Awakening Advent 2020

Awakening Advent 2020

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Week 1- Hope

 December 1/ Matthew 1:20 Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit…Mary and Joseph were espoused to be married. Espoused among the Hebrews was the legal documents that were completed and signed and that the marriage date had been set. Even though Mary and Joseph had not come together as man and wife, this legal binding could only be broken by a bill of divorcement. In the middle of their espousal Joseph found out about Mary carrying a child. At first he wanted to hide her from public shame, but an angel of the Lord told him not to fear and to take Mary as his wife because the baby she was carrying had been conceived by the Holy Spirit. Joseph didn’t realize that he was in the perfect will of God. God had chosen him to act as the natural father of the Messiah, Jesus. Like Joseph, God uses people to fulfill His supernatural purposes. Hold on to the things that God conceives into your heart by the Holy Spirit and allow God to complete His work and His plan. As we allow God to work in our lives, we will stand in wonder as we find ourselves in the right place at the right time, accomplishing something for His kingdom that we never thought possible.
December 2/ Luke 1:26  In the sixth month, the angel, Gabriel, was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth…Gabriel was sent to talk to Mary about what God had planned for her. This information was needed so she would know of the great and wonderful opportunity God was giving her.
December 3/ Luke 1:28-29 Gabriel appeared to her and said, Greetings favored woman. The Lord is with you. But she was greatly troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be…We may be troubled too if an angel appeared to us. She wasn’t so much troubled by the sight of the angel as she was by what he was saying. The Lord is with you, brings to mind many great heroes of the Old Testament. When God called on them, their missions would stretch them like never before with the reassurance that the Lord would be with them. She knew she was being chosen to do something very important. To feel troubled when we sense God calling us to do something difficult is understandable. We are stepping out of our comfort zone , so we need to trust Him more, be more generous and it may involve some sacrifices on our part. It is natural to be a little troubled. Don’t allow fear to overtake you. Don’t allow your initial emotions of fear rule out the possibilities that the Lord may be presenting to you. Be open to Gods will. Rise above your troubled mind so you can experience what God is wanting you to do.
December 4/ Luke 1:30   Do not be afraid Mary, the angel told her, for you have found favor with God…God says, do not be afraid throughout the bible. We may assume it is wrong to be afraid when God speaks to us, like Mary was. Fear is a natural and good response when God speaks to us about something that is out of our depth of understanding. It is in recognizing situations, that understandably make us afraid that we start looking to God for help beyond our own human capabilities.
December 5/ Luke 1:31  You will conceive and give birth to a son and you will name Him Jesus… This child she would carry would be Gods son. How awesome is that. She would be the mother of our blessed Messiah. Jesus, means, the Lord saves. Jesus would ultimately save us all for eternity.

Week 2- Peace

Dec 6/ Luke 1:32   He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord will give Him the throne of His ancestor David…Jesus was a direct descendant of David. God had promised David, the first rightful king of Israel that his throne would be established forever. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13 God tells David that when he is gone, there will be another to succeed him and will establish his kingdom. This person was Jesus and He will be on the throne forever.
Dec 7/ Luke 1:34-35 Mary asks, how can this happen? I am a virgin. The angel said, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy and he will be called the son of God…The virgin birth had great importance in our Christian faith, Jesus was born without sin that entered the world through Adam. Jesus was born holy like Adam was created sinless. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human being but as the Son of God, Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.
Dec 8/ Luke 1:38 Mary responded, I am the Lords servant. May everything you have said about me come true. And the angel left…Mary said yes to God – to His will, to His plan and to His call on her life. Someone so young and so innocent had great faith in God and what He was asking her to do. Knowing her God and knowing His word, laid the foundation for her to say yes with a pure and simple faith. With our knowledge and faith we also should be willing to do what God asks of us.
Dec 9/ Luke 1:41-55 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.. Mary’s song of praise…John (Elizabeth’s baby) welcomed Jesus before either of them were out of the womb. Both of these mothers were truly blessed to be carrying babies who would grow up and change the world for everyone and forever. Mary’s song of praise was praising God, who had chosen her to be the mother of His only son. She is not just sharing her thoughts with her cousin but claiming the greatness of God and her spirit was rejoicing with the news that had been given to her. Mary knows that she is nothing special in the eyes of the world. She is just a poor young girl but God has seen her fit to bring the greatest gift to mankind. Our society today puts a lot of importance on prestige and wealth. God is proving here that the worlds labels and prestige are of no importance to Him. He is looking at the heart of people. Having wealth is not a bad thing. The issue is how we choose to use our wealth to glorify God.
Dec 10/ Luke 1,3   At the time the Roman emperor Augustus decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman empire.. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census…Joseph and Mary didn’t just happen to be in Bethlehem at the time that Jesus was born. It was planned and ordained by God as He fulfilled the prophecy that was spoken on Micah 5:2 which said that the Messiah would come from the city of David, Bethlehem of Judea. To make sure that Mary and Joseph were in the right place at the right time to fulfill this prophecy, God caused Augustus to make a decree that required all of the people to go to their own country to be taxed. If God is asking you to go. Move, He has a reason.
Dec 11/ Luke 2:4-5   And because Joseph was a descendant of David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home.. He took Mary with him…God doesn’t do things randomly. All of this was part of His plan. The Christ child would be born in Bethlehem, which means house of bread. That is so fitting because Jesus gave himself-his flesh and blood-as food for eternal life.
Dec 12/ Luke 2:6  And while they were there, the time had come for her to give birth…When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem Mary went into labor and began looking for a place for her to give birth but, there were no rooms available because so many people had come for the census. No r castle or fancy place for the King of Kings to be born. They were able to find a stable where animals were kept to lay Mary down to have the baby. Instead of having a royal bed, His mother gave birth to the Son of God on the ground among the animal’s straw.

