Tag: eternal glory

Swallowed up by Life!

Scripture reading for September 22nd: 2nd Kings 22-23, Psalm 73, 2nd Corinthians 5

2nd Corinthians 5: 1-6 “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He Who has prepared us for this very thing is God, Who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

Paul elaborated further on his faith in the resurrection of the dead. His firm belief was that even if our mortal body is destroyed, believers have a guarantee through the Gift of the Holy Spirit that they will receive a new resurrection body that will live forever in the presence of God. It will not be temporary like the “tent” of our body. It will be a “building”, something eternal. While we wait for this promise, we may groan and suffer from persecution, aging, or attacks of Satan. But focus on what is ahead and surely coming with take us through to receive our promised inheritance! God is with us and guiding us to glory.

Psalm 73:23-24 “Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the Gift of Your Holy Spirit to live in me and guide me with Your counsel and prepare me for glory eternal! Your plans for me are amazing and a pure gift of grace in that I deserve the opposite. I long for the day when these promises become sight and I receive the ‘building’ You have prepared for me and I am swallowed, not by the grave, but by Life eternal in Your presence!

2nd Kings 23:25 “Before him (King Josiah) there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”

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Beholding Christ’s Glory

Scripture reading for April 29th:  John 17, Psalm 85, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures:  John 17:24-26 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me.  I made known to them Your Name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

As we listen to Jesus’ prayer to His Father for us and His disciples, we note that He desired that they would be with Him in the Father’s presence.  There the disciples would be able to behold Christ’s glory and experience ultimate joy and fullness of life in God’s love.  Christ’s prayer is pulling all believers towards the throne of God and the fullness of our joy, glory, and eternal life.

Faith Confession:  Amen!  Let it be according to Your prayer for me and all disciples!  I desire to be with You where You are and see Your glory!  Thank You for the Holy Spirit that is a down payment on the fullness to come!

Proverbs 23:17-18  “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.  Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

 

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Grace to the humble!

Scripture reading for November 13th:  1st Peter 5

The heart is the main focus of our Lord regarding men and women. (Mark 7:20-23)   Man focuses on the exterior and appearances, and what others might think.  Peter finished his letter to the suffering church and her leadership by addressing their need for humility and God’s grace!

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve, not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”  (1st Peter 5:1-3)  Elders must remain humble and serve willingly.  Just telling people what they should do was not enough, they must humbly live as examples.  The promise was a “crown of glory” from Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd! (vs 4)

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older.  All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”  (1st Peter 5:5-6)  Peter emphasized humility to young men and all of those in the church.  The principle is simple:  “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  We can either humble ourselves or have God opposing us!  That should be an easy choice for anyone with spiritual sense!  His grace will truly lift us up–all the way to His eternal kingdom!  God is looking for a heart of humility and willing submission to shower His grace upon.

 

 

 

 

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A jar of clay!

Scripture reading for August 3rd:  2nd Corinthians 4

Paul likened each believer to a “jar of clay” that contained an amazing treasure–the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ!  This knowledge came from faith and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.  Paul stated that God put this treasure in frail human vessels for a purpose:  “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  (2nd Corinthians 4:7)  God specializes in using our weakness to show His strength!

Paul explained that persecution and hardship are often the lot of believers and ministers of Christ.  “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body,”  (2nd Corinthians 4:8-10)  In spite of hardships and suffering, Christ enables His disciples to keep a good attitude and persevere through the suffering!

According to Paul, the secret of perseverance in trials was to stand in faith and speak faith!  “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.”  (2nd Corinthians 4:13-14)  No matter whether they lived or died, Christ would be faithful to His Word!

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  (2nd Corinthians 4:16-17)

 

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