14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16

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What do you want for Christmas?

When our family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving, that is the question that always pops up. The best present to me is the presence of the Holy Spirit. You can’t shop for it or purchase it online. But there are some things you can do to enhance your chances for receiving it.

Spend some time dwelling in the pages of your Bible, especially the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, chapters 5-7. In the Bible, we learn the character of God, and this sermon is where Jesus tells His disciples the principles of kingdom living.

Spend some additional time in prayer. Share your feelings, your fears, your shortcomings and mistakes. Listen for His voice.

Sometimes He speaks through nature,

And sometimes through other people.

Look for coincidences that relate to your prayers.

For me, paradox and coincidences are sure signs of God’s involvement in my life.

Because Jesus loves us so much, He is more anxious to live in us than we are to have fruity Christmas treeHim dwell in us because that changes us. He has to come first. Christ is the King. If that is alright with you, you will be blessed with the best gift of all – the indwelling Holy Spirit of Jesus. The evidence will be the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

May you have a fruitful Christmas.

Sara Bollman

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