My apologies for this abbreviated version of Monday’s devotion.
Something glitched in my scheduled posts, and they didn’t post when they should have. I manually posted Sunday’s on Monday evening after a friend asked if I was okay, so we get Monday and Tuesday today.
Thank you for your patience with my ineptness at these technologies.
For Monday, June 29, 2009
The Kingdom Is Coming
Focus verses: Isaiah 9:1-7
“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given.” This is the heart of the Christian message. God so loved the world that He gave us his son. In Him all burdens are bearable, all things are possible, eternal fellowship with God is ours. In Him, that is, and only in Him. We can have the real Christmas every day of our lives. In Him.
Thank You for sending Your Son.
For Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Promise Continues
Focus verses: Isaiah 11:10-16
Not only is the Saviour foreshadowed in Isaiah’s prophecies, the return of Israel to a position of prominence is promised as well. These verses show the children of Israel being returned from diaspora and reunited as a single nation.
The promise is valid for all Christians. We are to be a united people, a union which can occur only under God.
The deliverance of the people of God is to be a physical deliverance as well, but it is first and foremost a spiritual deliverance. Deliverance from a world which would ensnare us into idolatries of every kind. Deliverance from bondage to our physical bodies as the be-all and end-all of our existence. Deliverance from the hands of the enemy of our souls.
When we lay hold of this promise and put our eyes on God, everything else seems to shrink in importance. There is a chorus: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. Draw us ever closer to your heart. Grant us the selective hearing to tune out the cacophony of this world and listen only to You.