There's a gradual sense in which we settle into the Christmas spirit every year. Around November end or early December, the malls start playing Christmas carols and songs; all businesses start advertising their X'mas offers and the social media blows up with people trying to make their "valuable" opinions about Christmas known to the world. It's also the only time of the year that you hear the name Emmanuel thrown around a lot.
How do you know if it is the voice of the Lord and not just your mind? Also, how do you know that the voice is of the Lord? And why does it take authority over what is definitely prescribed in the Holy, infallible, inerrant Bible ?
The paralyzing sight of the Lord's Holiness and Glory that makes the brightest star in the universe look like a faded indicator light at the end of its life. Brothers and sisters, have we seen our God in that manner?
I'd argue that whether you'd like to use the label of Calvinist or not is a matter of conscience and I personally find my conscience at ease when I identify as one. Nevertheless, I'd encourage my brothers and sisters to carefully study the topic of God's sovereignty as the scripture presents it.
Whatever it may be, men of God, let us be a giving people. Let us be generous in our giving to one another’s needs. Let us be those people who run to people in need and try to outdo one another in showing honour.