Beyond the Birth of Jesus

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The Nativity story is found in Matthew chapters 1-2

(I researched some of this info on google and also found this picture there :)…I had to use it!)

Joseph, a man of God, was tossing and turning stressing over the condition of his betrothed Mary, in their world of strict traditions- to be pregnant without a husband brought shame to one’s home and a reason to cancel the commitment of marriage. Joseph felt deep inside that Mary was no longer a virgin.

To be a virgin is to be pure, to have no blemish. Demons use the act of sex to create havoc spiritually and mentally which can affect us physically. When our acts of sex are not done in love, true love, it allows strongholds for demons to grasp on to. Mary, a virgin who was with child, was pure.

Joseph Loved Mary. He didn’t want to lose her. Besides the blood line of David I believe God saw this love and knew that they could handle the situation and circumstances that would be placed on them by Mary’s pregnancy. He saw their love for Him and the Love for each other. Theirs is a true love story.

God saw Joseph’s restlessness and confusion. He sent an angel to comfort him. Joseph finally drifted to sleep. In his sleep he entered the world of dreams- a place where the spiritual realm can communicate to our physical forms. This angel appeared with the glory of heaven behind him and before him.

The Angel gently spoke, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name Jesus stands for ‘the messiah’, and ‘the Christ’ which refers to the anointed one, the central being of Christianity. Jesus is the center of the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) and he was a little infant inside a woman that was pure.

Joseph woke from his dream with new revelation and a desire for the will of God. He took Mary as wife then left for Bethlehem for the census. Even though Mary was his wife Joseph did not know her intimately until the child was born (Even in a marriage of true love the act of sex can be smeared with feelings and emotions not made out of true love giving the demonic an opening to work). Mary’s womb stayed pure.

The worldly view of a prince being born would be in a castle surrounded by royalty and servants, not Jesus. Jesus, the prince of peace, was born in a barn, laid in a manger with hay, animals, dust, and manure.

Here is a precious baby with no generational curse attached to Him. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes that held an innocence of heavenly divinity. God had a reason for this lowly birth. He wanted to show the world that our clothing and circumstances do not matter. What we hold inside us are of true richness and treasury. Inside each one of us there is a light that can shine brighter than the gems in the night sky.

At the birth of this Good Shepherd an Angel appeared before shepherds living in the same country who kept watch over their flock out in the fields.

The Angel joyfully said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds, in awe, excitedly go in search for this precious baby.

I’m now seeing that being born in a manger also allows one comfort to come unto the lord. This humble birth gives place to acceptance. If Jesus were born in a castle surrounded by guards and slaves this would not have brought acceptation but division.

While Joseph and Mary enjoyed the antics of this infant son- (Who isn’t going to coo and caw over a baby?) God had a plan to set into place gifts, physical gifts to represent the spiritual. Three wise men came to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. These gifts though in physical form, were rich gifts. They also represented the richness of His spiritual gifts. One wise man brought gold- gold is associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, miracles, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity. (Remember this applies to our spiritual gifts not our physical forms of circumstances, finances, and popularity- though the physical side will definitely be blessed by the spiritual side.) The second wise man brought frankincense. Frankincense (the best is pure white but some can have the color of yellow) represents an emblem of prayer, whiteness, cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity, light, goodness, innocence, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. White means safety. White has a positive connotation- righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, and angels. Yellow represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The third wise man brought myrrh. Myrrh is the first mentioned ingredient in the holy anointing oil. Myrrh is part of the custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to death by crucifixion (Mark 15:23) It is rich brown or reddish-yellow, brown represents Humility, compassion, pastoral color. Red represents Blood atonement, sacrifice, power, anointing, and wisdom for battle. Yellow again represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The fragrant resin is obtained from some species of the “rock rose”, the usual varieties being with pink petals, and white petals. Pink represents Positive- Child-like love, or faith. White again represents purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels and the garments of Heaven.

These three wise men show up as Joseph and Mary held the infant and most likely were listening to the story the Shepherds were probably telling about the miraculous happenings they experienced.

