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December 5

[Today’s post is in addition to the December 5 devotional reading in The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper.]

You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

1John 3:5, 8

Our sin. Make this personal and love him for it. Take the very personal words of the apostle Paul and make them your own. “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). This is how he destroyed the works of the Devil and rescued us from our sin. Don’t leave Christmas in the abstract. Your sin. Your conflict with the Devil. Your victory. He came for this.

– John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 24*

Jesus came to bring light where there was darkness. In the world. In His church. In His people. In your heart.

Consider how He has brought light to your life since He came into your heart.

Consider the places in your heart that are still dark. Do you protect them? deny them? abhor them?

Give Him permission to reveal, restore, and redeem your darkness and bring you into the light.

Lord Jesus, let me not forget You came on a mission to destroy sin in the world and in me. Work in me a deeper understanding of the eternal nature of Christmas. May I be changed by Your entrance into the world, not just this Advent, but for every day following.

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*© 2014. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.

The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 6:20-35

We complete chapter 6 today by reading Proverbs 6:20-35

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light…

Proverbs 6:23

Think about a lamp for a moment. Take a look at one in your home or on your desk. Turn it off. Let’s compare the symbolism in this proverb to the real thing.

An unlit lamp doesn’t do us much good. It simply sits catching dust. But when we flip the switch allowing the circuit to be opened, a lamp gives light. Helps us to see in dark places.

The law or commandments alone are like a lamp lacking electricity. Alone it can do nothing. When the Holy Spirit switch is turned on in us, the power circuit becomes complete. What was once black and white on a page in a book is now living water, a lamp to our feet, a light to our path.

Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105

Jesus promised the twelve disciples the Holy Spirit would be their teacher after He left.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:26

Paul told the church the Spirit teaches us too.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

It is a dangerous thing to approach God’s Word without the Spirit, without His teaching. Because alone it is just law with no power to change, reveal, transform. Let us not forget this as we continue these next few weeks here on the blog.

May we always seek His teaching when we read and study His law.

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