Advent – A Season of Labor & Pain
Advent reminds us the coming of the Lord – the birth of Jesus, birth of Christ within us at salvation and the second coming of Jesus. The coming of the Lord reminds us the labor and pain associated with His birth into the world.
- That pain was upon the children of Israel in Egypt until a deliverer came
- It was upon Mary and Joseph as they were struggling to lodge and deliver the baby
- The pain was upon Mary and Joseph as they had to escape Herod soon after delivery
- The pain was upon the inhabitants of Bethlehem and the surrounding places as their sons below the age of 2 were killed
- The pain has been experienced by millions in the form of persecution as they choose to have Christ born in their lives
- That pain is upon the world today as the world is getting ready for His coming
- Even during His second coming, the pain and the terror are going to be experienced by those who reject Jesus
Advent is a time to remember the labor and pain associated with His coming. Advent is also
- Advent – A season of Expectant Joy
- Advent – A season of Hope for tomorrow We will talk about these in the next two weeks
Advent – A season of Expectant Joy
Advent reminds us the coming of the Lord – the birth of Jesus, birth of Christ within us during salvation and the second coming of Jesus. Advent is the season of expectant joy and let the source of joy be Christ alone. This joy comes to you by knowing your relationship with Jesus. Today, you may be missing some of your dear ones who may not be with you right now.
During Advent, your expectant joy is obtained by knowing that Christ is
- more than a brother for you.
- more than a friend for you
- more than your mother for you.
- more than your father for you.
- more than your husband for you
- the high priest in heaven.
Call Jesus – dear brother, dear friends, dear mother, dear father, dear husband and dear high priest. You will be filled with the everlasting joy.
Advent – A Season of Hope for Tomorrow
Advent is a season of hope for tomorrow. We have our hope on Lord Jesus Christ because,
1. He is Sovereign – Advent reminds us that Jesus is Sovereign, He works beyond our limitations, there is nothing that could stop Him and nothing that could ever surprise Him
2. He is a Hope Giver – When hopelessness and despair abounds around us, Advent reminds us to look at the one who gives us hope for tomorrow
3. He is the God of Tomorrow – If we really observe Advent, we will lose sight from our today’s limitations and put our hope on the God of tomorrow.
Day 1: Praises
Psalm 145 & 150
Week – 1: Praise, thanksgiving & sanctification
During week one, we are encouraged to praise God for who He is and give thanks for all that He has done during this year. Praising and thanksgiving certainly draw ourselves closer to God. We will start feeling how insignificant and unworthy are we. A sense of surrender and humility is felt so deep inside of us leading us towards holiness and sanctification.
Day 1: Praises
Psalm 145 & 150
Day 2: Thanksgiving
Psalm 100 & 136
Day 3: Surrender
Romans 12:1-2 & Psalm 139:23-24
Day 4: Forgiveness
Colossians 3:13 & Ephesians 4:31 & 32
Day 5: Humbleness
Philippians 2:1-8 & 2 Chronicles 7:14
Day 6: Holiness
2 Corinthians 7:1 & Psalm 15
Day 7: Walk in Love
Week – 2 Armor of God, Spiritual warfare & deliverance
We are encouraged to wear the whole armor of God in order to prepare ourselves for the battle to fight against the schemes and plans of the enemy. During this week we will be trained to position yourself for the battle.
Day 8: Armor of God
Day 9: Word of God
Hebrew 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Jeremiah 20:9
Day 10: Praying in the Spirit
Jude 1:20, Mark 14:38 & Romans 8:26
Day 11: Power in His Name
Mark 16:17 & Acts 3:1-10
Day 12: Power in His Blood
Revelation 12:11, Isaiah 53 & Ephesians 2:13
Day 13: Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 & Psalm 89:40
Day 14: Breakthrough
Week 3 – Claiming the promises & gaining Victory
Once we position ourselves for the battle, we confess who we are in Christ Jesus and the authority we have in Christ. We will make use of the gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit to subdue and overcome the powers of darkness. We as God’s chosen ones stand before the throne on behalf of the land and people constantly reminding God through our prayer and intercession. As we approach the end of the fasting season, we will celebrate the victory we gained during these days through prayer & intercession.
Day 15: Identity in Christ
Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:15-17 & 1 Peter 2:9
Day 16: Authority in Christ
Day 17: Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:8–10& Acts 1:8
Day 18: Keys of the Kingdom
Matthew 16:19 & Matthew 18:18
Day 19: Overcoming
1 John 5:4 & John 16:33
Day 20: Intercession
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Day 21: Celebration
Zephaniah 3:17 & Psalm 117