Archive for the ‘Eternity’ Category

PERSERVERING

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Day 287

“you are only visitors here . . .
your real home is in heaven”
1 Peter 2:11

We are visitors, pilgrims, aliens, foreigners, and travelers. We do live in this world and its order. In fact, we live in the midst of a rebel territory whose prince is the devil, the god of this age. A majority who follow him surrounds us. Sounds scary. It is not. Paul says, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Even though we walk this earth and are subject to the constant barrage of its darkness causing a weariness of the pace, Paul is telling us do not look at that, it is temporary. We are encouraged to look at Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was crucified in our place and defeated the enemy and raised gloriously from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us. We need to keep our eye on him, refreshing ourselves as to who we are and what are calling is.

All of history is arranged for us. There is not one event or circumstance in our life that occurs outside of God’s will. God overturns nations and empires for His people. All of Egypt was overturned for the sake of Israel. God says, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” We have a God who is a Father to us and our time here is a preparation for the great glory we shall know. Nothing can touch a child of God unless He has permitted it. So, do not be caught up in the temporal of what may be seen, but look to our Father who is preparing us for that day of final rest.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him”
James 1:12

GOD’S JUDGEMENT

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Day 285

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”
2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

The final judgment of God magnifies His glory. This may be a difficult statement to understand. To us it is frightening, troublesome, sad and difficult to accept that the lost will suffer an eternal fire. The final judgment will reveal that God’s fire has two sides – one that purifies His saints and the other that executes justice. In the end, we will see the fullness of His great grace, mercy and compassion that he gave to mankind.

God is patient and gives us much time and many opportunities to know Him. Many Christians often wonder why the wicked prosper and live long lives. This is His way. Jezebel is described as a false prophet and one who misleads God’s servants into sexual immorality and other sins. Yet, in the midst of this wickedness, God said, “I have given her time to repent of her immorality” (Revelation 2:20-23). No person on this earth will ever stand before God and be able to lay a charge against Him for not knowing or having opportunity.

And, to us, vessels of mercy, a great happiness is bestowed on us. God will bring justice for the many who have suffered and been persecuted. He will be glorified when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in a blazing fire with His powerful angels.

“We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may
fulfill every good purpose of yours and
every act prompted by your faith.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11

GOD’S VICTORIOUS PLAN

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Day 282

“They may have the right to the tree of life
and may go through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

A romantic idealism pervades our culture. Essentially, it is the restoration of our earth and life to a ‘garden of Eden’ or ‘Paradise’ concept. We who know Christ need to be rooted in His truth about both the earth and this life.

Genesis describes a Paradise that was lost.

Genesis tells the story of fallen man who ran from God and hid. He sinned and lost his glory and a relationship with a Friend. We see the Tree of Life that he violated and lost.

Man is attempting to restore what has been lost because there is a great void in their lives. He does this through his own self-strength, but there is no satisfaction or fulfillment. Nothing completes him. Therefore, he wants to change our world so we can restore the earth. The emptiness does not go away.

There is an answer, a victorious plan by our God for those seeking Him. We can be satisfied and fulfilled. Christ has won a decisive victory that makes us more than conquerors. We are not only conquerors, there is a new heaven and earth that God will light and a Paradise restored with the right to come to the Tree of Life (Revelation 21:1; 2:7; 22:2, 14). Restoration begins with coming to Christ and then you are guaranteed an inheritance of all the above.

“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud; while their enemies looked on.”
Revelation 11:12

HOW GOD SEES US

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Day 278

“Do not consider his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him. The Lord does
not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Self-esteem is the occupation of our culture. In fact, the word itself has taken on a new life and culture. You cannot number the books, media shows and other forms of expression that center on self-esteem. Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah and their other brothers probably would have run right out to get some self-help books, go on talk shows, and ultimately get into a self-help group over their rejection by the Lord. Why is there this occupation with the self?

Being accepted and rejected are real. Identity crisis hits young people early. Many enter and live in adulthood the same way. Natural man wrestles with his identity because of our sin nature. As a child of God we take on a new nature in Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians do not walk in this and start thinking God is rejecting them. Not true.

The entire bible is the story of God pursuing us. He tells us, that if even a mother forgets a baby at her breast, He will not forget us; “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me” (Isaiah 49:15-16). He made atonement for us, for the past, the present, and the future. He has given us life and then sealed (guaranteed) our salvation by imparting the Holy Spirit to live in us. He has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him in eternity.

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever”
Psalm 138:8

THE LORD’S RETURN

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Day 268

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven”
1 Thessalonians 4:16

Have you ever thought about the coming of the Lord? It will be a great day for us, especially if we are alive. He will give a mighty shout and the archangel will sound the great trumpet with a soul-stirring cry, and believers, who have died, will be the first to rise and meet the Lord. Next, we, the living, will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord. The coming of the Lord will be a glorious and magnificent day.

It will also be a day of honor for those that have served. Yes, a day for His faithful servants to be honored by the King of Kings! Read what Luke says: “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” Why? Because, “He will dress Himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.”

Yes, saint, just as Jesus girded Himself to wash the feet of His disciples, on the day of His greatest coming, He will again humble Himself to honor and serve you! God the Son, King of Kings, slain Lamb from the foundation of the world, exalted and seated at the right hand of God His Father, will rise up to come for you and bring you honor. Once again, He will demonstrate the power of His love, grace and mercy to all by lifting up the lowly in honor and glory, that being you.

“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”
Colossians 3:4

KNOWING HIM

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Day 88

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ”
John 17:3

Martin Luther said in one of his letters to Erasmus, “Your thoughts of God are too human.” This human perception of God is often the result of many different influences in our lives that helped form our concepts of God. It can be a serious hindrance to truly knowing him.