Week 3- Joy

Dec 13/ Luke 2:7   Then she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and lied Him in a manger because there was no room available for them…Instead of having royal subjects assist her in the birthing process, Mary and Joseph did it alone. They tended to their newborn son, the Anointed Christ. Instead of being given royal robes, the Messiah was wrapped in swaddling clothes. And instead of being laid down in a beautiful crib, the Savior of the world was laid in a manger where the animals were fed. As we think about this story, we need to examine our lives. Jesus stands at our door every day and knocks. Will we tell the Lord of Lords that there is no room today because our schedule is full or will we invite Him to come in so that we can commune with Him? Will we give Him the lesser place in our lives or will we treat Him as a King and allow Him to be the ruler of our heart? Do not allow the moment to pass because your heart is so full of the world that you have no room for Him. Give Jesus your best.
Dec 14/ Luke 2:8  That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep…The shepherds were in the field just doing what they always do, minding their own business. The Savior knew the life of a shepherd. He knew they would sometimes hold the baby lambs as they stood watch over the flock. They were simple men whose only sacrifice or offering they could bring to the Messiah was their humble hearts and joyful spirits as they were invited to take part in the celebration of the birth of their infant Lord. Our Lord like the shepherds watch over us. He knows His sheep. He is our Shepherd.
Dec 15/ Luke 2:9 Suddenly and angel of the Lord appeared among them and the radiance of the Lords glory surrounded them… God did a suddenly moment!! That is how God works sometimes when we are being faithful to do what He has called to do, even in the mundane, routine or in the dark of night, God sends a, suddenly. In those suddenly moments God grabs our attention with His holiness, His light and His presence.
Dec 16-17/ Luke 2:9-10 They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. Don’t be afraid! He said. I bring good news that will bring great joy to all people…As the glory of the Lord shone around them in the darkness of the night, the shepherds were terrified. But the angel, right away said don’t be afraid as he began to tell them why he was there. Why were they afraid? Well you, have to admit that when God gets a little more involved in our lives than we are used to, we too may have some fear because we were created with boundaries by our senses. We are afraid that God will put us in the unknown or unfamiliar. We fear that we will lose control of our lives that we have grown accustomed to and comfortable. But the only way to express our faith and trust is by getting out of our comfort zone., experience the unknown and unfamiliar. God doesn’t show us the complete picture of our future, but He does guarantee His security. God was speaking to this group of shepherds but each one was hearing His voice personally. Each one experienced the glory of God and heard the angel speaking to them in their own way. Listen and step out when He calls on you. He will be with you.
Dec 18/ Luke 2:11 The Savior – yes- the Messiah, the Lord – has been born in Bethlehem, the city of David… Yes, the Savior had been born, a baby who would grow to be a true man, one of us, a brother. As a human he knows exactly what we go through, what we suffer, our hurts and pains, our sorrows and our sadness and even our temptations toward sin. He was in every way like us except he never sinned. He knows us and if we call out to Him in our times of trouble or if we just need someone to talk to, He will be there for comfort and to listen.
Dec 19/ Luke 2:12 And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. These two details would be the things that the shepherds would need in order to know that this was the Christ child. There would be no other baby lying in a manger in all of Bethlehem. God had every detail planned.

Week 4- Love

Dec 20/ Luke 2:13-14 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those whom God is pleased…Can you imagine a gathering of angels all singing? It would be a glorious sight and heaven to our ears. Glory to God – glory just exudes a reverent and majestic perspective that brings about praise and worship. The glorious condition is a state of splendor and brightness. Oh, the sweet peace on earth is what we all hope and wish for all year long.
Dec 21/ Luke 2:15-16   When the angel had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, Lets go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger… The shepherds leave their flock to seek this baby the angel had told them about. The baby that would change the world. No other king anywhere in the world was lying in a feeding trough. When they find Him, they find the KING.
Dec 22/ Luke 2:17 After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about the child… The shepherds are so excited to go and tell everyone about the good news of the birth of the Messiah. The life saving gospel we know today began spreading across the world in a humble city and through humble people. Like the shepherds, we need to share the gospel far and wide.
Dec 23/ Luke 2:20   The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them… No matter your circumstances or your calling in life, we need to praise and glorify our Lord and Savior continually. Joyfully follow the shepherd’s example and waste no time in sharing the good news with everyone you are in contact with. Glorify and praise God for all the gifts He has given us, especially the gift of Jesus.
Dec 24/ Luke 2:21   Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived… Circumcision symbolized the Jews separation from the Gentiles and their unique relationship with God. Jesus was God’s son, but his family carried out this ceremony according to Gods law. Jesus was not born above the law but He certainly fulfilled it perfectly.
Dec 25/ Luke 1:26 – 2:21  The story of Jesus birth… The greatest GIFT to all mankind… God sent His son because he loved us so much…HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS…