Free Gospel Music Net
Christmas In The Here And NowThe holidays are frantic in our rush to get things done.
It's a wonder we survive them with our fervor to have fun.
And we make so many plans that keep us busy all day long.
So there is no time for Jesus, and it seems there's something wrong.
For the Baby in the manger, long ago and far away
Doesn't seem to be important as we live from day to day.
There's a Baby in the manger, far away and long ago,
But we've things that we must do, and we've places we must go.
And yet, Jesus is the focus if we only understand.
He's the most important Factor--for the Kingdom is at hand.
Jesus makes the difference for us as our Savior only can.
He agreed to be a servant, to become a lowly man.
He, the Son obeyed the Father on that day that He was born.
Not like Adam disobeyed so that the human race was torn,
Torn away from God the Father and became enslaved to sin,
But the Christ obeyed the Father to reverse this mess we're in.
He obeyed Him in each act and word and thought throughout His life.
He obeyed Him in His death and then removed all earthly strife.
He arose the over-comer--over sin, death and the grave,
And ascended into heaven--and then many gifts He gave.
Now He opens up the door for any who will enter there
To be joined with God the Father--for He freed us from the snare.
So there's much more to the story than a Baby long ago,
For He's born within the heart, and this is by the Spirit's flow.
When He's born within our hearts, He gives us power then to be
Full-grown, manifested sons of God to live eternally,
We look back there to the manger and the cross of long ago,
And now we have Christ within us; God has planned that seed will grow
To the measure of the stature of the fullness. It's God's plan
To conform us to His image. It's the work that God began.
He has set us in His Body to be coworkers today
To be coworkers with God just as the Master forms the clay.
And the gifts He puts within us are the gifts from up above,
As they tear down mighty strongholds, and they build the Church in love.
And from glory unto glory they are building it today
In the here and in the now, not long ago and far away.
Copyright Bob and Kathy Stenson. Freeware. Use it freely.
Our walk is an individual walk, yet it is a corporate walk. The church is Christ's very Body and Ephesians 4 tells us that we will continue to come into unity until we have such unity with one another and with Christ that we become one totally complete man. King James uses the word, perfect, to mean totally complete. It is the body joined to the Head, Jesus in total submission and unity with the Head. The old warfare of flesh against the Spirit of God will be forever gone for the saints will have overcome the flesh, dying to self and living to God. This is what is meant when it says, "to the measure of the fullness of the stature of Christ." This is a glory that we cannot now imagine, but we are walking toward it from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. His free gift of righteousness is working acts of righteousness in us, which is changing our very nature by the washing of regeneration that takes place when we yield to the Spirit of God. This is the anointing of being. This is the ever increasing holiness of the saints of God. It is not something that we can do. God must do it. Our part is to yield. Every stronghold of the enemy, even the ones we dearly love, must go. Every root of bitterness must be flushed out by the flow of the anointing. It's the anointing sent down from heaven that breaks the yoke. It is the anointing that opens our eyes to discern the Body of Christ, to Christ in our brother and sister , to know no man after the flesh any longer. And when we see Him, we see Him as He is, and so we become like Him, from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
And it is by that which every joint supplies. Now the joints are the places between the members. And so the church is the means by which God will bring about the manifestation of the sons of God. Not only that, but the church is also the fulfillment of the promise--not the plastic church, but the real church.