December 8 – “He will go on before the Lord their God…

“He will go on before the Lord their God…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord”

Read: Luke 1:14-17

The son of Elizabeth and Zechariah was given the important responsibility of announcing the coming of Christ. John introduced the Messiah and prepared the people with a message of repentance. He turned “the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous.”

We need help in opening our lives to God. Left to ourselves we concentrate on ourselves. Fathers reject their children and the disobedient thumb their nose at righteousness. Confession and repentance are the correct preparation for celebrating Christmas a Christian can experience and encourage. If we want others to turn from their sin and seek Christ we need to set the example. The forerunner of the Messiah was not a publicity agent but a prophet calling for repentance.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we repent of our sins. We confess our selfishness and turn away from what displeases You. Help us to overcome our impatience, anger, deception, and pride. Forgive us our sins and help us to forgive those who sin against us. May Christ’s forgiveness fill us with gratitude and prepare us for Christmas. Amen.

4 thoughts on “December 8 – “He will go on before the Lord their God…”

  1. Jim, thank you for the daily devotionals. Today I really needing something inspiring and comforting. I enjoy so much reading these everyday.May God bless you and your family through this Christmas season.
    Melba

  2. Jim, Another great insite. We want the world to repent so desperately, but the church needs to begin the process. Thanks for these wonderful reminders. In Christ, Gay Ledley

  3. Thank you for the commit on the need to accept the Gift that Jesus gives us as a redemer in or lives
    of people we work and worship with. Have a Calm Christmass

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