19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Christmas is a wonderful time of celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. To often though people get all caught up in the presents they give or get, but it’s not about the presents under the tree; it’s about the presence of God that comes to revive man with new life. The word refreshing in the above verse refers to a recovery of breath. When man was created God breathed His presence into man. When man sinned the presence of God left man, but after Jesus had been raised from the dead the Bible says in John 20:22 He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. The presence of God was once again back in the heart of man. For all who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior they have His presence residing within them. God wants us to live in an awareness of His presence every day. Romans teaches us that His Spirit bears witness with our spirit, so we must become more aware of our spirit man within, the real you on the inside. You are a spirit, you have a soul (mind, will, and emotions), and you live in a body. We tend to be far more body conscience and soul conscience then we are of the spirit within. Take time to renew your mind in the New Testament to this new man on the inside. As you do you will not only become more aware of His presence within you, but you will also become more aware of all God has available for you. Enjoy the gift God provided for you 2,000 years ago on the first Christmas. His presence that now resides within every born again believer.