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.
“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.
“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.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Very few people don’t have something that they treasure in their lives. The things that people treasure can vary with a very large degree of difference.
Some people treasure a smaller treasure that others may not see as of any real value, such as: an old picture of a favored grandparent; or maybe a small decoration that has been handed down for several generations; or a gift that was given them when they were younger.
Others treasure their huge bank account; large amount of property; a special car; or a job.
In each of these things, people will place a lot of trust and care for them. If anything happens to any of these treasured items, they will be very depressed. They often put their heart into their treasured items.
How many times do you see a man buy a new car and every weekend he will spend several hours cleaning and waxing it? It is good to take care of it, but he spends excessive time working with it. This is his treasure.
Jesus just finished telling you to not store up treasures here on earth. Everything on this earth is only temporary. You can and eventually will lose it.
Store up treasures in heaven. How can you do this? By being the witness God has called you to be and doing the work God has called you to do. When you do a work for God, He keeps track of it. Some day He will give you a reward for all of your hard work.
If you have received your reward here on earth, God will not reward you again in heaven. Seek treasures in heaven. Those treasures will last forever and will be much better than anything here on this earth.
Think about what you treasure. Then notice where your heart is. Is your heart in heaven with God, or here on earth? What will get you excited? A new treasure here on earth? Or God’s will being done and a new soul coming to Jesus?
Remember that where your treasure is, is where your heart is also.
I pray today that you will have your heart set on God; that you will treasure only what God treasures; that God will guide you in doing His will; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; and God will break the hold of earthly treasures in your heart.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
Meekness is not a common word being used in today’s speaking. If you hear the word “meek” it is usually meaning someone who is weak or very tender, but always mild.
Being meek does not make one weak. In fact it would more likely be the very opposite. One good way to see what meekness is like is seeing it as patience in the reception of injuries.
When you get injured, it is very easy to strike back to get revenge. This striking back may be physically or just with words, but either way it is with vengeance. You want to harm the person who injured you.
The world does not see any problems with this type of thinking. It is acceptable to get revenge. God, however, has stated that you are supposed to turn the other cheek and you are to leave all vengeance up to Him and in His time.
As you get injured by someone, you have two choices to make: 1) strike back, 2) let God take care of it. The hard part is God does not usually strike a person right away. You will not always see God taking out His vengeance upon that person.
This will mean you must be patient. Wait for God to do what He will do. Do not allow your anger to rise up and get the best of you.
Think of Jesus, when He was struck by the Pharisees as they were taking Him captive. He looked at them and calmly asked what wrong He had done for them to strike Him.
Most people would strike back, and many of the rest would argue quickly. Jesus was meek in that situation.
Jesus promised trouble for you in this world. He also promised He was in control and God would have His vengeance in the end. Keep yourself meek today and wait upon Him. Be patient when someone hurts you.
Everyone who is meek will inherit the earth. You will get this earth because the meek person is actually the stronger one and God will have His vengeance.
I pray today that God will strengthen you in your times of trouble; that you will look to Jesus for patience; that you will be strong in being meek; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you and fill you with His power; and that you will bring God glory in all that you do.
“Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:12
While still looking into an unknown time frame, John had just shown that the devil was cast down by God. All believers who believed in Jesus and gave testimony of it had triumphed, even if they were killed.
Now John tells the heavens and anyone who dwells in the heavens to rejoice, but gives a warning of woe to those on the earth because that is where the devil is right at this moment. The devil is angry because he knows that he is losing the war and will be defeated soon.
You may focus on the aspect that the devil is here on the earth now wreaking his havoc. This would bring you great sorrow and woe. It will probably set you into a mindset of fear. No one really wants to go up against the devil. No believer wants to be in his target range. You do not want to be around someone who is full of fury and wrath, it usually means harm is coming.
Look back at the first part of this verse about those dwelling in heaven are to rejoice. Why should they rejoice? It is because they know that the devil has been and is being defeated.
How does this affect you today? Think about where you dwell. Yes, you dwell on this earth right now….physically, but where is your real home? If you believe in Jesus, this earth is only your temporary home. Some day heaven will be your permanent home.
Everything you say and do should be done with the mindset of heaven some day as your home. As a believer, you are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. Although physically you are not in heaven, spiritually you are there. Your heart and mind should be sitting with God everyday. Make your dwelling in heaven with God while doing His work here on earth.
As you have this type of mindset, the things of this earth will grow dim. You will not care what the devil is trying to do to you. You know that in a short time he will lose the battle. You have won the battle by the blood of Jesus. Do not fear the devil. Keep your focus on God and heaven. What God has for you will be greater than anything you can dream up or imagine. Soon you will be in heaven for eternity.
I pray today that God will fill you with the hope and joy of His salvation; that God will give you a vision of the defeat of the devil; that God will remove any fear of evil brought against you; and that you will rejoice in what Jesus has done and is doing for you.