Let’s Eat

John‬ ‭4:34‬   (‭KJV‬‬)   Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Doing God’s will is our food; that’s why we hunger for it.

Doing God’s will becomes our complete meal when we finish His work.

Our food is already served–big; we just need to partake of it. His will is for us to harvest as many precious souls as we can, and to do it until the end. The harvest is plenty, and they’re ripe and ready.

New Heavens and New Earth

Isaiah 65.17 - New Heavens and New Earth - 1Isaiah 65:17   (KJV)   17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Our God, He Who created the heavens and the earth will one day create new ones; both will be gloriously different. It will be a creation “untouched” by sin, sickness, poverty, fear, hatred, and death. Everything in this present creation that pull people away, everything people trade for the most awesome Being there is, all will be forgotten. What awaits us is a place of unimaginable beauty, wonder, and splendor. It’s a place of purest love, overflowing joy, and absolute peace. Please consider: the most expensive places on earth, the best resorts, the most tranquil vacation homes, the most jaw-dropping houses—is there anything that even comes close to what awaits those who truly love God?

We as His people taste a small portion of the glory that waits. Poverty is rampant, but we’re not in want. Loneliness and shame abounds, but we’re blessed and bold. There are tears and despair, but our hearts are filled with joyful songs. Our God Who we will spend glorious eternity with is with us—in us—now—hearing us, speaking to us, answering our prayers. God sits enthroned on High; heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool; we can never build a place big enough to house Him, but He resides in us; He gave our bodies the highest honor by making us His temples.

This world doesn’t entice us. Why? Because our hearts are set on a much greater version—a place where chaos and wars and rebellions are no longer found. Holiness and righteousness are its hallmarks. There will not be a presence of evil there. It will be a place of resplendent purity and indescribable beauty. There will be no darkness there, no foul smell, no unpleasant sight, no revenge, no evil intents, no cursing, no persecution. The greatest thing this world system offers, everything godless people clamor for and passionately pursue, is trash compared to the real treasure that will be enjoyed by those who pursue God. New heavens and new earth—that’s our real home; there’s our real citizenship.

Faith or Fall

Hebrews‬ ‭10:39‬   ‭(KJV‬‬)   But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Drawing back because of suffering is a step to greater suffering.

The antidote to backsliding, drawing back, or turning away from God is faith.

The sufferings we experience for being Christians tempt us to fall away; the indescribable rewards we receive and will receive for living by faith as Christians encourage us to be stedfast. 

The greatest reward of living by faith is our ultimate salvation. 

The greatest blessing in our salvation is our Savior.

Tell it, Saints

 

Psalm 107.2 - Tell it, SaintsPsalm 107:2   (KJV)   2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy

For us who truly follow our Lord, if we don’t speak about Him, there’s a continuing stirring in us that keeps on growing; we feel like volcanoes ready to erupt; we need to let it out. It’s our loving passion to speak of Him, the marvelous things He’s done, the amazing benefits we’ve enjoyed because of everything He’s done and everything He’s still doing. God has lovingly redeemed us; we want to shout it from the housetops and tell the world about it. But then again, that can be received as a curse instead of a blessing; we wisely live out our zeal.

God has done so much; it almost feels like it’s a crime for us to selfishly or cowardly keep the Good News to ourselves. Good News, especially if it benefits everyone ought to be heard by everyone. God repeatedly rescues us from trouble and distress. He heals us and snatches us from jaws of death. We cry out for help; He hears and helps. We experience His very present love—everytime, everywhere. He identifies with us though He doesn’t need to. In the middle of suffering desperate hopelessness, He also suffered—horribly.

We speak of His goodness; we will continue to. We speak of His Good News; we speak of His loving-kindness. Everyone ought to experience life of abundance, lying in green pastures, led beside still waters, playing in a peaceful valley, restored and rested. We speak of life with God as our Father, our Redeemer, our Master. He’s incomparable; no One else exists like Him. In Him, there is no condemnation; we won’t be shamed. There’s no greater joy, no greater blessing, no greater cause, no greater topic… He is and will be the fruit of our lips.

Fulfillment of the Law

Romans 13:10   (KJV)   10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If the commandments having to do with human relationship is summed up to loving our neighbor as ourselves, loving them has largely to do with not harming them.

Not doing ill or harm to others is great; doing good to them is as great or even greater. We’ve heard the saying “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you;” the Lord Jesus told us to “Do unto others what we want others to do to us.”

Loving others is a debt we have to pay; it’s a debt we’re actually encouraged to have.

The Word, Life, and Light

John 1.4 - The Word, Life, and Light - 2John‬ ‭1:4‬   (KJV‬‬)   In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Jesus is the Word; He is the Light of the world; He is life. As the Word, He gives life; as Life, He brings light. Because of the Word, creation exists; because of life, death is overcome, because of light, darkness flees.

God doesn’t run out of resources. He spoke and the worlds came into being. He doesn’t need anything to create something; His Word is more than enough to create reality. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. God speaks life. He is our life-source; He’s also our life-support. God illuminates our world; in Him, everything is exposed; everything is made clear.

We have no fear of lack; God has promised more than enough provisions for those who seek Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness first. His Word is our bond; nothing’s surer. We have no fear of death; we who believe, although we die, we will live, and those of us who live and believe will never die. Death really has lost its sting. We no longer live in darkness; we’re free from sin, guilt, and shame. We know where we’re headed. He is the Light that marks our destiny, the Lamp of our feet, the Light of our path. We’re not lost.

Of Faith and Works – 2

James 2:18   (KJV)   18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

There is no contradiction between faith and works.

We have faith; we have works too. Faith is important; so is works.

We’re saved by grace through faith—faith that’s evidenced by works.

The comparison is between faith without works and faith with works. Faith is the given.

Faith is the root, works is the fruit. A person truly saved by faith will have works to show it. And yes, by their fruits, we know them.