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ADVENT DAY 4

Isaiah 40:1-5. ““Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.”

Thunder in the desert! “Prepare for GOD ’s arrival! Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God. Fill in the valleys, level off the hills, Smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks. Then GOD ’s bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes. Just as GOD has said.””

What wondrous tidings! What glad glad news! Our sin has been dealt with; forgiven! We are given the message in love and told to make ready the way for God Himself. That’s a scary prospect but every time there is an important event in our lives we go through the stages don’t we?

We make plans, decide on the best course of action and who the most qualified players are. We may spend weeks at this point making sure every t is crossed and all i-s are dotted.

Nothing worthwhile comes easy and do challenges must be faced. Some easy to manipulate and others seemingly insurmountable. There are those that come at great personal cost (John the Baptist). Thing is we fight for what we believe in.

That way it’s so much sweeter when we settle in to enjoy the fruit of our labour. When our King arrives and says “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” it’ll all be worth it.

John Oscar of the Coulee Community Church, Whitehall Wisconsin, has a full sermon along these lines worth reading.

https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/prepare-john-oscar-sermon-on-prayer-206709?page=1

Think About This

What plans have you made in preparation for the Lord’s coming?

Prayer

Dear Lord, As my heart overflows with joy at your coming may I make ready the way for you in all I think, speak or do. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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ADVENT DAY 3

Genesis 3:8-15. “When they heard the sound of GOD strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from GOD. GOD called to the Man: “Where are you?” He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” GOD said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.” GOD said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?” “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.” GOD told the serpent: “Because you’ve done this, you’re cursed, cursed beyond all cattle and wild animals, Cursed to slink on your belly and eat dirt all your life. I’m declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He’ll wound your head, you’ll wound his heel.””

As a child, Eve’s explanation in the King James Version fascinated me; “And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” For a long time it was the only thing I remembered from the story of the Fall of Eden. Eve kinda had the same problem with the devil ; she got hung up on only a part of what was said instead of keeping the whole picture in focus. The devil then found it easy to beguile her and she did eat.

On a daily basis we’re offered pieces that can fit a puzzle but if we’ve forgotten which picture we’re building we’ll accept any old piece won’t we? God offered up His only son to complete the puzzle, solve the riddle, answer the burning question. To keep us safe God went all out for us and declared war on the devil. It is easy to get carried away by pretty sights and sounds, so in order not to be beguiled, remember Christ is the missing piece, every time.

Think About This

Be honest; what beguiles you? Have you fit Christ into the equation?”

Prayer

Dear Lord, When my heart skips a beat may I find You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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ADVENT DAY 2

Isaiah 52:7-9. “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, Breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God reigns!” Voices! Listen! Your scouts are shouting, thunderclap shouts, shouting in joyful unison. They see with their own eyes GOD coming back to Zion. Break into song! Boom it out, ruins of Jerusalem: “ GOD has comforted his people! He’s redeemed Jerusalem!””

Prayer

Dear Lord, May I be the bearer of glad tidings. May I Present the joy of the gospel without fear or favour. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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ADVENT DAY 1

Isaiah 40:9-11. “Climb a high mountain, Zion. You’re the preacher of good news. Raise your voice. Make it good and loud, Jerusalem. You’re the preacher of good news. Speak loud and clear. Don’t be timid! Tell the cities of Judah, “Look! Your God!” Look at him! GOD, the Master, comes in power, ready to go into action. He is going to pay back his enemies and reward those who have loved him. Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, Hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.”

Everyone gets excited when December begins. Some love Christmas and all the holiday cheer, others can’t wait for the year to end so they can put the past behind them. Different people have different reasons for looking forward to the December. Even those who get worked up about Christmas are not united in why. Some do it for the love of presents and others for the many religious services. Families gather around this time and fights are had and Love is shared. Whether from the pulpit, TV screen or daily interaction, the story of the birth Christ though remains a constant at this time.

I have come to view this season as a reflective period. Christ came once before as a babe so that he might grow and live among us to show us how to reconcile with the Father. Christ will come again as a reigning King to take His own home with him. Is that a journey I want to take? Am I ready to go should he come now? Am I excited for Christ to come?

Think About This

What does Christmas/ the coming of Christ mean to you?

Prayer

Dear Lord, May You forever be my focus in this fast paced world. May I not miss Your return. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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THE RIGHT EAR

Romans 6:22-23. “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”

Whom you listen to makes a world of difference in who you become. Whether you are built up, have morals, determination and succeed or not largely depend on the things we allow people to tell us. When the devil has our ear, it is sweet at first but eventually the poison he pours in, will kill us. Giving God our ear can be tough because first He often has to wash it out and getting all that filth to come out can sting a bit. But once it’s clean; oh the delight of God in your ear, directing your path (Isaiah 30:21)

It’ll put you on the path that leads to eternal life and makes sure you get there.

Think About This

Can you hear what God has to say?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Clean my ears out with the blood of Calvary that I might hear the call of Your Spirit. In Jesus name I pray. Amen