Revelation 22:14 Are You Ready For The Blessing?

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14

Whenever a person does something good, he will often expect to receive some type of reward for the action done. That reward may be just words, or actions or something physical.

One thing that people are looking for is how to live longer. For most people, life is precious and they hang on to it, however, sickness and death keep coming with no apparent stopping of it.

John records Jesus saying that those who have washed their robes are blessed and will be allowed to eat of the tree of life and enter the new city in heaven.

Washing of clothing is something that people do so that they may be clean and presentable. This allows them to enter places that they would not be able to if they were filthy dirty.

In life every person is wearing some type of spiritual clothing. It is either the filthy dirty clothing of the world and sin, or it is the cleaned righteous holy clothing that has been washed in the blood of Jesus, removing all sin.

While a person is wearing clothing stained by sin, he is not allowed to eat of the tree of life and live forever. When Jesus returns, he will be cast out into the lake of fire.

However, ever person who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus has allowed his clothes to be cleansed by Jesus. He is forgiven of his sins and given clean clothing, allowing him to eat of the tree of life and live forever in heaven.

Only by personal choice can a person be made ready for the blessing of eternal life.

Every time that you have sinned and done something against God, you have stained your clothing and need a washing. Without Jesus and a cleansing, you are dirty and will not be allowed to be blessed with eternal life in heaven.

Choose today to go to Jesus to have your clothing washed and all of your sins removed. Repent of the sins you have done against God and Jesus will forgive you and cleanse you. Turn away from all sin and be a new creation in Christ Jesus and be ready for the reward of eternal life in heaven.

Are you ready for the blessing when Jesus returns?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of your sins against God; that you will allow God to cleanse you of all unrighteousness; and that you will be ready for the blessing of eternal life when Jesus returns.

Hebrews 11:16 What Are You Longing For?

Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16

Nearly every person desires for something to be better than what it is. People can always find ways or things that could be improved in their own lives or around them. No matter how great a nation is, a person can find something that could be better and they wish it could happen.

While most have these desires, most also do not know how to make it happen or even expect things to change.

As the author of Hebrews lists people of the bible and how they lived by faith, he points out that they were looking for a country that is in heaven. With this longing in their hearts, God calls them His people and prepared for them a city.

Although most people have desires for something to happen, most also do not expect those things to actually occur. Often people lose faith in what could possibly make it happen. This occurs when the change takes too long to become a reality.

True believers will have to live by faith in God. He has promised something 2,000 and more years ago that still has not occurred. God promised life for eternity in heaven, in a place He has prepared for them, but it has yet to happen.

Instead of being like the world, longing for things here on this earth, the believer will have his heart set on things of God. His desire and focus will be on building a greater kingdom that is yet to come. It is focused upon eternity in heaven, rather than the temporary things of this earth.

Living in this way is living by faith in God and what He promised.

You may have many different desires for things in your day-to-day living. There may be many things that you want to see changed or made better. While all of these things may be good, they are not always what is best and many may be just temporary changes.

Allow your focus and trust be upon God and His eternal kingdom. Keep working in faith to build His kingdom greater and greater until it is fulfilled for all eternity.

Do not lose heart in the failures of this world, but trust God in His promises and long for what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have faith in all of God’s promises; that you will desire what God has for you; that you will focus on building God’s eternal kingdom; and that you will live by faith in God.

Hebrews 4:1 Will You Fall Short In The End?

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1

When there is difficulties or troubles in the way of a person trying to accomplish something, many people will give up and move on to something else. Most people are unwilling to keep pushing forward to finish the desired task.

As a person quits something, he may never know how close he actually was to finishing correctly. Those who succeed, keep pushing forward, focused on completing the task.

After warning about unbelief, the author now points out that God’s promise for rest is still standing unfulfilled, waiting to be fulfilled. He warns that none be found short of getting into God’s rest—heaven.

The longer a journey is the more challenges or difficulties one will encounter along the way. As the journey continues, the cost of keeping going will continually rise, making it a challenge to stay focused and keep going to finish it.

With today’s GPS systems, people will know exactly how far they still have to go, but with the walk of life, no one knows exactly when one will die and stand before God.

Jesus set the requirement to get into heaven at believing in and following Him. He paid the price for every person to get into heaven, God’s promised rest.

While many people have chosen to believe in Jesus, not as many have chosen to follow Him or chose to stop following Him. Sadly many have chosen to stop following Jesus because of some trouble in their lives. Instead of living for God, they have chosen to live purposefully in sin against God, even while going to church.

Every believer needs to work at continuing to follow and grow in his relationship and walk with God every day and be ready to stand before God.

Jesus has forgiven you of your sins and promised you eternal life in heaven if you believe in and follow Jesus. He has made a way for you, but you must choose to walk in it.

God is not a tyrant, but will allow you to choose whether to follow or not. If you choose to follow, God will provide all you need to complete the journey. Use what God has given you to live for Him and don’t find yourself falling short at the end of the journey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choose to obey and follow Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust Jesus for your salvation; that God will see you as a faithful servant; and that you will not fall short of God’s rest.

Colossians 3:2 What Do You Think About?

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

Throughout the day there are many things that people think about. Depending upon what they are doing, will depend upon where their focus and mind is, money, bills, illnesses, vacations, pleasures, family, work, material things, and more.

Behind all of their day-to-day activities, many also have their minds focused upon dreams. Nearly everyone has something that they desire and many will spend a lot of time thinking about that thing and how to get it. Focus on these desires will often overtake other responsibilities and more important needs.

Paul points out that since a believer is now raised with Christ to a new life, he is to focus on things above, not the temporary earthly things.

While it is important to take care of the temporary things of life on this earth, such as jobs, bills, vehicle and house maintenance and more, there is a higher and more lasting priority of focus.

Everything physical in this life will break down, fade away and disappear at some point. Nearly all of these things will fade from the memory of most people shortly after it is gone. It is only in the here and now that they can mean anything, if anything at all.

Even though the believer is in this world and must take care of some temporary things, his primary focus must be more on the eternal things of heaven and God. A person may have all the physical things of this world, but if he does not believe in Jesus and have his sins removed, he will lose everything in the end and have only death left.

God has a mission for every believer. That mission will always have a focus upon eternity with God for himself and others. Believers must have a focus upon that mission that God has for him.

You have many things that you think about every day. Each one has a different level of priority in your life. While many of those things have some temporary importance to them, the greatest thing to focus upon is what God is saying and doing in and through you.

Instead of spending all of your time and efforts to gain temporary things, put your mind and efforts on the things of eternity and God. Jesus forgave you and saved you for an eternal purpose, not for temporary things.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will focus your mind on the things of God; that God would remove the lure of temporary things in your life; that you will have the mind of Christ in all that you think, say and do; and that you will know God’s mission for your life.