Ever since going to Soviet Russia one January in 1980 to an underground church in an apartment where every window was closed, I have especially loved the celebration of Christmas. People would unobtrusively lift a corner of the curtain to look outside to see if the KGB were there. Once I did the same, and there in the sill lay a single silver ice cycle—like the ones we used to use to decorate Christmas trees. I realized it was incriminating evidence that Christmas had been celebrated in that room. A crime punishable by five years in prison.
Since that 1980 trip, I have relished every light, (and there are millions in Branson) every tree, every gift given, etc. because it is all because man’s Savior entered the body of a woman to be born a babe and to live a perfect life to be offered for our Eternal Redemption.
There are many grinches out there who like to steal Christmas. Some even in the guise of religious robes of self-righteousness. Some claiming how wrong it is to use pagan holidays.
Well, years ago, I discovered that the real reason we celebrate December 25 is that it is in celebration of His conception. And I teach on this every year via radio, television, and at our Wednesday live-stream prayer. (Click the links to listen & watch.) His being born the babe was on the First day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Therefore it is written “the word became flesh and tabernacled among us.:
John 1:14 Young’s Literal Translation
And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.
Wednesday, December 19, I taught what I also teach every year about the Magi looking for the Star announcing the birth of a Ruler in Israel because they were taught to do so by Daniel. (Click this link to see that teaching.)
The Benefits of Giving
I was so blessed by a recent piece on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club that I just have to share it with you. Dr. Lori Johnson, who does an excellent job for Pat in covering medical breakthroughs, etc., did one on “The Benefits of Giving.”
I always record The 700 Club so I can watch it on my schedule. Therefore I was able to rewatch the piece and to copy it down word for word. I read it on the previous Wednesdays and here it is as I copied it.
Dr. Johnson: The facts are clear. Givers live longer, happier, healthier lives. Studies show generosity triggers a number of significant changes, all good, mentally and physically.
Dr. Michael McKee
(From the World-Renowned Cleveland Clinic)
(Developed ways to enhance the inner healing response of patients.)
“There are tremendous health benefits to giving.
Stress leads to illness. Giving can reverse the effects of stress.”
Dr. Johnson: It doesn’t matter if you give time or money.
Or to a loved one or a complete stranger.
Dr. McKee: “We know giving tends to reduce blood pressure, slow heart rate. Giving reduces stress. It reduces depression.”
Dr. Johnson: Researchers from The Massachusetts Institute of Health studied MRI’s of people who gave to various charities.
They found generosity stimulates the reward center in the brain releasing chemicals that strengthen our immune system.
Dr. McKee: “We know there is a release of endorphins. These are the kind of magical chemicals that come from various areas in the brain and they flood throughout the system.
They are ‘cousins’ basically, but some reduce pain,
some kind of seek out sick looking cells and exert a healing effect on them. They have many different positive effects.
Sr. Steve Deutch (Chairman of Psychiatry East Virginia Medical School):
“Doctors commonly use giving in treating depression. They encourage people not to be so self-absorbed. To invest in others. To “practice” giving. The more they give the easier it becomes. It has a powerful therapeutic effect.
Brim note: At this they showed food being ladled out at a place such as a charity Thanksgiving dinner, etc. It gave the idea that this was a way they encouraged people to “practice” giving. They said sometimes people are reluctant saying in effect, “That’s just not me.” But after they do it they become more and more eager to repeat the practice.
What Jesus Said
As I watched, I thought, Jesus meant so much more when He said, “It is MORE BLESSED TO GIVE….” He knew all this!!! In fact, He had designed it to be so.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
I want to say a personal “Thank You” to every one of you who gave to the Lord through His work at this ministry…every thought…every prayer…every kind word or deed…every offering.
God is a “rewarder” and May His Richest and Best Be Yours.
Matt. 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Rev. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
May God’s Richest and Best Be Yours in 2019 and Always
P.S. Sometime Christmas Day, when the family is here, I will try to record a Facebook live greeting.
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Billie, you are amazing. I first saw you at Life Christian Center through my wife, she had seen you earlier. We were going to Grace World Outreach Center. YouTube life and ministry is absolutely amazing. Suzanne and I appreciate you very much.
