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Having A Different Perspective
2/21/2018

“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.” Revelation 21:3-4 (NKJV)

Prior to getting our permanent church building, we would meet at various schools within our city.  Every Sunday morning we would have a set up crew of men and women come to where we gather for our church service — each of these people would work selflessly to set up the church for the services to come.  As we finished our set up work we’d gather to pray. 

I remember praying with a group of servants one Sunday a few years ago. One of our faithful servants Barry shared a story with us about a funeral he had attended the prior day.  Barry, who is a retired deputy, shared how the funeral was for one of his fellow co-workers.  As he looked around he saw many people sad and crying.  He said he felt the same way, but couldn’t help but think to himself, “We’re all sad and crying because our friend is gone, but we should be crying because we are stuck down here.”

As I heard him say this I couldn’t help but ponder how differently we tend to think when we are believers in Jesus — when we are focused on the truth contained in His Word, and when we are looking forward to being in heaven with our Lord.  Paul spoke about this very thing when he wrote to the church of Philippi.  He spoke about how hard it would be to live in this world as Jesus lived, but he also spoke about what it would mean for him to die.  

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)

I think as we are strengthened in our faith we begin to really walk in the truth of God’s Word, and we begin to understand how real Heaven is, and what we have awaiting us. In the meantime we have been given many blessings, and God has a perfect plan to use us for work while we are here.  This too, will require us to walk in faith — knowing His plans and timing are perfect for every aspect of our lives.  It is our choice to begin to experience the peace and joy accompanied by trusting in Jesus. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to place your total trust and faith in God’s plan for your life today.  Choose to be a vessel of honor in your Creator’s hands. Take a leap of faith.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 1:21 how did the Apostle Paul look at life and death?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God completely in every aspect of your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to look to God’s Word for His will for your life and trust in His perfect plan for every part of it. 

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing love, guidance, provision, and protection for me as Your child.  Help me to remember how You are guiding, and will lead me through every valley I walk through, and how You are working in every aspect of my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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