Sunday, August 1, 2021

Luke 3:2 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Luke 3:2

During the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

 

We have to stop trying to rush through our wildernesses and be patient and wait upon the Lord! The Holy Spirit pointed out to me this morning that John was in the wilderness when he got his marching orders! He wasn’t in a pleasant, comfortable place when the word came to him, but rather he was in a scary, deserted, desolate place – yet the Lord still spoke!

 

I believe that sometimes, we have to be in those lonely, quiet places so that the Lord's voice is the only thing we will hear or pay attention to! Think about it like this: do you talk to and seek the Lord more when things are going great (on the mountaintop) or when things get rough (the wilderness)? And when I say seek Him, I mean truly with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength? The kind of seeking that says, “I don’t care what it costs; I want more of You, Lord!” The kind of seeking that leads you to pick up your Cross and follow Jesus!

 

These spiritual wildernesses are not meant to destroy us but refine us and draw us closer to the Lord. The terrain may be different throughout your walk, but the One who walks with you will never change. I encourage you, when you find yourselves in these wildernesses, say, “Here I am Lord” instead of “Why me?” Don’t let your surroundings determine who you are, but rather let Christ tell you who you are!!!!!!!

 

Surrender is a lifestyle, not an event! In one verse, the Lord takes John from isolation to the proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the coming Messiah!

 

Luke 3:3 - He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

 

God bless! I love you all!!! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, our Risen King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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