~ James 1:17 [NLT]
~ James 1:17 [NLT]
The wife of old John Ryland asked: “Do you think,” she said, “you will know me in heaven?” “Why,” said he, “I know you here; and do you think I shall be a bigger fool in heaven than I am on earth?” The question is beyond dispute. We shall live in heaven with bodies and that decides the matter. We shall know each other in heaven: you may take that for a positive fact, and not mere fancy.
But now a word of warning. . . . If your bodies are to dwell in heaven, I beseech you take care of them. I do not mean to take care of what you eat and drink, and wherewithal you shall be clothed; but I mean, take care that you do not let your bodies be polluted by sin. If this throat is to warble forever with songs of glory, let not words of lust defile it; if these eyes are to see the King in his beauty, ever let this be your prayer:
Turn off my eyes from beholding vanities;” if these hands are to hold a palm-branch, O, let them never take a bribe, let them never seek after evil; if these feet are to walk the golden streets, let them not be swift after mischief; if this tongue is forever to talk of all he said and did, ah! let it not utter light and frothy things; and if this heart is to pulsate forever with bliss, I beseech you give it not unto strangers, neither let it wander after evil. If this body is to live forever, what care we ought to take of it; for our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, and they are members of the Lord Jesus.
Charles Spurgeon, “The Resurrection of the Dead,” [Sermons 66–67]
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
~ Rom 8:35
And then comes the triumphant answer, after all the possible obstacles and enemies have been mentioned one by one, Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us. Our trials will be turned to helps; our enemies will be taken prisoners and made to fight our battles. Like the weights on yonder clock, which keep it going, our very difficulties will prove incentives to faith and prayer, and occasions for God becoming more real to us.
We shall get out of our troubles not only deliverance but triumph, and in all these things be even more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
Our security depends not upon our unchanging love, but on the love of God in Christ Jesus toward us. It is not the clinging arms of the babe on the mother’s breast that keep it from falling, but the strong arms of the mother about it which will never let it go. He has loved us with an everlasting love, and although all else may change, yet He will never leave us nor forsake us.
YOU LIVE IN AN AGE OF ENTITLEMENT, so you need to counteract the barrage of propaganda proclaiming you deserve more. My Word is sharper than any double-edged sword; I use it to perform spiritual surgery on the thoughts and attitudes of your heart. As Scripture lights up your perspective and your path, I set you free from the prison of ingratitude, releasing you to enjoy the pleasures of a thankful heart.
… to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
~ ISAIAH 42:7
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
~ HEBREWS 4:12
Also read: PSALM 119:105
Before You Turn Out the Light
Beseech Me to raise your perspective and secure your release from the dungeon of ungratefulness.
IMITATORS OF GOD
Ephesians 5:1-5, 17
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You.
I pray that you will be an imitator of God, reflecting God’s love, righteousness and purity. As Christ gave Himself up for you as a sacrifice to God, I pray that you will also give of yourself to lead others to Christ. May you be an example of God’s righteousness and purity in your speech and in your deeds. I pray that your mouth will speak words of thanksgiving, and will not engage in obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking. May you never allow a hint of immorality, impurity, or greed in your life. I pray that you will please the Lord and live a life worthy of His calling.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sometimes it can feel tough to clearly see who God is. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. Study who Christ was in order to see our great God. You’ll be surprised to find how loving, compassionate and real our God is!