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Advent Devotional December 5

December 05, 2018

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But, if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” - Romans 8: 18-25

Christmas is my favorite season. I love the smell of the pine trees, the bright colored lights, and the giving of gifts. I am reminded of the excitement that, as children, my sisters, my brother and I felt awaiting Christmas Day and the hope of all the gifts we would receive. With the arrival of Advent, I feel the same excitement anticipating the coming of the gift of the birth of Christ.

When sin came into the world, the creation itself became subject to the will of the world instead of the will of the one who created it. Ever since, we have been fighting to free ourselves from this sin. The focus word in the last sentence is “we.”  Forgetting that we can do nothing without the help of God. Philippians states that we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. We are adopted into the priesthood through Christ, saved by grace through our faith in Christ, and through Christ’s blood we have the hope of salvation. We have hope that when Christ returns he will take us with him, freeing us from the bondage of the sins of the world.

As we prepare for the Advent and Christmas celebration, we are constantly reminded that God is with us and we can know God through our relationship with Him and through his Son Jesus. As we experience the Advent season, let’s all remember that we are adopted into priesthood, saved by grace through our faith, and received the hope of salvation through the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father God, during this Advent season help us to remember those less fortunate. That Jesus forgives the past, the present and gives us hope for the future. Let us not focus on the things of the world, but remember that Christ was born so that we might be saved and have eternal life.  Amen

By Connie Leake, Asbury UMC, Owensboro District

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