Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Beginnings


Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 19-22

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:1-7)

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:18-27)

Just as God created the heavens and the earth in Genesis, in the end God will create a new heaven and a new earth.  This new place will be the eternal home of His children.  They will live with Him everyday, and there will be no evil, no sin, no pain, and no tears.  The new Jerusalem will be a new beginning for all of His people.

Today, we look back over the past year and give thanks to God for everything He has given us and for all He has done in our lives.  We also look forward into the new year for all that it will hold.  If you have not yet begun a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – if you have been holding back or waiting, or if you have any doubts in your mind that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life – let today be the day of your new beginning with Him.  If you have found yourself growing further and further away from God in the past year, let today be your new beginning as you draw closer to Him.  No matter what part of the journey you are on, today can be a new beginning for you.

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)

I pray that all of you have a happy and blessed new year.

 

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The Fall of Babylon


Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 15-18

“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more— cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ (Revelation 18:11-17)

In Revelation, John refers to the evil world and all of God’s enemies as Babylon.  The people of Babylon lived in luxury.  Material possessions, money, and power were the norm, and the people of Babylon refused to repent of their greed before God.  In Revelation 18:7, the city of Babylon boasted, “I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn”.  Chapter 18 of Revelation shows us the fall of Babylon.  It depicts the collapse of the world’s economic system, and the effect this has on the people living in the world.  For the inhabitants of Babylon who spent their entire lives building up wealth, power, and possessions, the end of it all will be severe.  These people will lose everything when Babylon collapses.  What they have worked for their entire lives will be destroyed by God in less than an hour.

The fall of Babylon illustrates the temporary nature of earthly treasures.  A large savings account or 401K may seem important to some people right now, but in less than an hour it will all be destroyed in the end.  In the passage above, the voice from heaven was prophesying against the greedy merchants of Babylon.  The voice lists merchandise that illustrates the materialism of the society – luxury items that were not essential that the people of Babylon attempted to store up for themselves.  The list includes “cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages”. If we take a careful look at this list, many of us will see some similarities to items we have in our own homes.  As followers of Christ, we must all be on guard against greed and the power of money.  God wants us to work and provide for our families, but He does not want us to become so enslaved to wealth that money and material possessions become more important than people, or even worse, more important than God.  Use your riches to advance God’s kingdom.  Everything we possess belongs to God anyway, so why not use our time, money, and talents for His purposes?  The things we can buy and store up – the luxury items that we do not truly need – will all be destroyed in the end.  When we help others with our treasures, we do not have to fear the fall of Babylon, because treasures in Heaven cannot ever be destroyed.

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Singing a New Song Before the Throne


Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 10-14

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. (Revelation 14:1-5)

In chapters 12 and 13 of Revelation, we are told a lot about the battle between good and evil.  In chapter 12 we find out about Satan being cast down to earth, and in chapter 13 we are introduced to the unholy trinity – Satan, the beast of the sea, and the beast of the earth.  Both chapters are very dark and tell about Satan’s time in power on the earth.  Fortunately, even though Satan has been given some authority over the earth in these two chapters, it is clear that God is still ultimately in control.  At the beginning of chapter 14, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We see the lamb (Jesus) standing with 144,000 people.  The 144,000 represent the believers who have persevered the reign of Satan on the earth.  They have Jesus name as well as God’s name written on their foreheads – they have been marked as God’s people.  These 144,000 follow the Lamb wherever he goes.  Scripture also says that these 144,000 were purchased by the blood of Christ, and they are blameless in the sight of God.

Then 144,000 endured great hardship and persecution on the earth during Satan’s reign, but they are now ready to enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Though they faced terrible things, they remained faithful to God and are now receiving their ultimate reward – eternity with the Father.  Like the 144,000, each of us has been purchased at a price.  Our eternal freedom was bought and paid for by Christ’s defeat over death at the cross.  We still face hardships.  We still face strife.  We may be ridiculed or even persecuted for our faith.  But just like the 144,000, each of us has a choice.  We can succumb to the pressures of the world and go along with Satan and his evil plans, or we can remain faithful to God.  We can follow Jesus wherever He goes.  Each time temptation strikes, we can remember the price God paid for us.  We can remember the cross of Christ.  If we remain faithful to God, even during the darkest of hours, we know that our reward will be waiting for us.  We know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.  We know that Jesus will welcome us into heaven, where we too can learn a new song of praise for God.

 

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The Scroll and the Lamb


Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 5-9

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:1-14)

The scroll that John sees contains God’s plan for the end of the world.  At first, no one can be found in heaven or earth or under the earth who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll.  John “wept and wept” when no one could be found to open the scroll, as the circumstances seemed to be so bleak.  But then he received good news from one of the elders.  The elder explained to John that the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David could open the scroll.  This Lion was Jesus.  Only Jesus had the power to open the scroll because only Jesus lived a perfect, blameless life.  Only Jesus has the power to hold the future in His hands, and He alone has the ability to set the events of the future into motion.

