When we break down the origins of the word, we not only learn what Advent means, but also why Advent is important.
The idea that God wants you to pray for your desires has been a foreign concept for me. My desires, I thought, actually got in the way of following God.
People are hungry for a touch from God. Let’s be quick to pray with others to hear our hearts and receive from God. Who knows what friends you may make?
Many think we are blessed only to be a blessing to someone else. This sounds spiritual, but it leads to dangerous beliefs. Here are some ways this is wrong:
The work we are doing will continue, but we need to celebrate what God has done for us so we will not overwhelm ourselves about what still needs to happen.
Why was life different now? How do you get back to the “sweet spot” of your walk with God? How do you restore the joy of your salvation?
Do you have a problem that is too big for your God? Your God is powerful and for you. Nothing can steal your hope. Therefore you can have everlasting joy.
We are not meant to live in grief. Grief and sorrow drain you of life. God gives life. We are to live in constant awareness of God’s hope that leads us to joy.
God’s not just casually in love with you, but most Christians miss it; He loves with a passionate, unfailing love. Read these Bible verses on God’s love for us.
Love demands sacrifice, but sacrifice out of duty will not keep you motivated. Let’s learn to sacrifice with joy. There is a reward we’re moving to.
Allison Shorter is the author of Creative Intercession: How Simplicity Fun and Art Can Move the Hand of God. Be challenged with quotes from this book.
I don’t believe God is angry and looking to punish sin. I believe God is loving and looks to bless. This affects how I view others, myself, and life.