“Angels From The Realms Of Glory” Christmas Devotional

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Alexis has a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and a Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University. She has been in professional ministry for over 15 years. She has served in ministry positions such as co-pastor, youth minister, and spiritual director.
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December 20

Angels from the Realms of Glory/Emmanuel by Paul Baloche

Angels from the realms of glory

Wing your flight o’er all the earth

You who sang creation’s story

Now proclaim Messiah’s birth

Come and worship Come and worship

Worship Christ the newborn King

Shepherds in the field abiding

Watching o’er your flocks by night

God with man is now residing

Yonder shines the infant light

Come and worship

Come and worship

Worship Christ the newborn King

Emmanuel Emmanuel

You are the God who saves us

Worthy of all our praises

Emmanuel Emmanuel

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Oh oh oh oh

Come and worship

Worship Christ the newborn King

God is with us

Even now His love is here

Come and worship

Worship Christ the newborn King

God is with us

Even now His love is here

His love is here

Emmanuel Emmanuel

You are the God who saves us

Worthy of all our praises

Emmanuel Emmanuel

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Come have Your way among us

We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Emmanuel Emmanuel

Emmanuel Emmanuel

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Today’s Devotion

What does worship look like in your life?

Take a mental inventory of what your week looks like through the lens of worship. How much worship do you find yourself doing?

We were created to worship. Worship is freeing, life-giving and a filter that brings contentment and purpose.

Worship is like taking a deep breath after being underwater for a long time, and friends, we are often submerged in some deep water. But when our lives become centered on worship, our lungs free up and we can begin to breathe fully and deeply.

It’s because we were created to worship. 

And if you really think about it, we all worship, whether we are Christians or not.

Worship is where you put the most of your time and energy.

Whatever consumes you the most, and occupies your mind the most deeply, well, that’s worship. I’m sure you also realize that many things other than God can occupy that place in our heart and soul. As Christmas approaches, we are again called to be like the shepherds in the fields, the wise men, and the new parents to come and worship the newborn King.

As a prayer reflection take some time and prayerfully consider what consumes your time. Furthermore, what occupies your thoughts? Do you find yourself worrying, overreacting, overworking, over-resting? Try to really step into your thoughts and actions and seek God’s guidance on what you worship. For God wants us all to fully worship him. As a fellow follower of our great Jesus, I too have struggles that occupy my mind and actions, but we serve a gracious God who is seeking us to constantly return to him with our shortcomings. This God isn’t looking to punish but rather lovingly parent us, and that is what we really need. We are lost sheep looking for our Shepherd.

So start again today by returning to the Lord and seeking him and only him. Will you fail in this endeavor to have him be the only thing you worship? Yes. But God knows that and knows that we are capable of being fickle. The Christian walk is a journey. With any great journey it takes time to get to the destination. God seeks your heart and intention and can do great and mighty things with your desire to put him first above all. Trust, if you are willing, and God will lead you to that life of worshipping him and only him more and more all of your days. It is always my prayer and it is my hope it is yours too!

Here are some simple ways to incorporate worship of God into your days:

  • Listen to Christian radio when you drive
  • Take a walk in nature. As you walk, focus on worshipping God through the lens of creation.
  • Speak more frequently about the goodness God has done and is doing in your life with others.
  • Make a playlist of your favorite worship songs and listen to it.
  • Read through the Psalms and use it as a worship exercise.
  • Intentionally devote prayer time to worshipping God and not asking for anything -simply worshipping the King of kings.

May these be a jumping off point for you to better incorporate worship into your life, for there is much to worship this Christmas season! Jesus Christ came down from Heaven, from the perfect union with God, and became a human. He showed us what an enormous blessing it is to walk closely with God in this world, and as he enabled this privilege through his sacrificial life and death, he conquered evil and established his kingdom here on earth.

May you find yourself drawn into deeper worship, not only because our God deserves our worship, but we desperately need it as well!

We desperately need it.

Prayer

God,

It is only human to have my attention divided, but God you offer so much more than what occupies my mind and actions. My life would be much richer if I worshipped only you, so help me please! Help me in times of trouble to remember and praise who you are. Help me in times of joy to remember and praise who you are. Help me when I am talking to my loved ones, friends and coworkers to share in honest, transparent ways of how amazing you are in my life. God a life of worship is a life fully in love with you and I seek that. Thank you for sacrificing everything so that I may have the opportunity to live a life worshipping you and in turn understand myself in ways I never knew existed, as a beloved child of the great King. Amen.

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