Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 8: When the Good News Gets Even Better

Interesting tidbit: The word baptism means "dye." When a white cloth is placed in a colored dye, the cloth identifies with the dye. People who came to John for baptism were not only repenting of their sins, but were also expressing by immersion into the Jordan "We want to identify ourselves with this message and with the coming kingdom."

Read Isaiah 40:3 and paraphrase:

Prepare the way of the Lord! Make the bumpy places smooth and the curvy places straight!

John had an unusual blend of strength and boldness mixed with a humble, receptive spirit. Many begin with such an intent but lose their cutting edge along the way. How do you think a believer can maintain this?

Stay in the Word and continue to listen to what the Spirit is calling you to do