Celebrate and Rest Devotional – Day 5

By December 31, 2021Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD “Foreknowledge” is never used in Scripture in connection with events or actions; instead, it always has reference to persons. It is persons God is said to “foreknow,” not the actions of those persons.

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.

Romans 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Praise God for His Foreknowledge.
Praise God that He knows you and he knows all those who are His. Praise God for calling you, justifying you and for the future promise of glorification. 

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 those who lead our government, locally, state-wide and nationally. Ask God to use them and pray for the salvation of our leaders who do not know Christ.

SCRIPTURE READING:

John 14:1-8

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:

There is a life to come and because of this reality we can celebrate now with hope and we can know rest. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples to instruct them but also to comfort them. He was leaving them but he was telling them that His departure was not the end. They would carry on and make the gospel known and one day they would be reunited with Jesus. The same is true for us today. Yes we have trouble and we mourn, but we can be comforted. There is more than just struggle and pain and then we die. We live today for the glory of God and the good of others and one day we will be united with Christ. Today thank God for the life to come. Thank God for a hope that is an anchor for your soul. Ask God to guide you to live in this gospel hope today.

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