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Advent Daily Devotion Dec 22

December 22

Powerful Peace~ By Wanda Bulkowski-Larsen

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. - John 14: 26-27

The first Bible verse that I memorized was John 14: 27.  When I read it, I was stunned.  I immediately got that Christ could give me peace, after all he was the Prince of it.  But as I reread the passage, layers of meaning unfolded.  Christ was not just offering me an abstract, general kind of peace, but He was giving me His peace.  Who would willingly give away their peace to me?  Jesus further describes His gift by saying that it is given not as the world gives.  As a young person who was growing up in an unstable, often unsafe home environment, I had known little sense of security.  This hit me hard.  Christ was giving me peace and I could trust that he would not steal it or destroy it.  He then follows this with words that met me through times of challenge:  "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid".  When I now read this verse, I hear angel voices and glimpse the glory of God.  May you receive this gift of freely given, never taken back, powerful peace.

Advent Daily Devotion Dec 23

December 23

The Advent Word Doesn't Stop There ~ By Rev. Tom Starnes

"See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end...

"It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches.  I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."  The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."  And let everyone who hears say, "Come."  And let everyone who is thirsty come.  Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. - Revelation 22: 12-13, 16-17

The preaching I heard on the Book of Revelation, growing up, was usually an apocalyptic interpretation:  Jesus is on the way so you best get yourself for the judgement of God, when the sheep and the goat will be separated.  

That apocalyptic word is in these words from Revelation:  "See, I am coming... Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.  Outside are the dogs and sorcerers. . . and everyone who loves and practices falsehood" (Revelation 22: 14-15).

But the Advent word doesn't stop there.  Read on in this chapter and you hit upon these words of promise:  "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' And Let everyone who hears say, 'Come.' And let everyone who is thirsty come.  Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift."

The One who is coming, The Advent Christ we look for and long for, is the one who said "whosoever will come and drink from the water of Life."

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