At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. Matthew 11:25-26
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:7
Parents always want to be able to leave a good inheritance for the children, and even sometimes for their grandchildren. They invest a lot of money in a fund in order to have it for their children. Homes and land will be purchased and paid off to be able to pass it on. Businesses will be built up to be handed over to their child in the future.
Some children will know about the inheritance that they will receive prior to getting it. They will look forward to it, though they do not desire to lose their parents in the process. To get the inheritance, the parent must pass away.
Another type of inheritance that many will receive has nothing to do with material things. They are the inheritance of a great upbringing, correct morals, a good name, great training, and more. These are things that people realize after they have grown up and look back on life.
There is another inheritance that believers can look forward to. However, the only way to receive it is for the believer to be victorious. To be victorious, he must turn away from all sin and follow after God. He must be willing to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love all other people also. He must be willing to do what God tells him to do each and every time.
This inheritance is eternal life, no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, no more sin, no more hunger. All of these things are much better than any human parent can ever provide. The things human parents can provide for an inheritance are usually physical and only last a short time. The inheritance God provides is eternal.
Jesus has provided the way for you to receive this great inheritance. He died on the cross and arose again to take away your sins and provide you with eternal life.
If you have accepted what Jesus has done for you and you follow Him, you have become a child of God. As a child of God you will inherit all that He has. Be victorious and you will receive eternal life with no pain, suffering, hunger or thirst. You will be His child for all eternity–the great inheritance possible!
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the inheritance God has in store for you; and that God will help you be victorious in turning from all sin.
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ ” Matthew 25:11-12
Jesus gave the parable about the five wise and five unwise virgins. They knew that their bridegroom was coming to meet them at some point. Five stayed prepared to meet him, while five did not. When he came, he took the five that were prepared and left. At the wedding banquet the doors were shut and the five unwise tried to get in. At that point the bridegroom stated that he did not know them and kept the door shut.
Most people do not run a wedding in the same manner that they did during the ancient days. Today if someone is late to the wedding, they are often still let in. This is especially true for people who are a part of the wedding ceremony.
In the business world, it is a different story. When the business closes its doors for the night, they will not open them again, regardless of who the person is. With this in mind, people must plan their time correctly to get to the business before the doors are closed. They must be ready.
God is in the process of preparing a great wedding feast in heaven someday. People are being made aware of this wedding feast. Everyone is being invited to be a part of the feast. The challenge is that no one knows exactly when that feast will begin. Each person must be ready.
The process of being ready is accepting what Jesus did and following Him. It is repenting of all sins and turning towards God.
Many people think that there are many ways into heaven and that great feast. There is only one way and that is through Jesus.
When Jesus returns to bring everyone into the feast, you must be ready. Once He returns and takes all who are ready, the doors to that feast in heaven will be closed. God will stand at the door and tell the rest who missed it that He does not know them.
You do not want to be in that group. You do not want to be shut out, because that door will be shut for all eternity.
Take the time today to make sure you are following Jesus and are ready for the great wedding feast.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will know you as part of His bride; and that you will be ready for heaven.
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.
The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:9-10
Isaiah is describing the coming destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. God had chosen to destroy the nation, because they had refused to follow Him. The nation of Judah had chosen to openly sin as much as they could against God. It was open rebellion against God.
The destruction would be great. People would seek for someone to protect them and lead them, but would be unable to find anyone. All supplies would be cut off. No one would have food, clothing or shelter. It would be a time of great disaster, all of which was brought on because of their sin.
As this destruction would occur, there would also be people in the city and the nation who followed God faithfully. Isaiah tells them that it will be well with them, despite what is going on around them. The reason they would be alright is that they had followed and obeyed God. They lived for God.
Times have not really changed anything. Nations have chosen to walk away from God and do their own thing. Sin is being paraded as a good thing in many nations. As this occurs, God is bringing punishment upon the nations. Wars, unrest, sickness, desease, violence, takeovers, and destruction are occurring, because of the sin.
In every nation there is a remnant of believers who are still striving to obey and follow Jesus. They are trying to serve God with their whole life. You may be one of those believers.
As you are watching the world around you begin to crumble, fear may rise up in your heart. Fear of the destruction taking you out also. Fear of feeling the pain of the destruction.
Yet, as a believer in Jesus, you can know that it is well with your soul. In the end you will be ok, because God is on your side. He is with you and will carry you through whatever is going on around you.
In the end, Jesus will bring you home to heaven with Him for eternity, because you chose to follow Him, rather than the world.
Who are you following and trusting today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus; that you will trust God is in control; that God will remove fear of destruction from you; and that you will know God’s peace in your life.