As we look to the year coming to a close fairly soon, I wanted to share this simple 14 day Christmas Devotional of Love that speaks to who we are as Christians. I look forward to celebrating Christmas as the symbolic birth of Jesus Christ with my friends and loved ones every year!
Sadly, most have gone through (or still going through) trying times this year, with the loss of jobs, businesses, loved ones and earthly despair. However, through these losses God is still with us! His Spirit dwells within us, renewing us into His image everyday. Our God is love!
This devotional and excerpt below is from the bible app, YouVersion. I’ve found that reading Gods word privately on a daily basis (or as often as you like) lifts our spirits and connects us more and more to God and Jesus Christ, His Son our Risen Savior.
I challenge you to use this time to reflect on Gods goodness. Praise Him at all times, good and bad. Love Him as He loves you, for just being God! Enjoy His Gift of Life!
The word “advent” refers to the coming or arrival of someone or something. It is traditionally and liturgically connected with Christmas. Christmas is about an arrival—the most significant arrival in history. It is about the Advent—the coming of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 2:6 we see that the Advent of Jesus is associated with Him ruling and shepherding people. He has come to rule our lives and to shepherd our souls. He is the true Shepherd-King.
When we invite Jesus Christ into our hearts, He establishes His rule over us. He helps us understand what is good for us and what is destructive to us. He provides us with principles to live by and boundaries to live within. His rule over us is one of love. He guides us tenderly, as a good shepherd oversees his sheep.
Take a moment to give praise and thanks to the Lord for coming as your Ruler and Shepherd. Determine to give Him unrestricted reign over your mind, will and emotions. Choose to trust and follow Him wholeheartedly as your Heavenly Shepherd. Thank Him for His Advent in your life!
Lord, how grateful we are that you have come to rule over us. Left to our own rule, we always make a mess of life. Thank you for bringing guidance, truth and structure to us. Thank you that you rule as a loving Shepherd, always looking after our needs and providing for our best. Jesus, thank you for coming! In your name, Amen.
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