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Advent 2020: On Mission

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Only six days remain in Advent. The last week before Christmas gets more frantic for some. Others seem to have it all done with time to spare. And some have no one and nothing for the holidays.

Let the final days of Advent be a time to slow down. Think about the heart of the season and be like Jesus. See the needy. Lay down your plans to help someone else. Find joy and peace in giving and forgiving.

Read December 18: The Christmas Model for Missions

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Did you read something unexpected in today’s devotional? What?

Christ came to his own, and his own received him not. So you.

John Piper, Joy to the World

Too often we come to Christmas and never look past the manger. We fail to consider why Jesus came. All we want to do is rest in the peace of the silent night.

But this moment in history marked the climax of a war that originated in the garden of Eden. Jesus came as the offspring of Eve to crush the head of Satan (Genesis 3:14-15).

The Babe in the manger came on a mission: To give His life to rescue many (Mark 10:45).

The same can be true of our journeys as Christians. We fail to look past the joy and peace of baptism — the descent of the Spirit — and forget we’re engaging in war. We find ourselves blindsided by the battle. Confusion sets in if we don’t understand the story we’re entering.

Surprise attacks can put us at risk of distrusting God and stir up unbelief.

Have you ever considered Christ came to win a war?

What about following Him into battle? Is this a part of your understanding of being a Christian?

Today, ask God to open your eyes to the spiritual battle you’ve entered. Then remember Jesus already won the war!

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.
1John 5:4 ESV

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 108

Read today’s song of praise: Psalm 108 [Click the reference to read online or open up your Bible.]

Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

Psalm 108:12-13

Our psalmist wakes the dawn with songs of praise to God. Because he knows the victory of living with God. And the futility of life without Him.

Following God, doing things His way, in His strength, leads to triumph over the battles we face each day. Relying on our own strength leaves us defeated. Beat up by the world. Falling prey to temptation. Vulnerable to the lies of the enemy.

I’m reminded of Jesus’s words…

“…I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …”

John 15:5 ESV

It’s just the truth. All our efforts apart from Him… apart from God… are in vain. Let us join the psalmist in his exaltation of God and ask Him to go ahead of us today.

Lord Jesus, may I awaken each dawn singing Your praise, and blessing You with thanks for all You are. I can’t do anything without You. Go before me this day. I want to live valiantly, not in vain.