How To Survive Christmas

HOW TO SURVIVE CHRISTMAS

INTRODUCTION

Christmas is not the easiest time of the year. Some say that the Christmas season puts more stress on us than most other days of the year. There are many reasons why. If we went around this room and asked what stress Christmas puts on each person, we would get a variety of answers. And there would probably be one word that is central to all the answers: expectations.

Either we put too much expectations on ourselves and others or someone else puts the “guilt – trip” on us. Some have the stress of being with relatives and in – laws that they rarely see the rest of the year. Some have the stress of having to take a trip to see relatives they rarely see the rest of the year. Then there is the expectation of everything turning out just right this Christmas. And nothing does. More stress.

Some of the great family feuds occur as a result of Christmas. “You don’t love my mother.” “All you want to do each Christmas is … ” “You are never satisfied with what you get.” And the list goes on.

Then words like: “if only … ” “we never … ” “I can’t please anyone … “

All the hopes and dreams of a brighter Christmas fade. And all the fears of Christmas began to come to pass.

Depression. Guilt trips. Arguments. The silent treatment. Expectations in ruins. Withdrawal. Suicide …

THEME: AS A CHILD OF GOD WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD WE HAVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

I. THE PRIORITIES OF THE WORLD WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

     A. Joseph Gathered The Harvest Of Egypt   Genesis 41

          1. They gave up trying to keep a record of how much they had   Genesis 41:49

          2. The nation was saved

          3. But within a generation people were again starving to death

          4. What Joseph saved eventually ran out

     B. To Build Any Activity Of Life Without Doing It Christ’s Way Is Failure

NOTE: And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:26-27

T.S. AS A CHILD OF GOD WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD WE HAVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

          I. THE PRIORITIES OF THE WORLD WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

II. THE PRIORITIES OF THE FLESH WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

NOTE: Christmas is a time of great temptation to seek satisfaction in the flesh

     A. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.       Matthew 26:41

     B. For all flesh is as grass … The grass withers …     I Peter 1:24

     C. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.         Psalm 73:26

T.S. AS A CHILD OF GOD WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD WE HAVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

          I. THE PRIORITIES OF THE WORLD WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

          II. THE PRIORITIES OF THE FLESH WILL

III. WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT BIBLICAL PRIORITIES FOR CHRISTMAS

     A. The Key To Success At Christmas Is To Be Christ – like

NOTE: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus …

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant …

Philippians 2:5,7

     B. A Spiritual Christmas Is The Only Christmas

          1. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.   Galatians 5:16

NOTE: If we took time to examine the list of the lust of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21 we would find the characteristics of many people’s Christmas

          2. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.       Psalm 56:4

          3. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.    Romans 8:5

CONCLUSION

AS A CHILD OF GOD WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD WE HAVE FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON?

I. THE PRIORITIES OF THE WORLD WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

II. THE PRIORITIES OF THE FLESH WILL NOT BRING SATISFACTION

III. WE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT BIBLICAL PRIORITIES FOR CHRISTMAS

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