Thank you so much ???? Merry Christmas to you and all of your family I wold have loved to been at Prayer Mountain but right now I am on a great assignment. Just to let you know a super ???? Father God gave to me is suddenly I remembering the things that happened to me in my 40’s which I haven’t remembered for over 10 years. Hallelujah!!! Memories are coming back that were blank slates. Blessings! Thank you so much for the part you and your family you are playing in Wonderful Journey God has had me on. I Love you all. ❤️❤️????????????
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A very merry Christmas and a blessed new year to you and yours
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Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!
I remember Billye when you were there in Russia, was praying over your mission. God gave you such a precious trust in Him for a trip some might have fainted at, for its’ enormity prophetically, and in actuality.
Good for this generation to hear about it. Isn’t He the God of Wonders. Can’t help but cry out “WONDERFUL ONE” “WONDERFUL ONE WE LOVE YOU”.
Merry Christmas, Billye Brim-May the God of peace prevail in all your prayers, desires and efforts!!
It is so awesome when science supports what we already know to be true ~ thank you for sharing Dr. Brim! Merry Christmas!????
Merry Christmas to you and yours. I speak Shalom to you, spirit soul and body. I speak completion to your outreaches and every phase of your ministry. I love you and continue to undergird your works.
Thank you, all ways enjoy seeing the Brim family. Merry Christmas blessed woman of God and a joyful n peaceful New Year!
Thanks for sharing. May you have a warm and wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Much love to you and yours.
Merry Christmas Dr. Brim!
I thank Father for the gifts he has given to us, so many precious gifts.
Dr. Brim you are one if those precious gifts.
Thank you for teaching and sharing about the exciting adventure of being in a relationship with Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father God. What a blessing you are.
I pray you have a wonderful New Year too.
Thanks for the Christmas story, at 83 yrs old I have a few in the back of my noggin. Just returned from Bolivia where we trained 400 students to do street Evangelism…..FRI, SAT, SUN, on the street
the student teams had 1,200 + children and adults receive Jesus as Savior…..Hope all is well with you and the family, Keep in touch, Don and Beverly…..Mom and Dad Goodwin’s kids.
Merry Christmas Billye, you are a great gift to us, and thank you for who you are and sharing all that you were put here to do…thank you, thankyou, thank you .
Sister Billye,…you make my Day! (Being very close to you in age…that says alot!) I’m a widow & a cancer survivor 3 times over, & I’m still kicking dirt in the devil’s face!) You go girl as your an inspiration to the rest of us!
God bless. We have been following your teachings for years.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones also Billye. I so thank you for your love for the Savior and all that you are doing through Wednesday Prayer at noon, etc. So love you and appreciate you and the Awesome Ministry that our Lord has given to you. Looking forward to 2019 and all the great things the Lord will do through you, your Ministry and the Body of Christ. Blessings and Love.
!I love you too! My dearest sister. I feel like I know you so well even though we have not met in person. I know we are so connected because we are in the body of Christ and daughters of God our Father. I am a WWP and also on the prayer call every Wed. Merry Christmas to you and all of the Brim family.
I have always loved you and your family, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas, Sister Billye, to you and all your family! I thank Our Lord Jesus for you and your ministry often. May the Joy of Our Lord be with you and all my brothers and sisters in the family of God, as we sing Our Praises to Our Father, who gave us the greatest gift of all eternity, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Make way, make way for my King! He brings Life and Love and Glory with Him!
Merry Christmas Sister Billye. Have loved you for years….first heard you preach with Kenneth Hagin called you to the platform at one of his annual campmeetings in Broken Arrow..I believe you were on his staff at the time. We were all much younger then!! The Lord’s richest blessings on you and your family…Love you.
It was so good to get to know you and your family (those present). Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful year ahead. Clare S.
Shalom Shalom Billye, and Merry Christmas to you and your dear family. I thank God for you daily. Through your obedience to serve God through your ministry, it has touched so many people, and especially us WWP’s! Although I have not had the pleasure and blessing of meeting you as of yet, you have been my spiritual Mother for many years now. I pray God’s richest and most anointed blessings upon you and your family, dear Billye. May God bring you into a new anointed place in Him in this New Year, and fulfill all of your hearts desires. With Love and Blessings in Christ
Merry Christmas to you and the whole Brim family, I too feel like you are family though I have never met you in person. The Lord knows that the desire of my heart is to someday come to prayer Mountain should He tarry. All in His timing.
