Day 15: Advent 2016 Daily Devotionals

December 12, 2016

 

“The Slowing”

 

Week Three

 

Initial note: to make the most of these devotionals it is suggested that the disciple does their best to enter into the Scripture as if hearing it for the very first time, as if they are in the presence of the very first hearers. Allow yourself to feel the location, and the message in a sensory manner. In other words live God’s Word. I have found that this approach can move us into what can only be described as a timeless place, where we can truly experience the slowing we seek in God’s presence.

 

Monday, Day Fifteen, December 12th

 

Opening Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to see through your eyes and to be who you are calling me to be. I wish to see You and You alone as I, by Your grace, grow and mature; spirit, soul, body and mind, so as to become a reflection of Love into the world each day of my life. I pray to share in the Holy Spirit all that You are making me into as part of this Advent preparation and I thank you Lord for the grace to do so. In the precious name Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

 

Read Philippians 2:5-11 slowly: Do not rush. Savor each word. Listen attentively to God’s Word. You may want to read it several times, with no agenda but to simply hear God’s Word spoken into your heart. Allow the words to reverberate in your mind. Be open and aware of any thoughts and feelings; physically and emotionally without dwelling on them. Let yourself slowdown in God’s presence. Feel the slowing. When you feel fully recollected consider the thought that follows. Finally consider the questions provided. You may be drawn to journal your thoughts as you move through God’s Word. Be open to this direction as it comes upon you.

 

Thought: “Let the mind of Christ be in us.” These are some lofty words, especially if we see them as a commandment to do something. Fortunately they are words of humble surrender, not feats to accomplish. These are words of letting go, which is the action of the self-emptying (kenosis) that is mentioned here. Obedience unto death is what Christ showed us. Not death as an end but one that leads to exaltation. Do not hear these words as Make the mind of Christ be in us. Instead this is a call to slowly let, allow, ourselves to humbly enter into the mind of Christ. May it be so this Advent season and beyond.

 

Questions to consider: What might be in the way of this “letting go” in your life? What is blocking you from gently entering into the mind of Christ? Humility is the key concept here. How does pride get in the way of your desire to be more like Christ in your life? How is the Lord exalted in your life? How are you bowing before and confessing the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ each day as you prepare for Christmas and the Lord’s second coming ?

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