Only Jesus Remains– 11.Spirit of Christmas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Especially this year, you may need to know God speaks. If you let Him, He will speak to your heart, teaching you to hear Him. This is not with your physical ears, which are the receptors for messages translated by your brain, but your spiritual ears. These are connected to your soul. Here understanding is gained on the deepest level. At the level of the heart. Your inner most being! This is where engagement with invisible, supernatural God begins and remains. It is where inner healing is found. And direction, courage and strength to go on. Purpose. Activation. Hope. Even though you hurt.

God whispers thoughts into the interior spaces of your mind and heart. These drop at first in a way that you may not differentiate from your own. You may not have known He can speak and that you need to pay attention.  Yet, He is speaking and wants you to hear because He has gifts for you.  Christmas gifts which remain.

Communicating what God wants you to know is one of the main roles of the Holy Spirit. To impart to you the thoughts and will of Most High God. Jesus is the One you follow. He shows the Way. This is a Way of life now through forever. One of Jesus’ main roles was to reveal Father. To make the nature of God visible by only doing what Father showed Him. As He did so, people saw God. This was the core of Jesus’ life.  Jesus listened. God spoke. Jesus had times it was important to go off and be alone with Father to pray.  This prayer was not just speaking to Father but being consciously available to hear from Father so that Jesus knew what Father wanted. Thus, everything Jesus said and did was a mirroring of what Father planned from heaven. Father expressing His will and Jesus His reflection acting it out, so Father could be seen. Made visible through Jesus.

Before Jesus ascended back to Father, He promised He would not leave us alone. That includes you. He promised He would ask Father and Father would send the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher, Comforter, Advocate and Guide. Spirit is God-with-us still, waiting to impart Father’s will for you at all times, Just as Jesus heard from Father. Never perfectly because you cannot hear Him perfectly. But enough because Spirit of God makes it so.

God still needs to be seen in this world and it happens most often through His followers like you.  Spirit is also wanting to be God’s consolation through helping you understand.

You promised Your Spirit to those who believe. Lord, I confess my faith in You. For me there is no other. My Savior and my God, I cannot walk this life alone, so please increase the presence of Your Spirit in and around me that I may walk more closely with You. For heart-peace. For joy. For God-led, purposeful living even now.

1 Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.

1And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—

17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

John 14:1, 16-17

27 The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.

John 10:27

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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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