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.

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Ephesians 4:22-24 Put Off Your Old Self

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

When some people accept Jesus into their lives, they feel that they are now saved and nothing more needs to be done. They continue to live life the same way that they always have. However, Paul points out that there must be a change.

The old way of life is life being lived without God in the picture. That life appears to be a great life–being fun and free, doing what one wants to do. Yet, it is corrupted. That life is filled with death. Just as a single cancer cell spreads through a body and eventually can kill it, so does the sinful life slowly spread through the whole body killing it.

You are to put of that old self. You are to turn away from your old sinful habits. The best way to do that is to renew your mind. Instead of thinking like the world does in what is in it for me, think about what is in it for God and others. Think about what does God want for you right now.

When you start thinking about what God wants for you, you will then start living like God does. You are to live a life that mirrors the life of Jesus. You are to live a life that is truly righteous and holy.

Every believer is to be holy. To be holy is to live your life without sin in it. Only Jesus can take away the sin, but once He has removed it, don’t pick it back up again. Live the life Jesus did.

Do not allow any more corruption in your life. Renew your mind and live for God. It is an abundant life that the world cannot give you.

I pray today that God will guide you in renewing your mind; that you will turn away from your old self; that you will live a righteous and holy life for God; and that God will guide you in how to live your life for Him.

Matthew 9:17 New Wine

“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17

Many changes were coming to the followers of God when Jesus came on the scene. One of the largest changes was in the individuals themselves, they would now be able to have God’s Holy Spirit in them, instead of going to a high priest.

Under the Old Testament Law, only the high priest could stand directly before God. Jesus brought about the change that God would place His Holy Spirit in each believer individually. This required a change.

In this passage, Jesus talks about new wine must be put into new wineskins. If new wine is put in old skins, then the wine will destroy the old skin, and all will be lost.

God cannot be in sin. Man is full of sin. Jesus came to remove that sin from their lives making a way for God’s Spirit to come upon them. Your life must be changed in order for God to send His Holy Spirit into you.

If God was to put His Holy Spirit in you without a change in you, then you would die. You would not be able to handle the holiness of God. When you accept the sacrifice Jesus made for you by His death on the cross, He removes the sin in your life and makes you a new creation.

Remember that in Christ Jesus you are a new creation, the old has passed away and all things are new. You are now the new wineskin. God’s Holy Spirit is the new wine.

Allow Jesus to make you into a new wineskin, a new creation. Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit can guide you in the ways and will of God and keep you from sin.

I pray that today God will change you from the inside out; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will allow yourself to be led by God’s Spirit; and that God will give you divine opportunities to share with others the changing that Jesus has done and the leading the Holy Spirit can do in your life and others.