Tag: eternal life

Blessed Assurance–Jesus is Mine!

Scripture reading for November 23rd:  Ezekiel 31-33, 1st John 5

Key Scriptures:  1st John 5:11-13  “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 

John plainly states that God’s grace has given us eternal life through His Son.  God wants no one to perish but all to have this gift.  He wants no one to be uncertain about His promise of eternal life and the One who gives access, Jesus Christ.  No one should live in fear or uncertainty, these truths were written that we might know for certain this truth.

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for leading me to turn back from my sinful ways and for the assurance of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord!  Amen!

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Saved by His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Isaiah 39-42, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:4-7 g“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

Our good works cannot save us.  It is only Christ’s mercy and His washing through His sacrifice of His blood and body on the cross that we are made righteous and justified.  This justification is by faith in Christ Jesus alone.  Through grace we become heirs of the promise of eternal life in God’s holy family.  Amen!

Isaiah 40:9  “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up and fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace and the washing from my sins by Jesus Christ.  I will proclaim this “Good News” to all today.  Amen!

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Rejoicing in God’s Gift!

Scripture reading for June 20th:  Esther 7-10, Romans 6

Key Scriptures:  Romans 6:20-23 “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of those things is death.  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

Sin’s fruit leads to death.  Not just physical death, but eternal separation from God and under His wrath.  But when we sell out to God through faith in Christ Jesus, the free gift we get is eternal life!  What a great bargain!

Esther 8:16-17  “The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.  And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the gift of eternal life!  Everywhere I go, may I tell the good news and bring joy and gladness!  Amen.

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God’s rule: obedience!

Scripture reading for January 25th:  Exodus 14-16, Matthew 19

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 15:25-26  “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there He tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your Healer.””

God had delivered His people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, through signs and wonders and plagues and judgments.  But His people were not thankful and grumbled against Moses and God.  God laid out a rule for them:  Obey Me and I will heal you of the plagues and diseases of Egypt.  Obedience would bring them into God’s protection and healing grace and the smile of His face.  But man in rebellion has trouble with obedience!

Matthew 19:16-17  “And behold, a man came up to Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  And He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good?   There is only One who is Good.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”  

Prayer:  Lord,  heal me today of a grumbling nature.  Thank you for the perfect obedience of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Empower me today with the Holy Spirit of Christ to hear and obey your commands. Amen.

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Thankful for Christ’s Return!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  3rd John, Jude, Revelation 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jude 20-21; “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  

Revelation 1:7  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be!  Amen.”

Both Jude and John, author of the Revelation, encouraged the church to watch and be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus.  For those who believed on Jesus Christ and were cleansed by His blood, Christ’s return would bring eternal life and the riches of God’s presence forever!  For the world and the unsaved of the earth, Christ’s return with the clouds of believers would be a cause for mourning as they would know the judgment of God was at hand!

Visions of Christ’s return:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”  (Daniel 7:13)  “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12:10)

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Rejoicing in Hope!

Key Scriptures for December 13th:  2nd Timothy 4, Titus 1-3

Key Scriptures: Titus 3:4-7  “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Paul, writing to Titus, emphasized the basic truth of salvation by grace through faith.  Because of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we have obtained mercy, washing from sin and renewal by the Holy Spirit in new birth.  We stand justified before a Holy God because of what He did for us, not anything we did or can do for Him.  We not rejoice in our promised inheritance in God’s household–eternal life!  What amazing hope we eagerly expect!

Rejoicing in hope and a future:  “”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  The you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.””  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

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The blessedness of unity!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Psalm 130-134

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 133:1-3  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”  

As the twelve tribes assembled, they became one family before the Lord.  This psalm decreed the blessing of unity upon the brothers as they gathered to worship in God’s presence.  The ultimate blessing that the Lord bestowed was eternal life in His presence!  Sounds like what Jesus Christ prayed in his final High Priestly prayer before the cross!

The blessing of unity: “For Your granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those you have given Him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” . . . “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.”  (John 17:2-3, 20-23)

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Thankful for God’s Pure Word!

Scripture reading for May 31st:  Psalm 11-14

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 12:6-8  “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.  O Lord, You will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.  The wicked strut about freely when what is vile is honored among men.”

As in our day and time, the wicked and proud of Israel were strutting about because what was vile had been promoted and honored in the times they were living in.  King David rejoiced in God’s faithful promise to protect the righteous against the treachery of the wicked.  God could be counted on to honor His Word, not only in that time, but forever!

Thankful for God’s flawless Truth:  There are only two types of people on the earth:  Those that believe in the Son of God and those who do not!  One has eternal life, the other eternal wrath!  “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  (John 3:35-36)

 

 

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Rejoice in a living Redeemer!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Job 17-20

Key Scriptures:  Job 19:25-27  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes!  How my heart yearns within me!”  

Job was kept through his terrible suffering during this test by revelation knowledge of a God who was alive and a redeemer!  He so trusted in his Redeemer that he believed that even if he died and his body was consumed by the grave, that one day, in his body, he would see God with his own eyes!  Job had resurrection faith!

Rejoicing in our Redeemer:  Jesus promises to redeem all those who believe on Him from the penalty of sin–eternal death!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?””  (John 11:25-26)

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Faith’s eternal vision!

Scripture reading for January 16th:  Genesis 46-49

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 47:29-31  “When the time drew near for Israel (Jacob) to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness.  Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”  “I will do as you say,” he said.  “Swear to me,” he said.  Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on top of his staff.”

Jacob had lived in Egypt for seventeen years and knew that his departure was coming soon.  He called Joseph and gave him instructions for the burial of his bones.  He wanted to rest in the land of promise with those of faith who had preceded him in death.  When this was assured by Joseph, he worshiped his God as he leaned on his staff!

Cause for rejoicing:  God gives us vision concerning eternal life, removing the fear of death from our hearts!  His promises are sure!  “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.” (Hebrews 11:21-22)

 

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