Celebrate and Rest Devotional – Day 4

By December 30, 2021Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

DECREES OF GOD The decree of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things. Whatever God decrees will come to pass.

Ephesians 3:10-11 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Praise God that His Purpose / His Decrees will come to pass.
Praise God for bringing the hope of salvation to pass. Praise God for establishing and upholding the church. Praise God for the promise of Christ’s return. 

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 the Heart of Kansans So. Baptist Convention. Ask God to use our association of churches for His glory. Ask Him to use our association to plant other church throughout our city.

SCRIPTURE READING:
John 1:12-13 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

God gave you new life if you have placed your trust in Christ. You are now a new creation. You are now a completely different person than you were before Christ. You may feel different and you may not feel different, but if you look back over the course of your life, you will see evidence that you have changed. As you cooperate with God, He is changing your character. As Terry reminded us a few weeks ago, salvation has three movements. Justification is when you are forgiven and made right before God. At that time, He set his seal of ownership on you and gave you the Holy Spirit to indwell. Now as you listen to and yield to the Spirit you are being changed more and more into the person God wants you to be. This process is called sanctification and it is the second movement of salvation. You look forward to the third movement, glorification, at death when salvation’s work is finished. Every Sunday that you gather in church and every time you take communion you celebrate salvation and look forward to its completion in your life. Today, take time to thank God for salvation. Thank Him for the different ways that He has changed you. Ask him to reveal to you the different ways that He wants to continue re-making you in the coming days.

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