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December 24 Sermon & Devotionals

December 24, 2023

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No Room for Fear | Now... We Wait Week 4

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Five-Day Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Day 1: The Power of God’s Word

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Begin your spiritual journey by reflecting on the divine inspiration of the Bible. As you read 2 Timothy, consider how Scripture is not merely a historical document but a living word that equips us for every good work. In your devotional time, ask God to open your heart to the transformative power of His Word, just as it was emphasized in the sermon.

Devotional Thought: How can you approach the Bible with an eagerness to encounter Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to speak into your life today?

Day 2: The Beauty of God’s Timing

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:5-25

Focus on the story of Zechariah and the paradox of waiting. God's timing is perfect, even when it requires us to wait with patience. Reflect on the sermon's message about the anticipation during Advent and consider how waiting can be a time of spiritual preparation and growth.

Devotional Thought: How can you practice patience and trust in God’s timing in your own life, even when His plans seem delayed? What can you do while God does what He will?

Day 3: Obedience Over Fear

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25

Dive into the account of Joseph’s journey, from fear and uncertainty to obedience and trust in God’s command. Think about how love can be the antidote to fear, as stated in the sermon. Contemplate how you can emulate Joseph's example in your own circumstances.

Devotional Thought: What fears do you need to surrender to God today, choosing instead to trust His divine guidance and embrace His perfect love?

Day 4: Dwelling in God’s Love

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:16-19

Consider the profound truth that God is Love. In the light of the sermon, think about how abiding in Love can transform our approach to waiting and anticipating life's events. How does understanding God's nature as Love impact your daily life?

Devotional Thought: In what ways can you actively live out the truth that God is Love in your relationships?

Day 5: Prayer & Gratitude

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-9

End the week with Paul’s encouragement to not worry, but instead, pray about everything. As the sermon highlighted, use this day to focus on gratitude and think on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.

Devotional Thought: How can you incorporate prayer and thankfulness into your life as a way to combat anxiety and fear, living fully in God's peace?

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