It is very important for us, His children, to know His character and nature. We need to understand God. This can come only through two things: the reading and studying of His word with an eye toward knowing Him better, and a personal relationship with Him. He created us to fellowship with Him. It is His desire to share Himself with us. In spite of man’s fall and continued rebellion, our faithful Father continued to make a road back. That history and the way in which He has brought reconciliation is a rich revelation of His character. Carefully reading of the events brings a greater understanding of our Father which leads to a richer relationship.

John says it has not appeared as yet what we shall be, but we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him [1 John 3:2]. Isn’t that a reason compelling enough for us to seek Him? Our end is to be like Him! We were created in His image and likeness. In Christ, we are eternal. What better reason is there to know Him more intimately?

“He has given us His very great and precious promises,
so that we might become partakers of the divine nature”
2 Peter 1:4

THE REAL CHRISTMAS

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Day 66

“This child is appointed for the fall
and rise of many in Israel and
for a sign to be opposed”
Luke 2:34

The Christmas we practice today has little to do with the purpose of Jesus Christ on this earth. The angel’s announcement, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace good will toward men (of His pleasure; Luke 2:14) did not say ‘all men.’ Peace comes only to those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ – His chosen ones. It is for this reason we give praise to God.

When Simeon blessed Joseph and Mary, he told Mary that Jesus was going to be a great divider – many would fall and rise in Israel because of Him. That is still true today. Jesus divides between those who are God’s and those who are of the world. A person’s relationship with Jesus will determine their eternal destiny. Many reject Him; others accept Him by sovereign grace. Those that reject Him will fall and those that accept Him will rise.

Here is the true spirit of Jesus’ birth: Emmanuel – God with us. He came to bring peace and good will to those receiving Him. We have been redeemed in Him and welcomed to the kingdom and its wedding feast. A great reversal has taken place. We who were dead in our sins are now alive. We are participants in a great salvation and we are now members of His household. And now we and all the household say, Blessed be God for His gift to us.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only God, be honor and glory
for ever and ever. Amen”
1 Timothy 1:17

GOD MAKES US SURE

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Day 63

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make
my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make
me to walk upon mine high places.
Habakukkuk 3:19

Habakkuk was a unique prophet. Normally prophets spoke to the people for God, but Habakkuk did the opposite. He questioned God. He wanted to know why the wicked seemed to go unpunished. He wanted to know why the people had to suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. God answered Habakukkuk. He told the prophet to wait and see the work that God was going to accomplish among his people.

Habakukkuk saw the immediate world around him, but did not look at God’s plans for the future. Like him, we look at the present, but God’s view is eternal. His original plan never changed because of man’s sin. In His sovereignty, God uses everything to accomplish His purposes.

Eventually, Habakukkuk gained clarity and understanding of God’s will, purposes and divine plan. He did not trust in the power of nature or in his own flesh. He trusted in the Lord who is the Lord of nature. He declared God’s total control over every facet of life. Habakukkuk acknowledged God’s strength, protection, provision and His faithfulness. He declared that God will make us sure-footed and we will ascend the high places of victory.

“The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my
invincible army. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and
will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror,
but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon
my high places (of trouble, suffering
or responsibility)!” (Amplified)
Habakukkuk 3:19

SEATED WITH HIM

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Day 59

“Seated with Him in heavenly places”
Ephesians 2:6

We need to realize the greatness and glory of our salvation. It’s unfortunate that we think only in terms of the forgiveness of our sins and do not consider what Christ has positively accomplished for us. God’s forgiveness of our sins came at a great price and the magnitude of His love in redeeming us is beyond our understanding. He did this to gain back what had been lost and bring us into fellowship with Him. He also did this so we may be glorified with Him.

Our great salvation embraces rescuing us from the present evil age. We who were dead are now alive. He has given a position in Him. He has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. He has made us holy and blameless. We are seated in Him in the heavenly realms. We can now behold His glory and presence. We have gained an eternal inheritance. And to seal that inheritance, He has given us the Holy Spirit for our earthly journey.

We no longer belong to the past, the world, its system, or to the devil. We are no longer to live in the past. We are called to live in the Lord today. We need to grasp who we are in Christ and know our position in Him to live in the Lord today. We have been saved by grace. That grace will now carry us empowered by the Holy Spirit. It’s done – it’s a fact. This is the day of the Lord.

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope to which He has
called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance
in the saints”
Ephesians 1:18

SAFEKEEPING

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Day 52

“They shall never perish”
John 10:28

There was a great lie planted at the beginning of mankind that began with “Did God really say…?” That deceitful lie led to sin when Eve ate of the fruit and then led Adam to do the same. That lie caused a break in the fellowship between God and man.

The sin now became inheritably ours. Adam as the head of the human race caused all of us to be born in sin and that led us to the question “did God say?” It also did something else. When we recognize our need to know God we see our salvation as based on performance. We need to earn God’s love. So sin has brought us to a skewed view of God as a judge only and not as a father.

The utter corruptness of our human nature is very hard to accept, but because of it there is absolutely nothing we can do to gain God’s love and salvation in our lives. That is why God first loved us and prepared the way for our redemption through the life and death of his son, Jesus Christ.

What about sin? That shed blood of Jesus Christ covered us by his taking all the sins of mankind on himself. He died for all your sins in the past, present and future. And, he will purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9). Your salvation is secure in him. His sovereign love prevails over all things, and no one shall pluck you out of His hand. This is eternal preservation – His safekeeping power. Safe in the Father’s care.

“I give unto them eternal life”
John 10:28