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Make Ready the Way

August 31, 2016

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Make Ready  the Way

Each one  of us  has a heart  of sin.     Psalm 14:2-3  shows us,

The LORD  has looked down  from heaven  upon the sons  of men
To see  if there are any  who understand,
Who seek  after God.      

They have all  turned aside,  together  they have become corrupt;
There is no one  who does good,  not even one.

All of our days  have sins  of various sorts.     We can’t help ourselves.     We need  to realize that.     But,  in the same breath,  we need  to think about the next verse  —  Psalm 14:4-5,

Do all  the workers  of wickedness  not know,
Who eat up  My people  as they eat bread,
And do  not call  upon the Lord?
There they are  in great dread,
For God  is  with the righteous generation.

There are sinners  —  just like everyone  who has ever lived  —  who love the LORD  and trust  in Him.     In spite  of our sins,  the LORD  looks upon us  as righteous  because  of our faith.     “God  is with”  all  who have faith  in Him.     We are simply  not counted  with the unbelieving sinners  in this world.

All this is why  Luke 3:4  reports  that John the Baptist preached,

Make ready  the way  of the LORD,
Make His paths straight.

John the Baptist preached repentance.     Repentance  and faith  in Christ Jesus are  the way  of the LORD”.      God wants us  to be wise enough  to see  our sins  —  realize how evil  they are  —  realize how sin separates us  from God  —  and realize  how faith  draws us near  to the heart  of God,  our Creator Redeemer.

To  make ready  the way  of the LORD”  is a daily awareness  of our sins.     By faith,  we always acknowledge  our sinfulness  —  and trust  in God’s forgiving love.     By faith  we are righteous  in God’s eyes.

Free  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for helping us  in our need.”

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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