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Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021 Written By Gwen Smith

Topic: The Hope You Need

Today’s Truth

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3 NIV).

MESSAGE

Friend to Friend

My son Hunter had been having pain in his left elbow. He mentioned it to my husband and I casually but didn’t make a big deal about it initially. He was a teenager, so we thought it might just be growing pains. Months later, when the pain continued to increase, he brought it up to us again.

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Off to the doctor, we went, not knowing what to think about the mysterious, lingering pain. After a brief physical evaluation, the doctor ordered that x-rays be taken. Soon after, he peeked his head back in the exam room and gave me the “come with me” finger-wag.

Eew. Okay.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

I followed him out to the light board that illuminated Hunter’s new bone pictures. Dr. Joe started off with this simple statement. “Hunter has a bone problem.” He went on to explain that he had an OCD lesion, and that it needed to be dealt with for him to experience relief from the pain and healing in his arm.

Lots of follow-up appointments followed.

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We met with a surgeon who specializes in elbows and shoulders, and gathered all the information we needed. Hunter had X-rays, MRIs, and MRIs with dye. He was poked and prodded and pressed. The professional conclusions were this: if Hunter’s elbow wasn’t fixed now, later in life it would completely lock up, rendering his arm unbendable.

Our response? Elbow surgery it is!

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

The morning of surgery, the nurse got his IV started and prepped his arm by cleaning it up really good. Then they carted Hunter away and the surgeon began his work. During surgery the bad areas of Hunter’s bone were removed, and then the doctor micro-fractured the area to cause bleeding. The fracturing of his bone exposed blood to the place of pain, which ultimately led him to fresh bone growth and healing.

I just can’t think of Hunter’s elbow surgery without thinking of Jesus.

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Like Hunter, the body of Jesus needed to be broken so blood could flow, and healing could happen.

This is the simple Gospel. The good news! The very reason we celebrate Christmas.

The Son of God left His place of perfection in heaven and came to earth to mend our hearts and hurts. God’s love was poured out on humanity through the blood that was shed by Jesus. He became broken for us on a cross so that we could know forgiveness, hope and healing.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

When Hunter first came to us, we didn’t know anything was wrong – just that there was a pain that needed to be addressed. Do you sense that something’s wrong in your life? Perhaps you can’t quite put your finger on it, but sense there’s more to faith than what you know. More to Jesus than what you’ve explored or accepted.

Are you struggling with pain, depression, anxiety, or loneliness? Got any areas of brokenness that need mending?

The apostle Peter wrote about Jesus as being the hope we all need. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3 NIV).

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Jesus is our Living Hope. He’s our Merciful Majesty, the reason we sing all those wonderful songs at Christmas.

In this season of wintery wonder, I invite you to consider how God’s love heals hurts, and clarifies confusions. The Bible explains it this way. “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). The Word also promises this, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

Listen, friend, Jesus is the Hope who heals. He’s the Master Surgeon who not only knows when and where we’re broken but is our ever-present Help in times of trouble. Considering this truth, we can celebrate the season of Christmas this year with fresh gratitude for the gifts of healing and hope.

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Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I need healing today. I need You, Jesus. Please forgive my sins and restore my hope. Help me to grow in Your love and to experience the purity and full life you promise in Your Word.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

Now It’s Your Turn 

What area of your life needs healing or hope today? Spend some time in prayer, then reach out to a friend for prayer support.
Have you placed your faith in Jesus? If you don’t know the hope of Jesus but want to, click here.

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 15th December 2021

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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