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Are You Ready for Heaven?

Have you ever thought about what Heaven will be like? I mean really thought about it. Have you studied it and searched the Scriptures to understand what it will be like to live in a resurrected body in a New Heaven and on a New Earth?

Think about this…

If you knew you were moving to Paris, wouldn’t you do everything you could to start learning about what Paris is like? Wouldn’t you want to know about the people, the geography, the customs, the climate, and the food? Of course you would. So why don’t we spend more time trying to learn what Heaven will be like?

Perhaps they know they aren’t right with God and they don’t have assurance that Heaven will be their destination when they die. Or maybe they’ve just accepted the common misconception that Heaven will be boring and uninspiring.

I remember the story of a preacher who stood up in church one day and asked the congregation, “How many of you want to go to Heaven?” Every hand in the church went up. Then he asked, “How many of you want to go TODAY?” You guessed it…not a single hand went up this time. Although nearly everyone wants to go to Heaven someday, few people want to die today.

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GOD continue blessing you and your family in JESUS name ✝️

God’s Grace

People are always searching for peace to help them deal with their problems. Do not be tempted to seek man-made solutions, as there is only one true method of handling your life with confidence and assurance – and that is in the power of Jesus Christ.

If you commit yourself and your life to Him unconditionally, then you can rest assured that He will give you the grace required to handle every problem. You will thus be blessed with tranquility and peace far beyond human understanding.

Grace and peace become a reality in your life only through God, so don’t drift from Him and forfeit what only He can give.

Today’s Prayer

Loving Master, I thank You, because through Your grace You enable me to face and handle every problem that comes my way. Amen.

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A Child of the King

You never need to feel spiritually inferior – especially in comparison to other believers. Remember that when God accepted you as His child, He did not do so on the basis of your knowledge, work or worthiness. In His grace He accepted you based entirely on your faith in Jesus Christ and your acceptance of Him as your Redeemer and Savior.

Jesus accepts you for who and what you are. All He asks is that you believe in Him and accept Him as the Lord of your life.

Joyfully respond to this invitation and experience the grace and love of your divine Father every day.

Today’s Prayer

Holy God, my heavenly Father, thank You that I can, through faith, claim the privilege of being called Your child.

Amen.

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Our GOD of Second Chances

It is a sign of God’s immeasurable grace that no person ever reaches a stage in life where one cannot start over. Each day that dawns is a new beginning.

Our God is the God of second chances.

Do not allow whatever may have happened in the past to cause you to lose sight of what the future may hold. If you wish to make a fresh start, make a firm decision to be done with your old life, even though it will still try to enslave you.

All new life comes from God alone. Continually affirm that new life flows through you as a result of God’s grace, and you will receive the inheritance of new life that is yours in Christ.

Lord of new beginnings, thank You that each new day Your mercies are new and I can begin again. Amen.

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A Familiar Saying

Telling someone “God bless you” after he or she sneezes has, for many of us, become a nearly unconscious reflex—a need to fill the awkward silence after an abrupt and alarming sound. The ritual has lost its significance entirely for many. But for anyone paying attention to the things of God, it’s amazing to recount all the references to the divine in mundane circumstances. For instance, the term “holiday” comes from the combination of “holy” and “day,” denoting a significant day of liturgical observance. Even the word “goodbye” is short for the phrase “God be with you.”

Much like our trained reaction to a sneeze, perhaps it’s possible to train our spirit to pray with greater readiness and frequency, until praying becomes so much a part of us that it’s akin to breathing.

In one way, it’s frustrating that we’ve weakened these terms by saying them so frequently and thoughtlessly. By allowing the repetition to become an ultimately meaningless and automatic impulse, we miss out on a moment to be mindful of God in our daily routine—to connect with our loving Father and even extend His love to others as a result.

One way we can make the most of these opportunities, whether responding to a sneeze, saying goodbye, or some engaging in some other custom, is by making use of what’s called a “breath prayer”—a short, memorized portion of Scripture or brief phrase that brings the heart’s focus back to the Lord.

Christians have been using these prayers since the church’s earliest days and for good reason: They help keep us mindful of—and even engaged with—the Holy Spirit in our life. Much like our trained reaction to a sneeze, perhaps it’s possible to train our spirit to pray with greater readiness and frequency, until praying becomes so much a part of us that it’s akin to breathing.

Although habits like saying “God bless you” are now largely habitual, if we are mindful about what we’re saying, even moments like these can serve as a reminder to stop and connect—with God and the people we’re blessing.

Everyday Burdens

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Find relief in the ultimate Comforter, Jesus Christ.

Because we live in a fallen world, there will always be trials we must bear. They come in various forms—financial problems, health issues, family relationships, troubles at work, abuse, past regrets and sins, physical ailments, or the death of loved ones. They may make us feel burdened beyond what we can bear.

Jesus Offers a Solution.

  1. The Invitation. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). The living Son of God, who is sovereign over all things and has all power, is willing and able to come to our assistance. Nothing is too difficult or heavy for Him to bear.

The scope of this invitation is universal. To the unbelieving, He offers salvation. He bore the punishment for sins with His death on the cross, and offers all who believe in Him forgiveness, righteousness, and eternal life. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

Since He was our sin-bearer, He will certainly bear our lesser burdens once we are believers. He invites us to come to Him with whatever is weighing us down.

