Week 1- The Promise of Hope

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Nov. 30th– Daily Destiny with Jessie B.- The Promise of Christmas- #1 Hope for a Lifetime.

And wanted to do this series, just as much for myself, than for anybody else. Because, I have found myself the past holiday seasons longing for more than what the gifts, the lights and Hallmark movies can give me. 

Sometimes in the midst of Christmas, we need more Christmas

And this is what I mean, in the midst of endless lists, traffic, gift buying, and late night parties, sometimes in the midst of the Christmas chaos- we will long for more of Jesus.

With that, my hope for the next four weeks is to bring encouragement in practical ways we can reflect on the miracle of Christ’s birth and experience the true meaning of Christmas, and the gift all our hearts long for- Jesus.

To give some background first- we just started the Advent season

Four weeks long- starting closet to Nov. 30th and goes until Christmas Eve

This year it started Sunday Nov. 27th and ends Saturday Dec. 24th

 Advent comes from a Latin word that means “coming” or arrival”

Every year, the Advent season gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the ARRIVAL and prepare to receive the gift of Christmas, which is Jesus.

There are also themes each week to the advent season, they do vary, but the most commonly observed are HOPE PEACE JOY and LOVE.

This series, I will go over each theme for that week.


Week 1- The Christmas Promise of Hope

The bad news? Each one of us entered the world with a sin nature in need a Savior.

The good news? God entered the world to take away our sin and Christmas remembers the day and the way God saved us from ourselves.

People have always wondered about the image of God, but I don’t believe mankind ever imagined that God would enter the world as an infant.

He could have entered in anyway He wanted- fierce warrior maybe?

So, why the hassle to come as a baby, born into a fallen world? Because He wants us to know that He gets us. He understands how we feel and has faced what we faced.

Jesus was not just godly, but Jesus was God and God took on our image in the hope that we would see His- the image of God.

It says in Matt. 1:23 that the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel which means “God with us.”

The presents of Christmas are nice, who doesn’t like presents, but the gift of everlasting presence of Christ is life changing.

And did you know, everywhere we are or go, “God is still us?” I think we need this message more than ever during this season and the anxious times we find the world is in.

So, we may lose our tempers, but we can never lose HOPE. Why? Max Lucado said it best- The manager invites, even dares us to believe the best is yet to be.

Hope in Jesus is not just wishful thinking; it is an unshakable confidence that God can be trusted.

Hope in Jesus is belief that God is always at work for our good. 


Remember today, that you have the Promise of Christmas, which is HOPE for a lifetime

Thank you for joining me this morning.  I will continue on the Promise of HOPE on Friday. I hope you will join me!

Have a great Wednesday! Remember you are worthy you are beautiful, and you are strong.


Practice

Train your heart to seek the light of Christ- I want you to notice all the lights around you throughout the day- from the sunrise to holiday lights to the refrigerator lights.

Even if you are stuck in traffic, let the brake lights on front of you prompt you to invite the hope and light of Christ into every moment of your day!


 

Scripture

Matt. 1:23

Romans 8:28


Dec. 2nd Daily Destiny with Jessie B.- The Promise of Christmas HOPE

This morning I am going to continue on The Promise of Christmas series and I want to share with you two more truths about the Promise of HOPE.

As even in just the past two days, as I have been studying and reading about the birth of Jesus, my eyes have already begun to see Christmas in a whole new perspective this season, and it is only Dec. 3rd.

I think when we can connect our hearts to the reason of Christmas, the miracle of Christ, and understand the WHY and the HOW of Christmas, then we start to experience more joy during the season.

This is what I mean by that- when we look at the lights, the music, the Hallmark movies, the parties with friends, we can experience extra JOY and PEACE, BECAUSE we understand WHY we are celebrating.

This series is just as much for me then anyone else, and my hope is our eyes and hearts will reconnect with the true miracle of Christmas.

So on Wednesday, I shared some good news and bad news

The bad news? Each one of us entered the world with a sin nature in need a Savior.

The good news? God entered the world, as an infant, to take away our sin,

Christmas is a time that we remember the day and the way God saved us from ourselves.

1) We have HOPE that Jesus saves.

Matt. 1:21- She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.

The English name Jesus traces its origin to the Hebrew word Yeshua, which is shorten for a longer Hebrew word which means “Yahweh saves”

Yahweh is the Hebrew name for God found in Bible.

It says in Matt. 1:23 that the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel which means “God with us.”

Who is Jesus- God saves

What did Jesus come to do? God saves

2) We have HOPE that God can use us.

Luke 1:26-32

God chose an ordinary, unsuspecting, humble, meek, Galilean girl to spread the most glorious news ever that is going to SAVE THE WHOLE WORLD.

Beth Moore- I love the way God works. Just when we think God is too complicated to comprehend, He draws us stick pictures.

 Not only do we have HOPE for a lifetime that Jesus saved us, but we should have the HOPE that God will use anyone, YOU AND ME, no matter how ordinary we think we are, to further His plans.

Practice

I grew up in a church that had an Advent wreath. I didn’t really know the meaning until I was older, but I always loved the tradition and thought the wreaths were pretty.

My encouragement for you this weekend is to make or buy a simple advent wreath to mark the Advent season from week to week. Light the appropriate candle each Sunday. This Sunday you would light two- as it is the start of week two for the Advent season.

You may choose to light it when you pray or during dinner. But it can serve as a great reminder that the light of Christ is always with you.

Scripture

Luke 1:23- 33

Thanks for joining me this morning! I hope you have a great Friday and weekend! 

Next Monday I will start on Week 2- The Promise of PEACE.