Welcome to Day 23 of our Lenten Devotional! We are continuing our study this week on the topic of simplicity. In today’s devotion, we have to take a hard look at our schedules. Are we spending our time in the areas God wants us to, or are lives out of kilter? Just click on the link below to read today’s post about redeeming the time.
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Are you looking for a deeper relationship with God? God desires for His children to walk closely with Him. He went to great lengths to bring Ruth, a young widow from Moab, to a place of intense relationship with Him. Just as God pursued Ruth, He is pursuing you. Maybe, like me, you’ve made mistakes and have wandered far from God. Perhaps you think that God won’t use a woman like you. But, God has made provision for our mistakes by sending a Redeemer!
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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Luke 2: 18-21
Joseph, a just man
In verse 19, we learn why Joseph was chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father. He was a just man. He was just the man God had in mind to raise his Son. So God tells Joseph, “Do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife.” What does Joseph fear? For his reputation? For his business? For his personal relationships?
How did Joseph find out? Was it a friend? Was it an enemy who came to him with the the news? Whether friend of foe,
Someone delivers the bad news.
Mary is with child.
How could this happen? Everyone knew Mary’s reputation. She’s a woman of integrity and great character. But she is with child.
God delivers the good news.
The child is not his, but His. The baby is conceived of the Holy Spirit. God tells Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary to be his wife. The have a quick wedding and head to Bethlehem for the honeymoon.
And Mary delivers the Good News, Jesus!
The Names of Christmas.
The name Joseph descends from the Hebrew root yacaph, means to add, to increase. To add more and more. God is always in the business of adding more and more to His people. More righteousness, more grace, more love, and more blessing.
The name Mary also descends from the Hebrew root marah, and it means bitterness, rebellion, a rebellious house. I am not proposing a new doctrine, but perhaps Mary is a symbol of the rebellious nature of the people of Israel. And amid their rebellion and bitterness, God appears one silent night to add more and more to the lives of His people by sending His only begotten Son. More grace, more love, more blessing. If you have bitterness in your heart, you need more and more Jesus.
God yacaph life to our marah by sending the King of Kings.
God is redeeming us from our rebellion and bitterness.
Reflect: How is God adding more and more to your life this Christmas season? Please leave a comment down below. I’d love to chat with you!
by Mary Kane
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What Advent Is All About
Advent is about waiting – waiting for the birth of Jesus. It’s the magical time when heaven intersects earth through the lives of ordinary people who are part of God’s extraordinary plan to redeem the world.[Read more…]
“But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16
Give Thanks for Purpose
Purpose of Life: Dear Father, we give thanks for You have called us to live a life of purpose. Thank you we have a reason to get up each day and we have important work to do for Your kingdom. We also give thanks because You use all things for Your purposes … good things, bad things, hard things, painful things. You even re-purpose our failings and mistakes to work for our good and Your glory. Father, You have specifically gifted us to be fruitful and effective ministers of your Word. We are Your hands and feet. Please send us and use us according to Your purpose. We thank you for the gift of purpose.
One Anna, One Purpose a Bible study by Mary Kane
On Purpose a short Bible study by Mary Kane
Believer or Achiever? an article by Joyce Meyer
Please leave a comment below in the Comment section on what God teaches you today about purpose.
- Day 1: Light
- Day 2: Cleansing
- Day 3: Sacrifice
- Day 4: God’s Word
- Day 5: Restoration
- Day 6: Service
- Day 7: Redemption