I made a big change this year! It started by me growing in my walk with God and walking with the Lord is guarateeed to make your heart softer and more tender gradually. I also noticed a 'falling away' in my own personal walk with God. The more closer I drew to him, the more I started to shed away things that would offend God and be a hinderance.
I have always heard a little here and there about Christmas being a Pagan holiday. Back then, I had chosen to play the ignorance card. If I didn't learn about it, then I couldn't be held accountable for it. Who would want to stop any fun festivities of Christmas? Pfft.
But the Lord opened the eyes of my heart and he showed me a Bible verse:
"Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." Jeremiah 10:2-4
I found that one and I started looking through Deutronomy. Suddenly, this other one appeared to me as well. It is about not placing any trees near the altar of the Lord. Jessica pointed out that many churches have Christmas trees near or upon the Altar.
"Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee." Deuteronomy 16:21
I wrote a devotional about it called "Merry Paganism" at AgMinistries.org and it explains the history of Christmas and how it all started with Nimrod and his mother, Semiramis. This has been a practice of Paganism since the days of Noah. The Lord abhors it and even told us to destroy their groves.
Multiple times in the Bible, groves are mentioned and God tells us they are to be destroyed. This is one example:
"And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place." Deuteronomy 12:3
And if you search for the word "grove" and "altar" in the Bible search engine, you shall find multiple references to Baal. Baal worshipping was started by Nimrod and his mother and it continues to this very day. It is a false religion that strongly resembles Christianity but it is a fraud!
"And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves." Judges 3:7
"For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them." 2 Kings 21:3
I threw out my Christmas tree a couple of days ago. I also threw out anything that had evergreen leaves on it. I kept the lights because I have them all year long because deaf people love something that plays with their eyes. And Santa, Christmas trees, evergreen leaves, himmeli shapes, angels of light and these sorts are out of my house. I am going to take this time to teach my children the story of Christ's birth and put their focus on glorifying our God alone. I am thinking of creative ways and starting new traditions to make this a very special time of the year for our family and departing from the worldly traditions of men and lucifier himself.
Remember to stand strong and not to be enticed by the 'Angel of Light' himself. He dazzles, lures and draws us in as hard as he can. Remember the true light, the one of Jesus Christ. He was born in a humble manger in a poor barn for animals. His way is humble and the Christmas world we see today is far from it.
Many people will say that Christmas is a Christian holiday, but we've crossed an X on Christ's name in "x-mas," we make Santa, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman bigger than Jesus and Christmas is more about spending money and buying gifts than embracing the joy we have in Christ. We've left him out of Christmas just about completely. It has all been a part of satan's agenda this entire time.
I understand that this is a hard saying and many will not accept this, but let us seek God and draw near him. Let his ways become ours. Let us not partake in anything that would offend him. Let us have a willing and obedient spirit. It's a blessing to serve the Lord and walk in the way that delights him! Blessed be the name of the Lord!
I found an interesting link, click HERE for more info.
(p.s. Interesting fact is that Joseph smith was visited by two "angels" in a sacred grove. I wonder which angels they were since sacred groves are pagan sites of worship to satan.)
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