Posted by: pastortomvabeach | September 8, 2015

Thought For The Week September 13, 2015

Well, the football season is off and running and I came away Saturday very disappointed. The game was back and forth and was in the grasp of my team until one second was on the clock. Then a “Hail Mary” pass went the other team’s way and we lost. As I said, I was disappointed but not depressed because it is really only a game and that was a good one. I think the game is a good lesson for life. Live your life in such a way that you aren’t counting on the last second for a win! If my team had been better at the fundamentals they could have been so far ahead that the Hail Mary wouldn’t have worked. On the other side, you don’t want to be at the last second counting on the Hail Mary, because most of they time they don’t work. Live for Jesus as though every second was the last one.

This week we finish our tour of the sixteen truths found in the Bible that our fellowship, the Assemblies of God, holds as the most basic things we ought to believe as Christians. These truths underscore our hope in Christ and our motivation to share Him with the world in which we live, to make Jesus known. Number 16 is “The New Heavens and the New Earth”. In John’s Revelation, the Lord showed him what would happen at the end of the age, after Jesus returns and after His 1000 year reign on earth.

Peter tells us that The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (II Peter 3:10) After God removes the current heaven and earth, Peter says He promises everything will be made new; according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (II Peter 3:13).

John describes what the new heaven and earth will be like in Revelation 21:1-4; Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…Then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Can you imagine a place where God lives right among us in a way that we can see and interact with Him? Or what about a place with no death, sorrow, crying, or pain? This is what we can look for to!

Beloved friends, we all encounter struggles and difficulties as we travel through this life but it is not our home. Jesus promised He was going to prepare a place for us in this new heaven and earth. Paul says that what we face here is but a speck on the hourglass of eternity and what is waiting is so much greater that’s it’s worth the wait; this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:17-18). Wow! What we see is passing away, what we don’t see is forever!

This is so important to us. It gives us a light, a destination, an eternal hope that will carry us and empower us as we live in the sin encrusted world. This is the focus of our faith and the motive that keeps us faithful. Abraham lived before Christ, didn’t know of His finished work on Calvary, didn’t have the completed Word of God like we do but he was able to continue in faith and live obediently because, as Hebrews 11:10 says, he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Abraham knew, even than, that there was something so much better than earth could offer. That kept him faithful to the revelation God had given him.

We have so much to look forward to. Living with Jesus face to face without the burden of sin, sickness, uncertainty, and death is so good it can’t be expressed. What are you doing with these biblical truths? This one ought to move us to explore all of them and every other truth in God’s Word. If we’re looking for the same city Abraham saw, we ought to be faithfully seeking to get closer to Jesus and living in obedience to Him. What city are you looking for? Let this grow your faith. Again, just a thought.

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