Christmas – A Time of Faith
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid." Luke 2:10 (NIV)
“Do not be afraid” is an expression that is used throughout the Christmas Story. In fact it was used by God to instruct Joshua when he was transitioning to leadership over Israel, after Moses’ death. The phrase literally means “keep your faith in me”.
Christmas is not just a season, but it is a time specifically chosen by God for Jesus to come to earth: "But when the right time had come, God sent his own Son." (Galatians 4:4)
Knowing that Christmastime is God's chosen time teaches us that Christmas is the time for us to release our fears As we release our fears to God, we are demonstrating our faith in Him.
What are the things you're worried about? The economy? Your health? Your bills? Your kids? Your job? Are you worried about the future? The fact is there are lots of reasons to be afraid in today's world, but God's message at Christmastime is "Don't be afraid!" (Luke 2:10 NIV) Release your anxieties; let go of your fears.
It's interesting to note that there are 365 verses in the Bible that say, "Fear not." God provided us with one 'fear not' message for every day of the year! Do you think God is saying, "Get the message? Don't be afraid!"
Why does he want us to get the message? Because a lot of people are not placing their faith and trust in HIM! They are afraid!
However, with the birth of Jesus, God shows he is with us and that He loves us.
This Christmas release your fears to the God who says we no longer need to be afraid – “keep your faith in me.”
Release all your cares to Him today and believe it when He says – “Do not be Afraid.”