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Let Every Valley Be Lifted Up

December 16, 2014

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Let Every Valley  Be Lifted Up

It is so important  for everyone  to recognize  their sinful nature  —  and realize  just how condemning it is.     Bluntly,  our sins condemn us  to an eternity  of hell  —  and there is absolutely nothing  any one  of us  can do  to worm our way  out of it.     Everyone is a sinner,  and anyone imagining they can do enough good works  to merit heaven  is even more condemned  for such arrogance  and pride.     They are blasphemously contradicting  God’s word,  and puffing up  their ego.

Although our sins condemn us,  we do have a joyful  and sure hope  in Christ Jesus,  our Savior.     His suffering,  death,  and resurrection  have made  a full  and most satisfactory payment  for all of our sins.     Because  of Jesus,  we are now free  from all the punishment  we deserve,  simply by believing  and trusting  in God’s promises  and truths.

Questions:    Are we humble enough  to admit our sin?     Do we imagine  we have the power  to deserve heaven?     Are the religious teachings  of all the other various belief systems  confusing us?     Do our rough times  in life  make us wonder  about God’s love?     We need  to listen  to God’s words  of comfort,  telling us  about our Savior.

Isaiah 40:3-5  prophesied the purpose  and work  of John the Baptist’s preaching  about our Savior.     Isaiah wrote  around 740 years beforehand,

A voice  is calling,
“Clear the way  for the LORD  in the wilderness.
Make smooth  in the desert  a highway  for our God.
Let every valley  be lifted up,
And every mountain  and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground  become a plain,
And the rugged terrain  a broad valley;
Then the glory  of the LORD  will be revealed,
And all flesh  will see it  together;
For the mouth  of the LORD  has spoken.

When John the Baptist  preached repentance  to get our hearts ready  for the LORD  to come  to us  with His gift  of salvation,  he preached  the necessity  of our turning  to God  according to the truths  of our sinful natures  —  and according  to the truths  of God’s faithful love  and promises throughout the Old Testament.

We need  to let  our repentant hearts  “be lifted up”  by the promises  of God’s forgiveness  through faith  in Christ.     There is no condemnation  for anyone  who puts their trust  in Jesus  —  absolutely no condemnation.     Romans 8:1  confirms,

Therefore  there is now  no condemnation  for those  who are  in Christ Jesus.

So,  all the humble  who trust  in Jesus  are no longer condemned.     That is our joyful assurance.     And,  those who are troubled  by all the other  deceiving challenges  in this sinful world,  can also  take a joyful comfort  in God’s loving promises,  as they look  to God’s word  and learn  how very trustworthy it is.     The proud  and arrogant  who refuse  to believe God  will all  “be made low”  when they see  that they stand condemned.

In the glad peace  of God’s salvation  for all believers,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You have done  all things well!     Thank You!”

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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