No matter how bleak or desperate our circumstances may appear, there is always One who can solve our problems and make everything work out.  Jesus can solve our problems.  Jesus is the only One with answers to all of our issues.  Even in difficult times when all you can think to do is cry, do not worry or be afraid because Jesus is there with you.  He holds your future in His hands, and will help you guide and direct your life.  My prayer is that we will all remember not to worry or stress out during difficult times, but will instead surrender everything over to Jesus.  I pray that we will all have constant faith in His help and His protection.

 

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The Lukewarm Christian


Daily Bible Reading – Revelation 1-4

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22)

The other night, my family and I were going out to look at Christmas lights and we stopped at Starbucks to get some coffee for the drive.  While we were sitting in the drive-through looking at the menu, I noticed a couple of things.  The first thing I noticed was the irony that we now need a menu to order something as simple as coffee.  Secondly, and more importantly in terms of this blog, I noticed that while Starbucks offers many different types of drinks, they can all be categorized as either hot drinks or cold drinks.  Nowhere on the menu could I find a nice lukewarm cup of coffee.  Some people, myself included, love a hot cup of coffee.  Other people prefer their coffee ice cold.  But lukewarm coffee – that coffee that is somewhere between hot and cold – is just plain terrible.

In Jesus words to the church in Laodicea, He says they are lukewarm.  The believers in this church had gotten to a point where they did not take a stand for anything, and they were basically indifferent to Christ.  Being a lukewarm Christian is not what Christ has in mind for us.  For most of us, when we first hear the gospel and surrender our lives to Christ, we are immediately on fire for Him.  We start praying more, we start reading the Bible more, and we start to change because the Holy Spirit has begun living inside of us.  Somewhere along the way, though, it is easy to lose that fire and become lukewarm.  When we become lukewarm, we stop serving others as frequently.  We stop praying as frequently.  We stop reading the Bible as frequently.  Being a lukewarm Christian is a dangerous place to be, as we are only halfway to being ice cold.

If you have found yourself becoming a lukewarm Christian, take action.  Pray for God to renew your heart and your spirit.  Dive into prayer and the Scriptures.  Start serving more either in the church or in your community.  Do everything you can to avoid being lukewarm, knowing that Jesus wants so much more for you.  Rekindle the flame you have for the Lord, and make sure that your heart is always open for Him.  Remember the words of Jesus in Revelation 3:21 – “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

 

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Loving the Word of God


Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 117, 119:81-176; 2 John; 3 John

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. (Psalm 119:97-104)

Upon reading Psalm 119, one thing becomes strikingly clear – the Psalmist loved the Word of God.  Throughout the Psalm, he mentions time and time again how much he loves God’s Word.  Here are just a few examples:

Psalm 119:113 – I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

Psalm 119:163 – I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Psalm 119:47 – And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

Psalm 119:48 – My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Psalm 119:97 – O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

It is easy to get into a pattern of merely reading God’s Word, but if we truly want to go deeper into His Word we need to love it the way the Psalmist does.  And why shouldn’t we love the Word of God?  After all, the Word of God is God’s written revelation to man.  The very fact that a righteous, loving, all powerful God would communicate to us, is one good reason to love the Word of God.  In addition, it is God’s Word that shows us the way of salvation through faith in Christ.  Without God’s Word, we would be lost.

Another good reason to love God’s Word is that we know the author personally.  Imagine that your best friend in the world wrote a book.  When you got a copy of the book, would you read it all the way through?  Would you take notes about the writing?  Would you attempt to read it as deeply as possible, or would you just skim a few pages of it and then set it down.  Most likely, because of your love for your friend, you would want to go deep into his book.  It is the same with God’s Word.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are all friends of God.  He IS our best friend.  We know that His Word is important to Him – after all, He wrote it.  Why, then, would we not want to go deep into His Word?

If you have had trouble in the past getting into the Word daily and sticking with a Bible reading plan, remember that your goal is to love His Word.  Love the Word for what it is.  Love the Word for what it does.  Love the Word because you know the author personally.  Love the Word because you know it is important to Him.

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God’s Love and Ours


Daily Bible Reading – 1 John 1-5

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:7-21)

On this day, let us not forget the reason for all of the celebration.  Let us not forget that today is a day of joy.  On this day, we celebrate God’s perfect love for us.  We celebrate what He did for us.  We celebrate the fact that he gave us his only Son to take away our sins.  As we bask in that love, I hope we will all try a little bit harder today.  I pray that on this day, we will all attempt to show a little bit more love to others.  I pray that when a potential frustration arises today, we will have the strength to not react in anger, but to react in love.  I pray that we remember today that everyone we talk to, everyone we see again, and everyone we meet for the first time are all God’s creations and treat them with the respect and love they deserve.  I pray that we never lose sight of the love of Christ and that we never forget to put Him first in our lives.  Finally, I pray that you and your families have a very Merry Christmas today.

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The Carpenter’s Cloth


Daily Bible Reading – John 19-21

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (John 20:1-8)

In his book The Carpenter’s Cloth, Sigmund Brouwer discusses the significance of this passage of Scripture.  When I first read the explanation Mr. Brouwer has in his book, I was immediately moved, so I want to share with you an excerpt from his book:

During Jesus’ time there was one way a carpenter let the contractor know a job was finished. A signature, so to speak.

