Appointed

PRAY

Father God, help us to see Jesus as the one you have appointed.  That we would know with certainty that He is your Son and that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-4) Lord may we bear witness to this reality and each day walk according to this truth. 

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Hebrews 1:1-4

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Hebrews 1:1-4

  • What changed when Jesus came – who did God speak through?
  • How does this help us see who God is?
  • How is Jesus described in this passages – make a list.

GROW

  • God has revealed Himself through His Son. Alleluia! How did God speak to you about Himself and His Son through this passage?

Lord God you are glorious, powerful and full of love. Even still in our fallen state, you chose to reveal yourself – to redeem us – through the gift of your Son – Jesus. Lord when we choose Jesus,  help us know in our hearts that we have been raised with Christ and help us to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Clossians 3:1) help us to seek you and your will as we focus on the things that are above and not the things of this world. May our focus this Christmas be Christ. In Jesus Name – Amen

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What Comes Next

PRAY

Lord as we begin the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, help us to look to him with rejoicing for what He has done for us. Help us understand who He is more each day and help us watch with anticipation for His return.

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Isaiah 9:1-7

“The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

Isaiah 9:7

Anticipating Jesus. From the foundation of time people waited. Waited for the coming Messiah. And now… we wait for his return. As we begin the season of Advent – we celebrate the one who has come. The one has saved us from our sin. The one who makes us whole and new and sealed. The one who brings light and hope and love to a dark and desolate place. We celebrate the one who is to come who will usher in the new heavens and the new earth. The one who reigns!

  • What does it mean to you that the light of Christ has shown into this “land of deep darkness”?
  • What picture of Christ’s ability to conquer do you see in this passage – write the verses down.
  • Using verse 6, take each title and write down the traits they carry. What does this tell you about Jesus?
  • What does verse 7 reveal about the fulfillment of this scripture?

GROW

  • How can you shine the light of Christ today?

Lord may we trust in the truth of your word. May we each shine your light before men that they will see our good works and give glory to you. May you transform our hearts and minds so that we can be effective stewards of the gifts you have given us and may we bring you glory in all we do and say. In Jesus Name…

all people

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

“First of all, then, I urge that
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for all people,

1 Timothy 2:1

WRITE

  • Think about all the strangers you  come in contact with in a day. Now think of the impact you could make if you prayed for them. We are called to pray continually… so today, choose to pray for those who you are in line with, sitting at the light with, sitting in the waiting room with, who are in the houses you run by on your daily run. Write about your experience.

GROW

It is said of Jesus in Matthew 9, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” And that is how many people around us live. We don’t know how prayer works, but we do know that our prayers are powerful because God is powerful. Praying that as you keep your eyes focused on God and in prayer for those around you that you, too,  would be changed by His love, peace and compassion.

big mouth

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Matthew 15:10-19

“‘Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.'”
Matthew 10b-11

 

WRITE

  • What does Matthew 15:18 reveal about what comes out of our mouths?
  • Think about what has been coming out of your mouth lately. Pray about it… what is God revealing to you about what is in your heart.
  • Take time to pray and ask God to do some heart surgery and change the way you think so that what comes out of your mouth will reflect your heart for Jesus.

GROW

You will be my witnesses… that’s what Jesus tells His disciples and us! What an honor to be called into His service and to have the opportunity to share the love of Christ! May we all honor God with our hearts and mouths as we seek to bring Him glory! Praying for you…

six things…

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study God’s word today! 

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things that the Lord hates,
    seven that are an abomination to him:
 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    and hands that shed innocent blood,
 a heart that devises wicked plans,
    feet that make haste to run to evil,
 a false witness who breathes out lies,
    and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-19

WRITE

  • Write down the six (or seven) things the Lord hates.
  • Dig into the Bible to uncover more about what God thinks about life choices.
    • Haughty Eyes – Humility (Philippians 2:3)
    • Lying Tongue – Put on your new self (Colossians 3:9-10)
    • Hand that Sheds Innocent Blood – Reconcile (Matthew 5:21-26)
    • Heart that devises and runs to evil – Set your heart on the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6)
    • Bears False Witness – Put away falsehood (Ephesians 4:17-32)
    • Sow Discord Among Brothers – Build up (Ephesians 4:17-32, John 13:35)

GROW

It’s easy to set our hearts and minds on earthy things. And desire to get even, exact our revenge, or get ahead at any cost. But as we see in Proverbs – it’s not something the Lord encourages. Instead we are directed in Romans 12 that ““if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Remember you get to choose what you hold in your heart. You get to choose what you act on and what attitude that you have  – every day. If you know Jesus then you are a new creation and you have His Spirit renewing you day by day. Choose to set your mind on the things of the Spirit – so that you may live in light and peace! Praying for you!