25 Days of Christmas Devotional: Day Nineteen

“Santa! I know him!” 

Sound familiar? Elf is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. It’s funny, it’s sweet, and it’s entertaining for the entire family to watch. 

One of my favorite scenes is when Santa crashes in Central Park. Buddy the Elf and his step-brother Michael find Santa in the woods, and learn that Santa had crashed because the clausometer had hit zero. If you can’t recall, the clausometer gages how many people around the world believed in Santa. 

Thus begins an epic scene of Michael and Buddy trying to save Christmas and when Santa says the memorable line “Christmas is about believing, not seeing.” 

The movie, although meant to be cute and funny, puts forth a powerful message. In order for Santa to do his job and deliver presents to children all across the world, there had to be people believing in him. If there were not enough people believing in him, then the clausometer would drop, and so would the sleigh. 

Unlike in Elf, we don’t have to believe in God in order for Him to remain powerful because regardless of our actions or our beliefs He is still the most powerful force in the world. 

But when we do make the decision to believe in Him, we then have His power residing inside of us, which we can rely on to get us through anything life throws at us. 

Ephesians 1:19 tells us: ”And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” 

No matter how weak we may feel, we can be reassured that it’s His power that will prevail, not ours. 

Whatever you are facing in life right now, remember that if you believe in God, then His power resides inside of you, and with His power inside of you, you have nothing to fear at all. 

This Christmas season, be reminded of His great power, and the fact that if you believe in Him you get that power inside of you as well. 

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, resides in you. 

The same power that healed the sick, resides in you. 

The same power that raised the widow’s son from the dead, resides in you. 

While our own power hits a breaking point, God’s power is limitless. 

Today, switch out your doubting of God’s plans for you, to believing in His will for you. When you stop doubting what God can’t or won’t do, you will see a great difference in your attitude towards both God and others. 

Like you were told as a child with Santa, all you have to do is believe.  

With you, 
Lindsay Fuce
(editor-in-chief) 

TODAY’S PROMPT — 

Today think about who you put your faith in – is it in your own power or in God’s power? 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING — 

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

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