I often have always pictured a somber atmosphere surrounding the baby Jesus, one where everyone is quiet and constantly bowing. Getting to know human nature through psychology I’m now sure that was not the case, maybe the wise men, but defiantly not the shepherds. I like the picture of maybe a wise man or two having a bit of humor.

The scene at the manger was probably one of storytelling and rejoicing. With each telling of their stories there were most likely tingles running up and down the spine giving off excitement where each individual reacted in their own way of praise, worship, and rejoicing. I now see a happy and festive atmosphere surrounding Jesus’ birth.

“The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, meaning God With Us.”

Jesus came to change the world, to cross the lines of tradition and make believe. He came to give life, hope, love, peace, and joy. He was not poor- he had riches (wealth, family, and friends) but He left them behind to be the Good Shepherd yearning to find the lost sheep.

His birth put into motion the conditions of our rebirth. To become born again through the salvation of Christ Jesus our Lord means we accept and partake of all His gifts. When we choose the Will of God over our fleshly will we walk in the comfort and protection of the Holy Spirit.

Every word that is written in the Bible- the physical and supernatural has a deeper spiritual meaning- from the Old Testament to after the birth of Jesus. We need to see beyond the words. So, when you think about the birth of Jesus this Christmas, look beyond His birth into the deeper meaning it resembles for your spirituality.

Give thanks and praise for the gifts the baby Lord Jesus has bestowed upon you from His birth alone.

H.E. Olsen

 

 

Heather’s Testimony for United Heartbeats- A Facebook Page

auston pics 4-12-15 023My life has been filled with highs and lows to an extreme. I have learned that life’s heartbeat will accelerate and then decrease it’s acceleration to the point of barely beating at all. I went through a time of darkness that brought me to suicidal depression. My heart’s beat was starving for oxygen. While I struggled I came to the realization that I needed to stop focusing on the circumstances around me and focus on what was going on within me. I sat everyday- day after day, month after month, and year after year studying the bible and praying. I grew in light and love. With this growth I foundauston pics 4-12-15 021 the desire to want to reach out to others- I want to help mend and heal the hurting, broken, and hardened. I want to wrap all into the arms of love, not just fellow Christians. This is in no way to push my belief on others but to help those who need it. The Bible tells us that God is love. So, regardless of beliefs or un-beliefs, love is healing and filled with light.

With the desire to share my journey I have written a book- that is nearing the end of the editing stage, and created a Facebook page. It was called Daily Devotional but I wanted it to be more than a Daily Devotional. I spent a whole day to come up with United Heartbeats. I Dance 001 (2)_3wanted this Facebook page to resemble my heart’s cry. I want hearts to unite and build a bridge across the gaps titles, names, beliefs, and differing cultures have created. I want it to be an inspiration and a light in a world that that seems to be turning dark. Please, if your heart is in accordance with mine and you feel the need to help the hurting- like this page. Please, if you are hurting in some way, struggle with life, or have fallen into darkness- like this page.

United Heartbeats will post Christian media as well as other uplifting criteria. I’m still working on this page and will probably be adding a website soon.

Facebook Page: United Heartbeats

God Bless and much love,

Author H.E. Olsen

2017: A Limitless Life (HappyNewYear)

By H.E. Olsen


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It’s human nature to set limitations, to put limits in our relationships, throughout our emotions, and in or around everything that touches our lives.

I have lived in a world of limitations. I now sit at the center watching it destroy lives around me. I, myself, through past hurt, pain, fear, and out of frustrations have set limitations. Through the boundaries I created from these limitations I realized that this is all just another form of control. We try to control our world by placing limitations on people and emotions around us. We set boundaries to try to protect ourselves from the hurt and pain around us. The biggest limitation creator is fear. I have been so afraid to move forward out of the fear of what others may think, fear of the unknown, and the fear of creating and sub-coming to hurt and pain. Fear is hard to step over. But what we do not see, or realize, is that the limitations and boundaries we set will destroy us, our relationships, and harden our hearts.

We are not meant to control life or those around us. We are meant to control our own personal tongues and actions.

