Monday, April 7, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, April 7, 2014

Let not your heart be troubled

Since the middle of the sixties, when my brothers and I were leaving our childhood home and going away to college, we always knew that in spite of everything going on in our lives, we could always return home if needed.  We were all devastated when my mother passed away the same year when the Twin Towers were attacked. But we could still go home anytime and see our father. There was food, warmth, security, and the comfort of reliving the memories of our youth. 

That security blanket vanished when our father passed.  Sadly, we can truly never go back home.  But thank God, He has prepared a home for us that we never have to leave.  We can stay surrounded in His love knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) because we can dwell in His shelter (Psalm 91:1) and are seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

When Jesus was comforting his disciples because of His soon departure He told them that He was preparing a place for them (John 14:1-3).  No worries, no bills, no hatred, no problems; just a continued eternal relationship with Him.  Today let us remember that we do not have to worry about our temporary problems; we have an eternal home in heaven with Christ Jesus.

Please comment below and tell how you decided not to let your heart be troubled because of your place with Him.  It may help someone who is being troubled.

Hebrews 13:5
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5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Psalm 91:1
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1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Ephesians 2:6
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6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

John 14:1-3
New International Version (NIV)
1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 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.

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