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Can You Imagine?

Forbidden fruit was consumed in the garden by Adam and Eve, and sin entered the world (Gen. 3). Amidst God’s judgment of sin, He told the serpent He would put enmity between it and the woman, and between their offspring” … he shall bruise [strike, crush] your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). With those words, hope of redemption was birthed. 

Much later, when the time had come, God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for sin. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying …’My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ … And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” (Matt. 27:46, 50). 

If the brutality of the cross is what the “heel bruising” looked like, can you imagine what it will look like when Jesus finally crushes Satan’s head?  

“From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:15-16). Make no mistake. Jesus came first as suffering servant, but He will return as conquering King. Can you imagine?

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Revive Me

Psalm 119:33-40
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to selfish gain!
37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
    that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts;
    in your righteousness give me life!

As I read this passage this morning, I longed for a revival in my own heart. These eight verses describe the life I want! I want God to teach me, to lead me, to change my heart. If you are reading this devotional, I bet it’s the life you want, too. Verses 33-39 have strong verbs that define what the Living God can and will do in our lives. He will give us understanding. He will turn our eyes from worthless things. He will confirm His promise to us.

What struck me in this section of Scripture is verse 40. The previous verses talk about what the LORD does. The final verse says that because His righteousness gives us life, we LONG for Him and His precepts. What does longing look like? For me, I will start the next 8 days by taking each one of these verses and digging into them. I will study them, pray them, memorize them. I know God will use them to revive me as I long for Him.

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