Advent Season Devotional – Day 6

December 15, 2011

 Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean.  Stop doing the evil things I see you do. Stop doing wrong.   Learn to do good. Seek justice. Punish those who hurt others. Help the orphans. Stand up for the rights of widows. “ The Lord says, “Come, let us talk about these things. Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be as white as snow. Though your sins are deep red, they can be white like wool.

Isaiah 1:16-18

As we prepare for our holiday festivities, filled with family, friends and fun, let us stop and reflect on the true reason of the season, by reflecting on the words of Isaiah the prophet.  Another ornament on the Advent Tree is that of fire tongs and a hot coal, taken from the account of Isaiah, as he encountered a Holy God.

One of the heavenly creatures used a pair of tongs to take a hot coal from the altar. Then he flew to me with the hot coal in his hand.   The creature touched my mouth with the hot coal and said, “Look, your guilt is taken away, because this hot coal has touched your lips. Your sin is taken away.”

Isaiah 6:6-7  

The Advent Season was established to be a holy season, a season to stop, re-focus and realign our lives as God’s children, so we are better prepared to walk into the New Year for Him.

  • It’s a season to wash yourselves and make yourselves clean, but not the kind of washing that prepares us for the holiday activities before us.  But the kind of washing that prepares our heart for the holy day that is coming.
  • It’s a season to reflect upon our actions and not just be busy with activities, because there truly is One who sees if we are naughty or nice.
  • It’s a season to align the actions of our heart and put a stop to those things that are selfish, self-seeking and sinful.
  • It’s a season of gratitude and from a heart that is full; begin to pour out in a spirit of generosity to those who are less fortunate.
  • It is a season to right the wrongs and stand up for what is True
  • Most importantly, it’s a season for us to talk to God.  It’s a time to come into His presence and allow His grace to give you the greatest gift you will ever receive; the gift of grace, the gift of His love, the gift of new life.

May your activities in this season prepare you to receive the greatest gift of all!

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