Celebrate and Rest Devotional – Day 2

By December 28, 2021Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS COMPLETELY FREE The freedom of God, is also called divine freedom. God is not constrained by anyone other than himself. He does what he pleases and therefore he is always free. He is not bound to the dictates of anyone else. He does make promises which obligate him to do certain things, but he makes those promises voluntarily.

Psalm 135:6 The Lord does whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.

Praise God for His Divine Freedom
Praise God that he cannot be manipulated. Praise God that he always acts according to his good, just, wise, and loving nature. Praise God for the specific ways that he has freely acted in your life.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Embrace as they serve women considering abortion. Ask God to use them to introduce these women to Christ.

SCRIPTURE READING:
Leviticus 25:10-13
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.

13 “‘In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property.

Luke 4:16-21

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

Celebration is something given to the Jewish people by God. Yes, we can celebrate for frivolous reasons like when your team wins the super bowl, but we also celebrate in order to remember. When we celebrate we commemorate a special event that happen. God gave the people of Israel seven special feast to remember God’s activity. The year of jubilee was a year long committed to rest and return to ancestral lands. The purpose of the year was to remind the people that God had provided and he would provide. All of the celebrations were introduced to remind the people of the past but the celebrations also had their final fulfillment in Christ. Celebrations reminded them of the past but also gave hope for the future. If you have placed your confidence in Christ, you have hope for the future. The hope that you have is an anchor for your soul and is a sure hope. Praise God today and as you do, remember that you have placed your hope in him.

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