Advent 2023 Devotional Readings

 

 

WEEK 1,  Salvation in Christ’s Coming

December 3.  In the Beginning, John 1:1-14.  Recall the “beginning of Christ” in your life. Journal how you felt then and how you feel now about knowing Him.

December 4.  The Song of Mary, Luke 1:46-56.  What is your “song of expectation” to the Lord? Is it a favorite hymn or contemporary song? Record it in your journal with reasons why you chose it.

December 5.  The One and Only, Isaiah 61 cf. Luke 4:16-21.  Identify someone you will pray for who needs the “Good Tidings of Salvation” described in vv. 1-3.

December 6.  We Need a Savior, Romans 3.  Spend time asking the Lord to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life. Be specific and ask for forgiveness.

December 7.   In His Presence Psalm 139.  Describe how you feel when you’re in God’s presence. Describe a time when it was difficult to feel His presence.

December 8.  The High Calling of God, Philippians 4:12-21.  Believers are called to rightly prioritize God’s purpose for our life.  What are you willing to give up for Christ?

December 9.  Learning to Rest, Mark 6:30-32.  When do you rest with the Lord? If you don’t rest, ask the Holy Spirit to show you barriers to resting in Him.

WEEK 2,  Satisfaction with Christ

December 10.  Being with Jesus, John 15:1-17.  What stands in the way of your abiding with the Lord?

December 11.  Comfort for God’s People, Isaiah 40.  Identify specific verses from the chapter that represent what the Lord is doing or has done in your life to comfort you.

December 12.  Living Holy, 1 Peter 1:13-25.  How committed are you to living holy? What stands in the way of you living a holy life?

December 13.  Yearning for God, Psalm 42.  Describe a time when you “thirst” for God. If you never have, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what is standing in the way of a deeper longing for God.

December 14.  Thanksgiving for God’s Bounty, Psalm 65.  Itemize the things you have received in abundance from God?  How have you stewarded that bounty?

December 15.  Power in the Name, Psalm 97.   Journal your reaction to the Psalmist’s description of the Lord’s power and dominion

December 16.  The Sending Of Messiah, Malachi 2:17-3:5.  What is God “refining and purifying” in your life?  Spend time asking God to reveal any hidden sin in your life.

WEEK 3,  Surety of Christ’s Return

December 17.  Jesus is Coming Back, Matthew 24.  How secure is your faith in light of the signs of the end of this age?

December 18.  Watchful and Faithful Servants, Luke 12:35-48.  How are you managing the Lord’s resources that have been entrusted to you?

December 19.  Feast or Fast, Isaiah 58.  What personal appetites and pleasures keep you away from Jesus’ will being done in your life?

December 20.   God’s Promises, Zechariah 8:1-15.  List the promises you are trusting God for as a result of Christ’s first advent.

December 21.  Bold Proclamation, Hebrew 12.  Recall those times which you felt God was chastening you. Journal how you felt and the “peaceable fruit of righteousness” (v. 11) that resulted from it.

December 22.  The Song of Zacharias, Luke 1:67-80.  Write you own song telling of how God has been present in your life and the resulting blessing.

December 23.  The Voice and the Vision, Revelation 1:3-20.  Identify the current signs that Christ’s Second return or advent is sure?  What will you do with this information?

WEEK 4,   Sovereignty of Christ Assured

December 24. The Light of the World, 2 Corinthians 4:6.  How is the knowledge of the glory of God being shown in your life?