Monday, May 27, 2013
Revelation 2:7 WEB
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the Paradise of my God.
Promise #147: Those who overcome will eat from the tree of life in paradise.
In chapters 2 and 3 in the book of Revelation, we read how Jesus has a specific message for seven of the churches that were around in that day. The words that Jesus spoke to these churches was very sobering indeed, but I think it is important to remember that each one of His messages ended with a promise.
In today's Scripture passage, Jesus finishes off His exhortation to the church at Ephesus with the promise that those who overcome will eat of the tree of life in the garden of God. This is an incredible promise of complete restoration for all those who are in Christ. Everything in humanity's history began in a garden and it was from those lofty heights that Adam and Eve fell. It has always been God's heart to restore to His people to all that was lost the day Adam and Eve left the garden.
In today's promise, Jesus reminds us that those who overcome will be restored to even more glory than what Adam and Eve enjoyed before they fell. No matter how difficult life can get here on earth, may we all be reminded that our destiny is to live forever, completely restored to all that our Father originally intended for us. Because of the finished work of our elder brother Jesus, you and I will one day taste of the choicest fruit from the tree of life itself. Hallelujah!
God Bless You!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Matthew 13:11 WEB
He answered them, “To you it is given to know
the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven,
but it is not given to them.
Promise #146: I will show you the mysteries of My kingdom.
In today's passage of Scripture, Jesus tells His disciples that it was His Father's plan for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus had just finished telling the crowds the parable of the sower and the seed and then He took the time to explain to His beloved friends the meaning of this story.
Jesus did this because it wasn't His intention to keep His disciples in the dark. His desire (and His Father's desire) is always to deepen our level of revelation of the vastness of the kingdom in which we are called to live in. He doesn't want us to be left in the dark because we are called to be children of light!
It gives our Father great pleasure to give us His kingdom. (Luke 12:32) In John 5:19-20, Jesus made this statement... 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. (NIV)
Our God and Father loves to show us what He is up to by the Spirit which He has given us. May each one of us see an increase of revelation into the mysteries of the wonderful kingdom of God in the coming days and with childlike awe and wonder be totally blown away by our Dad's goodness.
May God bless you all!
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Matthew 5:6 WEB
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
Promise #145: I will fill those who hunger and thirst for My righteousness.
When a person is hungry or thirsty in the natural, they are aware that they have an emptiness that needs to be filled and they will look for opportunities to meet that need. For example...Nothing tastes better than a tall glass of chilled water when you are thirsty, or a roasted turkey dinner when you are famished. However, if you try to offer a person an all-you-can-eat buffet after they have just finished eating, then they will probably politely decline.
I think it works the same way in our spiritual life. When we are thirsty for the things of God, all our spiritual senses are open to pursue the things that will quench our thirst. I know in our ministry travels, my wife and I meet a lot of spiritually hungry people. I believe that this hunger stirs up people's expectations which creates at atmosphere of faith in the room. I enjoy speaking in these types of meetings the best!
However, being hungry can feel frustrating at times. Instead of feeling the satisfaction of being full, a person is left in a place where they are still longing for more. The longer a person is in that place, the more frustrated they can feel. After all, no one likes to be hungry for long periods of time.
If you can relate to being hungry and thirsty for God, be of good cheer! In today's promise, Jesus deals with this issue of spiritual hunger and promises that our heavenly Father will fill every hungry and thirsty heart. If you are hungry for more of God, that is a good indication that you are in a good place!
I believe it is God that has created this hunger for more of Him and He promises to fill you to overflowing. Blessed and happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (rightstanding with God), for they shall be filled!
Have a blessed Saturday!
Friday, May 24, 2013
Psalm 30:5 WEB
For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Promise #144: My displeasure may last for a moment, but My favor is yours for life.
I can remember times when our children were young, they would sometimes do things that required my discipline. Even in the most serious of situations, my displeasure with them only lasted but a moment. Any loving father or mother knows that little kids will inevitably make some mistakes along the way and there is loads of grace for that.
I always anticipated being able to get back playing with my kids as soon as possible after a moment of discipline. There is an old saying that parents have said throughout the generations just prior to dealing with issues of correction... "This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you." As a child myself, I had a hard time believing this statement, but as a parent, I can really identify with it.
If we in our humaness feel this way towards our children, how much more does our heavenly Father feel this way towards us! That is why King David says in today's promise that God's displeasure only lasts for a moment, but His favor is ours for life!
May the love of God dismantle every wrong belief that we have of the character and nature of our heavenly Father. He loves to love us at every turn! He can't help but love because He is the epitome of love itself! May you feel His favor shining upon you today and for the rest of your life!
Have a blessed day!
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