This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is found in his Son. The person who has the Son has this life. The person who doesn’t have the Son of God doesn’t have this life.
“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him and see his face. His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night, and they will not need any light from lamps or the sun because the Lord God will shine on them. They will rule as kings forever and ever.
Where does my hope come from?
My hope comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth.
There was a time when evangelists focused on one key question: If you died today, do you know where you’d end up?
I’m not so sure people care anymore.
They live in denial that their mortal bodies will decay and die.
We use artificial means to extend life and desperately hold on to youthful ideals long after they have served their purpose.
Being attractive is useful for young people to attract a mate.
Once you’re married, you should stay that way and embrace getting fat, old, and wrinkly together.
Until you embrace the reality of death, and come to terms with it, you will never truly live.
Some people fear death.
Some people look forward to it expectantly.
The fact remains the same, there is only one who cannot die, Christ Jesus.
I guess you just can’t keep a good man down.
By definition, He is life.
But there’s good news for you and me, those who are in Christ.
We inherit that eternal life.
And we don’t have to die to get it.
It might be kind of hard to wrap your mind around so remember that humans have two natures, a flesh nature and a divine nature.
The divine nature is Christ.
When you’re born again of the Spirit by faith in Christ, that new life starts.
That life will never die.
For us, death is metamorphosis.
We go from land bound crawlers to butterflies with angel wings.
That transcendent quality and potential is already there, just beneath the surface.
I’ve had revelations of Heaven and Hell.
One is absolute pleasure, one is absolute pain.
In the presence of the Lord is the fullness of joy.
Apart from Him, there is zero to be joyful about.
People hanging by their eyelids.
You can’t even close your eyes to try and escape the torture of an existence of knowing that you rejected and denied God’s free gift of love, redemption, and eternal life.
How’d you like to spend eternity in that state?
I don’t even want to spend one day like that.
I know how I feel when I step outside of grace and disobey the Lord.
It’s cold and black.
There is no life there.
We live by faith not by sight.
You can’t see if a person is saved by looking at their appearance.
You must examine their fruit to see what kind of tree they are.
Good trees produce good fruit.
Rotten trees produce rotten fruit.
Occasionally, a good tree will have a piece of rotten fruit so don’t be too quick to judge.
Likewise, don’t let the odd, good fruit from a rotten tree trick you.
It takes time to evaluate the crop.
Don’t believe everyone that says they have the Spirit.
Those that patiently endure with unceasing joy are useful to their Maker.
The eternal life is now.
Knowing that God is the One who saves gives us peace and confidence.
Whether we do our job or not, God will get the job done.
We don’t have to convince anyone with clever arguments, because the simplicity of the Gospel speaks for itself.
People know truth when they hear it.
May your life overflow with the abundance of the Spirit of God.
May your life be holy and sanctified.
May God give you grace, mercy and peace.
In the Name of Our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, I pray.