jesus calling bible christmas devotional - week 1: trust
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DESCRIPTIONThis four week Jesus Calling Bible Christmas-inspired email devotional will encourage you to:Explore your trust in God,Be aware of His presence,Rest in the season's peacefulness, andGive thanks for the birth of the Babe.This devotional is adapted from the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible.
TheJesus Calling BibleChristmas Devotional
Week 1: Trust
Four-week Jesus Calling BibleChristmas-inspired email devotional.
The Jesus Calling Devotional Bible puts readers in touch with God and His answers for their life situations. Missionary Sarah Young had been journaling her prayers for years when she began "listening" for what Jesus was saying to her within the words of Scripture. In this Bible, 260 scenarios pose life struggles to which Sarah Young gives answers from her Savior--words that Jesus has lovingly laid on her heart--words that have comforted and in-spired Sarah and many others around the world.spired Sarah and many others around the world.
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Week One: Trust Introduction to Week One
Christmas time always has called for trust. From the time God made His first
promise of the Savior's arrival (Genesis 3:15), to the prophet Isaiah's amazing prophecies
of the Lord's birth (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7), to the remarkable visit of the Magi to worship the
young king (Matthew 2), trust has remained a key part of anticipating Christmas and
getting our hearts ready to receive the Son of God. Far more than looking forward to
presents and trees and carols and sleigh bells, Christmas means trusting that God has our
best interests in mind and always will do what love requires, even if it means sending His
own dear Son from the glories of heaven to the mess that earth too often is.
And that is why trust in God still takes center stage as Christmas approaches this
year. Just because the calendar winds down to December 25 doesn't mean that "life" on
our messy planet gets any less messy. In fact, sometimes it seems to grow even more
untidy, more frenzied, more chaotic. In a world like that, Rudolph may provide some nice
memoriesbut trust in God provides the anchor in the storm that can keep us all safe and
upright, regardless of the waves that surge our way.
Day One: Trust as an Adventure
Read Genesis 3:13-15; see also Acts 15:13-18; Psalm 118:24; 1 Peter 2:21.
Father, I woke up this morning with a new idea in mind: I want today to be
different. So often it seems as though my first waking thought is either, Grr! I didnt get
enough sleep or I dont have enough time to get everything done today. And right away,
my day starts on a negative note. Theres no way that this is what You intended for me.
So, Father, I want to approach today differently. I want to lay my negative mind-set at the
foot of the cross and start fresh with You.
I know I cant do this on my own. I need You, God. I need to view life as You
view it and try singing a different songone of praise, belief, trust, and worship. It
would be so great to begin my day excited about the possibilities that each moment holds.
Please help me to do this. Help me to live the next twenty-four hours with a spirit of
Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide.
Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to
your will, be attentive to Me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank Me for this day of
life, recognizing that it is a precious, unrepeatable gift. Trust that I am with you each
moment, whether you sense My Presence or not. A thankful, trusting attitude helps you to
see events in your life from My perspective. A life lived close to Me will never be dull or
predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the
easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. No matter how steep
or treacherous the path before you, the safest place to be is by My side.
(From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)
To what "adventure" might God be calling you this Christmas season? What is He
doing in your life right now that seems a little different, a little out of the ordinary, maybe
even a little surprising? Make this a matter of prayer and ask the Lord what new thing He
might want to do in your life this Christmas.
Day Two: Trusting in His Sheltering Presence
Read Genesis 49:8-10; see also Psalm 90:1; 91:1, 2; 36:7; 118:8, 9; Proverbs 11:28.
You are a mighty and awesome God with all-surpassing power. I know that. I
believe that! I remember the stories of how You kept the lions from harming Daniel, and
how the flames in the blazing furnace didnt touch Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego.
And how could I ever forget the way you gave David the strength and courage to fight
Goliath? But sometimes, Lord, I wonder. When I see all of the evil in the world and the
innocent people who are often hurt by it, I wonder. When I hear about car accidents, or a
fire that destroyed a family home, or a father of six who lost his job, I wonder. I wonder
if I should live more carefully. I wonder if I should save more money or look for a better
job. I wonder if I can really trust You. I wonder if You will protect me.
Im scared, Lord. Sometimes I stay home instead of venturing out because Im
afraid of what might happen. Ive missed many adventures for this reason, and yet I keep
catching myself reacting out of fear instead of faith. I long to be confident that You are
watching over me. I want to rest in Your loving embrace and feel safe in Your Presence. I
desire to live boldly for You. Please help me understand how.
Rest in the assurance of My sheltering Presence that keeps you safe. Let My
promises of protection strengthen and comfort youlike huge heavenly bells pealing out
ancient, changeless truth. I want you to take refuge in My Shaddai-shadow more and
more, by placing your trust fully in Me. It is tempting to take shelter in people, money,
success, good health. These are blessings from Me, but you must not rely on them. Any
or all of them could vanish instantly. The unending protection I offerrefuge in the
shadow of My wingsis available to both high and low among men.
In addition, I freely give you the priceless gift of My unfailing Love! Since I offer
you so much, it makes sense to put your trust in Me above all else. Listen to the
psalmists proclamation: "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is
better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Solomon, the wisest of all men,
wrote: "He who trusts in his riches will fall." Whenever you start to feel anxious, let these
feelings serve as a warning that youre putting your trust in the wrong place. You need to
stop listening to your worry-thoughts, and instead tell yourself the truththat I am totally
trustworthy. Then turn your attention to Me, saying: Lord, Youre my refuge. I trust in
You and Im safe!
(From Jesus Lives by Sarah Young)
In this season of joy when we remember the long-ago coming of the Messiah,
Jesus, what elements of our modern-day celebration make it tough for you to put your
trust in God alone? Wondering how you'll pay for all the gifts you want to buy? Dealing
with the frenetic schedule of the holiday season? Whatever those difficulties might be,
name them specificallyand then bring each one to the Lord, trusting that He will make
this Christmas one to remember . . . for all the right reasons.
Day Three: A Lamp to Trust
Read Jeremiah 33:15-16; see also Ephesians 5:15, 16; Psalm 119:105.
Thank You, Lord God, for these precious minutes of peace and quiet that You
have provided. The week has been crazy and busy thus far; and with the weight of stress
on my mind, there is nothing I need more at this time than a quiet moment in Your
presence. When lifes problems surround me, Im prone to neglect You and rely on my
own instinctsonly later to discover the extent of my foolishness. Youd think Id have
learned by now what a waste of time my fretting is, how pointless my wisdom is.
But Im still on the learning curve, Lord! Thats why I am so marvelously grateful
for Your patience with me. I stumble in my walk with You, yet You never turn away. I
go astray again and again, yet You remain right beside me. You are a God who is worthy
of all my confidence. Give me a desire to know You and Your Word so thoroughly that I
may always trust Your plans for me. And from here on out, would You please persuade
me to come to You early on? I never need to worry when I am in Your hands.
Relax in My healing, holy Presence. Allow Me to transform you through this time
alone with Me. As your thoughts center more and more on Me, trust displaces fear and
worry. Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw. As your trust in Me goes up, fear and
worry automatically go down. Time spent with Me not only increases your trust; it also
helps you discern what is important and what is not. Energy and time are precious,
limited entities. Therefore, you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly
important. As you walk close to Me, saturating your mind with Scripture, I will show you
how to spend your time and energy. My Word is a lamp to your feet; My Presence is a
Light for your path.