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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
And The DAY of Vengeance of Our GOD
ADVENT MEDITATIONS for 2014
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Luke 4: 19 ~ To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
The LORD JESUS omitted that underlined phrase when HE+ read from the Scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue at the beginning of His+ earthly ministry, as recorded in Luke 4:18- 19.
There is NO teaching by word or example from Our LORD CHRIST that His+ Followers are to bear the sword of vengeance.
It is written: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD." Romans 12:19
O JESUS, our Mighty FORTRESS WHO+ came in the flesh, Who+ would not permit Peter to shed blood to defend THEE+, turn my heart away from defending myself, in thought, word, or deed.
Help me, instead, to focus my heart upon THEE+ and all the anger THOU+ took, for my sake and the sake of all sinners. I praise THEE+ for that.
Help me to turn and think about Thy+ Kingdom instead of indulging in my smoldering anger and rough attitudes when I am hurt by others.
Make me into Thy+ pure likeness and image when I am attacked. I yield my Self ALWAYS to Thy+ defense, O Great SHEPHERD+ and BISHOP+ of my life.
O Gracious JESUS, LORD at Thy+ Birth, help me to have the innocence of a new-born babe.
This I ask in Thy+ precious, holy Name. Amen.