated. They bring joy to the season, but there is rich theology in the carols. 

In Charles Wesley’s classic, “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”, we listen to the angels of Luke 2. They announce the birth of the Savior King, who will reconcile God with man.  He will bring peace to earth.  Born of a virgin, He will let us see the Godhead veiled in human flesh and will willingly be God with us, our Emmanuel!

The verbs of the carol are pregnant with encouragement to worship the Savior.  We are urged to give Him glory, adore Him and hail Him.  Brooke Ligertwood of Hillsong Worship correctly said, “the whole premise of Christmas inspires worship.” The carols align our hearts and focus our gaze on King Jesus.

We worship Him as the heaven-born Prince of Peace, the Sun (Son) of Righteousness because He brings us light and life, offers us healing and gladly lays aside the privileges of deity to let us share in the defeat of the ultimate enemy, death and experience eternal life. So we join in with the angels as they sing, glory to the newborn King.

Glory to God! The Prince of Peace is born! But this peace was different from what everyone had imagined. Instead of bringing an end to wars and earthly strife, Jesus came to be peace in the hearts and lives of those who would put their trust in Him. A peace that goes beyond the things of this present earth.

One day, Jesus will return to establish peace over all the earth, and for all eternity. It is through this peace that we will find full reconciliation with God‚—a gift of peace, that none of us deserve, but that the Prince of Peace longs to freely give us. So, we can pray peace upon the earth now, because we know that one day, Jesus will fulfill the promises in scripture and return as the one who brings peace that passes all understanding.

Have you ever prayed to God had heard nothing? It can cause feelings of abandonment and shame all rolled into one empty feeling. God’s people probably felt that way too before Jesus arrived on the scene. We know from history that several hundred years before the birth of the Savior, God was silent. No prophets, no miracles, not word from the Lord at all—just silence. Do you think God’s people were discouraged? Perhaps the thought all hope was lost. Maybe they had given up on God altogether.

But then, in the most unexpected way, in the most unlikely place and time, the answer to all their questions, fears, and hopelessness appeared.

If you are feeling like God can’t hear you, remember that He works in His timing, not yours. Jesus came exactly when He needed to. All of the silence of heaven was not an abandonment from God, but a preparation for God. Emmanuel, God with us.

So, when you have seasons of silence, thank God for the promise of the miracle to come. Worship the One who came to break the silence in our hearts and, with all glory and power, forever silence the enemy’s hold on you.

Praise Before My Breakthrough is a brand new EP from Bryan & Katie Torwalt. These songs are the fruit of Bryan & Katie's ministry, drawing people in with their unique sound to help others encounter and embrace the presence of God. The EP features songs like their title track "Praise Before My Breakthrough," "My Hallelujah," and "Prophesy Your Promise." These songs focus on the stages of breakthrough and would be great in any worship setlist.

Check below for links to song resources and New Song Cafés!

My Hallelujah

Be With Me

Praise Before My Breakthrough

Arms Of Grace

Prophesy Your Promise

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