Friday before the Second Sunday of Advent

Psalm 94, 2 Kings 11:6-23, 1 Peter 5:6-10

“When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy.”
Psalm 94:19

“Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.”
2 Kings 6:16

“…casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7

While when we discuss or think of , we often look to the outside. Really, true starts on the inside, specifiy the inside that is being transformed by the and of Jesus Christ. Often when we do not feel at , it is because we are allowing something to shake us up. I know I find that hard to accept that I am allowing something to upset me. It may be hard for you to accept, too. However, when we look at the d by Jesus Christ, versus the worries we try to bear on our own, it seems that we often don’t chose Christ’s .

True begins with a ed will. Not a ed will to politicians or , but to Jesus. The King Sennacheribs of the world (see yesterday’s reading) give what is al ours, or act as if it is generous to let us live, and that it is their continued generosity for us to continue living. Jesus takes our ed , gives us a greater one on this earth then gives us an one.

1) Why do you think we have to our will to have ?

2) Does ing our will mean that we are no longer ourselves? Are we no longer an individual?

3) How does being ed to Christ and still be yourself work? How does it conflict?

KD) Put your hands up! Give it up! How is that feeling different than it should be when we to Jesus?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.