My mom died of multi-infarct dementia. Awful disease.
In her last few months, she described her living area as a Waiting Room. She would ask: “How long do I have to stay in the waiting room?”
That is similar to our situation, except that we have lots to do while we wait.
We have God-given work to do. We should be seeking God with our whole hearts. We are to be growing in the love and knowledge of God.
But, in addition, we should be expectantly waiting for Christ. We should be living in the hope of the glory of God.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
We exult in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2)
Lord, please help us walk in a manner worthy of You while we wait. Help us focus on You, the hope of glory.
I hope you had a perfect Thanksgiving Day. It’s wonderful to have a USA holiday set aside (and other places as well, but on different days) to be thankful.
Now, let’s work towards a Thanksgiving Life, a life characterized by thankfulness.
We are to give thanks in all things.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We are to rejoice always.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
But I don’t; I’m not.
I am determined—again—to have a settled attitude of gratitude. Lord, please, please, make my life be characterized by thanksgiving, by rejoicing in You, by joy. Help me, day by day, look to You.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100)
Did you notice the commentary on our current culture in verse 3?
What Heaven is NOT
I long for heaven (See I Want to Go Home). For those whose Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ, heaven is where we will go, and heaven is unimaginably glorious.
Heaven is also NOT a lot of things. And I rejoice at everything we’ll never see again.
There is no evil. Heaven is where righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13)
There is no sin. No sin in any of us and no sin anywhere. We will be glorified. We will be like Christ. (Romans 8:29-30)
There is no pride.
No unwholesome talk.
There are no tears. (Revelation 7:17)
There is no hunger, or illness, or death. (Revelation 21:4)
There is no separation.
I can’t wait! I want to go home!
Come, Lord Jesus!
“NO! I can do it! Let me!”
These are cries during the terrible-twos. And older children too!
There are times Christians don’t accept, or even resist, God’s help.
We may say to God: “NO! I can do it!”
Why in the world would we not accept God’s help?
Probably we all believe Almighty God’s help is available and that we’d, of course, welcome it.
But when we are faced with a problem, a difficult situation, or a personal “melt-down” of any degree, we don’t always seek His help, or accept His help, or even remember He is there for us.
This can come from not having the Lord top-of-mind. We wouldn’t ask for help if we don’t even remember He can help.
Doing it yourself, without God, might be a habit, which you need to break.
Or maybe, we think this particular problem is something He isn’t interested in, or, even, beyond Him. Or maybe that we don’t deserve His help. Oh dear. That sounds like unbelief.
Or, maybe, we might think this is something we can handle without Him. Sounds like pride!
We must seek and accept His help. This world is difficult and getting darker. We cannot live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him without His help.
Resolve to become increasingly grounded in His Word, and routinely call His words to mind.
Resolve to seek Him first.
Resolve to know that you cannot do it; to know that you must have, and accept, God’s help.
He is God and we are not!
(See We Have Help!)
God has given us responsibility for which we are answerable. He holds us accountable for our thoughts, words, and deeds. That is true for everyone. If someone rejects Christ, they are to blame. When someone puts their trust in Jesus Christ, we become new creatures.
For Christians, we are still responsible for our thoughts, words, and deeds, but we have help!
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
It is God’s grace that enables our labors.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
We are responsible to labor for the Lord. God’s grace makes it possible and provides His ordained results.
Our belief in Jesus Christ makes all things possible!
And Jesus said to him, “If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
I do believe, help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24) Praise God the Almighty!
This picture captures love and homeness for me. It shows my lovely, loving, generous father greeting me back to my favorite place on earth. (See My Favorite Place on Earth.)
You’ll have to find your own image, but try to imagine that welcoming.
Now imagine eternity.
We, Christians, have the most glorious homecoming ahead, with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, welcoming us home. An eternal home where righteousness dwells. NO sin in us or anywhere. Where we are glorified. Where everything is unimaginably perfect. Where we never leave.
I want to go home!
But, Lord, help me serve You here until You take me home.
This post is for those who have peace WITH God, for those who have been reconciled to God, having peace with God through the blood of Christ’s cross (Colossians 1:20).
Before we can have the peace OF God, we must have peace WITH God.
The war in Israel has escalated.
