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Session 1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

Read: Isaiah 40:12-31

Have you ever had to wait a long time when you weren’t expecting to? Frustration builds as each minute passes. You begin to wonder if they forgot about you, if they even cared at all.

We tend to lose patience quickly when the reality of our situation doesn’t coincide with our expectations. 

Israel knew this feeling all too well. They had been in exile for 70 years, and though Isaiah had already told them a new king, a deliverer was coming, God’s promise became harder and harder to believe with each passing day. They knew God’s promise, but His words didn’t seem to coincide with their circumstances.

In response to this sentiment, Isaiah eloquently describes the power, mightiness, and completeness of God and His planning. God doesn’t make mistakes. However, in the middle of a long wait, it sure can feel that way.  

Waiting well isn’t about counting the minutes. It is about trusting God with His plan for our lives. 

Waiting well isn’t about counting the minutes. It is about trusting God with His plan for our lives, believing that He loves us and does everything for our good (Romans 8:28).  

God’s plans are not only worth the wait, but always more beautiful than anything we could ever imagine. Jesus did more than save Israel; He saved the world. Jesus established an eternal kingdom, offering freedom from sin and a relationship with all who seek Him. 

Whatever you’re waiting for right now, fight the urge to rush the process. Let Christmas, the arrival of God’s greatest promise, be a reminder that no one can fathom what God has planned for those who love Him. 

Reflect: 

  • How do you respond when things don’t go as planned? 
  • What do Isaiah’s words tell you about God’s abilities?
  • Is there a situation or prayer you’re waiting for God to answer? Be honest with God about how you’re feeling. And remember, Isaiah’s words are true for you, too. 

1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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