Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Joyful expectation.

I'm borrowing some words from the IF:Equip Advent study today...

"The theme of this week is joy. To celebrate the joy we have in Christ. The joy of His birth. The joy of our salvation. Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the Lord is our strength. No person, event, or circumstance can take away the joy we have in Christ. During this time of Advent, let the joy of Christ’s coming fill your heart. Look forward to His second coming with joyful expectation; knowing that He will make all things wrong, right. Ask God to overwhelm you with joy this week."

With only 9 days left until Christmas and everyone running around the finish shopping and finalizing plans with family and friends and pushing through the busiest season, I love that Advent brings us back to Jesus. I think giving good gifts and having parties and filling our calendars are fun and part of the magic of Christmastime, but they aren't the real reason we have to be joyful!

This my most favorite part of Advent! The joy of waiting with expectation because we know Christ is coming. We know the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in him; wonderful counselor, prince of peace.  Christmas is coming and there is so much to be joyful about, no matter what your current situation looks like! Psalm 40:16 says that all who seek Christ can rejoice and be glad in him. Yes!

And I love how IF:Equip ends the study from yesterday-
What new song of joy has Christ put within your mouth?

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