Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
With all of the last few weeks behind me, I write to you today, this newly given day.
Whether it be recent (as in voting) or it be far in the past (for me loneliness), there is little value in revisiting what is past.
Oh through healing, we have much to learn from past mistakes, but we.must.learn.and.move.on.
How is it that Paul gave himself grace for not being totally there, yet still have the internal drive to strain toward, push forward?
It is a tool of the devil to trap us, keep us stuck in the past where what’s done is done.
It is the truth of Our Savior who, even now, is walking us home. He who never leaves is behind us, beside us and before us:
In Mary Geisen’s new book, The Advent Narrative, we are reminded of the invitation to live expectantly, no matter the season or circumstance. Similarly to how Paul strained toward, advent living as Mary describes is hoping forward:
“The story of Advent begins with God. His great love for us made room for the birth and death of His Son Jesus. The hope that came with Jesus creates a space for each of us to have a relationship with Jesus. As we choose Jesus over and over again, the love of Jesus fills our hearts of abundance. This overflow allows us to receive the love, hope, peace and joy of Jesus” (Mary Geisen, The Advent Narriative).
I don’t know about you, but every day I need the Living Hope of Jesus. With the enemy prowling to tempt me away from Him, I lean forward to reach for His hand, to seek His face, and to connect with other believers who strengthen my faith.
What helps you strain toward Him? What helps you live expectantly rooted in His hope?
Let us pray:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are in awe of Your power, of Your abundant grace, of Your love for us. We know it is impossible to please You, Father, without faith, without belief in all of You.
Lord, help us to know You in an intimate way. Lord, help us lay down our idols as we look to You to break down walls of shame, unforgiveness, unbelief.
It is only in You we have hope of a future that You promise will prosper us, will not harm us.
Thank You, Jesus, for authors like Mary Geisen who write with hearts full of You. Please share her book while You reveal Your glory far and wide!
It is in Your Son’s name Jesus, the only name that saves, we pray,
Well thank you so much for joining me today.
As promised, I am giving away not ONE but TWO copies of Mary’s new book, The Advent Narrative.
How do you enter to win?
Just 3 little things:
- Let’s show Mary some author love. Follow her on Facebook. Click here: https://www.Facebook.com/MaryEGeisen/
- If you don’t already, follow this blog by entering your email.
- Send me a message at email@example.com to let me know you did both.
You and all who are interested in entering this fun Advent way to win Mary’s book have one full week to do the three things. I will put all who emailed me through midnight Saturday November 14th into a basket. I will go live on Facebook sometime after the November 15th to pull names.
May your hearts be secure in Him today.
In His love and for His glory,