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Make Ready the Way Of the LORD

September 26, 2014

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Make Ready  the Way  Of the LORD

When we know  we’re going  to have company,  we make the house ready  to receive them.     When a dignitary comes  to our town,  we make preparations for a welcome.     When a judge  is ready  to pass a sentence,  the courtroom  is made ready  for his decision.     We even get ready  when our job   is going to be evaluated.

We need  a much better readiness  for our Lord’s coming  into our lives.     That preparation  and need  for readiness  was announced  long before Christ Jesus walked this earth.     One can read  the announcements  from Malachi 3 and Isaiah 40.     Then,  when Jesus came,  we read  in Mark 1:1-5,

The beginning  of the gospel  of Jesus Christ,  the Son  of God.      As it is written  in Isaiah the prophet:    

     “Behold,  I send My messenger  ahead of You,
      Who will prepare  Your way;
      The voice  of one crying  in the wilderness,
      ‘Make ready the way  of the Lord,
      Make His paths straight.'”

John the Baptist appeared  in the wilderness  preaching a baptism  of repentance  for the forgiveness  of sins.     And all the country  of Judea  was going out  to him,  and all the people  of Jerusalem;  and they were being baptized  by him  in the Jordan River,  confessing their sins.

When God wanted the people  to  “make ready”  their hearts  and minds  to receive Jesus,  as the Savior,  He had John the Baptist start preaching “repentance  for the forgiveness  of sins”.     John taught the people  that repentance  is not just an outward,  hypocritical act  of mouthing a few words  and getting baptized.     That does not make anyone “ready”  to have Jesus  in their lives.     After all,  God Almighty knows  our every thought  and intention.     He knows  when we’re being hypocritical.

A joyful  faith  in God’s word  and love  is what makes  “ready the way  of the Lord”  in our hearts.     That is why David wrote  in Psalm 68:4,

Sing  to God,  sing praises  to His name;
Cast up a highway  for Him  who rides  through the deserts,
Whose name  is the LORD,  and exult  before Him.

When we are happy  to hear God’s gospel truth  of forgiveness,  our hearts will  “sing praises  to His name”.     And that joyful song  in our hearts  builds up  “a highway”  for God  to come  into our repentant hearts  —  hearts that have turned to Him.

John the Baptist not only taught repentance,  but also forgiveness  —  the gracious love  of God  for all  who turn  to Him.

So we question ourselves.     Have we made  our hearts ready for  “the way  of the Lord”  in our lives?   Have we rightly accepted  all God’s truths  regarding  our salvation  through faith  in Christ Jesus,  so that we have made  “His paths straight”  in our hearts  —  according to His word?    Do we joyfully sing praises?     Remember Acts 2:39,

For the promise is  for you  and your children  and for all  who are far off,  as many  as the Lord our God  will call  to Himself.

Always “ready”  to live God’s way,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the wonders  of Your love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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