Our advent reflections teach us about the way God works. God works today in the same way he worked 2,000 years ago. Sameness is one of God's clearest attributes.
God does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
Advent reflections on the birth of John the Baptist
In Luke 1:5-20 we see how God worked with Zechariah and Elizabeth to bring out the birth of John the Baptist.
God also works through our pain. Pain gets our attention; it softens us; it humbles us. If you are in a painful time of your life, look to God.
When we pray, we admit that we are not self-sufficient. Anything you are not praying about, you are doing in your own wisdom and strength. What is that area for you? Talk to God and admit your dependency upon His wisdom and power.
God works today in the same way. His Holy Spirit inhabits the human spirits of people. If God's spirit was indispensible to John's life and ministry, then it is also indispensible to our lives and ministries.
|We all know how a flashlight works. We simply slide the button and the light comes on. But, what is the source of its power to produce light? It's in the battery. Why does a flashlight need a battery to produce light? Because it is made that way. In the same way, our power to do right things and serve God is not in us. It's in the Holy Spirit who inhabits us. That's how God made us.|
In the end the basic difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is the presence of the Holy Spirit. II Corinthians 13:5 says, Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Do you not know that Christ Jesus lives in you?
|More about the presence of the Holy Spirit in this audio sermon.|
Today we rejoice in God's work -
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Discussion questions for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. How has a painful experience or time in your life brought you closer to God?
2. Tell of a time when God answered your prayers.
3. How does the consciousness of the Holy Spirit in your life give you confidence?
4. How does the account of Zechariah and Elizabeth increase your faith?
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