Posts Tagged ‘ Emmanuel ’

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.

Advent 2022 – Day 9: 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.

Isaiah 40:3-4, 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.

The sin we all commit and have committed have left rocks in our path that we trip over, created potholes that we stumble in, and knocked down debris that block our way and push us to different paths.

The Prophets of old worked to prepare people for God.

John was born to begin preparing hearts for the coming Messiah, claiming he was the fulfillment of this passage. (Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 3:1-5)

The Baptizer called us to repent, to change our thinking and actions, to prepare for our Savior.

We still struggle to be clean and clear, to obey and love.

Yet, God came to us, He comforts our souls and does the initial work of removing those rocks, filling the potholes, and moving debris from our way.

We can prepare ourselves by seeking our Creator and Savior who is capable of leveling out our lives, knowing that only in Him is it completely possible.

We will still stumble and deal with consequences for our sins, but the way is made easier in Christ.

May we seek the Lord who helps us, preparing ourselves by seeking His path.

VerseD: Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17, ESV

As we live in this world, we will be encumbered and afflicted with worries, anxieties, and fears.

But our God can and does save us, giving us strength and joy in the midst of evil and suffering. Lean on Him.

VerseD: Romans 10:7

“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).

Romans 10:7, ESV

Our God came to us as one of us, died and He was buried in the ground. Despair could have held us, but He alone could defeat death.

And He did.

VerseD: Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Matthew 6:34, ESV

God is with us and helping us through this life. Don’t worry. Turn to Him.

VerseD: 1 Peter 3:12

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

1 Peter 3:12, ESV

God is ever-present in our lives, but He pulls away from evil. Let us stay within His presence by seeking Him and His righteousness.

VerseD: Zechariah 14:9

And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.

Zechariah 14:9, ESV

God is with us via the Holy Spirit, but when Christ returns to reign on Earth, then we will be with God for eternity.

VerseD: Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13, ESV

God is with us when He is in us. We find God through Jesus, the one who came for us, and then He indwells us by His Holy Spirit.

VerseD: Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9, ESV

God is with us, but He is so far beyond us. We cannot understand how He acts, but we can know He loves us and has saved us.

VerseD: Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1, ESV

Immanuel. God with us. The world may get crazy, but God is our comfort at all times, living in us by the Holy Spirit.