Our theme this week, the first week of the Advent season, is hope. Hope is defined as a “sense of expectancy and the desire for something to happen.”
What is your hope this Christmas season?
Paul wrote the Christians in Rome (Romans 5:3-5),
We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Most of our prayers focus upon situations or difficulties we hope God will change. Rather than a change to our circumstances we should pray for a change to our character!
Paul knew each challenge or difficulty we face actually develops our spiritual perseverance. Through perseverance our character is honed. We hope that the Living God will do in us what only He can do!
- We hope He will utilize each challenge we face to shave away every impurity.
- We hope that His Spirit will continue shaping us into the very image of Christ Himself.
The focus of advent
For sixteen hundred years the Church has focused on this hope. For generations the advent season has provided Christians with a focused celebration of the coming of Jesus.
- His coming into the world as a baby in Bethlehem.
- His coming into each of our lives on a daily basis.
- His coming in glory one day soon.