Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
December 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 1:1-8
Advent - 2nd Sunday

Here we are once again assembled on this second Sunday of Advent. Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation. It’s the celebration of the nativity of Christ at Christmas and Christ’s return at the second coming. And, during this Advent season, we are celebrating our efforts to prepare the way. Stay faithful and don’t allow stumbling blocks to keep you from seeking Jesus. 

The beginning was the Word; the Son of God. The second personality of the trinity. It is written in the prophets to speak what does saith the Lord God. God sent a prophet in your life this morning to go before you, despite what you think. You are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Sometimes you have to moan because you can’t hear anybody praying. You have to pray yourself as you cry in the wilderness. Malachi 3:1 says you have to prepare your way. Don’t you know God does His best work in the wilderness. Sometimes it is God who puts us in the wilderness so that He can get our attention. Prepare ye the way. You have got to be prepared for the enemy. God tells us to watch and pray. Be on guard!

John, the forerunner of Jesus, prepared in the wilderness. He ate locusts and dressed in rags. His altar was the Jordan River. But that didn’t matter because if the Lord is moving through you, He can draw you unto Him regardless of how you appear to others or where you worship Him.

People came from all over as they sought a blessing. They came to watch for the coming of the Messiah. Perhaps this might be the day. He is coming again, so have your life in order. People confessed their sins in the River Jordan. We must do the same. Let the Lord know that you are sorry. Let Him know that you renounce the devil. Sometimes you’ve got to make sure your heart is right. 

John preached. He did it when they laughed at him, when there weren’t a lot of people on the phone line. He preached one day, and Jesus came to be baptized. God is everywhere. And He comes for you and He comes for me. We cannot allow road blocks or stumbling blocks to hinder us to be prepared when Jesus comes.

  • Fear is a stumbling block. It is of the devil. It is triggered when you feel unsafe.
    It will make you complain about what people have done to or against you.
    Feel Power, not fear.
  • Lack of clarity is a stumbling block telling you that you are in denial.
  • Negative speaking to yourself is a stumbling block. Don’t be a victim but start declaring you are victorious! Tell yourself that you are somebody; that you are a king’s kid;
  • Even when you’re hit with bumps and bruises and people make up stuff about you and try to take you out of character, remember that you've got a Father who said He’d make your enemy your footstool. He’ll make it all right!

I’ve stopped by to tell somebody not to allow roadblocks to keep you from preparation. Prepare the way of the Lord. Prepare to receive the Lord. Prepare a straight path to the Lord. Stumbling blocks must be removed. Remove the clutter and junk that prevents you from His coming.

You’ve got to declare for every mountain and valley He has brought you through, you will praise His name! Rejoice in the good AND the bad. Pray without ceasing. Lift up your heads, oh ye gates! Be lifted up everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord God, almighty. The Lord mighty in battle!

Sometimes, every now and then, we may have to say in the words of the gospel singer, Inez Andrews, “Lord, don’t move my mountain, but give me the strength to climb. Lord, don’t move my stumbling block, but lead me all around it.” No matter what others may say or do, Lord, just lead me through. Amen and amen!