Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Squeeze Out the Darkness......
Such a powerful message below!
I hope you can take a few moments to read it and gain from it the Peace it intends to convey!
Stay Strong and Warm! ;)
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
This wonderful passage is even better than it first appears.
It has a double reference, both of which are extremely good news for us.
On the one hand, it seems to refer to the place Jesus is about to prepare for us by going to the cross—a place in the Father's house that he alone enjoyed before coming to live among us.
He had perfect fellowship with God the Father long before his incarnation as a human being, a unique place of love and intimacy he is about to share with all his followers.
In other words, by going to the cross and paying for our sins, he creates a "dwelling place" for us to enjoy right now, today, not someday in the indeterminate future.
We can have that place with the Father and in the Father's house that Jesus had and now has.
We can live where he lives, close to the Father's heart.
But it means even more.
Not only can we have that abiding place of nearness to God right now so that we can pray, "Abba Father" ("Papa" or something close to that), but we will be safely at home in the Father's house for eternity when this "preliminary life" is done.
So the benefits of Jesus' death on the cross are for right now as well as in the future; he has provided all the privileges of being in the family of God today, tomorrow, and forever.
Can it get any better than that?
Once we grasp this sure truth, it begins to squeeze out all despair, depression, darkness, and negative thinking.
The joy of this may not happen overnight (it's not magic), but it will grow real as the way gets brighter and brighter as we walk the long walk of faith.
Life teaches us this lesson:
"We can get through anything when we know what the end looks like."
Thankfully, God has given us a clear picture of what our destiny actually is, sealed with his proven promise and illustrated ahead of time by Jesus' resurrection.
Ask God to fill your heart with the joy and security of a sure destination. Then think of the nature of your need in light of God's eternal plans for you.
From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder