There are actions that grieve the heart of God. Evil, deceit, envy, hypocrisy, and slander have no place in God’s Kingdom. When the temptation to act in these ways arise, pause to check yourself, and then rid yourself of these kinds of behaviors.
I still can hardly believe it. I, with shriveled, bent fingers, atrophied muscles, gnarled knees, and no feeling from the shoulders down, will one day have a new body, light, bright, and clothed in righteousness—powerful and dazzling. Can you imagine the hope this gives someone spinal-cord injured like me? Or someone who is cerebral palsied, brain-injured, or who has multiple sclerosis?
Imagine the hope this gives someone who is manic-depressive. No other religion, no other philosophy promises new bodies, hearts, and minds. Only in the Gospel of Christ do hurting people find such incredible hope.
Joni Eareckson Tada, [Heaven: Your Real Home]
The created order, which God has begun to redeem in the resurrection of Jesus, is a world in which heaven and earth are designed not to be separated but to come together. In that coming together, the “very good” that God spoke over creation at the beginning will be enhanced, not abolished. The New Testament never imagines that when the new heavens and new earth arrive, God will say, in effect, “Well, that first creation wasn’t so good after all, was it? Aren’t you glad we’ve got rid of all that space, time and matter?” Rather, we must envisage a world in which the present creation, which we think of in those three dimensions, is enhanced, taken up into God’s larger purposes, no doubt, but certainly not abandoned.
~ N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
MY WORD is seasoned with multiple commands to be thankful—for good reason! I ransomed you from eternal punishment through My torturous death on the cross, and I continue to shower additional blessings upon you. As you learn to give thanks in all circumstances, My loving Presence will increasingly brighten your vision of life.
Moses also said . . . “Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.”
[EXODUS 16: 8]
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
[1 THESSALONIANS 5:18]
Also read: NUMBERS 14:29
Before You Turn Out the Light
Start now to develop a grateful mind-set, and soon you’ll perceive all of My gifts more clearly.
I am training you to hold in your heart a dual focus: My continual presence and the hope of heaven. You’ll find no deeper comfort than knowing I am with you always, both here on earth and throughout eternity in heaven. You have known this great truth in your head for many years. However, your heart is fickle and tends to chase after other gods. Only as My Spirit helps you can you grasp the awesomeness of My Presence with you forever. I am indeed with you—watching over you wherever you are, wherever you go. Simply accept My Presence with you as reality: the deepest Reality. Build your life on this absolute truth, which is like building your house on a rock.
Your heart and mind will wander away from Me, but My Spirit within can remind you to return. You need only to ask the Holy Spirit to help you in this way. He delights in being your Helper.
Rejoice, for I am with you not only in this life but in the life to come. Let the promise of heaven flood your heart with My eternal Presence!
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”[John 14:16–17]
“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.”