Ghosts of Christmas Past – Labels

Calvary Grace Assembly of God
Dec 17 – 24, 2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past – Labels
Have you noticed that Christmas is a time that really tends to magnify things?
If there’s something good Christmas season tends to magnify the good and makes things even better.
At the same time Christmas can also magnify the difficult times.
What might be a little painful during the year seems to be incredibly painful during Christmastime?

Part 3: Labels
Texts: Proverbs 18:21, Genesis 35:16-18
Pastor Tom Cogle
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Around Christmas time and the holidays, it is easy to become hyper-sensitive to the labels we believe about ourselves. Today we will learn how we can overcome those labels and start living up to God’s divine purpose for your life!

Words have such a powerful shaping force in our lives. Many of us struggle in the present because of labels that we have picked up in the past.

What’s true about you now doesn’t have to be true about you later.

If you’ve embraced some hurtful, negative label that holds you back, be encourage to name it something different.

What may be true in this moment won’t be true forever.
If you don’t like the label you’ve been given, name it something different.

Jacob renamed his son from “son of my sorrow”, to “son at my right hand.” He renamed the place, “Peniel.”

You’ll grow into believing your new name over time. Start by agreeing with what God says is true about you.

Whenever your enemy calls you something you don’t like, name it something different.

Those old labels are the Ghosts of Christmas Past.
We serve the Savior of Christmas Present and Future!

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Genesis 35:16-18
Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.