Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Advent 2015: The Arrival…
We have never had to wait for the arrival of Jesus as did the people who lived during the days of his arrival in a stable in Bethlehem. We know Jesus’ life story from even before his birth to after his resurrection. Advent is not really a time for learning more about Jesus or even a time to prepare for his arrival because through the ministry of the Holy Spirit Jesus is ALREADY HERE! Advent is a 40 day worship experience, a worship experience where our intimacy with Jesus himself becomes REAL not just his life story. The Psalmist wrote about the Advent worship experience hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.” (Psalm 96:11–13, ESV)
Psalms 96 tells of what Jesus came to do Psalms 89 tells of what Jesus does in our lives on a minute-by-minute basis. “How blessed are the people who worship you! O Lord, they experience your favor. They rejoice in your name all day long, and are vindicated by your justice. For you give them splendor and strength. By your favor we are victorious. For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.” (Psalm 89:15–18, NET)
Worship is HOW we not only honor the LORD it ALSO HOW we open our hearts to receive a FULL MEASURE of blessings. “We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” (2 Corinthians 1:5, The Message)
BE strong in the LORD!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
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