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PREPARE YOUR HEART

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by ChrisRyan, Dec 10, 2014.



  1. Practice for Today:

    What can you do to prepare your heart for the move of God today?

    One of the great practices of faith that helps us to open to God’s work anew each day is remembering. When we make time to reflect and remember what God has done for us and others in the past, we are more able to open our hearts for what God may be seeking to do in us now. If we have used a journal it can be helpful to go back and read past entries to see what God has done. Today, make time for holy remembering and allow this to prepare your heart for God’s new work in your life.


    Readings for this Week
    Isaiah 40:1-11
    Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
    2 Peter 3:8-15a
    Mark 1:1-8
     
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  2. Isaiah 40:1-11
    “Comfort, comfort” is a doubly welcome word when it feels like you’ve paid double for whatever it was that required you to pay a penalty in the first place. In the same way being fed and gathered and carried and gently led is welcome relief to those who like grass and flowers wither and fade. More often than not we are fully responsible for the painful predicament produced by our sin but there is also a good bit of life’s consequences that operate outside the boundaries of cause and effect. I imagine there were a good number of those carted off to captivity in Babylon that could not trace a clear line between what they had done and what was being done to them. So in the middle of the captivity, when the memory of Jerusalem was fading, or worse when the memory of its destruction was like a recurring nightmare, the prophet speaks God’s words of hope and healing. “Comfort, comfort” is what was needed to endure the everyday abuse of captors who mockingly demanded, “sing us songs of Zion” as if joyful songs could be conjured up like some cheap parlor trick. God visits us in the worst of times to remind us that the best of times can be experienced when anticipated through hope. The valley of despair will be lifted; the mountain of desperation will be brought low, the uneven and rough places of sorrow and suffering will be made smooth because the word of the Lord is consistent. “Comfort, comfort.”
     
  3. Good video and post. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Be Blessed Amen!
     

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