John the Baptist came shouting the Isaiah’s prophecy:
Luke 3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.
Luke 3:5 Every valley shall be filled
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough ways smooth;
Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ”
I remember clearly where I was when Annie said, “We are expecting!” Every time she said those words (4) our lives shifted! Our focus changed! Our priorities were altered!
We instantly began to prepare for the arrival of a child. Every child is a gift from God and deserves to be honored. Every time we “made room” for this new being that was coming into our lives we became richer.
As we move through Advent we are reminded to “make room” for the Christ. He wants into our lives. We are reminded to “declutter” our lives and renew our commitment to make room for the Christ in every area of our live.
Often Advent is referred to as the “little lent.” A time to reset our lives. Both of these prophets were encouraging us to remove the barriers, the obstacles that hinder the Presence of God from having free access into our lives.
What are those things that you need to remove from your life?
How could you “declutter” your life to make more room for the Christ?
Luke 1:31 And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus.
Luke 1:34 ¶ Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
HOW? That is always our first question when the Lord speaks into our hearts what He desires to do in our lives.
HOW? Listen to the angels answer!
Luke 1:35 ¶ And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Mary made room, made space for the Holy Spirit to work not only in her heart and soul, but also in her body. Every thing that God has or ever will do is by the God the Holy Spirit!
Have you been stuck on the HOW?
Is there a place where you need to allow the Holy Spirit to “Overshadow” your life?
Matt. 1:19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
I doubt this is how Joseph had pictured his marriage to have started.
Have you ever “pictured” something in your mind only to realize it’s not going to be that way?
What in your life right now is not how you imagined it?
This year is not how I pictured it, is yours?
There are many things in life that will not truly be the way we had “pictured,” it. Maybe we have allowed the wrong things to create the images in our minds. Maybe we’ve allowed those pictures of other people on facebook or insta-gram to create false expectations in our lives.
I think that we should allow the “Word” to paint pictures in our minds and not the world.
After Joseph had thought about the situation says “I have in mind to divorce,” Mary.
He made up his mind. He knew what he was going to do. He dismissed Mary’s story as too unbelievable, as to impossible.
What have you dismissed because it seemed to impossible?
Matt. 1:20 ¶ But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever noticed that the Lord will wait until we’ve made up our minds and then speak to us? He often comes to challenge our decisions. He comes and asks us to change our mind.
To repent means to “change our minds.” What Joseph had in mind was not what God had in mind.
Is there a way of thinking that you have settled on that God is speaking to you about right now?
Jesus was born into our world because both Mary and Joseph changed their minds. That “made room” for God to work in their lives. They “made room” for the Lord to come into the world.
They made “space” in their lives for the Holy Spirit to operate in their lives. Space for the Sacred Presence of God to fill our lives.
Mark 1:4 ¶ John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins….8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
Repentance proceeds the Presence of the God the Spirit. The way we “prepare” for the Lord’ coming into our lives is to repent, to change our minds.
Do you have a mindset that is hindering the work of the Holy Spirit?
Is there a way of thinking that is robbing you from experiencing the “Presence, the Peace” of God?
The announcement of His Birth was not silent. The angels broke the silence of heaven.
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Every beauty contestant knows the greatest need on the earth today is; “World Peace.” The Presence of the Christ brings Peace to all men.
The Prince of Peace was born. He calmed storms with His Peace. He promised to give us His Peace.
At His birth the angels announced Peace on earth. At His resurrection He gave them His Peace to the disciples, by breathing the Holy Spirit on them.
The 2nd Sunday of Advent reminds us to prepare the way of the Lord by decluttering our minds.
Take a few minutes and make “space for the Spirit of God to manifest His Peace in your life.”