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December 22, 2011

Advent 24

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John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

 

Before I came to Jesus as my Lord, I played my life as many different characters.  I grew up in church and rarely missed a Sunday.  I was very active as a leader and sometimes an employee in churches.  I believed Jesus to be the Son of God but I didn’t understand the concept of surrender to Him as Lord.  What others saw in me was not who I was but who I wanted them to think I was.  I also was sure to get the credit for all “I did” in the church.  After I came to Jesus as my Lord, after I really surrendered my life, my heart and my mind to Him I no longer wanted to play my life out as other characters.  Now, what people see in me is what they get; is what I am.  I also am sure to acknowledge that all I do is by God’s grace alone.  I can do no good thing in and of myself.  As part of our Advent preparation let us take time to ask God to reveal any shadows in us that still need His Light.  This will help us to be part of His preparation for His Son’s coming to establish His Kingdom on earth.

December 21, 2011

Advent 23

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Luke 2:30 –32 For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

This is a powerful verse if you are a descendent of the Jews.  This is a Jewish profit attesting that Jesus, God’s Light, came for the Gentiles – all those who are not Jewish – and for the Jews of Israel as well.  God wants all mankind to walk with Him.  He sent His Son for all to see His light – the light that reveals the character of God so we might know, love and serve Him.  There is not one person to be excluded.  The question is whom do we exclude?  Who do we pass by and think God’s Light is not meant for them?  Let us accept all are accepted to come to God.  Let us be willing to share His Light with all we meet.  Let us not judge how they will receive what we share but just step out in faith and love and share the Light of God.  The rest is up to God’s Holy Spirit.  It is His Holy Spirit who quickens within us the seed of belief.

December 20, 2011

Advent 24

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Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”

Many peoples (all races and cultures) are called to come to the mountain of the Lord through His Son Jesus.  Jesus came to teach us God’s ways so we could walk in the way God designed for us.  All people are called but not all hear and not all who hear respond.  Those of us who have responded have a job to do.  We are to lead others to the mountain of our Lord – Jesus.  As we learn His ways for us we are to share what we learn with others.  Our question is are we walking in the ways He has taught and is teaching us?  We cannot help others if we are not walking it ourselves.  Let’s check our walk and then share with someone else today.

December 19, 2011

Advent 23

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Mt 4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

 

We are born in darkness for we are born in sin.  We live in darkness because we live in sin.  God is Light.  When Jesus came to this earth He brought God’s Light with Him.  The Light of God overtakes the shadow of death.  It is our choice whether we continue to live in darkness and the shadow of death or choose God’s Light, Jesus, and the eternal life He gives us.  Jesus paid the ultimate cost for this Light to shine for us by leaving His throne and experiencing all we experience on this earth, then dieing a painful death and rising from death showing that His Light conquers death.  All we must do is believe, accept and follow Him.  God’s Light is not for us alone but for all His creation.  We must share the Light He gives us with others.  Our question is do we have His Light in us?  If so, are we allowing His Light to shine on others?

December 18, 2011

Advent 22

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Luke 2:17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

This is referring to shepherds who were watching their flocks during the night.  Shepherds were considered to be the lower class of citizens.  God chose to send His angels to this “lower class” of people to be the first to hear the good news of His Son coming to this earth.  What a privilege.  How wonderful they believed the angels and went to find the Christ child.  After they found Him they became the first evangelists.  They went around telling all they could find of God’s Gift to us.  Our question is are we spreading the word concerning what God has and is doing to others?   When is the last time we told someone about Jesus?  Let’s be sure we do it today.  We do not know the time He will come back to this earth.  We must do our part to be sure no one misses it.

December 17, 2011

Advent 21

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Mt 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

He will save His people from their sins.  What a wonderful thing.  There is no way we can save ourselves from our sins.  There is no way we can ever be good enough.  Jesus was sent by God the Father to save His people from their sins.  Who are His people?  His people are those who believe Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to die on the cross and take on our sins, that they want Him to be the Lord of their lives and have taken Him into their hearts and minds and desire to walk in obedience to all He said.  When we have done this we become ‘His people.”  Each of us must answer if we are among His people.  We must do more than believe and accept.  We must live the way He showed and taught us to live.  Advent is quickly coming to a close.  Let each of us be sure we are ready to help prepare the way for our Lord.

December 16, 2011

Advent 20

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Zephaniah 3:14The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

What a beautiful promise.  This promise was made hundreds of years before it was fulfilled.  We now celebrate the fulfilling of this promise.  Jesus Christ, our King, has come.  He has taken our sins on Himself.  He has shown us God’s love.  He has shown us how to live.  He has promised never to leave us so we never need to fear.  As we prepare for His coming for His Bride (all believers) we celebrate His first coming.  Our celebration should last more than just during Advent.  We should be celebrating every day of our earthly lives.  When we celebrate something we make it known to all around.  Today let’s make our celebration known to those around us.

December 15, 2011

Advent 15

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Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Isaiah knew Jesus would be coming.  Jesus indirectly referred to this verse when He said He is the vine and we are the branches.  Jesus bore fruit.  We cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Jesus – the vine.  Our question today is are we abiding in Jesus?  We can tell by looking for the fruits.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are listed in the 5th chapter of Galatians.  Lets take time today to refresh our minds on these fruits and ask God to bring growth to them in us.  In order to prepare the way for His Kingdom to come on earth we must be bearing fruits.

December 14, 2011

Advent 18

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2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

There is a lot in the Bible about light.  The light shines in our hearts for a reason.  Light reveals things.  It shows whether a path is clear or there are obstacles in the way.  More crime is committed in darkness because they don’t want their crimes to show.  Sin seeks to hide in darkness.  Darkness is not always physical.  We can be in darkness spiritually, emotionally and mentally.  God’s light is to shine within our entire being – spirit, mind and emotions.  As we allow more and more of God’s light to shine within us we gain knowledge of God.  We do this through prayer, meditation and Bible study.  As we walk in obedience more light will shine in and through us.  Today is a good day to ask God to shine His light into the areas of our lives and reveal to us where more of His light is needed.  We want to be fully prepared for His coming.

December 13, 2011

Advent 17

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

Our light has already come.  It has come in the life, words and actions of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  During Advent we both celebrate His coming and prepare for His coming again.  Because His light has already come and remains on earth through His Holy Spirit God’s glory rises on each of His children – those who have received Jesus into their hearts and minds and choose to follow Him in obedience.  The question for us today is do we allow His glory to shine through us?  We let it shine through our words, actions, attitudes and facial expressions.  I stood in a long line the other day and looked at the faces of those in line.  I saw a lot of tiredness, depression, anger and impatience on the faces.  On one face I saw the glory of the Lord shining.  I decided to start up a conversation with that individual and found this person to be full of praises to God and excited about the season.  Granted I should have probably tried to start a conversation with those who did not show His glory and try to shine some light on them.  Next time I will.  We are to shine in the darkness of this world and be a voice telling them of the coming of Jesus.  Are you shining in the darkness or seeking to stay safe with others lights?

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