Posts Tagged ‘ Bible ’

VerseD: Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

We want to change the world, but God calls us to start with our own hearts and minds, seeking His heart and mind in our lives.

Advent 2022 – Day 13: Isaiah 40:15-17

Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

Isaiah 40:15-17, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Our sins have stacked up to heaven, deeper and more vile than we could know.

We think that our sin is basically nothing, but we are so good and important.

Our sin is greater than we think, having separated us from the God of the universe.

Even our scientists can see and admit that on our little planet in this vast universe we are insignificant, our planet comparable to an electron in an atom.

Compared to God, we are even smaller, still thinking we can do anything that can appease His wrath for our sin.

Our planet barely registers as dust on the scales of God’s justice.

We are like nothing.

Yet, God came to us, showing us the depth of His grace and love, becoming like one of us on this dust mite of a planet.

We therefore prepare ourselves by admitting we don’t understand as much as we think we do, turning to our Creator and Savior who makes us worthy.

May we seek the Lord who has no reason to consider us, yet He still loves us and saves us.

Advent 2022 – Day 12: Isaiah 40:13-14

Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?

Isaiah 40:13-14, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Our sins have stacked up to heaven, deeper and more vile than we could know.

Sin is rebellion against the character of God.

And we think we can tell God what is good? What justice and goodness are? That we know better what God’s character and will are?

Who do we think we are? Why do we think we understand God’s creation and character better than He does when He has revealed it through HisbWord by His prophets and apostles?

And this is what the prophets, including John the Baptist, were telling us.

“Repent! Stop your foolish thinking, and turn from your sin! The kingdom of God is at hand, and you think you can judge your Creator? Prepare for His coming, now!”

But we still try to justify our sin, correct God on His justice, and fix His revelation.

Yet, God came to us, showing us the depth of our misunderstanding of sin, revealing His character in person, and taking on Himself the justice we deserved.

We therefore prepare ourselves by admitting we don’t understand as much as we think we do, turning to the Word and trusting the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of Christ to us.

May we seek the Lord who took on the just punishment we deserved, preparing ourselves by seeking His revelation.

VerseD: Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33, ESV

We want to change the world, but it only happens when we seek the kingdom and righteousness of God in our own life and let Him move through us.

VerseD: Ephesians 6:18

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

Ephesians 6:18, ESV

We help change the world when we start in prayer to our Lord and lift up all who share the gospel. (Which should be all of us!)

Advent 2022 – Day 11: Isaiah 40:10-11

Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 40:10-11, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Our sins have stacked up to heaven, deeper and more vile than we could know.

We have cut ourselves off from God, run from Him in our rebellion, and chosen to ignore Him.

Yet He has prepared this world for Himself, prophesying He would come for us and what it would look like, and He put it into writing through the prophets who spoke for Him.

And although we have done everything to push Him away, He has come after us.

We have kicked and screamed, run and hid, and complained and whined against God.

Yet, God came to us, comforting us amidst our sin and redeeming us from that sin.

He left the comforts of heaven to personally prepare us for Himself. He spoke through the Prophets, and John pointed us to Him, but He also came to this wilderness of a world to seek His lost sheep and draw them near.

He is strong enough to save us and hold us safely and securely.

May we seek the Lord who gives us confort, preparing ourselves by seeking His mighty and safe arms.

Advent 2022 – Day 10: Isaiah 40:6-8

A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Isaiah 40:6-8, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Our sins have stacked up to heaven, deeper and more vile than we could know.

Sin is the act of willfully separating from God, putting something between God and ourselves, weakening ourselves from the inside out as we cut ourselves off from the source of life.

And God will let us have what we want. (Romans 1:20-32)

Therefore, we internally die continually, and the only hope is a long life to stave off the eternal death and suffering.

All because we choose our sin over God and His Word.

Yet, God came to us, breathing out His Word and His Spirit to give us new life through His death and resurrection.

We therefore prepare ourselves by investigating His eternal Word through reading the Scriptures and trusting in the Son.

We may still suffer in this world, but we have the hope of eternal life in New bodies with our Lord forever.

May we seek the Lord who gives us life, preparing ourselves by seeking His Word.

VerseD: Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV

We have been sent into the world to change it for God in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

May we worship Him in confidence knowing He goes before and with us to accomplish this good work.

VerseD: Psalm 95:6

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Psalm 95:6, ESV

To change the world, we have to start with ourselves.

How should we start?

Let us worship our Maker and Savior!

VerseD: John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12, ESV

Our world is shadowed in the darkness of sin and rebellion, but our Light and Lord has come to us.

Turn to Jesus, our source of life.