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Living in Expectation

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December 7th
Living in Expectation

“Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed…” – Romans 13:11

Today was the second Sunday of advent. I learned this year that advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” meaning “arrival or coming.” The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Savior or Messiah – this is the First Advent. Now, we are waiting expectantly for Christ to return —> the Second Advent.

So practically speaking, advent was created to remind us of the glorious return of Jesus one day. It’s something we should be excited about and look forward to year round. As believers, we should always live in expectation. Not only for His return, but simply for HIM in general.

“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation… My God will hear me.” – Micah 7:7

We should live with expectation of a God who listens and who speaks. EXPECT the Lord to give you eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to receive new and captivating things from Him every single day. God wants to speak to you and He does it in all kinds of ways.

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” – Joshua 3:5

Anticipate Him! Think about how much we anticipate Christmas arriving… the music, the lights, the gift giving and receiving… the food!!! We should have the same anticipation for the things of God.

I hope this Christmas we can stop in the midst of all the craziness and distractions, and “reset” Jesus Christ as the center of the season. My prayer is for God to make us more aware of what it means to live life in expectation.

Are you prepared for the return of Jesus? How different would your life be tonight if you knew Jesus was returning at midnight? Is Christ at the forefront of your Christmas celebrations?

“Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come…” – Mark 13:33

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