Do you realize the 20th century, the century that our generation just saw finished has probably seen more moves of the Spirit than any other in history world wide?
We read in the Bible of times when 400 or 500 years might pass without an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord, and sometimes without even a Word from God.
But we have seen the great revivals of the 30s, 40s, and 50s sweep waves of the Holy Ghost. We have seen restoration of truth and victory in the Body of Christ.
We have seen outpourings come so quickly they seem to overlap. Truly we are a blessed people.
Do you know something? Even in these times of outpouring, even in the middle of the latter rain, we can find ourselves dry and weary. We can find our ears dull of hearing and our spirit weak.
You know, we don't have to fall into some major sin to lose ground spiritually. You don't have to get into rebellion. All you have to do is nothing.
Have you noticed how easy it is to get preoccupied with the day to day business of life and let God's business slip away? I believe Satan is a master at keeping us preoccupied and involved in things of this world and problems of everyday life in an attempt to cause us to miss the moves of God, to miss our day of visitation.
With all that said, let's turn to Luke chapter 2. NO VACANCY! NO ROOM FOR OCCUPATION!
I don't believe it is a coincidence that in the time of Jesus' birth Caesar has called for a taxing of the people, cities are in upheaval, everyone is worried about somewhere to stay and money to pay the taxes. So much so that the birth, the arrival of the King they had been waiting for came unnoticed by most. The song of the angels was unheard by many. The King they had long awaited, the Deliverer that had sought had arrived, but they had no room for Him.
Even the day we set aside to celebrate His birth is marked by confusion in an attempt to distract us from our joy.
If we are not watchful our heart can become just as Bethlehem: Overcrowded; The Lord pushed back to some small corner we think we can spare.
Had the children of God been spiritually awake, had Bethlehem been in tune to the voice of the prophets, earth could have joined heaven in a celebration of peace that day.
But earth missed the celebration of peace at His arrival. But no matter what earth will not miss judgement at His return. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
Only a few heard the song of the angel that day. While the shepherds saw the Glory of the Lord shine about them and received tidings of great joy and heard the host of heaven sing, at the same time there were others who were caught up in the problems of the day. The room was too cold. The bed was too short. The food was no good. The taxes were too high. The traffic was too bad. The stores were too crowded. While they were complaining about their problems a few yards away the Answer is born. They never saw the star. They never heard the song.
Satan would like to fill our hearts with complaints so that we don't hear the message or see the star. Many Christians are in that state today. The church is too cold. The church is too hot. The Pastor is too old. The Pastor is too young, etc. While they meditate on these things they miss the joy. They miss the message. They miss the point.
Many right now have let the cares of life rob them of the joy of their salvation and the joy of this season.
Listen to me. As the Scriptures and the prophets foretold His birth they foretell us of His return: Not as a babe in the manger or as a bleeding Lamb at Calvary but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
His question: Will He find faith? Will He find us as those shepherds watching and listening or will He find us as a person that still has no room: No room in their heart, no room in their life.
By choice today make room for Jesus in your heart and in your life or Satan and the world will fill it for you.
Matthew 12:43-45 tells us that when the unclean spirit is gone out of a man he (the unclean spirit) walketh in dry places seeking rest and finding none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out and when he is come he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. So he goes out and gathers up 7 other spirits more wicked than himself and they all enter and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
What does all that have to do with Christmas?
This: Lose the real Spirit of Christmas and you will become filled with the anxiety of the season.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.
There are 2 places that always have room for one more:
Hell: Isaiah 5:14-15 & Revelation 20:15.
Heaven: 1 Peter 1:3-4 & Matthew 13:47-50
(You must be saved to go to Heaven.) 2 Peter 3:9 & Acts 2:21 & Acts 2:38
So how about this Christmas season and every other day: GOT ROOM FOR JESUS?