A Living Sacrifice

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The Spirit of God dwells within us, and He is reflected in what we think, say, and do.

We tend to separate our spiritual life from our physical life, but that’s not what God intended. He who carefully crafted each of us places high value on our physical being (Psalm 139:13). The human form is a masterpiece, which our Creator has entrusted to our care. And as with any other resource, He expects us to be wise stewards.

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians addresses some of the unsavory issues their city was known for. People in the church had been engaging in offensive practices, including sexual misconduct and gluttony (1 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:21). They incorrectly regarded this behavior as separate from their spiritual lives, as if they could do whatever they pleased with their bodies and still be considered “good Christians.”

But the body and the spirit are one. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul declares, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?” The apostle reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit has come to indwell every believer. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then His Spirit lives in you, and your body has become a walking testimony. What does your physical being say about your walk with Christ?

God Is Present Even in Dark Times

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The Lord is not absent during our times of trouble. His purpose is steadfast.

The story of Joseph illustrates how God’s sovereign hand guides His children when they go through a season of darkness. Joseph was rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned. But in the midst of those terrible times, he experienced God’s favor.

Joseph didn’t comprehend the Lord’s intentions during those long years of slavery and imprisonment. After becoming second-in-command to Pharaoh, however, he recognized God’s purpose in allowing those lengthy struggles. Then Joseph testified to what he knew to be true: His brothers had meant to harm him, but God used all the hardship to accomplish a wonderful divine plan (Genesis 45:4-8; Genesis 50:20).

This is a helpful story to remember when troubles hit. In dark times, we’re often tempted to feel neglected by God and may even become angry with Him for letting the situation persist so long. Though we, like Joseph, may have difficulty seeing beyond our present suffering, there is a bigger picture.

If you’re living in a season of hardship, have faith that God is using it for His glory and your eternal good. All your protests cannot thwart His purpose (Isaiah 14:27), so yield to His hand as He shapes you into His Son’s image. And remember that whether it’s apparent or not, our Father’s favor is with you.

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The Mind of CHRIST

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With so much deception in the world, every believer needs spiritual discernment. Although we have access to GOD’S wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought. And HIS WORD is the place to start, because spiritual discernment comes only when we know the TRUTH and can think scripturally about every situation we encounter.

It’s foolish to think that our own wisdom is sufficient to guide us. The human mind, while rational, is incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as TRUTH is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to GODLY wisdom.

In contrast, regularly partaking of GOD’S WORD develops our insight. As the HOLY SPIRIT of TRUTH illuminates our mind and interprets the Scriptures, we increasingly see life from GOD’S perspective. Through the SPIRIT and the WORD, we have a direct link to the very mind of CHRIST (1 Cor. 2:16). From Genesis to Revelation, GOD is revealing HIS thoughts, principles, and wisdom so we can live accordingly in any situation.

May GOD’S LOVE flow through your hearts in JESUS NAME 💐

We Are An Extension of GOD!

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The body of CHRIST is made up of all people who worship HIM, no matter where they are. The HEAD of this body of believers is JESUS CHRIST, WHOM Paul described as “the BEGINNING, the FIRST-BORN from the dead” (Col. 1:18).

At salvation, you become a part of the body—regardless of what the membership rules may be at your local church. Therefore, if you’re a believer, you are a breathing and active part of CHRIST, WHO is at work on earth through HIS followers. The church acts as JESUS’ feet to carry the GOSPEL message, HIS hands to care for those in need of LOVE, and HIS arms to uphold the weak.

But being JESUS to the world isn’t easy—it means making sacrifices, accepting ridicule, and loving our enemies (Heb. 13:16; Matt. 5:44). GOD may have called us to spread the GOSPEL, but that doesn’t mean people will necessarily like what we have to say. Regardless, we’re to carry out the work of GOD, even when doing so is uncomfortable.

The GOSPEL is spread through the strength and wisdom of JESUS CHRIST. And for this task, HE has also chosen to use the body of believers united by HIS SPIRIT’S indwelling presence. What an honor to be used to reach the world for our SAVIOR.

Remain Blessed 🌷

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GOD’S LOVE

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For those who believe in GOD and follow the teachings of JESUS CHRIST, love takes on a whole new meaning. The best Bible verses about GOD’S love prove that — even in your darkest hour, when it may seem like you’re on your own or that you’ve lost everyone and everything you’ve ever cared about — HE is always there, and you are never alone.

GOD’S immense and unwavering love isn’t always easy to see or understand. Sometimes it shows itself in small ways, like when a person asks how your day is going and actually listens when you answer. It shows itself in big ways, too, like when a guardian angel appears out of nowhere when your car stops running and you need someone to restart it. Bible verses about GOD’S love serve as a constant reminder that HE is always watching and ready to help, and they’ll allow you to take comfort in the fact that HE is always in your corner.

“Certainly the faithful love of the LORD hasn’t ended; certainly GOD’S compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”

The Good News: GOD’S heart is brimful of love, and we can depend on HIM to love us just as much every day.

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