Matthew 24:25 Eternal Words

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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.

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Colossians 3:2 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“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.

2 Corinthians 4:18 Correct Focus

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Everyday every person has struggles of various types. Some days the struggles are very large, while other days they are small little ones. As people go through struggles they often get worn down and tired. Some of these struggles will actually tear the body down. Yet, Paul stated that these struggles are worth it in the end because of what they are accomplishing in light of eternity.

This is where focus comes into play. Believers are not to focus on the things that can be seen. These are things like, bills, a new car/house, latest fashions, illness, work, money, or anything like these. All of these things are things that the world strives to get and keep. Yes, a person can see them, but they are all temporary things. All these things will pass away eventually.

Think of life-like traveling down a road. As you are driving you come to a huge mountain that you must get over to the other side of. It is a difficult long drive to go up over, or around the mountain, but it must happen. As you pass over the mountain, you hit snow, bad weather, and steep climbs, but eventually you make it on the other side to your destination, despite the difficulties of the mountain and it is worth it.

In life you will have struggles, but the things that are not seen make it worth the struggle. You cannot physically see love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or eternal life. Yet, all these things you will get and more as you make it through the struggles. It is all these things that are eternal and never go away or can be taken from you.

Focus on Jesus, who you cannot physically see. Watch what God is doing in your life and in this world today. Use your spiritual eyes to see the value of living the Christian life. Do not let the things of this world get you down or crush you, they are only here for a short time, (even though it feels like eternity right now).

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will focus on the things of God and what lasts for eternity; that you will not fear the things of this world; that God will help you not to be crushed by the struggles of today; and that God will make you more like Jesus.

Romans 8:18 Not Worth Comparing

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Paul had just finished talking about every believer being a co-heir with Christ Jesus. A co-heir is one who will inherit everything alongside of someone else. The main thing that a believer will inherit is His glory. Then he points out that all the suffering a person may be going through is not worth comparing to the glory we will have.

When a person is going through any type of suffering, it always seems like the world has crashed down around them. Everything has failed and that there is no hope. It feels like nothing could be worse.

Yet, here you are being told that all those sufferings are not even worth comparing to what God has in store for you. Imagine the glory that God must have! He created everything that you see (and don’t see). As you look around the world, there are many things that are full of glory in nature, that are fabulously beautiful. If those things are so beautiful here in this fallen, sinful world, how much more beautiful are they in heaven?

If those things are glorious here, how much more glorious is the God who made them all?

Now, remember that he said that you are co-heirs with Christ and will inherit all of His glory also someday. The sufferings you may be going through are just temporary. They will only last a short time…even if they last your entire life, in light of eternity.

Everything that happens in this life is to point you towards Jesus and to make you more like Him. This includes that horrible suffering that you are going through. Yet, when you hold those sufferings up against the glory of God and what you inherit in Jesus, they are really nothing at all. It is like comparing apples to oranges, it should not be done since they are completely different types of fruit.

Look forward to the joy that God will give you some day when you fully inherit all that God has and is. Look forward to when you will be completely like Jesus. Do not just look at the here and now present sufferings. Find joy in what is to come. Allow God to prepare you for your inheritance some day.

I pray today that you will know the glory of God more; that God will give you strength in your time of suffering; that you will not complain of your suffering; that God will use you to touch others for Jesus; and that God will bring you through all suffering.

1 John 2:15 Do Not Love the World

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 John 2:15

After telling us why he is writing to us, Peter now gets to the deeper teachings. He hits it hard and fast, with no doubts as to what he is saying. He tells you to not love the world at all.

At first this may sound difficult to understand, if you remember when Jesus stated that God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to die for the world. If God loved the world so much, why can’t we love the world?

God’s loving the world is loving the people in the world, not the things of the world. Here John is telling us to not love the things and ways of this world.

It is very easy to get caught up in the things of this world. Look around you, everywhere there are advertisements telling you of everything you “need” to go and get right now. You always need to have the newest and the best of everything.

This goes against God’s principle of being content with what you have and give to those in need. God wants us to give more than get. Jesus gave His life, what can you give?

The world teaches that you are to look out for yourself and forget about everyone else. How far can you go? How high can you climb the corporate ladder? How much can you make? How famous can you be?

God teaches that you are to be a servant first. Jesus came to serve, not be served. You are to work at meeting the needs of others and let God take care of your needs.

John goes to the point of saying that if you love the world you do not love the Father, God. He does not say that you love Him less, but states you do not love Him at all. This is very harsh, but true.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with love for the things and ways of this world. This world and everything in it and it’s ways will pass away some day. God and His ways are the only thing that will last. Seek God to have Him break the hold the world may have on you. Seek God and His kingdom first and all of your needs will be met.

You are to love the people in this world. Share Jesus with them out of love for them. Serve them and help meet their needs. This will show them Jesus. This is what Jesus did.

I pray that today God will help you to have true love for Him; that God will break the hold the world has on you; that God help you to see how the things of this world are only temporary; that God will help you to know the value of seeking Him first; and that God will use you to spread His Gospel of Salvation.