From the beginning, God foreknew the need for His creation’s salvation. As we consider this our expectations and hopes rise in the light of the many promises centered around the advent of Christ.
Read The Bible, Meditate
Today’s Bible Meditation is found in Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.
In Him we were also chosen as Godâ€™s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory.
And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godâ€™s possession, to the praise of His glory.
Jesse Tree, Creation
Choose Your Devotional Focus
From past devotionals, choose the one that best suits your focus for today
- Creation sheds lights on the Jesse tree symbol for the second day of Advent.
- Peppermint Candy Canes spotlights the meaning of one of our most delicious Christmas symbols.
- Do You Need to Hustle and Bustle? is a contemplation of centering on what is most important.
- Thankful for Hope from the “Thankful series” highlights gratefulness throughout the season.
- Challah Bread recipe is the surprise for this day in the celebration of 2012.