Revelation 21:5 All Will Be Made New

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

With all the pain and suffering going on around the world, people are searching for something new. Changes occur in what people are following.

Constantly there are new trends in what is the best way to do things, when the prior way of doing things failed. The search continues for what is true and lasting, that brings life with no suffering or pain. Hope seems to disappear for most people.

In his vision, John sees a new heaven and earth. Then God, sitting on the throne, says that He is making all things new.

Hope for a brighter future is something that most people want, but don’t know where to find. When they are presented with the hope in Jesus, many will reject it, because it sounds too good to be true.

Every day there are ads stating that they have the best thing in the world to sell a person and that everyone needs it now. Very often those items do not live up to the expectations or promotions. It causes a loss in hope of truth.

God’s word is true and has been proven over and over, again and again over the centuries. Despite the pain and suffering, despite the rise in sin and crime, God is still in control and will complete what He has promised to do.

At the right time Jesus will return and take everyone who believes in Him home to heaven for eternity. God WILL make a new heaven and a new earth. All sin WILL be wiped away. All pain and suffering will be removed for all eternity. All WILL be made new.

No matter what pain and suffering you have gone through or are going through, or will go through in your future, you still have hope of a better life. This better life may or may not start here on this earth, but it will come in eternity.

Jesus may call you home before He returns, or you may be here when He returns, but He is going to bring you into eternity with Him and make all new for you.

Do not give up on God but trust His word and keep following Jesus that He will make it all new.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will trust God’s complete word; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus for a perfect life; and that you will not lose faith in Jesus.

James 5:8 Be Patient And Keep Standing

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

Nearly every person around the world is waiting for something to occur. Most commonly people are waiting in some type of line. It could be a line in a store or a line in heavy traffic or in a line of time waiting for something to arrive.

During the time of waiting in line, it is extremely common to hear someone complaining about the waiting. No matter how fast things are, they should be faster. This becomes even more true, when there is pain in the waiting.

As James is talking about suffering for Christ, he tells the people to be patient and stand firm, because Jesus is returning soon.

When a person is having a great time and enjoying what he is doing, the time appears to fly by very quickly. He has no complaints because everything is going perfectly or at least going his way at the moment. Joy and pleasure are being experienced.

However, life is not always fun and games. There are times of difficulties, pain and suffering. Along with normal pain and suffering, believers may also experience persecution, causing more suffering.

The world will be quick to complain about the suffering and blame whatever they can on their circumstances.

True believers will realize that all the pain and suffering that they are going through is only temporary. Their focus is not on the here and now, but on the return of Jesus and eternity.

Instead of grumbling and complaining, they wait patiently, standing upon God’s promises, knowing that it will all come to an end soon when Jesus returns. As they wait, they continue to fulfill God’s purpose on this earth–to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus every day.

You may be going through some suffering right now. It may be natural sufferings of the temporary body and life on this earth, or it may be suffering from persecution for your belief in Jesus.

Either way it is painful. Do not give into the suffering and begin complaining, but focus upon the promise of Jesus’ soon return and eternal life in heaven with God.

Seek God’s purpose in the suffering and His grace to make it joyfully through the situation in your life. Soon you will have a perfect body, with no more suffering or pain for eternity in heaven with Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will help you have the patience needed to keep moving forward with Him; that you will stand firm upon the promise of the return of Jesus; and that you will see God at work in every situation in your life.

Scarred (book review)

Title: Scarred
Author: Dave Roever, with Kathy Koch, Ph.D.
Publisher: Roever Communications
Date: 2015 (original in 1995
Pages: 224

Scarred (book review)

This story is a true story about Dave Roever, when newly married, was a soldier in the Navy during the Vietnam War and what occurred afterwards. While in Vietnam, he had helped lead men into areas to scout out where the enemy were. On one of the missions, he had a hand grenade in his hand that was shot by an enemy soldier. Upon the shot hitting the hand grenade, it blew up in his hand and he had the full impact of it. It blew a large portion of his face and one hand off.

At first everyone thought he was dead, but then realized he was not. Dave was quickly removed from the area to a military hospital. Upon surviving, he was moved to the USA for more hospital care. After many months of care in the hospital, he survived and was able to leave and go home with his wife. Later he was able to have and raise several children with his wife, against what the doctors had predicted.

Much of this story focuses on the struggles he had with how he looked, his anger about what happened and how God changed his heart and used what he went through for His glory. Today he goes around speaking primarily to children, but also to adults, about how to accept what they look like, and how to get through troubles in life. He talks about how God worked on his heart and strengthened him to be the man he is today. He has gone back to Vietnam several times and was in Iraq ministering to both civilians and those in the military.

This book is a simple read, but is packed with a lot of emotion. One can often identify with him in knowing the pain of physical and emotional suffering on different levels. He encourages the reader to trust and follow God. There are several pages of pictures of him before and after the injury.

I have personally had the honor of meeting Dave Roever a few times in the past. His story has always remained consistent and encouraging. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you have some physical or emotional challenge in your life. Dave will also challenge your faith and trust in God.

Matthew 5:4 Comfort Will Come

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

No matter where a person goes in this world, there is almost someone who is mourning there. They may be openly mourning, to where it can be publicly seen or it may behind closed doors, but many people are mourning.

There can be a thousand reasons as to why the person is mourning. Most often they have recently gone through some tragedy in the life. Or it is out of remembrance of some loss in their past. Usually it is out of personal loss or pain, not that of others.

As Jesus was speaking to the crowds, He tells them how some will be blessed. One group that will blessed and gain comfort are those who mourn.

Mourning is a deep sorrow and weeping over some great loss or pain that is occurring. It is very common for people to mourn their own personal losses, however, this type of mourning can sometimes be a selfish mourning.

While believers may mourn over some personal loss, their heart is for others and the kingdom of God. The believer who has his eyes set upon God and His word, will see the corruption and sin that is rampant in his city, state, region, nation and this world. He will also see the sin that is in his own life.

Along with seeing all the sin, he will also see the pain and suffering that people are going through because of sin. There would be no pain or sickness if there were no sin.

Upon seeing all this sin, he will mourn, crying out to God for forgiveness of all. As he weeps before God, God in His great love, understanding the pain and suffering, and will reach out to him and comfort him.

The believer is weeping, not just for himself, but for others and this world on God’s behalf.

As with most people, you have probably experienced pain or loss. You have also seen it in others that you love and care about.

Keep in mind that all of the pain and suffering is due to sin. Allow yourself to see this world through God’s eyes and mourn the great numbers of people heading to hell because they do not know Jesus. Weep and mourn that people are dying and do not even know it.

God will see and bring you comfort. He will guide you in what you can do today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the world through God’s eyes; that you will mourn over the sin of this world; that you will live a holy life unto God; and that you will feel God’s arms of comfort around you in times of loss and pain.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.