Morning by Morning, December 14 - Filled with the Spirit for the Birth of Christ
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me start my day right -- with You right in the center of my morning and every moment of my day. ...
"Then (John's) father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has looked favorably on His people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty Savior for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from old.... And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.' The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel" (Luke 1:67-80).
Just before Your birth on this earth as the mighty Savior and awaited Messiah, it seems everyone who would be part of the story of Christ was being "filled with the Holy Spirit" -- Mary (v. 35), Elizabeth (v. 41), John (v. 15), and Zechariah (v. 67). In excited anticipation of great joy, they found themselves laughing and leaping and speaking of the mercy and salvation of God through Jesus Christ.
Lord, in this Christmas season, let it be true in our hearts as well. Despite all the darkness in the world around us and all the troubles of these challenging times, fill us afresh with Your Holy Spirit each day. Let nothing steal away the joy and gladness of our hearts that are forever wide open in wonderment to welcome You as Savior and Lord in Your mercy and grace. Let Your dawn from on high break upon us anew every morning. And let there be laughing and leaping, with much sharing of the hope that's always in the hearts of all who believe. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you will be filled with the Holy Spirit afresh every day, as the dawn from on high breaks upon you each morning with Jesus Christ in your heart, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!