2016 Advent Devotional

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17

Prepare to be Renewed
Tuesday, 12/13/2016

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Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving. The tempter came to him and said, “Since you are God’s Son, command these stones to become bread.” Jesus replied, “It’s written, people won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.” After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.” Jesus replied, “Again it’s written, don’t test the Lord your God.” Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.” Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, you will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.

Matthew 4:1-11

Reflection
Reflection

You possess free will. It’s your choice now that you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit. So who or what will you follow? Jesus’ temptation in the nearby wilderness follows hard on his baptism, and we know those temptations well. Satan says create wealth, test the limits, you are self-sufficient, and now God is also on your side. The sky’s the limit. Jesus says, “Don’t test the Lord your God.” You can have it all, you deserve it all, just worship me Satan says. You’ve earned it. But Jesus says, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.” These are certainly not the messages of our culture. So the temptation is always before us to live as people of our current culture, but spiritually empty. It’s a matter of what kingdom you choose to live in, current culture or the ever-present Kingdom of God. It’s a matter of deciding if you will follow Jesus. The question is: will we be people who remember our baptism, who remember that we belong to Christ? Let us not forget this Advent season that we have been made new, to live in resistance to the current of our culture.

Prayer
Prayer

God, help me to live a life worthy of my calling, and to remember my baptism in the face of the temptation to forget.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. What temptations challenge your Christian identity?
  2. Do you worship only Christ?

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“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’”

Luke 2:10

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Make a Christmas card for someone to share the Good News of Christmas!

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