Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas: Look Back to Look Forward

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Romans 15:13 reads, I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

There’s no shortage of Scripture passages on the topic of hope. But, as was mentioned earlier this week, our culture has had a negative impact on how we may understand hope. We may define hope by thinking of a material object (hoping for a specific Christmas present) or even an emotion (I hope ____ happens so I can experience more happiness in life). 

Because we’re tempted to think in these ways, we have to rid our minds of what our culture says about hope, and instead regularly remind ourselves what God says. God essentially says, “Put your hope in Me. Remember who I am. Remember what I’ve done. Then, you can have real hope. You can look forward to what I’m going to do, because you have trusted in what I’ve already done.”

What is hope? Christian hope is a choice to wait for God to act, and it looks back to the risen Jesus in order to look forward.

READING & JOURNALING:

     ROMANS 15:13

How often do you take intentional opportunities to look back on all Christ has done in and through You?

Take some time right now to write down some specifics of what Christ has done in and through you. Then, write out your own prayer of Thanksgiving. 

PRAYER:

Today, write out your own prayer of Thanksgiving.  

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