Thursday, December 4, 2014

Humility is Searching

December 4 Thursday the First Week
ISAIAH 26:1-6; MATTHEW 7:22:24-27
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Humility is Searching

What are we waiting for in Advent?

Is it for God to “open the gates” to a “strong city,” where he will “keep in peace” those who “trust in him”?

The city is open to “the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.” Not to “those in high places,” who think of themselves as the “right” kind of people because they say “Lord, Lord” and keep all the rules. Only to those who long to “do the will of my Father.” For that we have to “hear his words” and “act on them.” Keep learning and changing. We have seek relationship with God.

If we keep Church rules but do not read the Bible, aren’t we proud? Thinking we know it all? As if rules could reveal the heart of God! 

Rules are execution.  Relationship is exploration.

Are we really saying, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord?” Or do we think Jesus has already come and settled down? Do we keep “Advent?” Or just the rules? That is not “waiting.”

Are you longing for the “more”?  Do you want to “hear his words” and “act on them?”

Do you read them every day?

If not, what are you waiting for?

Pray (all day): 
Lord, let me hear your words and act on them."

Put the Bible on your pillow. Never go to sleep without reading one line.

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