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He Saw it Coming

Jesus knew that he’d have to go head to head with the devil in the wilderness. He knew that his best friends would fail Him when He needed them the most. He knew each piece of the crucifixion He would have to endure.

Jesus didn’t blindly walk in to becoming flesh. He is the Word. He knew what He had coming…yet He still chose to come to earth for you. Let that love sink in.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1

Qualified to Work

Zacharias and Elisabeth. Two people in history that were chosen to be part of God’s plan. This couple would become parents to John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus.

What made them so special? Luke 1:6 tells us that they were righteous and blameless.

Our righteousness was as filthy rags….until we accepted Christ’s. We were guilty of sin….until Jesus washed it away.

Because of Jesus, God looks at you, Child of God, as righteous and blameless. You are now qualified to do great things for God’s kingdom. Don’t allow self-doubt deter you from following Christ’s leading. He is covering you and preparing the way.

Willingness and Wisdom

 
 Moses wanted to see the tabernacle built. 

He knew that he would need willingness and wisdom for it to become reality.
He needed for the people that had the supplies to willingly give of them.
He needed for the people that had the talent to build to use their wisdom to see the project completed.
He knew without one he couldn’t have the other. The tabernacle would never be completed.
Today we look to build up a different type of tabernacle. We look to win people over to Jesus, converting them into temples of the Holy Spirit. 
Just as there was diversity within the Israelite people there are many differing roles within the church: Preachers, teachers, prayer warriors, builders, visionaries, encouragers, givers, etc.
To be successful in building the kingdom of God two things are still required of his people: willingness to submit and wisdom to grow. 

purposeful

The disciples stood in shock and awe. In utter disbelief really. “Is this a spirit?” was the prevailing thought among them.
You can imagine the their fear. Jesus had just appeared to them after His resurrection.
His response to their reaction: “Do you guys have anything to eat?”
Now it’s funny to imagine that Christ just had a snack with a grin on His face and waited for reality to sink in to the disciples. 
Then it dawned on them. “It’s really Jesus in the flesh. He’s alive and well!” These statements were made after he ate the fish and honeycomb. 
Which makes a person wonder…was he really eating only to pass the time?
No, of course not. 
In this case He was eating to show that He was human, raised back to life, that He wasn’t just a random spirit to be afraid of. 
Jesus never does things frivolously. Everything He does serves a purpose. He doesn’t just wait around. 
He isn’t just sitting by idle watching your life pass you by. What you’re going through, good or bad, will be used to bring Him glory and to draw you closer to Him.
Take comfort in the fact that Jesus is always at work. Even within your life.

Reason to Work

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Knowing that your work has purpose makes it easier to do.

Jesus wants us to be with him always.

So he has gone to prepare a place for us to do that very thing.

—He knew there was a reason to work so he did.—

You have reason to work for the Lord: to glorify him and to see souls saved.

Your work is affecting a heavenly kingdom.

Keep at it.

Alone Time

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Abraham and Isaac had traveled three days with a group of men. On the third day they climbed a mountain by themselves.

God met them in their solitude.

He provided for them in a way that they had never experienced before. He made himself known to them in a way that they would never forget.

While they were alone.

Jesus will meet with you too. Carve out time for him in your day to day. Personally seek His face. And then be ready to experience the presence of your Savior.

Genesis 22:1-14

Life Guide

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A solitary Levite roamed around the land looking for a place to fit in.

He found a home with Micah, a thief, a creator of graven images.

Later the Danites came along in need of a priest. Micah’s Levite met their qualifications. They convinced him to come along with them, to be their priest. He was happy to go and to steal the graven images of his former employer as he left.

There are so many people in the world that are like the Levite. They are looking for something, someone, anything to make them feel loved and wanted.

They are wandering around without direction in their life.

But we have The Way to offer them. We can point them to who they need to purposely follow after: Jesus.

May we always be bold in directing a searching soul to Christ.

John 14:6

Judges 17:1-18:21

Purpose

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The Holy Ghost revealed unto Simeon that he wouldn’t see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

So he went about his life with purpose: he was living to see the King of Kings.

Are you living with the same intent?

Luke 2:25-30

John 17:4

Our Father’s Business

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3 John 4

Luke 2:43-49

“Jesus!! Jesus!!! Has anybody seen Jesus??”

Mary, Jesus’ mother was in a panic. Apparently she had lost God’s only begotten Son.

“Jesus!!!”

Three days of backtracking led her to the temple where her twelve year old son sat, teaching scholars the Word of God.

“Where in the world have you been? Your father and I have been a total wreck!!”

“Don’t you know that I have to be about my Father’s business?” Jesus replied.

The memory faded as she watched her son being immersed into the water.

Again she realized that this was his Father’s business.

Tears streamed down her face as she heard the voice from heaven say, “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

Her child was pleasing to her God, his Father.

And that’s the greatest gift a parent can have. To know that their children walk in the truth, pleasing unto the One True God.

That’s what God desires of us too. A heart that is focused on the upbuilding of His kingdom.

Walk in the truth. Be about Jesus’ business.

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