the birth of john the baptist

from the the birth of john the baptist reading plan


Luke 1:57-80, 1 Peter 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:10

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Luke 1:57-80, 1 Peter 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:10

The Birth of John the Baptist + Zechariah Speaks a Prophecy Over the Infant John

Reflection

Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, speaks truth over his son. He prophesies that John will turn people away from darkness and towards the light. He speaks about the way that John will usher Jesus in and prepare the way. It is powerful. It is loving. It is mighty.

Can you imagine if your father spoke such life over you? Well, your Heavenly Father has. He has made unfathomable promises over you. He calls us a “people of his own possession,” he calls us a royal priesthood, he says that Jesus reigns and that He’ll come back for us.

When I read these words from Zechariah, I thought, How magnificent to have a father who loves you so ferociously that he’d proclaim truth over you. But, then I remembered, I do have a Father who does this. He has already saved me, He has already planned for me to do good works in His name, and He loves me.

And, as Zechariah said over a tiny baby John, these things are all true because of God’s mercy and God’s goodness, and for God’s glory. The good we do on this earth is for the glory of God, but He has equipped you to do it. He loves you so ferociously that He has invited you to co-labor in bringing Heaven down to Earth and to make disciples of all people.

your Father speaks truth and love

Prayer

God, mold us into people who believe what you say about us. May we be women who believe more about what our Father says about us than what the world says. This Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us also celebrate the life we have because of Him. Amen.

Advent Action

What truths do you need to walk in today? Make a list, just off the top of your head, of all the promises God makes in Scripture.

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved Christmas song for each day of our Advent plan. We invite you to listen to O Holy Night today as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

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16 thoughts on "the birth of john the baptist"

  1. Brandi says:

    I took two days and really dwelled in this devotional and finally it came to me. I had been holding myself back from an opportunity at work. I knew that it was what I wanted, but I couldn't get a clear answer if this was what God meant for me to do. I was really being held back by my own fears that I would get the job that I really want and I wouldn't be good enough at it. God just quietly showed me that He has equipped me to do this so by fearing that I am not capable I am fearing that He is not capable. I know this is what you made me for Lord! Glory to God in the highest. Even if I fall down I have you to lean on and you are so capable!

  2. Ruth says:

    I so very much appreciate today's reading! I love that you used the word "ferociously" to describe how Father loves us. I hope I can ferociously believe his truth about me instead of the lies the world tells me and the lies I tell myself!

  3. LaurenC_ says:

    Winding down and decompressing from the last day of work for 2013. Praying for 2 weeks of complete rest and rejuvenation of my mind, heart, soul, and body. Praying that I will live – truly live – each moment of these 2 weeks in the present; preparing myself to leave behind the pain, struggles and anxiety of the last five years so that I move into a new year ready to be molded into a woman who dares to believe that she is God's masterpiece.

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