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December 20, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Ears - Did I Hear You Right? 4


Did I Hear You Right? 4

 

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

 

Thought for Today

God has made many great and precious promises to us. He has promised to love us and forgive us. He has promised to provide, protect and bless us. He has promised us a place in heaven and eternal life at the resurrection. All of these promises find their fulfillment in one place, God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus volunteered to come down from heaven to live a perfect life in our fallen world. He suffered and died on the cross to solve our sin problem. He rose from the dead to demonstrate that death was at last defeated. God answers all of His promises with a resounding “YES!” because of all that Jesus has done for us. So, when God’s amazing promises stop you in your tracks and you wonder if they can really be for you. Lift your eyes to Jesus. In His perfect life and sinless death, you will find the answer to all your fears and doubts. Then praise His holy name as you celebrate His coming at Christmas to bring about all of God’s promises for you.

 

Prayer

Blessed Lord Jesus, thank You for being the answer to all of God’s promises for me! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The future is as bright as the promises of God. — William Carey

 

Quote of the Day

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. — C. S. Lewis

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December 19, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Ears - Did I Hear You Right? 3


Did I Hear You Right? 3

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

 

Thought for Today

Another kind of promise people struggle to believe God makes to them are promises to bless and provide. The world, the devil, and our sinful flesh all conspire to keep our lives troubled. We are always in the midst of some struggle or other. A new problem looms on the horizon. All of life’s challenges can cause one to wonder while God allows them. Didn’t He promise to take care of me? Do all these problems mean that God doesn’t love me? Have I done something to offend Him? These questions are common even among God’s people. We know that God “loves the world” and God “cares for all His children.” The general promises are easy to declare and believe. When the promise is provide and bless me, it becomes much harder. Certainly, each of us have seen His hand in our lives, but these feel so long ago. We struggle to trust God’s promises in the midst of the trial. The problem is, this is when we need them the most! This is why God gives Israel a litany to recite in troubled times: “He is the God who brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; Who delivered us through the sea and into a land flowing with milk and honey.” What would your family mantra sound like? From what has God delivered you? Family struggles? Health crisis? Money problems? Take some time today making a list of things that might be included in your family litany of God’s deliverance for you and craft it into a simple statement you can use to remember God’s faithfulness to His promises in the life of your family.

 

Prayer

Almighty Father, I praise You for all of the times You have faithfully delivered me and my family. Help me to bring them to mind when the next challenges arises. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Satan wants us to focus on the problem, not the Provider. He constantly points to what seems to be rather than to what God has promised to do. If we stop spending time with the Lord in prayer, the concerns of the physical world snatch our attention and dominate us, while the spiritual senses deaden and the promises fade. ― Jim Cymbala, Fresh Faith

 

Quote of the Day

Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.

"Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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December 18, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Ears - Did I Hear You Right? 2


Did I Hear You Right? 2

 

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Thought for Today

One of the promises that many people believe God can do, but don’t believe He will do for them is forgiving. Many people love to hear the gutter to grace stories of others. They believe in the incredible mercy and grace of God. However, they also are intimately aware of their own sin. They know what they have done that offends God. This makes their sin seem more real to them than the sins of others, and therefore, harder to believe that God would actually forgive them. This disbelief causes them to set up a barrier between them and God. They need to hear again how much God loves them. They need to be brought to the foot of the cross where they can see what Jesus did specifically for them. If you struggle to believe that your sins are completely forgiven by God, spend some time today contemplating God’s great love for you. 1 John is a good place to start.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, today I thank You, not for forgiving everyone, but specifically for forgiving me. I know well my sins, help me to believe they are forever washed away. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God’s forgiveness is greater than the devil’s hate. ― Dewayne Owens

 

Quote of the Day

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. — Mahatma Gandhi

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