LIVE THE JOURNEYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThe word "adventure" is action-packed, declarative, and affirmative.It speaks to positive and progressive life in journey.It speaks to a rejuvenated gait and energizing comradeship with God and fellow sojourners on the way.It's an energizing, proactive word and why I've chosen it for this month's study.-------We're all familiar with the word "advent" which is the notable frontrunner in "advent"ure.Advent simply means arrival, coming, or appearance; hence, we preface Christmas with Advent in celebrating the first coming of Christ.Doesn't it seem blaringly fantastic that Advent is part of adventure, my friend?Newness of Life!"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."2 Corinthians 5:17*The reason we celebrate Easter.-------Confession of sin and faith in Christ is the the holy "Advent" of our beginning with Christ and "adventure" is the life we live on its heels.Step into this reality, my friend, and recognize the life-energizing qualities to be found in Him. God designed our lives to be a risk-taking, intimate adventure involving deep dare and deep faith.-------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS:1) Read 2 Corinthians 5 (x3) and record three "positives" in three words that enforce and engage you in adventure from this chapter.Here are mine:Clothed. Liberated. Ambassador.*These are reinforcing and reconstructive words needed for today's adventure; they totally empower me!-------2) Record three traits of God highlighted in this passage.My selections:Restorer. Reconciler. Redeemer.These words reinforce God's love for me and His identity with me, catapulting me into meaningful adventure with Him and others.What beautiful creatures we are because of Him!-------3) Adventure!Our answers to questions 1 and 2 have set us up beautifully for today's adventure. We must learn to walk our answers out in rejuvenating and restorative ways.Begin with immediacy and strive to be practical and concrete.Examples:1) I'll select three pieces of clothing from my closet and clothe another with them.This might include an intersection with a shelter, individual, or a Goodwill/Salvation Army store.2) I'll replace harsh treatment received personally by another with a meaningful love that seeks to restore. This might mean a note, physical touch, or specific, life-giving act of some kind.3) I'll share today's passage with another and deepen true fellowship and journey with another.Together we'll talk through our discoveries and journey closer to God.------Experience more of God...Love and live an adventure.
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