Finding God in Advent - By Jerrad Lopes

Finding God in Advent – Day 7 – God Shows Up Again!

This devotional reminds us that Christmas is just the beginning of the hope that we get to receive and live with. This devotional points us to Jesus and the reality that we are never alone, no matter what we are going through, God shows up and so we can be content no matter what we face! As I draw to the close of this devotional series, I am so happy to have found it and excited for all that I have heard and learned through it. This devotional helped me not only connect with a publisher but also the author which made my day. God never leaves us nor abandons us, so it is up to us if we will receive Him and invite Him into our situation! Are you ready to invite God in? Are you ready to see God show up again?

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:

‘You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. ‘

Matthew 24:44

‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” ‘

Revelation 21:1-8

Every day, every devotional, every topic, it is important to go to and turn to God’s Word first and allow it to speak into and over our lives! We need to allow God’s Word to interpret God’s Word by ensuring we understand the context and not pick and choose text out of context and use it incorrectly! God’s Word is active and alive, so let’s make sure to bring it into our lives daily! God’s Word is sharp enough to cut through difficult topics and help us get to the core! Let’s not try to do it or figure it out on our own but instead invite God into the situation and allow Him to show up, again and again, to help us stay on track and accomplish the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish!

Let’s be the dads who are living our lives always ready and in anticipation of Jesus’ return! Let’s be the dads who are prepared to the point that we won’t be surprised because we are waiting in anticipation that today could be the day! Let’s be the dads who as we await Jesus’ return are living as faithful servants and are doing a good job taking care of everything God has given us to manage!

Let’s be the dads who are excited by the vision of the future with a new heaven and a new earth! Let’s be the dads who are preparing in great anticipation for the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband! Let’s be the dads who are preparing and looking forward to the day when God’s home is among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Let’s be the dads who are trusting God with everything and are able to live out this life with contentment! Let’s be the dads who aren’t clinging to the material things of this world because we know that there is a better future ahead when God is making all things new as we steward what we have today in anticipation and excitement of all God is doing now! Let’s be the dads who lean into God’s Word because we know it is trustworthy and true! Let’s be the dads who receive and then share with our wives and our kids and the world around us the truth and reality that God “will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children”! Let’s be the dads who choose to live out this life god has given us, created us for, purposed for our lives, and prepared in advance for us to accomplish boldly and courageously so that we don’t end up being put in the bucket or category of “cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars” and end up in the fiery lake of burning sulfur which is the second death!

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 Again

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