How The Grinch Tried to Steal My "Christ"mas Spirit

It’s funny how a Dr. Seuss Book can speak volumes if you just really think about it.

So everyone knows how the story line goes right? If not, let me debrief you before I continue.

The Grinch, a bitter, cave-dwelling creature with a  heart "two sizes too small," lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep, 3,000 foot high  mountain just north of Whoville, home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos. His only companion is Max, his faithful  dog. From his perch high atop Mount Crumpit, the Grinch can hear the noisy  Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville. Envious of the Whos’ happiness, he makes plans to descend on the town and, by means of burglary, deprive them of their  Christmas presents and decorations and thus "prevent Christmas from coming".he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He puts together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos’ homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has stolen every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his nefarious plan. He learns in the end that despite his success in stealing all the Christmas presents and decorations from the Whos, Christmas comes just the same. He then realizes that Christmas is more than just  gifts and presents. His heart grows three sizes larger, he returns all the presents and trimmings, and is warmly welcomed into the community of the Whos.

So… as I was saying! It’s funny how a Dr. Seuss Book has just jumped off the pages and has resonated on the inside of me.

Here is what I got out of it!!! This is crazy!!!

{John 10:10 tells us that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy right?} Well so did the Grinch. He was had no heart and was so lonely that he tried his best to come up with any kind of scheme that would make the Who’s unhappy and distraught. Sound familiar? Sounds like Satan to me!
Christmas is a time where people, Christians and non-Christians alike, rejoice, celebrate, praise and just have fun. Everyone (for the most part) loves Christmas time. It’s just that kind of holiday! Us as Christians should be like that all the time, full of peace, joy, love and just enjoying and reflecting on God’s love (but that is another blog). So what better time for the "Grinch" to attempt to steal this "holiday" from the "Whos"? It’s a perfect opportunity right?

What does the Grinch do when "Christmas" time comes around? He dresses up as if he were Santa. There is that familiarity again! Just like the "Grinch", Satan dresses up his motives as one thing but in reality he has a plan (to kill, steal, and destroy).
As the story goes on the Grinch burglarizes Whoville and he even tried to burn Whoville down. He was pretty desperate and determined! After he did all this he went back home, Mount Crumpit and waited for the disappointment of the Whos to take place. When he paused to hear crying, there was still rejoicing in the air! What?! You mean to tell me that in the midst of being robbed, taunted and having their town burnt down the Whos still rejoiced! Wow.
So let me ask you this? When the devil tries to steal from you or tries to destroy you or kill you, what do you do? Do you confuse him by rejoicing through your circumstances? You see, the Who’s were not celebrating because of tangible things and we should be the same, not focus on presents (what God can do for you) but you should be focusesd on His presence (which is power)!!!! (oMG I could shout).

The Devil tries to steal your joy, continue to praise and worship God. When he tries to kill of your dreams and visions, press through, and when he tries to destroy your spirit, speak the Word of the Lord over that! Let nothing separate you from God!

(So this is where I get a little transparent) I am definitely speaking to myself here as well.
Recently this fool "the Grinch" has been trying to wipe me out! He’s tired to kill me off in my confidence {worship/career), he’s been trying to steal my joy (in every relationship/friendship I have), he’s been trying to destroy the very relationship I have with God BUT there is still a worship in my heart. He TRIED to steal my Christmas spirit, BUT I am pressin’ on, STUPID DEVIL!

We quote scriptures all the time but if you SPEAK them audibly you are taping into the spiritual realm. So oppen your mouths and declare, "NO weapon formed against me shall prosper".

The Devil is sitting up on his Mount Crumpit just waiting to steal your posessions, to kill your purpose and to destroy your position but the Word declares that we will have life and have it MORE abundantly!
Be a "Who" and live in that abundance.

And I am done! Amen!!!