Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Large, wet snowflakes are falling outside as the savory aroma of homemade split pea soup is wafting throughout our home. While stirring my domestic endeavor, my spirit has been stirred this week with the theme of “A Christmas Blessing.” This is actually tied to our spiritual inheritance if we choose to look at it in that manner.
The most historic and impactful Christmas blessing ever delivered came in the form of a baby born millennia ago in the little town of Bethlehem.
“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:1-7)
Jesus’s humble birth may not have seemed significant to most people at the time, but the indelible mark it has left on the world has withstood every challenge and the test of time.
Jesus’s Hands & Feet In Action.
When Jesus was instructing His disciples regarding what the kingdom of heaven is like, He spoke of the culmination thereof in Matthew 25:34-36,
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”
Granted, this worthy instruction carries no expiration date with it; however, the holiday season is an especially important time to keep one aspect of our spiritual inheritance in mind.
How we treat others is the equivalent of the way we would act toward Jesus Himself. To that end, do you deem He throws a test in our paths every now and then to check our hearts and attitudes?
Blessings In The Old & New Testaments.
There are myriads of blessings listed in the Bible from the books of Genesis to Revelation.
The Old Testament Hebrew word for blessing is the feminine noun beraka – Strong’s H1293. Its meanings are:
A source of blessing
Blessing or prosperity
Blessing or praise of God
A gift or present
Treaty of peace
The one reference of this list that piqued my interest was a treaty of peace. Is God calling you to be a Christmas blessing in the form of peace extended to someone?
The New Testament Greek feminine noun for blessing is the word eulogia – Strong’s G2127, from which we derive the word eulogy.
Definitions are as follows:
Praise, laudation, panegyric – of Christ or God
Fine discourse or polished language
In a bad sense, language artfully adapted to captivate the hearer: fair speaking, fine speeches
An invocation of blessing or benediction
A (concrete) blessing or benefit
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. Spiritual food for thought: a true test for a true Christian is to love and bless someone when all you have to offer is yourself.
#2. By choosing to be a Christmas blessing, it helps to fill our cup with joy.
#3. During the summer, I authored a prophetic blog post regarding one of the yellow petals on The Supernatural Hope Flower. Here’s the image and the weblink:
Petal # 4 - Gratitude
#4. What is the BEST Christmas blessing that you have ever received?
#5. And what would be the MOST UNEXPECTED Christmas blessing that’s ever come your way?
#6. I would encourage you to be on the lookout for how you can be a Christmas blessing to someone. For some of you, I deem the Lord may present this in an unconventional manner or avenue. But, that’s part of the holiday season fun and spirit, isn’t it?
#7. Just for dinner — if you would like to have a copy of my scrumptious Split Pea Soup recipe with its two secret spice ingredients, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be happy to share it with you. Also, there are some delish condiments that you can serve with it. Yum, yum!
A Call to Action.
How do you feel led to be a Christmas blessing to someone else, especially when they have no way to ever repay you?
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” (Colossians 3:23)
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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