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December 11, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah 3


Isaiah 35:6-7

For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

 

Thought for Today

While yesterday’s verse spoke literally of the blind gaining their sight and the lame leaping for joy, today’s speaks to our spiritual condition. In Israel, the heart and soul of the people was dried up like a desert, a brutal place where dangerous things dwelt, threatening all who dared to be comfortable. The Pharisees told them that God loathed them. They were reprimanded for every little mistake. They were dying from the inside out. When the Messiah came He would change all that. He would bring streams of living water in to the desert of their hearts. He would bring the foliage of life into harsh wilderness of their souls. Jesus spoke the words of life to the people of Israel. He told them that God would make a way for them to be His beloved children again. He would do it because He loved them. The evidence of life was scattered throughout Israel in the lives of those He touched with God’s love on his way to the cross.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, speak Your words of life into my heart today and help me to irrigate someone else with Your life giving water. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

While waiting for a Moses to lead us into the promised land, we have forgotten how to walk. — Wendell Johnson
 

Quote of the Day

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. — Anne Frank

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December 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah 2


Isaiah 35:5-6

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

 

Thought for Today

God gave specific signs that would mark the coming of the Messiah, God’s promised Savior. It’s interesting that the sign He gives in our reading is one that speaks just as powerfully today as it would have 2000 years ago. For all our technology and scientific breakthroughs the blind, deaf, lame, and mute are still among us. We continue to long for a day when everyone’s body will be whole. For a short time, in a small part of the world, a man appeared and in His wake He left wholeness and healing, dancing and singing. This is the One we expectantly await, Jesus of Nazareth. When He comes again, what He did in Israel will be commonplace throughout the world. What a glorious day that will be! Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, continue to grant healing to those in need as a sign of Your care for Your people and Your coming kingdom. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Blind people don't decide to see. Jesus says, 'See!' and they see. — John Piper

 

Quote of the Day

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. — Helen Keller
 

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December 9, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah


Isaiah 35:4

Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.

 

Thought for Today

The moment we live in is filled with uncertainty: dramatic political change; financial struggle; disposable relationships; and so much more. Uncertainty leads to anxiety. God made a promise to deal with the things that cause His people suffering. He came personally to deal with them. He disarmed the authors of our pain and suffering, sin, death and the devil, when He died on Calvary. The problem for us is that, while the causes have been dealt with the symptoms remain. So we wait for the ultimate fulfillment when He comes again and removes every trace of suffering from the world. What are you anxious about today? Place it under the promises of God.

 

Prayer

Lord of Hosts, today I lay before You my anxiety over _______________. Grant me peace and hope as I await Your deliverance. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God wants you to be delivered from what you have done and from what has been done to you - Both are equally important to Him.” ― Joyce Meyer

 

Quote of the Day

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. — Vincent Van Gogh

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