Finding God in Advent - By Jerrad Lopes

Finding God in Advent – Day 6 – God shows up!

It’s incredible how powerful God’s Word is! It’s incredible how trustworthy God is! God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow! As I get ready to jump into today’s devotional and check into what we will hear and learn on day 6 of 7, I pause to thank God for all He has been able to do in and through BeTheDads.com so far and all the people He has opened the door for me to be able to not only connect with through their devotionals but also all those who have been visiting and encouraging me on this journey. I know we are just beginning and I know that that means that I need to press in so that I can finish strong. So let’s never stop seeking God and trusting that He is going to show up!

Today’s devotional comes with the following description:

This 7-day reading plan from Dad Tired podcast host and author Jerrad Lopes will prepare your heart and mind for the advent season as you explore God’s presence throughout the Bible and in your everyday life. From the garden to the manger to your own home, Jerrad helps you gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the God who always shows up…and will do the same for you.Finding God in Advent | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible

Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘ “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?” Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe. “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, ‘

John 14:15-30

So glad to get to start each devotional in God’s Word. So grateful that the devotionals help us and call us to be the dads God created, planned, and purposed for us to be pointing us back to the source, the truth, the Word of God! God’s Word is powerful! God’s Word is sharper than a double-edged sword and able to cut through the noise to get right to the core! God’s Word is not stale or dusty, it’s active and alive! So let’s dig in to hear what God has to say to us in this scripture associated with today’s devotional!

Let’s be the dads who obey the commands of Jesus! Let’s be the dads who demonstrate our love for God by being obedient! Let’s be the dads who receive the Holy Spirit who is our advocate! Let’s bet be dads who listen to the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth! Let’s be the dads who are looking for and recognizing the Holy Spirit! Let’s be the dads who live with the Holy Spirit and have allowed Him to live in us! Let’s be the dads who aren’t alone, abandoned as orphans because we have been adopted into the family of God through our faith in Jesus Christ! Let’s be the dads who are filled with hope and faith because we see Jesus working in and through our lives! Let’s be the dads who choose to live because Jesus lives, sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us, our wives, and our kids! Let’s be the dads who demonstrate our love for Jesus by accepting His commandments and obeying them! Let’s be the dads who are loved by God because of our love for Jesus! Let’s be the dads who Jesus has revealed Himself, and keep pursuing and seeking Him all the days of our lives in order to know Him better and become more like Him! Let’s bet the dads who turn to God’s Word as our source and foundation of truth! Let’s be the dads who listen for and to the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit because we know that He will teach us everything and will remind us of everything Jesus has told us! Let’s be the dads who receive the gift of the Holy Spirit from Jesus because we know that He will give us peace of mind and heart! Let’s be the dads who allow the Holy Spirit to bring us peace that surpasses all understanding thru prayer and petition to God! Let’s be the dads who cling to and receive the gift of peace from Jesus! Let’s be the dads who choose to live by faith rather than allowing the noise and distraction of this world to rob us of our peace by trying to replace it with fear! Let’s be the dads who allow faith to be the antidote for any fear the lies and deception of the devil try to bring our way! Let’s be the dads who are awaiting Jesus’ return! Let’s be the dads who receive the Word of God as truth and so believe! Let’s be the dads who walk by faith and not by sight, having the firm foundation of Jesus and God’s Word to help us stand firm wearing the full armor of God! Let’s be the dads who walk in confidence and faith because we know that nobody is able to overpower God!

Today’s devotional has been provided to us by Harvest House Publishers.

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
God Shows Up in You

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