December 20

December 20

You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.

O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.

December 20. Know Jesus. Know God.

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin.

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4

REFLECTION from Cheri Marti
A cornerstone scripture for this advent season and for Colonial’s Reforming process is Romans 12:2 which calls us to be transformed by the Holy Spirit that we may discern and do His will, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. As I read this, I recall a good portion of my life when I wasn’t at all sure God’s will for me was necessarily good. I struggled being assured I could trust Him in all circumstances. In fact, I experienced God as rather distant, uninterested, perfectionistic, quick to punish when I fell short. My fear of God kept me at arms length.
     However, to me, Jesus was different. Jesus was compassionate, loving, forgiving, warm and approachable. Jesus suffered, died and carried all my sin! But I held a very mixed impression of God. God’s word in today’s scripture, Hebrews 1:3, says that Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature. The Message reads “This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature.” Later in my life, through receiving prayer ministry, I learned that more often our view of God is affected by our experiences with our earthy parents as well as painful life experiences…child or adult. Through our always imperfect and sometimes abusive upbringing or painful loss and life events, the great deceiver, Satan, uses these experiences to plant lies in our heart about who our Heavenly Father is. How better to keep us at arms length, preventing us from running to the loving, all-powerful, faithful arms of God our Father to receive more of the good He has for us? Through my on-going healing and spiritual growth, I consistently experience the truth that God is intimate, involved, steadfast in faithfulness, and supremely gracious. Indeed “God is Love” (1 Jn. 4:8). If you want to know the true character of God, look to the always trustworthy, loving Jesus… and when we see Him, we see our Heavenly Father.

PRAYER. Holy Spirit, I thank you that I can know Father God through knowing Jesus. Help me to draw nearer to Him. I ask that you reveal any hidden lies I’ve believed about God. (Take a minute to listen and note any lies revealed.) Lord, I renounce the lie that my Father God is ________. I accept the truth of His Word that my Father God is ________. Help me to more fully trust Your will—for me, for Colonial Church—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.

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