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December 21, 2018, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent 2018 Isaiah 40:5 Prepare the Way 3


Isaiah 40:5

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

Thought for Today

What will be the result of all our hard work preparing for the coming of the Lord? He will be revealed. Christ will be revealed in us! People looking at us to see what it means that the Lord is coming will see Him in the changes in us. They will see Him in our love, in our care, in our sharing and compassion. For God will honor the highway we have prepared for Him in our hearts and lives. He will walk across our level places and marvel at the mountains we have cut down for Him. He will be revealed! God makes this promise with His own lips. Since God has saved us, how can we do any less this Christmas than allow Him to be revealed to a watching world?

 

Prayer

Coming Lord, help me to be well prepared for You, so that others will see Your marvelous work in my life and know that it was You who accomplished it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern. ― Mother Teresa

 

Quote of the Day

Forgiveness is the final form of love. — Reinhold Niebuhr



Comments

12-24-2018 at 3:26 PM
Chuck Tyburk
Thank You Pastor Eric..I read these messages every day and find them to be very inspirational.and a good way yo start the day. May God bless your work !
12-23-2018 at 5:45 PM
Marti Brueggeman
Thank you so very much for these devotions. I missed them! What a blessing for each day!
12-23-2018 at 4:36 PM
Carol Ahmad
I really missed the daily thought provoking daily devotionals, thanks
12-21-2018 at 3:26 PM
Lori Rueffer
Yesyesyes! I, also, am very glad to have your writings back. I start my day with this devotional. Thank you very much, Pastor. God's peace!
12-21-2018 at 11:24 AM
Char Bogds
Thank you so much for bringing the devotional back !!! I always start my day with this! I especially love, during Advent , the book of Isaiah!
12-21-2018 at 11:13 AM
Tom Balz
Thanks Pastor Eric for restarting these daily inspirational messages. They are a great addition along with the Portals of Prayer
12-21-2018 at 10:23 AM
Ida Luebke
I, too, am pleased to be receiving your daily devotions. Thk U.
12-21-2018 at 8:47 AM
Nina
The anticipation of the results is like seeing the gifts under the tree - you just can't possibly know what will be... One must simply be ready and willing. Exciting times
12-21-2018 at 6:37 AM
Antje Dugger
This is the Best way to start my day, so glad you are doing this again Pastor Eric, thank you
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December 20, 2018, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent 2018 Isaiah 40:3-4 Prepare the Way 2


Isaiah 40:3-4

A voice cries:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

 

Thought for Today

Isaiah’s Advent call is to examine the terrain of our lives. Are there soaring heights of pride? Valleys of depression or self-loathing? Crooked deeds along our path? Are there rough places where our words and life are out of alignment? The Advent call is to make our lives consistent. We are to cut our pride down to size; fill in depression with the joy of the Lord; stop doing crooked things. Our faith-filled response to the coming of our King is to strive for a life that consistently honors Him. Take some time this weekend to consider what you can do to make your faith walk more consistent.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to see where my life is unprepared to meet my King and then give me the power to change to His glory. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Quote of the Day

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. — Alexander the Great

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December 19, 2018, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent 2018 Isaiah 40:3 Prepare the Way


Isaiah 40:3

A voice cries:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

 

Thought for Today

In the first two verses of Isaiah 40 God declared that He is no longer at war with us and is offering us terms of peace. This peace begins with His offering us mercy and grace for all of our offences. These are more than generous terms of peace, because they are one-sided. God will do everything necessary for our peace! Verse three is the cry of response, notice that it is not God’s voice crying. Maybe it is an angel crying out or Isaiah calling on behalf of mankind. The crier is answering the question that fills the awestruck silence at God’s pronouncement of mercy and grace, “What shall we do?” The voice cries, “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord!” Now that we have peace, God is coming. Immanuel is on His way. Get ready! Where is this wilderness? We don’t have to search too far. The wilderness is inside us. The Lord comes, but not to a physical place, a nation or land. God comes to wildest place of all, the human heart. In response to His mercy and grace, we respond by striving to tame the wilderness of our hearts so that He may enter in. There is no better Advent cry than this.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, I confess that my heart is not the tame place I like to pretend. My heart is a wild place, overgrown with selfish works, treacherous valleys dip low, and thoughts run wild. Help me to prepare this wilderness for Your coming at Christmas. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

These special holidays give rise to various liturgical calendars that suggest we should mark our days not only with the cycles of the moon and seasons, but also with occasions to tell our children the stories of our faith community's past so that this past will have a future, and so that our ancient way and its practices will be rediscovered and renewed every year.― Brian D. McLaren

 

Quote of the Day

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. — Aeschylus

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