Advent is about waiting. Today, we celebrate the waiting of those before Christ was born even as we wait for Christ's 2nd Advent. There is a great value in being in God's School of Waiting as we await the fullness of God's timing.
God has stated that He will create a new thing, by the people whom He restores, heals, and gives salvation through Jesus Christ, as He brings forth a sort of recreation of the earth. We speak by faith the words (The Gospel) that can establish us. As we speak those things which become sound doctrine. we see the removal of the wicked.
Several worldviews are competing with Christmas for the affection of our hearts and minds. This message explores consumerism and materialism. Our salvation and true satisfaction is found in Christ, our Savoir. Even God uses material things to encourage, guide, and protect us, but we worship the God who gives us things. We do not worship the things.
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
As we continue with our revival effort we are reminded to not only listen to the voice of God and to abide in Him, but that His works are super-natural. In the sense that God rarely operates in the natural man, but spiritual. Do we even know what is spiritual? What happens when we are discouraged like Elijah? All too often we look for God in all the wrong places, yet he calls us with a still small voice to do supernatural (i.e. spiritual) works through obedience to Him. It is no wonder we are anxious and feel overwhelmed, we need to let the work of faith have it's way in our lives.