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A People Prepared For the Lord

December 24, 2014

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A People Prepared  For the Lord

The LORD God Almighty knows  our every single thought.     That can be rather scary  —  or very comforting.     King David  was so comforted  by God’s knowledge  of him  that he had  to write  about it.     David wrote  in Psalm 139:1-6,

O LORD,  You have searched me  and known me.
You know  when I sit down  and when I rise up;
You understand  my thought  from afar.
You scrutinize  my path  and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted  with all my ways.
Even before  there is a word  on my tongue,
Behold,  O LORD,  You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind  and before,
And laid Your hand  upon me.
Such knowledge  is too wonderful  for me;
It is too high,  I cannot attain  to it.

David  could not figure out  God’s intimate knowledge  of us,  and neither can we.     But,  we don’t have to.     All we need  to realize is  that God loves us  so deeply  that He sent  His only begotten Son  to be born  in a manger,  suffer  and die  as the ultimate payment  for our sins,  and be resurrected  as proof  that the living God  has done  all this  according to His promises.

All God’s intimate knowledge  of our hearts  and minds  brings us  to God’s preparation  of our hearts  to accept Christ  as our Savior  and Lord  —  a real Christmas story  —the story  of Christ being born  in our hearts  and minds.

Before Jesus  was born,  God prepared the way  for the people  to realize  the truth  of His salvation  in Christ.     God did that  by sending  John the Baptist  to prepare the hearts  of the people.     Before John  was even conceived,  an angel  announced  to Zacharias  (John the Baptist’s aged father),  that he and his wife,  Elizabeth,  would have a son  in their old age  —  and that their son was  to be God’s special messenger  to the people.

The angel  described God’s purpose  in having John the Baptist born  in Luke 1:17,

It is he  who will go  as a forerunner  before Him  in the spirit  and power  of Elijah,  to turn  the hearts  of the fathers back  to the children,  and the disobedient  to the attitude  of the righteous,  so as  to make ready  a people prepared  for the Lord.

Just as  John the Baptist  was sent ahead  of Jesus  to preach repentance  and the coming  of the Savior  —  so,  we too,  have had people  in our lives,  who were forerunners,  who have prepared  our hearts  and minds  to wholly accept Jesus  as our Lord  and Savior.     The people  and happenings  that have prepared  our hearts  might have been rejected  for some time  —  or maybe they were welcomed.     None of that matters  —  unless we end up  never accepting Jesus  in our heart.

It is because  every single one  of us  is a sinner,  doomed to die eternally,  that we all need heart  and mind preparation  of some kind.     We need  a witness  —  a forerunner.     For some,  that preparation  might have come  from parents  when they were tiny tots.     For others,  a Sunday School teacher,  pastor,  or friend  might have witnessed  and prepared their hearts.     Others  may have gone many years  seeing many indications  of a Savior,  but not paying any attention  to what seemed irrelevant.     And still others,  may have spent  a whole lot  of time  in downright repulsion  for every time they saw  or heard anything  in connection  with Jesus Christ.

Whatever  our situation  in life,  God has always  been using others  to witness  in some way  or another  to prepare our hearts  to finally come  to a knowledge  of the truth.     It is the end result  that matters  to God.     It’s as Jesus says  in Luke 19:10,

For the Son  of Man  has come  to seek  and to save  that which was lost.

God is seeking us.     King David,  in Psalm 139 above,  realized  how God  was always seeking him  to keep him  in a “saved” condition.     That is why he says  in verse 17“How precious also  are Your thoughts  to me,  O God!     How vast  is the sum  of them!”     God always has  every one  of us  in His thoughts,  so what God thinks  of us  should be precious  to us.

So then,  the question becomes  —  what are we doing  with God’s efforts  to witness to us  and help us  to grow  in the one true faith?     God wants us  to be strong  in the truth  because He loves us.     David ended Psalm 139 with,  “And lead me  in the everlasting way.”

Do we want  the Christ  to be born  in our hearts?     Do we want  the LORD God  to lead us  “in the everlasting way”?     All it is  is facing  the truth.     Do we want truth  —  or do we want  to live  in our lies,  ending up  in eternal death?

What will  we do  with the Christ Child?     Let Him  be born  in our hearts.     As we think  of the awesomeness  of God’s love  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have pursued us  and won us  by Your grace  and almighty power.     All glory is  to Your name!”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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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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