Christ-mas season: Holiness above comfort

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We are currently going through a water crisis in the area we are living in. The local mincipality workers are on an illegal strike and they have also sabotaged our pipes and valves, so the town we live in has no water, and we have had a stomach bug as a family. It really has been uncomfortable. It has also been raining here, and our lives have seemed uncomfortable. I now ask myself after complaining with our town and complaining about my comfort, am I really uncomfortable?In a sense God has again challenged me about holiness above comfort. We all tend to forget the bigger picture, we complain when something is out of routine, or trials happen in our lives, or we are uncomfortable.

We tend to forget what real perspective is about. When we are uncomfortable, and life does not seem to be going our way, and out of frustration, we ask God the question why me? I put my hand up and say yes Lord I have done this a dozen times.

  •  If i think about the life of Job, my life in comparison is so miniscule, and so many others in Scripture that were uncomfortable.God has a longstanding habit of calling those he loves into difficult situations.
  • He called Abraham to leave his home and wander around in foreign lands among strangers who, as far as he knew, might kill him on sight.
  • He called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to defy the Babylonian King’s idolatrous command and subsequently be thrown into a fiery furnace—just as Daniel was tossed into a den of lions after God called him to keep praying despite King Darius’ decree.

I will focus on the most uncomfortable story but the most amazing life changing story for mankind.

bb730-lOur children were part of many nativity scenes now during Christ-mas recently and it looks all cute and all beautiful. I see the lighting, and the cute children, but as I think of the Christ-mas story I think of Mary & Joseph travelling on a donkey for miles going through all the red tape of a census and not to forget she was very pregnant, uncomfortable. I can only imagine the joy of the heavenlies, and there were so many events and so much strategic communication and signs and wonders and so many characters involved regarding the greatest day in History of His absolute love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6TvjlBK95Y&list=RD6aGLV5CfoTU&index=8

Luke 2:7 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

 A manger is a feeding trough, a bin from which farm animals eat. Remember, the family was lodging in a stable, hardly a place to be noted for good air or hygiene, it was a very uncomfortable place but also a humble lowly place fit for the King of Kings. The following is a great piece from Billy Graham: 

But Jesus was born in the most humble circumstances imaginable, and all His life He lived like most of the people around Him – only poorer. Think of it: From all eternity His home had been heaven, surrounded by all the glory and power that were rightfully His as God’s only Son. But He willingly left all that behind and came down to share our lives on this earth – and even our temptations.

Because He did this, we know He understands what our lives are like. This is why you can bring every burden you have to Him in prayer, because you know He loves you and understands your needs. The Bible says, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

The real question, however, is this: What place does Jesus Christ have in your life? Have you committed yourself to Him, and are you seeking to follow Him every day? Make this the best Christmas possible by receiving God’s gift of His Son into your life today. The Bible says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

“The life of faith and obedience is not a comfortable life. But it is a rich and vibrant life that is saturated with the power, presence, and provision of God. What is he calling you to do today? Is he calling you to embrace the social discomfort of fleeing isolation and joining a local church? Is he calling you to deny yourself and stop the sin of…” Matt Moore.

Christmas should be a celebration of the birth of the Savior.  It is my prayer that, this Christmas season, Christians will lovingly and prayerfully take the lead in turning the holidays back into a time of reflection on, and worship of, Jesus Christ.

Do Something

A very happy Christmas from our family to yours, our challenge is to do something that will make you uncomfortable this Christ-mas, maybe something out 821fa215804dd16a346a51fe59b44947the norm, or out of routine for you, we are taking lunch to the folks working on the tollgates during our busy Christ-mas season, what you doing?

Thankyou to you our friends and supporters for your ongoing love and support and prayers for the movement of Go Live Dare and us as a family.  

 

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We are working through December as we prepare for our 3 Lead the Cause events happening across 3 cities in 2017. This takes a huge amount of planning and partnerships from churches here in South Africa. We are so humbled that we have a key partnership with Greg Stier http://gregstier.dare2share.org/ and movement and ministry of Dare2Share https://www.dare2share.org/about/and they are helping and coaching us as they have been reaching teenagers in theUSA for over 25 years and have equipped and trained and mobilized 1million teens. We appreciate them and the vast experience they bring to the table. 

We are also grateful to you as a prayer supporter and financial giver towards what God is doing in and through us with the vehicle of Go Live Dare. We want to see every teen equipped and mobilized so that they reach their friends with the Good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you for this year, thank you for those who have give, and those who continue to pray for us as a movement. This was a great first year and we are contantly learning and growing. We are always seeking ways to improve and we appreciate all of you, you really are a key component of our team.  please do have a great festive season, our next newsletter will be in late January, but catch us on https://www.facebook.com/donovan.olding.5 or Go Live Dare instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/?hl=en or follow us on our personal account: https://www.instagram.com/donolding/ or our Go Live dafre facebook account:https://www.facebook.com/GO-Live-Dare-459049834281871/

We are still seeking donors to support our 3 cities initiative for training and equipping young people with the Gospel. Please pray about supporting an event or giving towards a LTC in Durban or Capetown. We have one event sponsored thus far. 

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Here are links to giving online from the USA giving online link this is a 501(c)3: Click on Go Live Dare Donovan Olding http://faithandlearning.org/projects/

 

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