Monday, November 30, 2020

Advent 2020, Monday, Nov. 30 - Matthew 2

We're going to use a quick format for reading, reflecting upon, and responding to God's Word.
PRAY and thank God for one way in which He's blessed you. Ask Him to help you meditate on His Word and His presence!
READ Matthew 2.
REFLECT
This has been such a crazy year! I know some people are really looking forward to Christmas just to have something positive to celebrate, something good that can bring happiness. That sense of anticipation must have filled the wise men as they traveled to see the Christ-child. They had anticipated a grand event - the star even told them so. This was something great, something cosmic, something was happening that would forever change the course of the world! And so it was! They saw Jesus and were...overjoyed! Even though he was such a small thing, he really was a big thing!

RESPOND
Can you be honest with me for a minute? Each day of your life, do you anticipate God doing something life-changing in your life? I think our world has brainwashed us to think that life-changing things can be found on Amazon or Netflix or YouTube or a dating site. But we have a relationship with the God of the Universe through Jesus His Son, and we have His Holy Spirit inside of us. So, are you walking in the Spirit? Are you ears and eyes open, is your heart wide open to God, and is your mind ready to be renewed by His Word and the Gospel? Pray openly and honestly to God, confessing your lack of interest or faith or attention, asking for Him to enrapt your mind and heart again with knowledge of Him. This drove the wise men to leave their homes, journey afar, bring offerings, and to worship Jesus. Take time to worship Jesus right now! He is with us!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Advent 2020: Sunday, Nov. 29 - Matthew 1

Welcome to our Advent 2020 Daily Meditation Series! I apologize for being a late in uploading this today, but I hope that today's sermon from Matthew 1 was a blessing to you and provided some good food for thought! God is gracious and sovereign over all the messy parts of our family history and personal history. He does not give up His promises to His people, and to the world!

Reflecting on the sermon, then, would you take a moment today to pray:
1) Personally - in humble reflection of the sins of your own life, give thanks to God for His grace to cover over your sins and sinfulness, and for continuing His work in transforming your character.
2) Relationally - for 2-3 people you know who need God's gracious intervention in their lives.
3) Adoringly - give praise to God for His character - unchanging, unwavering, uncompromising, and undeterred.
4) Yieldingly - ask God to use you for His work.

Have a blessed week! Check in daily for the next meditation!

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