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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, December 3, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus means “the Lord saves.” Jesus came to earth to save us because we can’t save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can’t eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn’t come to help people save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin. Thank Christ for his death on the cross for your sin, and then ask Him to take control of your life. Your new life begins at that moment.
Jesus was God in the flesh; thus, God was literally among us, “with us.” Through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present today in the life of every believer. Perhaps not even Isaiah understood hos far-reaching the meaning if Immanuel would be. (NLT)
Matthew 1:18-25 – Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly.
As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (Meaning, God is with us).” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded. He brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). –Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
Here is a portion of Ruth E. Hetland’s (Minnesota) story:
“God promises new life for us as well. In the midst of the dead ends of our lives – those times or places where we feel lost or just too tired to think – God reminds us: there is yet time! Those things you dream about are still possible. God can still answer those prayers you have been praying.
“No matter whether we are refreshed or tired, peaceful or anxious, hopeful or hopeless, God sends a message we need to hear. The story of Advent is the story of Immanuel, ‘God with us.’ Even in the darkest night, even in a hospital room, even on the cross, God is always about beginnings.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God offers me hope and new beginnings.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust in your power at work in our lives even when we cannot sense it. Amen.
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