November 7, 2018 Promise of God

 

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Hebrews 1:12 Forever The Same

 

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You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Hebrews 1:12

Looking around this world and up into the sky, a person can see a lot of wonderful things. One can see great mountains, or valleys, lakes, oceans, rivers, various plants, many animals and much more. Or looking up into the sky to see the moon, sun, and endless stars.

Looking at the beauty of the mountains or the sky can put a person in awe. Those things seen seem to have been there forever and will last forever. Yet, they will come to an end.

Areas have been removed or filled in by man. Erosion from the weather has changed coastlines and mountain tops. Change occurs.

Along with looking at things in nature, one looks at people and see a lot of change. People change all the time. Most people are much different when they are in their forties than when they were in their teens. Views of life change. Ways to act and react to things change. Beliefs often change. Friends come and go. Locations for living change. Level of living change. Jobs change.

All these things change and can cause fear and mistrust in people. People often ask what they can rely on, what can they trust that will remain.

Jesus is the One who was there in the beginning and will be there through the end. He is the One who created the heavens and the earth, and He will be the One who will destroy both. The heavens and earth will be rolled up and tossed out by Jesus, in order to make a new heaven and a new earth not corrupted by sin and death.

Knowing this can give you hope. Jesus remains the same forever. Look in the gospels and see what Jesus was like, that is how He is today. He loved people. He healed people. He forgave people. He was compassionate with people. He listened to people.

All of these things and more, Jesus still does today. He will do each of these things for you today. You can rely on Jesus being there for you in and through every situation in your life. Trust in what He is doing in your life, even when you don’t feel Him.

Jesus will always be the same.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power Jesus has; that you will know the character of Jesus; that you will know Jesus will never change; and that you will trust in all that Jesus leads you in and through.

Matthew 24:25 Eternal Words

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:25

Jesus was describing various end time things that would occur. These events are disasters that will occur in the world prior to His return. They are to be signs that His return is getting closer. He then states that the heavens and earth will pass away, but what He has said never will.

Looking at the earth and the stars in the sky, they both appear to have been here forever and will remain here forever. Both have survived longer than anything man has made, so it makes sense to have the feeling that they will last forever. However, that is not true.

Mountains and hills have worn down. Lakes and rivers have dried up. Forests have died. Animals have died off. Stars have exploded. There is a wearing down of all creation. None of it will last forever.

Nothing that man has made has lasted forever. Some things have lasted thousands of years, but are wearing down, slowly eroding. Castles, that once were grand and magnificent, are now laying in ruins. Buildings are slowly crumbling down or falling apart.

People live and die daily. No one lives forever on this earth.

The one thing that remains the same and still in existence is the words of God. Over the centuries, many have tried to destroy the bible and wipe it out. Governments have tried to quiet the voice of believers around the world. Yet, despite all the attempts to stop God’s word, it continues to survive and grow.

All of the promises of God have either come true or will come true at some point in the future. With all of the promises located in the bible that have already come true, there is no reason to think that the rest will not come true.

As you begin to realize how eternal God’s word is, you can realize how faithful He is. You will know how much truth is being said in the words of Jesus.

While it will be true that disaster will come upon this earth before His return, it is also true that He will provide for all of your needs. His love for you will never end. He will provide the salvation needed for your soul, if you believe in Jesus.

The words of Jesus are eternal, believe in them.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus said; that you will believe in the words of Jesus; that you will find comfort in the words of God; and that you will trust the words of God.

Isaiah 51:6 Salvation Lasts Forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6

When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.

As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.

Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.

People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.

The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.

Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things  you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.

God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.

Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.

Genesis 1:1 It Begins With God

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

People everywhere around the world are constantly asking the questions of how and when everything started. Scientists and archeologists are digging and studying trying to find the answers to those questions.

Looking at the earth and records does not reveal the true answer. It will only open up more questions. People may find out some things about life on this planet, but they cannot find everything. Ultimately there has to be a beginning, a starting point.

No person ever lived at the time of the beginning. The only one that existed was God and the angels. God chose to create the heavens and the earth. And He created them out of nothing, because nothing existed in the physical prior to God’s work.

Every believer from the smallest child to the oldest adult can quote this verse. They know that God created everything in the beginning. However, what does that really mean to the believer?

When a person creates something, he does it with a purpose in mind for that object. No one creates something without a purpose, or just to throw it away.

God had a purpose. He wanted to create a place for people to live. Again it comes back to why would God want a place for people to live?

God was looking for some fellowship with people. Every person is created with the purpose to spend time with God. God wants to spend time with you and do things with you. He has a plan for your life that includes Him.

Often many believers do not trust God’s wisdom in how to do things. As a believer you must learn to trust God with the experience He has. Since God started everything in motion, He knows what is best for you and for everyone else. He has been at work at it since the beginning.

Take some time today to view God’s wonderful earth. Realize the power and wisdom He has in making everything. With this in mind, realize what He can do in and through you. Go back to the beginning and allow God to do everything. You don’t have the wisdom or power to do it all.

I pray today that you will realize God’s great wisdom and power; that you trust God with all of your life; that you will allow God to work in and through you; and that you will allow God to create His life in you.

Colossians 3:2 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

In life there are many things to think about. Getting up in the morning most people start thinking about what they will wear for the day. As they start eating breakfast their mind may start to think about work or the tasks at home that day.

The big focus of many people deals with the problems in their lives. They are concerned about their health, or their job, or their retirement. They are trying to figure out how to make things better. In these, and many other things, people are focused on how to get a certain position, or certain items, or a certain dollar amount.

While none of things are necessarily bad, all of them are temporary. They are the things of this earth. While it is great to have a large bank account, it will not help you when you die. Having the things of this world are only good for a short time.

If you are a person who has chosen to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus you have been changed. Jesus has taken away your sins and made you a child of God. As a child of God you are now sitting at the side of the Father with Jesus (Colossians 3:1).

With this in mind, your mind should be with God where you are seated.
What is God thinking about? His mind is on how to save every person from their sins. His focus is on how to make every person perfect so they can be with Him. His focus is to have a close relationship with every person.

When you go to the store are you more focused on getting something, or being a witness to someone as you get that item? When you go to work, are you more focused on just getting a paycheck, or is your focus on being His witness as you earn that paycheck?

Do not stop life, but in your life keep your focus on what God wants. Strive to be more like Jesus. Jesus obeyed the Father perfectly and was a perfect witness to every person around Him. Keep your mind focused on the things of God more than the temporary things of this earth.

I pray today that you will know the mind of God; that God will reveal His heart to you; that you will seek the things of God; that you will be content with the things of God; and that God will show you how to be His witness daily.