Appointed Advocate – Today with Allen Jackson – January 3, 2020

Appointed Advocate

2 Corinthians 5:20

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

The best way to understand your life and mine is in the context of a Kingdom assignment. God has something for us to do. People say to me, “Pastor, if I just knew what it was.” I’ll suggest that you begin with this notion of being an ambassador for the Kingdom of God, an advocate for Jesus of Nazareth. We’ve chosen Him as Lord, serve Him as King, and advocate for Him as the Messiah. And wherever God gives you influence, wherever people trust you, respect you, listen to you, He asks you to be an ambassador on His behalf. Not to be quiet about Him, lest you offend. Not to withdraw your advocacy for Him if someone might not want to hear it. He asks you to be an unrelenting, unyielding ambassador—an advocate—for Jesus of Nazareth. It is the highest privilege of our lives.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank You for the privilege of being Your ambassador in the earth. Thank You for the invitation to invest my strength and resources in pursuit of Your agenda in my generation. May my life bring glory to Jesus as Messiah and Lord. In His name, which is above all names, amen.


The Way for the New Year – Truth For Life – January 3

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”

Luke 3:4

The voice crying in the wilderness demanded a way for the Lord, a way prepared, and a way prepared in the wilderness. I would be attentive to the Master’s proclamation and give Him a road into my heart, cast up by gracious operations, through the desert of my nature. The four directions in the text1 must have my serious attention.

Every valley must be exalted. Low and groveling thoughts of God must be given up; doubting and despairing must be removed; and self-seeking and carnal delights must be forsaken. Across these deep valleys a glorious causeway of grace must be raised.

Every mountain and hill shall be laid low. Proud creature-sufficiency, and boastful self-righteousness, must be leveled, to make a highway for the King of kings. Divine fellowship is never promised to haughty, high-minded sinners. The Lord has respect to the lowly and visits the contrite in heart, but the lofty are an abomination unto Him. My soul, beseech the Holy Spirit to set you right in this respect.

The crooked shall be made straight. The wavering heart must have a straight path of decision for God and holiness marked out for it. Double-minded men are strangers to the God of truth. My soul, take heed that in everything you are honest and true, as in the sight of the heart-searching God.

The rough places shall be made smooth. Stumbling-blocks of sin must be removed, and thorns and briers of rebellion must be uprooted. So great a visitor must not find miry ways and stony places when He comes to honor His favored ones with His company. Oh, that this evening the Lord may find in my heart a highway made ready by His grace, that He may make a triumphal progress through the utmost bounds of my soul, from the beginning of this year even to the end of it.

1) Isaiah 40

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The Weekly Focal Point – January 3, 2020

Weightless Words

The Bible states, “Do not take to heart all the things that people say [about you]” (Ecclesiastes 7:21). And these days, with everybody saying all kinds of things about everyone else on social media, this timeless principle may be more important than ever before. The biblical context of this verse clearly has in view the typical opinionated chitchat and conversational commentary that has gone on between friends and coworkers since the beginning of time.

Unfortunately, with the advent of social media this assertive dialogue between “friends” is digitally captured and perpetually broadcast for everyone to read and reread. It lends itself to being taken to heart. But the Scripture says don’t! God forbids us to dwell on these off-the-cuff words either explicitly or implicitly said about us, because as the next verse reminds us, we too have often insensitively or extemporaneously spouted off about others. And in most cases, our irritable words were reactionary – springing from our own annoyance and frustration, and not our thoughtful and reasoned reflection.

A prayerful rebuke, an edited book, or a well-prepared sermon is one thing, but the unrehearsed and impulsive opinions tossed around on the patio or on the internet should be lightly esteemed, and quickly forgotten.

–Pastor Mike

Praying the Names of God – January 3

From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Three, Day Five

The Name
A child was always at the heart of the biblical covenant. Already in the garden of Eden God promised that Eve’s offspring would crush the head of the serpent, who beguiled her. Later God made a covenant with Abraham, promising that Sarah would bear him a child who would be the first of countless descendents. Then Isaiah spoke of a child who would be born of a virgin and be given the name “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The New Testament tells of the fulfillment of that promise, and Jesus presents children as the model for his followers to emulate. The only way to enter the kingdom is with the humility and trust of little children.

Key Scripture
Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the innLuke 2:4 – 7

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Friday
Promises Associated with His Name

I was forty-six when I adopted my first child — not as old as the biblical Sarah but a far sight older than Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. But no matter how old you are or how long you’ve waited, a child can be one of life’s greatest blessings, opening you again to wonder, renewing your amazement at God’s good plan for the future.

Little wonder that a child was God’s first promise to the world.

After Adam and Eve sinned, as they were being forced from their garden paradise, God made the greatest of all his promises, assuring them that Eve’s offspring would one day crush the serpent whose temptation had pushed them out of Eden and into so much misery. No wonder Mary has sometimes been called the new Eve, her obedience a striking reversal of Eve’s disobedience. And as for the Christ child — he has always been identified as the fulfillment of God’s promise to crush Satan, our worst enemy, and to lead us back to paradise.

Promises in Scripture

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:14 – 15

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Continued Prayer and Praise

Praise God for promising a child who would reign forever with his justice and righteousness. (Isaiah 9:6 – 7)

Strive to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2 – 4; Luke 9:48)

For more from Ann Spangler, please visit her blogspot on Christianity.com. And be sure to check out Ann’s newest books on AnnSpangler.com.

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