Being in control of our own actions (regardless of our emotions) will keep ourselves from falling into darkness or temptations, it also limits us from falling into darkness. Placing control on our own actions are for the good of our health, of our soul, and body.

Titus 2: 11-12: For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

The only power we have of control is self-control! There is a flip side, through self-control we can cross the line without realizing it. There are two sides to everything, the good and the bad. When we place limits and boundaries on our actions and choices we are doing what’s right, but when we put limits and boundaries on emotions, the people around us, and try to control the situations we are living in, our lives will fall apart.

We need to let emotions, people, and circumstances free. When you set them free you will feel a release. A weight lifted off your shoulders.

Emotions need to run their course in order to heal. Whether they are right or wrong. don’t hide from them- the hurt and pain- release them.

When we put limits on our emotions it stops the healing and growth process. There is a reason why our emotions are affecting us the way they are. We are entitled to feel what we feel. We need to let it run its course. What we do and how we react to these emotions will define who we are. When we act out in hate and anger our hearts will harden, setting limits and boundaries. We will become weaker. When we act out in love, solving the issue and being forgiving, we allow the emotions we are going through to run their course. This will allow us to rise above, bring us growth, and make us stronger.

People need to be loved and accepted for who they are. When we hold expectations over them we judge, cause division, and create hate- in them and in ourselves. Jesus, Himself, sat with non-believers and sinners and ate a meal. He loves! When you sit to eat with someone, by choice, you accept them for who they are.

Matthew 9: 11- And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?

When it comes to love there should be no limitations or boundaries. For love to be at its fullest there should be no expectations or ultimatums. True love accepts people just as they are where they are. When we put the laws of expectations, ultimatums, limitations, and boundaries on love we become unsatisfied with our relationships. Our hearts harden toward the people we should love. The law of love is that there are no laws in love. Love is free! Freely given, freely received. When we place laws to our love for others we will fall. Laws weaken love because love stands strongest without laws. It stands strongest in freedom.

Circumstances are not for us to control. When we try we become heavy laden and stressed. God is in control! When we control our circumstances we are showing a lack of trust to God. This is a form of witchcraft. We are telling God our way is better. Let go! God’s laws are not to harm us but to help us rise. We were not made for His laws, His laws were made for us. Use them wisely.

There are only good laws under God- laws of human nature, spiritual laws of the divine, and laws of nature itself. These laws are all there for us. It is up to us to use, abide, and seek them out. To pick and choose the spiritual and supernatural laws that will help us grow spiritually. This whole world revolves around us human beings. These laws are not about limitations and boundaries but about bringing forth good in us. These laws can help us get past the limitations that we place in our lives- but, these laws can also be used to create limitations by our own choice making. When we go against these laws it will bring destruction and darkness. This is why the bible encourages us to seek the good.

Amos 5:14

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you

Seeking the good is not about just staying positive but about bringing positive from the negative. To seek the good things in life is not about staying in an upbeat world, not letting anything get us down, this puts limitations in our lives by keeping us in a warm spot and not allowing us to grow from the lows to the highs- but, seeking good is being in the negative and experiencing the misery part of life and bringing beauty from it. To be able to fluctuate easily from the up and downs creating a tapestry of many colors that will shine. That, after, when you stand back to take a look you can smile and say that it’s good, even the dark moments.

I choose for this New Year to live a limitless life! I choose to love without limitations- no strings attached- no expectations of anything in return- No walls, boundaries, and limitations in my world to harden my heart. I choose pain, and the beauty that comes from it. I choose the tears that life brings, and its healing power. I choose hardships, and the wisdom and growth I will learn from it. I choose to keep my heart open and beating. 2017 will be a year of completion and new beginnings, of setting my goals and expectations free, to let life surprise me with its goodness of being limitless.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I pray that this year will bring you all a new beginning. That your life will be blessed by God’s limitless LOVE. 🙂

H.E. Olsen

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 I would love to read your thoughts and what you plan for a new year resolution. Enjoy the song ‘I Believe‘. The words have connected to my soul in my life today. 🙂