Made Them Both

The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.

~ Proverbs 22:2 [NLT]

This verse is very simple to understand. Essentially, everyone is created by God. But it is the application of this verse that is pivotal. The great divide between the have’s and have not’s is certainly not because God favors one person over the other. We should not discriminate or look down on one another because of a persons financial status. We are all made by God, in His image.

Eternal Perspectives

Because we each have a physical body, we already have the single best reference point for envisioning a new body. It’s like the new upgrade of my word processing software. When I heard there was an upgrade available, I didn’t say, “I have no idea what it will be like.” I knew that for the most part it would be like the old program, only better. Sure, it has some new features that I didn’t expect, and I’m glad for them. But I certainly recognize it as the same program I’ve used for a decade.

Likewise, when we receive our resurrected bodies, we’ll no doubt have some welcome surprises—maybe even some new features (though no glitches or programming errors)—but we’ll certainly recognize our new bodies as being ours. God has given us working models to guide our imagination about what our new bodies will be like on the New Earth.

~ Randy Alcon, [Heaven]

Evening Prayer

CONFESS YOUR SINS 
Leviticus 5:5; Isaiah 59:1, 2

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You.

I pray that you will thank God for His grace and mercy, for there is no sin that is too big for Him to forgive. I pray then, that you will confess your sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, for sin separates you from Him. May God not hide His face from you nor prevent you from hearing Him because of your sins. May you understand that His arm is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. I pray that you will accept His loving forgiveness, so that you may reclaim your relationship with Him today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Wisdom

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

~ John 3:3

True religion begins with an entrance into the soul of supernatural light and supernatural life. How or why it comes, the soul knows not; for “the wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound thereof, but can not tell whence it comes or where it goes, so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” The wind itself is not seen, but its effects are felt. The sound of the wind is heard in the tops of the mulberry trees, where God himself is not seen. “The voice of the Lord, powerful and full of majesty. You heard his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice,” (Deut. 4:12). Thus effects are felt, though causes are unknown.

Streams flow into the heart from a hidden source; rays of light beam into the soul from an unrisen sun; and kindlings of life awaken in us a new existence out of an unseen fountain. The new-born babe feels life in all its limbs, though it knows not yet the earthly father whence that natural life sprang. And thus new-born souls are conscious of feelings hitherto unpossessed, and are sensible of a tide of life, mysterious and incomprehensible, ebbing and flowing in their heart, though “Abba, Father,” has not yet burst from their lips.

A man’s body is alive to every feeling, from a pin’s scratch to a mortal wound, from a passing ache to an incurable disease. The heart cannot flutter or intermit for a single second its customary beat, without a peculiar sensation that accompanies it, notices it, and registers it. Shall feelings, then, be the mark and evidence of natural life, and not of spiritual? Shall our ignoble part, the creature of a day, our perishing body, our dust of dust, have sensations to register every pain and every pleasure, and be tremblingly alive to every change without and every change within; and shall not our immortal souls be equally endowed with a similar barometer to fluctuate up and down the scale of spiritual life? We must lay it down, then, at the very threshold of vital godliness, that if a man has not been conscious of new feelings, and cannot point out, with more or less precision, some particular period, some never-to-be-forgotten season, when these feelings came unbidden into his heart, he has not yet passed from death unto life. He is not in Christ, if he is not a new creature (2 Cor.5:17).

Everything You Need

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 
~ Luke 12:31 [NLT]

Do you have everything you need? Does what you need match up according to the Kingdom of God? Let God’s Kingdom come in to your work, play, business, friendships, all areas of your life. Don’t hold back. Align your life to be constantly seeking God and His Kingdom.