May God Bless you in the New Year!
As a member of the body of Christ, we experience Joy when we give to others. Because we are truly in Him, we feel what He feels when someone receives a gift of love from Love. His disappointment was expressed when He said, “Oh ye of little faith” implying they were receiving far less than what He wanted to give them.
Giving in prayer time for others is a very good giving.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you dear Sister Billy. I am so greatfull to be a partner. May 2019 be your best year yet personally and ministry. May the Lord strengthen you in your inner man and your outer man and restore your youth so you can continue in the Lord’s work. Love and hugs, Marcia
We love you Billye. As we reflect back on this amazing year…what a joy and honor to have gone to Israel with you this year. After lunch in Bethlehem, another tour group from Kenya started to sing, “A long time ago in Bethlehem, the Holy Bible say …” what a memory. Sweet fellowship with other believers who we had never meet before and yet ourhearts were united in worshiping the King. Thank you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS BILLYE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR. LUV U
Merry Christmas Billye to you, your family and all the partners!!
Love you Billye and your family. Have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
Merry Christmas from one of the pray-ers blessed by your teachings through our Lord Jesus.
Greetings and Shalom sister Billye: I appreciate the unique gift of teaching you possess for such a time as this!! When you mentioned Dr. Roy Hicks, it brought back fond memories of my child hood and being brought up in the Foursquare church. He was the regional superviser of the northwest at that time and would speak in our local chuch from time to time as would his son Roy Hicks Jr. My grandparents, and great aunt and uncle were all past students and pastors of the Life Bible college. May you and your beloved family have a most joyous Christmas! Gary
Merry Christmas to you and your family and staff. I pray 2019 is even greater for your ministery than 2018. Love you all.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for your ministry. It is a gift, and I thank you for giving unceasingly from your heart.
Suzette from Michigan
We thank everyone for all the wonderful spoken blessings and Merry Christmas’s! We speak Blessings over all Billye Brim partners and all that are blessed by her. Merry Christmas Jan
5 “For the Lord God is one, and so are we,…8 This is why he says:
“He ascends into the heavenly heights
taking his many captured ones with him,
and gifts were given to men.” Eph 4: 5, 8 TPT https://youtu.be/P3Y6FT1fkP4
As always an awesome message at an awesome time. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. May God’s grace and blessings be poured out on you, your family and of course you awesome ministry.
Merry Christmas Sister Billye! You, your family and ministry staff are always in my prayers. May the fullness of what God has placed on your heart come to fruition in Israel. You are such a blessing to the Body of Christ.
Merry Christmas, Sister Billye! This Christmas, the song “Special Delivery” (that Evie sang back in the 80’s, I think) has touched me in a special way. I didn’t remember it until Lynda Vernon, Grove Christian Center, sang it at our Ladies of the Lord meeting a week ago. The words are along the line of Jesus came special delivery, wrapped up in love, bound by a promise, sealed by a dove, filled with the Spirit, carried by grace…then the last part of the song talks about us going ‘special delivery’ when our time comes…because the Babe…the infant King…was our Savior. My 91 yr. old mother went home to be with the Lord just after Christmas last year and tonight…just a few minutes ago, our niece’s little niece went home…special delivery. What a comfort to know…Praise the Lord for the most wonderful, glorious gift of His Son…the Messiah!
So thankful for you and your family and the ministry that the Lord does through each of you. God bless you all with more and more of His sweet, holy presence this Christmas and in the coming year!
Merry Christmas Billye and family I love your ministry, I love hearing your stories and your teachings on Gods Love and I diligently pray first of all daily for all leaders and pastors and you! I love you !
I have listened to you through Kenneth and Gloria Copeland for years but yesterday I watched you on the Sid Roth program. It was so powerful how you pray. I bought the kindle edition of your book, The Blood and the Glory and just now ordered the book from your website. I want to study it and write notes in the book; not just read it. Thanks for your time and attention to detail in all you do.
Thank you so much for this Billye. I shared the benefits of giving with troubled youth where I work. I know it helped them see Jesus as the ultimate giver who gave His very life for them. Abundant blessings to you in 2019!