Tag: see the Lord

Rejoice in a living Redeemer!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Job 17-20

Key Scriptures:  Job 19:25-27  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes!  How my heart yearns within me!”  

Job was kept through his terrible suffering during this test by revelation knowledge of a God who was alive and a redeemer!  He so trusted in his Redeemer that he believed that even if he died and his body was consumed by the grave, that one day, in his body, he would see God with his own eyes!  Job had resurrection faith!

Rejoicing in our Redeemer:  Jesus promises to redeem all those who believe on Him from the penalty of sin–eternal death!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?””  (John 11:25-26)

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Holiness is key to seeing the Lord!

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 12

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 12:14-16  “Make every effort to live at peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.”

Being a Christ-follower in a hostile world requires effort and focus.  The enemy of our soul, Satan, is always at work to distract or destroy believers.  A common tactic is through conflict and the failure to forgive others.  Unforgiveness can lead to a bitter root that divides people from each other and ultimately from God.  Sexual immorality is another common trap of the flesh that leads to defilement and possible loss of inheritance in God’s kingdom.  Esau is mentioned because of his failure to value spiritual inheritance.  He lost it through his careless appetite!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are focused on seeing the Lord when He comes and rely on God’s grace to keep them in holiness.  “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure hear, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. . . .Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.”  (Psalm 24:4,6)

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