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.

READ

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…

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Heirs

PRAY

Remember to pray & read the entire passage before you begin.

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Titus 3:4-7

WRITE

When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our relationship with God changes. When we put our faith in Jesus –  we receive His Holy Spirit , and “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14. We are His children – what love… what mercy…what hope…

  • Why did God our Savior save us when He came?
  • What act of His Holy Spirit took place in us at that time?
  • How are we justified?
  • Then what do we become (see also Romans 8:14-17)?
  • What has been poured out on us (I love this image)?
  • What does it mean to you to be considered an heir  in God’s kingdom?
  • How does that renew your hope and change how you look at your circumstances today?

GROW

Praying that the reality of your identity in Christ will become more real to you today. May you hope in Him as he rejuvenates, and renews you through the work of His Spirit in your life. May your love of your Savior grow deeper and richer today as you look forward to your eternal hope! Praying for you!

Imagine

PRAY

There are passages in scripture that give us a peek inside of heaven.

1 Corinthians 2:9    Revelation 21:22-27
Revelation 5   John 17:24   John 14:1-3

But, until the day He calls us home we will not know what it it will be like. What joy it will be to praise our Almighty God face to face!

WRITE

What do you think that you’ll do
when you meet Jesus?

Listen to the song by Mercy Me and pray about it…

GROW

It really is too much to imagine. Thanking God we have the gift of Jesus Christ… that one day we will be able to be in heaven  – bowing, singing, praising, dancing, loving, being still… Praying that we would have a glimpse of that day as we put our Hope in Him!

This is Love

PRAY

Remember to take time to pray & read the entire passage before you begin.

Romans 5:6-11

” But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

WRITE

  • What was our position before God when Christ died for us (v. 8 & 10)?
  • How did God show His love for us?
  • What did Jesus’s death and resurrection accomplish for us?
  • What should our response be?
  • When you consider the amazing act of love – what new insight about your relationship with your Heavenly Father do you come away with?
  • When you consider the amazing act of love – what new insight about your relationship with your Jesus do you come away with?

GROW

We rejoice because we have life – life in our living Savior! It really is too much to fathom. Recently I have had the gift of studying the Old Testament books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. While these books can be challenging to pour over, God has impressed on my heart the awesomeness and holiness of God! There were consequences for those who chose to offer improper sacrifices or impure adoration. And yet… while we are still sinners, He chooses to make us righteous and holy in his sight through the blood of His Son Jesus! The perfect sacrifice, once for all. And so… we can freely come before Him with praise and thanksgiving – Alleluia!

This song says it all! “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” – Austin Stone Worship

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

© 1995 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

Praying that you would know the Love of God today!

Woven

PRAY

Remember to take time to pray & read the entire passage before you begin.

I praise you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14

WRITE

The whole of Psalm 139 is beautiful and thought provoking. It reminds us how intimately God knows us, our thoughts, our path, our words, our heart, and the intricate workings of our body. “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17. We can not even begin to comprehend the mind of God. But we can see a glimpse in His word and trust the truth about who we are in Him.

  • Who created you?
  • Write down all the words used to describe this process?
  • Formed, Knit together, intricately woven. I just love these words because they help me to visualize God’s artistic work in each one of us. Isaiah 64:8 says, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  What does it mean to you to be crafted by the divine Potter?
  • If all of God’s works are wonderful (v. 14) what does that say about you?
  • Read Psalm 139:16 and write down two fact about yourself you gain from this verse.
  • Your identity and God’s plan for you existed before He even created your body what does this say about His plan and purpose for you?

You are a creation of God! You are intricately woven together by Him. His masterpiece with a plan and a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).Alleluia.

GROW

Praying that today you would know the  truth of God’s word – you are a creation of God! May you trust Him with each day because He has written each one in His book.

 

KNOW

PRAY

Make sure you take time to read the passage and pray about it before you begin.
Psalm 46

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1

I’ve been thinking a lot about feeling vs. thinking lately. How can we avoid being ruled by our emotions when we look to what we know and not just what we feel. So often our lives are ruled by our emotions, our circumstances or the actions of another. But, here in Psalm 46 God reminds us of who He is! He reminds us of what we really need to know.

  • Why does God tell us not to fear?
  • What comfort do verses 6 & 7 bring you despite the instability around the world?
  • Why do you think it is important to “be still”?
  • Take time now to Be Still. Take a deep breath. And… Know! HE IS GOD! HE IS GOD! Alleluia! Now take time to exalt Him – write a praise.
  • What difference does it make when we live life based on the God we know (Father -Son – Holy Spirit?

GROW

Love the song by Laura Story – Till I Met You

 

Praying that we would all begin to live by the truth that we know! KNOW – HE IS GOD!

Truth = Freedom

TAKE TIME TO PRAY  BEFORE YOU BEGIN…

John 8:31

WRITE

  • What action does Jesus desire that we take to be considered His disciple?
  • Think about what it means to abide – maybe even look up the word – how can we abide in the word of Jesus?
  • So… if we abide in His word what will we know?
  • When we know the truth we are ____________.
  • Jesus calls himself the “the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) He is the truth – His word (the Bible) is truth. How does knowing His word His truth set you free?
  • Jesus set you free! Praise Him & ask that He will take you deeper and give you a better understanding of the truth of His word as you abide in Him.

GROW

Praying that the freedom of Jesus Christ is yours today. May you trust in Him, and abide in His word so that you will know the truth! Praying for you!