Monday, June 15, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, June 15, 2015

God Has A Great Future For You!

It is so thrilling to know that this existence is not all there is.  It is so wonderful to know that all that occurs in life is just temporary. We can enjoy the beauty of a sunset or the joy of a symphony or revel in a victory of our athletic team.  We can bask in the happiness over our children’s first steps, the giddiness of a romantic relationship, or the anticipation of our next promotion. 

As wonderful as these things are, they pale in comparison to the wonder and the beauty of the future of all those who love the Lord.  It is like the eager expectations of Christmas presents for children who cannot wait to get to the packages under the tree.  God has so many wonderful things to share with us that we cannot even imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9). He wants His good and pleasing and perfect will done in our lives (Romans 12:2). 

When things are challenging us to despair, worry, or get upset, we have to remember that our main blessings come in His kingdom. But His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).  He says that He is giving us a new heaven and earth so fabulous that we won’t even remember the old heaven or the old earth (Isaiah 65:17)! 

Let us go forth joyfully day-by-day knowing the best is yet to come!!!

1 Corinthians 2:9
New Living Translation (NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Romans 12:2
New Living Translation (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

John 18:36
New Living Translation (NLT)
36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Isaiah 65:17
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

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