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NEEDED: SEAL BREAKER

We are closing in on finishing our One Year reading of the Bible. It was a wonderful journey! Christmas celebrations also surround us. Soon my family will be visiting and I look  forward to dwelling in unity with them!

In today’s reading of Jonah, Jonah almost drowns. It reminds me of when I was a little boy “swimming” in a lake and I stepped into the deep end. Panic ensued. I could see the surface but I could not get back to it. But my mom reached down and pulled me up. As a little guy my life was “brought up from the pit.”

As I am now “all grown up,” I may struggle to reach life’s surface in the deep end … When I desire unity with people, I do not always find it.  When a good man dies in battle, and it is the battle of daily life, I grieve.  When family and friends grieve over those they have lost this year, and yet have no answer of why, we cry.

In Revelation 5 John the Apostle is crying because for a moment in heaven, no one is found worthy – no one is qualified to open the sealed scroll in the hand of God. These verses remind me of struggling for the surface in the deep end. Yet read on and rejoice! Jesus overcame and the heavenly crowds proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb!” And Jesus came up to the Throne of God and voluntarily took the scroll from his Father.

And because He alone is worthy to open each seal on that scroll …We can have peace. He is in control and all will be restored in heaven and earth.  Unity with brothers and sisters will happen.  A good man did die in life’s battle but in Jesus won the war.  And those in Jesus we lost here will be with us in paradise for eternity.  We are saved from our deep end!  Scroll to the end of the Book say it with me,  “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!”

 

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A TIME TO REBUILD AND REPAIR

As we spend time in this season of Advent, it is my prayer that our hearts would be awakened to the things that God is doing in our lives. We often view Lent as a season to repent, but I have found that in the season of waiting that is Advent, God begins to plow ground in my life that has been hard and unyielding, in need of repentance and rebuilding. In today’s reading in Amos 7-9, we find the Sovereign God (a name that is used too many times to count in the passage) communicating with His people about the judgment that will come to them because of their unrighteousness. In the midst of the passage, God is merciful, relenting, and gracious to His people even as they continue to turn away. Yet, the sovereign God is just and declares there will be judgment for His people for the ways they have worshipped other gods before the one true God. 

Even in the midst of His proclamation of judgment, there is the promise of God’s repair and rebuilding. It’s a promise that comes with finality – that one day, Israel will not be uprooted and will be firmly established as a place of peace and light.

As God’s people we can take notice of the way God deals with the Israelites. This advent season, there may be areas in your life that God is calling you to repentance. He is longing for us as His people to turn back to Him, to worship Him only, and to treat others with the love and forgiveness that has been given to us by Christ. Are there areas in your life where you are feeling God’s discipline and fighting against it?  Are there areas in your life that need to be uprooted?  He always calls us into discipline in order to rebuild and repair us. You may feel that you don’t have the strength to endure the punishment that He has for you but God’s strength will even be the way in which you can withstand the discipline. Do you want to be repaired?  Are there broken areas of your life that need rebuilding?  First, submit yourself to the discipline of God and experience this advent a Sovereign God that loves you and wants to see you made whole.

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