Devotional Guide for Week 4 of Advent 2015
Advent candle lighting Scriptures:
Psalm 46; Isaiah 11.1-5, 10; Philippians 2.9-11
“Jesus you make our hearts glad! Even in the midst of storms and trials we will look to You and your peace. Thank You for coming into our humanity. May You be exalted around the whole earth.We confess: You are our wisdom, our strength, and our righteousness. You and You alone are exalted!”
Thoughs to Get You Started
Listen: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and illumination. Read the text(s) slowly.
Adore: Express your love to Jesus as you contemplate these passages and pray them back to Him.
Cooperate: How is the Spirit of the Living God moving in your heart? Is it a specific and measurable application or a new thought to ponder? Are you more hopeful (Biblical hope is an eager expectation not wishful thinking) and/or more filled with gratitude?
- You might want to grab a journal for your thoughts.
- You might want to participate in the conversation on our web site/blog.
- You might want to invite some people over to share your insights and pray together.
Monday, December 21
- Please note Jesus’ dominion does not come through us. What does “accomplish” God’s own will?
Tuesday, December 22
- What other Scriptures can you think of which refer to Jesus as the light?
Wednesday, December 23
- In verses 6-8 why is Jesus “therefore” exalted, in vs. 9? With Jesus exalted, How do you live with Jesus as Lord of all of your life, to the glory of the Father?
Christmas Eve! Thursday, December 24
- Simply note: who has authority? How could this better impact how you follow/cooperate with Jesus?
Christmas Day! Friday, December 25
An Advent Collect for Guidance
O GOD, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(1928 Book of Common Prayer)
68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”