Doing Holidays Differently
Pastor Reece Bowling
December 2, 2018
We’ve transitioned from Thanksgiving (November) to Christmas (December) and one thing that will help make December more spiritually impactful is embracing the 1,500-year-old Christian tradition of Advent.
Advent is from the root of a Latin expression that means to anticipate and prepare for the arrival of a dignitary or special person.
For the next four weeks, we will be looking at blessings that were promised to us because of his arrival and then how we can prepare ourselves to both receive that blessing and then to walk in the fullness of that blessing.
Advent 2018 – 24 Days of Anticipation and Preparation
Jewish anticipation was that when the Messiah comes things will be different.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Understand the importance of Hope.
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
- His arrival brought Hope to the Hopeless – Who are the hopeless?
- People who others have given up on. “You’re one of them.” – Duquesne School Transcripts
- People who have given up on themselves. “I’m one of them.”
- He brought Hope for the impossible.
- Physically impossible – Lady in Hospital in Tulsa Pressing through to receive our healing
- Financially impossible – Financial Breakthrough – Stock Market Story
- Emotionally impossible – I want to be happy – Learn the secret of contentment.
- Spiritually impossible – No one is excluded – God take me to a higher level
- He brought Hope for the future.
- A new beginning –
- A new legacy –
- A new identity –
- Change our expectations – Renew our minds thru Podcasts, YouTube Channels, Books and Bible.
- Change our behaviors – We need a new normal. We have 24 days until Christmas. So why wait for January to make a resolution. Christmas is a great time to make some new habits.
- Change our confessions – Alter our conversations
“Jesus, I have hope for recovery from my past, to endure and overcome the challenges I face today, and for my future to be blessed. Because of your grace and love I am a child of God, part of the Kingdom of Heaven living under the new covenant you provided. I have a new identity as a righteous co-heir with Christ of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me. The same voice that guided Jesus’ actions and decision guides mine. No effort of the enemy can keep me from living the abundant life you died for me to possess.”
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.