Monday, November 24th:
Read: John 14:6
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
Tim Keller says that our hearts are idol factories. We are constantly seeking out a piece of creation to replace the Creator. Jesus reminds us so clearly in the gospel of John that there is no joy outside of following after him.
- Pray that God would help you to root out idols in your life…places you look for joy outside of the joy found in the gospel.
- By the power of His Holy Spirit, pray that God would remind you every day of the eternal and lasting joy found in Him.
Tuesday, November 25th:
Read: Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
Refuge and shelter are a human necessity. And just like physical shelter is essential for our physical body – spiritual shelter and refuge is essential for our soul. In God we find refuge…refuge from our sin, and the fallenness around us and refuge from the brokenness of this world.
- Ask God to show you places that you run for refuge and strength that are not Him.
- Pray that God would give you a clear reminder today of this verse and in doing so every decision you make would be rooted in the promises found here.
Wednesday, November 26th:
Read: Psalm 130:7
“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”
Sometimes I think we approach God as if His “love tank” has run up on us. As if there’s going to be a time where he’s had enough of us. The psalmist reminds us here that this is not true nor will it ever be true. God is a God of unfailing and steadfast love.
- Thank God today that He is an eternally patient God with unfailing love.
- Pray today that you would root all your life’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations in the unfailing love and full redemption of God.
Thursday, November 27th:
Read: Luke 2:8-11
“8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
In a couple weeks we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. One thing we might miss is that when the angel appeared to the shepherds he said that the joyous news of our Savior’s birth is for all peoples. As a church, we desire to see all peoples in Greensboro and around the world see the ultimate joy found in Jesus.
- Pray that God would continue to use us as a church to take the message of joy to all peoples…in Greensboro and around the world.
- Ask God how he would specifically use you to see this fulfilled – how can you be generous with your time, money, and resources to see the message of joy go forward?
Friday the 28thand Saturday the 29th:
Read: Luke 1:46-55
“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
You can just hear in Mary’s song a heart that is filled with joy. Her words help remind us that pure and lasting joy is found in the greatness of our God. It should be our desire for our hearts to sing as Mary’s did because we have found our lasting joy in the good news of the gospel.
- Use Mary’s prayer today and tomorrow to allow your heart to be captivated (or re-captivated) by the gospel.