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Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

The setting of John 13-17 is in the upper room for the last supper. John 13:1 states that Jesus knew the hour had come for Him to be with the Father. During the Passover meal Jesus shared this news with His disciples. This news was certainly troubling to His disciples. First, He told them He was going to a place they could not yet come, secondly, He told them Peter would deny Him before the night was over. The news of Peter’s impending denial would not have been troubling for Peter alone, but for all of the disciples. This information, added to Jesus declaration that He was about to leave them, was greatly troubling. As if the news of Jesus departure and Peter’s upcoming denial weren’t troubling enough, Jesus shared more troubling news. He warned them that the world would hate them because they first hated Him and they would be persecuted for His name sake. (John 15:18-21).
In the midst of this troubling news Jesus said to them in John 14:1 and again in 14:27, “Do not let your hearts be trouble.” With such troubling news, how could their hearts not be troubled? Within John 14-17 Jesus gave them three encouraging reasons not to be troubled. First, Jesus comforted them with the news that this world is not their home and that He will come again one day to bring them to their new eternal home. (John 14:2, 3). Secondly, although Jesus will no longer be with them in the flesh He will continue to be with those who place their faith in Him, in Spirit. (John 14:19). He said He would not leave them as orphans. (John 14:18). Lastly, once Jesus departs from this world the Father will send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7). In troubling times, we too can find great comfort with these truths.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 21: The Gift of a New Citizenship

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 NASB

There is a great old gospel song that reminds us, “This world is not my home, I’m Just passing through. My treasure are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” As Christians, we rejoice in the fact that this world is only a temporary residence. This world with all of its tears, trials, and tribulations will one day be a thing of the past. Some people fear this truth. As Christians we can rejoice over it.

When we lose a loved one who is in Christ we don’t “grieve as do the rest who have no hope.” (I Thessalonians 4:13). That doesn’t mean we don’t grieve. Even Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. (John11:35). It means, we don’t grieve without hope. We have hope through the promise of everlasting life in Christ; the hope that Paul told the church of Thessalonica to comfort one another with. (I Thessalonians 4:18).

As we saw yesterday, our citizenship is already in heaven. If we are in Christ we have already been spiritually raised up with Christ. We can rejoice in knowing when our soul leaves these mortal bodies we will be with the Lord and that one day these corruptible bodies will be incorruptible, and so we shall be with the Lord forever. (I Thessalonians 4:17).

Jesus told the thief, who was being crucified beside Him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43). We often call certain places on this earth paradise. They, however, are not immune to pain, sorrow, or death. Therefore, they are not truly a place of paradise. Heaven is the only true place of paradise. There, we will never see pain, suffering, sickness, death, or sorrow. In heaven, there will only be eternal bliss with the one who came to this earth as a little baby born in Bethlehem to save His people from their sins and bring us home to be with the Father forever.

Paul said in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Today, in this world of suffering, we eagerly wait for our Savior to bring us home to heaven, a place He has prepared for us, a place of paradise. Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

This is part 21 of 28 devotions that will go through Christmas Eve. If you would like to subscribe to my daily devotions please PM me your email. Also, please share.

Merry Christ-Mass

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 20: The Gift of Our Heavenly Position

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-3 NASB

Once we become a Christian by receiving, by faith, the free gift of salvation, our spiritual position has changed. Our spiritual position is no longer of this earth. Our spiritual position is now in heaven with Christ. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God has, “raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Colossians also tells us that we “have been raised up with Christ.” Our bodies are limited to this earth but our spirit has been, past tense, “raised up” with Jesus in the “heavenly places. Therefore, spiritually, we are residents of heaven.

Because of this wonderful truth, Paul tells us in verse four to, “Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.” Immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, are all products of this fleshly world. Since we are citizens of heaven, we need to live as citizens of heaven. Since Jesus is the King of Glory, He should be our focus. Focusing on this world leads to idolatry. Focusing on Jesus produces holiness.

Truth be told, there is nothing good in this world. One day, everything in this world will pass away. For this reason Jesus said in Matthew 6:20, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” The people of this world are foolishly blinded into thinking the objects of this earth are treasures and have value when they are but temporary. Even if we were to live in the lap of luxury for one hundred years, what is that compared to the glories of heaven? James 4:14 says, “You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” However, as citizens of heaven, we are eternal. If we gain everything this world has to offer but never obtain heaven we have truly lost. If we lose everything this world has to offer but gain Christ, we have gained all.

People often say, “Don’t live with your head in the clouds.” Here, when Paul said to, “Set your mind on things above,” he is telling us we should live with our heads in the clouds; the heavenly clouds. When we’re focused on the things below we think and act fleshly, and worldly. When we’re focused on the things above we become godly. Through Christ, we can, and have overcome this world. As we stay focused on Him, we continue to overcome. Since we’ve been raised up with Christ, and seated with Him in the heavenly places, we have the ability to stay focused on the heavenly things; the things above. Therefore, we have the ability, through Christ, and our position with Him, to be heavenly minded. Truly, we have received the greatest gift the world has ever seen.

This is part 20 of 28 devotions that will go through Christmas Eve. If you would like to subscribe to my daily devotions please PM me your email. Also, please share.

Merry Christ-Mass

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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