The world has strong, divided, opinions about the war in Israel, with violence in many places. Warnings have been issued to travelers.
Turmoil of all sorts, unrelated to the war in Israel, is happening all over the world.
There will not be peace on the earth until the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) rules.
The Key to Our Peace
We will not have peace ourselves until the Prince of Peace rules us!
For He Himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).
We are commanded to not let our hearts be troubled. That is possible through our belief in Christ, our belief in God. (John 14:1)
As Christians, we believe in Christ, in God. Our challenge is to increasingly believe what He says, what He promises.
We don’t have to be anxious because the Lord is near and is not passive. He is at work. We are not in control, but the sovereign God who loves us is in control. He is working His plan to bring people to glory and to judge the wicked. He is watching over His children. And we know the ending for us and for the world.
When we are at one with God, when we are aligned (submissive) with His purposes, we have His peace. When we want our own way, rather than God’s way, we are troubled, anxious.
The God of Peace (Philippians 4:9) and His plan, must be more important to us than our agenda. Our hope has to be in Him.
We have God’s peace—let it rule.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
War! Actually, more war, this time in Israel.
The stories are horrific. Unimaginable.
Why doesn’t God stop this?
What is God up to?
God’s word tells us a lot about what He is up to, what is happening, and what will—someday—happen. We, of course, don’t have the details or the timing. But we are told enough to trust that God has a holy plan and that He is working all things after the counsel of His will. (Ephesians 1:11 and many other places!)
We have enough information to trust God.
We know that God is patient, not wanting any to perish. (2 Peter 3:9)
We know that God HATES sin, is a righteous judge, is indignant every day, and is now judging, and will judge, people and movements and nations. (Psalm 7:11)
We know that—someday–every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10-11)
We know that one day Christ will separate the righteous from evil ones, some to heaven and some to hell. (Matthew 25:32-33)
For those of us whose Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ, we will be glorified and live eternally in heaven. (Romans 8:30)
For right now, this evil age, this horrible war, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and praise our sovereign, loving, God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:6)
Pray that God be glorified.
Pray that people see the Truth.
And right now: we have God-given work to do! (Ephesians 2:10)
God’s Discipline is Inevitable
IF we are God’s children, having trusted Jesus Christ, having received Him as Lord and Savior, THEN God disciplines us, training and educating us as His children, making us more like His Son.
God loves His children, therefore He disciplines us.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline. (Revelation 3:19)
God’s discipline is inevitable.
God’s Discipline has a Loving Purpose
God’s discipline is loving, and has a loving purpose.
He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. (Hebrews 12:10)
His discipline yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:10)
When the Lord disciplines us, it might be because of our sin and its consequences, or to correct an attitude or habit that would lead to sin, or to educate us in some way.
God’s Discipline Hurts
It hurts. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)
But we can know, must know, that because God loves us, He disciplines us. God’s loving purpose is to make us more righteous. To make us into the image of His Son. To prepare us for heaven.
When (not if) God disciplines us, we are to repent. We are to be zealous and repent.
Recognize that is our loving Father who is at work in us. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19)
Don’t forget He loves us, don’t complain He loves us so much He disciplines us, don’t question His motive or wisdom, take it seriously and repent.
Praise Him for His love, His wisdom, His eternal loving purpose.
And read the section in Hebrews on discipline: Hebrews 12:4-11.
God’s love for His children, those who are Christ-followers, is everlasting, eternal, unchanging. He chose to love us before the foundation of the world, His love preserves us and works in us during our time on earth, His love takes us to glory, and His love lasts forever.
In the midst of the myriad challenges of this world, it is easy to forget those truths. It is so important to hang on, and not lose the truth of His love.
God’s love includes challenges, trials, hardships, and discipline. He is growing us, preparing us for eternal glory.
God doesn’t let us stay in calm waters; He deliberates pushes us out to sea. We need those times to learn that He is with us, He is for us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. We need challenges to build our trust, to grow in Christ-likeness.
We have every reason to be joyful in apparent good times and apparent bad times. In both, good and bad, God is loving us.
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When Storms Come: Will You Be Ready?
When Storms Come: Will You Be Ready? helps Christians not fear bad news, shows them how to handle current trouble, and helps them emerge stronger on the other side.
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