Sunday Devotional: Be blameless in holiness

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Jeremiah 33:14-15

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead at Christmas, as well as His return at the end of all things.

Did you know that the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord, had been foretold not only in Jeremiah 13, but elsewhere in the Old Testament? How cool is that! Below are some examples.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Psalm 16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

So on this first Sunday of Advent, let us heed the words of St. Paul and make ourselves “blameless in holiness” for His coming.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
and as you are conducting yourselves
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

May the peace and love of Jesus the Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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6 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Be blameless in holiness

  1. And with Your Spirit, Amén. Divine! And yet, there are the atheists and the followers of Satan.

     
  2. Some priest(s) of the Cardinal Kasper cabal said, about a year ago, when asked about Christ’s Return, that they did not believe it would happen.

    So according to this “logic,” God, Who has gone through all the trouble in His One and Only Begotten Son to Redeem humanity, has tired of it all and has written humanity off? God, Who always Acts with a Purpose beforehand, Has given up His Patience, and is going to allow Satan to win?!?! Christ Himself has changed His Mind and is not coming after all?!?!

    The ONE THING that God, BY HIS VERY NATURE, CANNOT do is LIE. If He were ever to lie (impossible), then He would cease to be God. So if He Said He is going to do something, TAKE HIS WORD FOR IT, it is going to be done. The problem on our end is that we CANNOT, by our limited nature (and sin) see the end (culmination) from the beginning. (And let us also remember that this condition is also due to the restrictions placed upon us by Time). But let us NEVER, in our constraints and limitations, ever suppose that God is in the same situation we are in! This is the same Son of God who said, “Behold—I can count all my bones.” Any God Who has “skin in the game” as Jesus Christ does WILL NEVER abandon or change His Plan: That would be the act of a madman—and a madman, one who cannot see the truth, would also be a liar.

    Jesus Christ WILL COME AGAIN to Judge the Living and the Dead. We don’t know when that will happen, but IT WILL HAPPEN.

     
    • Steven . . . . As usual, I was moved by the logic that you recount in the above recitation of what will be. I have NO DOUBT that Jesus Christ will come again to reign in person on this Earth, and all those who have attempted to heed the message . . . “to be blameless in holiness” will be gathered to a position at His right side.

       
      • Thank you, Auntie Lulu. And if I do make it to His right side, I cannot begrudge anyone who is holier or who did more good than I.

         
  3. Dr Eowyn . . . . What a beautiful and timely reminder that we need to be about making ourselves “blameless in holiness.” This is the perfect message for anytime, but as we go thru the days leading up to the celebration of the birth here on Earth of our Savior and Redeemer, it seems even more important.

    Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to feed the FOTM family with uplifting messages for our ordinary every day lives.

     

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