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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.

December 4

[Today’s post follows the reading of the December 4 devotional in The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper.]

Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45

Open your heart to receive the best present imaginable: Jesus giving himself to die for you and to serve you all the rest of eternity. Receive this. Turn away from self-help and sin. Become like little children. Trust him. Trust him. Trust him with your life.

– John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 22*

Have you ever considered Jesus as one who serves you? What does it mean to you?

How can relying on yourself keep Him from helping you?

And sin. What sins do you find more appealing than Christ serving you?

Father God, You care for Your children in so many ways. Open my heart to embrace my need for You. Open my mind to understand trusting You means letting You serve me through Jesus. Grow me to be Your obedient child.

[Feature Image Photo on blog by Greg Weaver on Unsplash]

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