Imagine a hot afternoon in Galilee. Jesus has completed the final pieces of a job he has worked on for several days. The hair of his strong forearms is matted with sawdust and sweat. His face is shiny with heat. He takes a final—and welcome—drink of cool water from a leather bag.

Then standing to the side of his work, he pours water over his face and chest, splashing it over his arms to clean himself before his journey home. With a nearby towel, he pats his face and arms dry.

Finally, Jesus folds the towel neatly in half, and then folds it in half again. He sets it on the finished work and walks away. Later, whoever arrives to inspect the work will see the towel and understand its simple message. The work is finished.

Christ’s disciples, of course, knew this carpenter’s tradition. On a Sunday of sorrow, three years after Jesus had set aside his carpenter tools, Peter will crouch to look into an empty tomb and see only the linens that the risen Lord has left behind.

A smile will cross Peter’s face as his sorrow is replaced by hope, for he will see the wrap that had covered Jesus’ face. It has been folded in half, then folded in half again and left neatly on the floor of the tomb.

Peter understands. The carpenter has left behind a simple message.

It is finished.

Copyright(c) 1997. Published by Word Publishing, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.
Excerpted from The Carpenter’s Cloth by Sigmund Brouwer.
Copyright(c) 1997 by Sigmund Brouwer. Page 125.
Used by permission of J. Countryman.

The folded cloth described in John’s Gospel sent a compelling message of hope to the disciples and sends a compelling message of hope to all of us.  So many times, we all wonder if we are doing enough.  We wonder if we are good enough.  We wonder if we really deserve the salvation offered to us by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice.  But Christ’s message to us is a simple one – it is finished.  His work is done.  We are saved by grace.  Thank you Jesus for saving us.   Thank you for finishing your work here.  Thank you for your grace, mercy, and love.

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Taking Matters into Our Own Hands


Daily Bible Reading – John 15-18

When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled:“I have not lost one of those you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. (John 18:1-12)

Imagine for a second that you are Peter.  You have spent quite a while following Jesus.  You are friends, and you love Him dearly.  All of a sudden, men have come to arrest your friend and take him off to an almost certain death.  What do you do?  Do you simply stand by and allow this to happen?  Do you try to take matters into your own hands and stop this atrocity?  Peter did the only thing he could think of to try to stop Jesus from being arrested and killed – he drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus.  Peter was ready to do battle right there in the garden to save Jesus’ life.  While this may sound courageous or even heroic, there is a problem.  His actions were not in line with God’s will.  God’s will was for Jesus to be arrested, crucified, and resurrected to save the entire world.  Jesus knew the plan, and immediately stopped Peter.  In addition, we see in Luke’s account that Jesus also healed Malchus’ ear, thus undoing the damage Peter had done by stepping in.

There are many times when we feel tempted to try to step in and help God.  It can be tempting to take matters into our own hands and try to force the issue, especially if we perceive that God is not taking any action on his own.  Of course, just like in Peter’s case, most of the time trying to step in for God leads to sin.  We must trust God to work out His plan in His own way.  As I have said in the past, God does not need our help.  He knows what He is doing, even when we are unable to figure it all out.  When we try to step in and force the issue, we only make things worse, and often we simply create more work for God to have to clean up.  Trust that He knows what He is doing.  Trust that His plan is working in your life.  Instead of trying to lead, when it comes to God’s will our best course of action is to follow Him.

 

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Preparing a Place for You


Daily Bible Reading – John 12-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:1-7)

Sometimes I get bogged down in the day to day activities of my life.  Stresses from work or other activities start to build and eventually I find myself starting to worry.  I worry about stupid things mostly – I worry that this might happen or that something else won’t happen, and before I know it I realize that I am worrying so much about the “what if’s” in life that I am forgetting to praise God for the things that have actually happened.  Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled.  He follows that up with a statement that brings us immeasurable joy and hope – He says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  How beautiful is that statement???  How awesome is that???

When I find myself getting stressed out – when my heart is feeling troubled – I remind myself of this verse.  I remind myself that no matter what happens, Jesus is preparing a place for me in Heaven right now.  He is not preparing a tent or anything temporary for me – He is preparing a permanent home for me where I can live with Him forever.  One day I will get to see His face.  One day I will get to talk to Him in all of His glory.  Ever since I first started my relationship with Him, I have begun to feel more and more joy and peace that comes from being close to Him, but one day that joy and peace will be multiplied when I get to be close to Him in Heaven.  What a great day that will be.

He is also preparing a place for you.  Don’t let your stresses or fears overcome you today.  Right now, I know a lot of people are running around making last minute preparations for Christmas day, and a lot of people are feeling stressed.  When you start to feel overwhelmed, remember this verse.  Remember His promise to you.  Think about the day when you will get to stand with Him in Heaven.  Bask in His peace, and do not let your heart be troubled.

 

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

 

 

 

 

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