Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Before and In Advent, Our Vision of Heaven Is Clouded by Looking Backwards; and the Return of Jesus and the Need to Prepare for Jesus Judgment Has No Power In Our Lives

Before and In Advent, Our Vision of Heaven Is Clouded by Looking Backwards; and the Return of Jesus and the Need to Prepare for Jesus Judgment Has No Power In Our Lives

December 13, 2020

Before and In Advent, Our Vision of Heaven Is Clouded by Looking Backwards; and the Return of Jesus and the Need to Prepare for Jesus Judgment Has No Power In Our Lives

MESSAGE SUMMARY: In this period of Advent, we are provided “Hope” in exchange for watching, attentively, for Jesus’ return in Judgement. Also, Advent reminds us and provides us a period to prepare for Jesus return and Judgment. As Citizens of Heaven and Followers of Jesus, we know that the Lord is coming back -- either to greet and judge us at the time of our Earthly Death or before our Earthly Death at His Second Coming. For most of us, however, our vision of Heaven is clouded by looking backwards; therefore, the return of Jesus and the need for preparation for Jesus Judgment does not have any power in our life. Paul reinforces the return of the Lord of Heaven in Philippians 1:6:And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.". When Jesus returns, we will put on our spiritual bodies, as promised. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 4:17: “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”.

Remember, Advent is the period in which we wait, anticipate, and prepare for Jesus’ return.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): 1 Peter 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27; Luke 22:20; Psalms 1:1-6.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “In this Third Sunday of Advent, It Is Revealing, in Isaiah’s Prophecy, to See God’s Strategy and Actions for Connecting Humanity Through the Coming of Jesus the Messiah", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “We All Need “Hope” in Today’s World of Fear, Doubt in Our Faith, and Feelings of “Hopelessness”; and God Is this “Hope”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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This Advent, as We Look Forward with Joy to Christmas and Jesus’ Second Coming, Remember Advent Is a Time to Prepare for His Return in Judgment

This Advent, as We Look Forward with Joy to Christmas and Jesus’ Second Coming, Remember Advent Is a Time to Prepare for His Return in Judgment

December 11, 2020

This Advent, as We Look Forward with Joy to Christmas and Jesus’ Second Coming, Remember Advent Is a Time to Prepare for His Return in Judgment

MESSAGE SUMMARY: In John 5:25,29, Jesus tells you about the certainty of your Judgment: “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live . . . and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.". Since Judgment is coming, are you doing all you can to keep your relationship with the Lord growing? Given certain Judgment for all, a primary purpose of the Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with the Lord. You must be constantly growing and nurturing your faith in Jesus. There is a day when we will all be judged by the Lord – do not you think you can wait until the last minute to have a real relationship with Jesus.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Evil WaysRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Goodness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Isaiah 24:19-22; Matthew 7:21-23; John 12:48-50; Psalms149:1-9.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “This Second Sunday of Advent, We See God’s Disappointment with His People of Israel Not Taking His Word to the Nations; Therefore, God Sent Jesus ‘from the lineage of David’", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “We All Need “Hope” in Today’s World of Fear, Doubt in Our Faith, and Feelings of “Hopelessness”; and God Is this “Hope”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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We Anticipate and Prepare, in Advent, for Jesus Return and Judgment; Preparation Now for Jesus’ Judgment Is Good Since Our Death May Precede Jesus Return

We Anticipate and Prepare, in Advent, for Jesus Return and Judgment; Preparation Now for Jesus’ Judgment Is Good Since Our Death May Precede Jesus Return

December 10, 2020

We Anticipate and Prepare, in Advent, for Jesus Return and Judgment; Preparation Now for Jesus’ Judgment Is Good Since Our Death May Precede Jesus Return

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

Most of us do not like to think about and plan for death, especially our own. However, Paul in. Romans 6:23, made your life and death position very clear: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.". As part of your preparations for eternity, you should take one time each year to evaluate and to reflect on your position for facing death and realizing eternal life by identifying those changes that you must make in your life and in your relationship with God. Your preparation for your death will be a blessing for you and your family. Are you prepared to face your death? Will you have eternal life? What about those you leave behind – are you being a good steward of your life and your death?  Also, what about your family; are they prepared for their earthly death and to receive their eternal life? In Matthew 28:18, Jesus gave you His Great Commission for your life’s focus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.". Have you followed Jesus’ Great Commission, for your own family, by making disciples of your family members?

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Lust. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Perfect Provision. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Romans 5:12-15; Romans 7:24-25; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalms 147:1-20.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “This Second Sunday of Advent, We See God’s Disappointment with His People of Israel Not Taking His Word to the Nations; Therefore, God Sent Jesus ‘from the lineage of David’", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “We All Need “Hope” in Today’s World of Fear, Doubt in Our Faith, and Feelings of “Hopelessness”; and God Is this “Hope”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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In Advent, We Watch, Anticipate and Prepare for Jesus’ Return, but Secular Temptations Are Everywhere; Self-Denial Keeps Our Advent Focus

In Advent, We Watch, Anticipate and Prepare for Jesus’ Return, but Secular Temptations Are Everywhere; Self-Denial Keeps Our Advent Focus

November 30, 2020

In Advent, We Watch, Anticipate and Prepare for Jesus’ Return, but Secular Temptations Are Everywhere; Self-Denial Keeps Our Advent Focus

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

In a time in which we hear so much about self-help, self-image, and self-actualization, Jesus is saying self-denial is the way to life. Taking up one’s cross means to die to self-ambitions, as we are told by Jesus in Matthew 10:38-39: “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”. When we die to our self-ambitious and put them on the cross, the Jesus’ life moves through us -- “Not my will but Thy will.”. By denying self, we become a new person who is alive through Jesus; and the Holy Spirit flows through us, as we are told by Paul in Galatians 6:14-17: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.”.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATIONToday, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 16:24; Mathew 10:38-39; Galatians 6:14-17.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “In Advent, Pray for “amendment of life” in which God Gives Us Time in Our Lives and America’s Life to Return to Him Before He Comes Again in Judgment", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “We All Need “Hope” in Today’s World of Fear, Doubt in Our Faith, and Feelings of “Hopelessness”; and God Is this “Hope”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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