Daily Archives: December 10, 2019

December 10 Your Eternal Future

Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:1–5

Key Verse: Revelation 21:27

But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Do you ever wonder what heaven will be like? John Newton said, “If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.”

The Bible tells us that heaven is a very definite place. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Do you know if you will be in heaven? Do you know how to get there? It is not something you can work to make happen. You cannot earn your way. There is only one way to receive eternal life—accept what Jesus Christ did at the cross.

The Crucifixion is God’s way of making it possible for every single person who believes in Jesus Christ to spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us that when you are saved by the grace of God, you become a citizen of heaven. Your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).

As His child, God wants you to have a personal relationship with Him now and for eternity. As you anticipate with great joy your eternal future, hunger and thirst to know God more each day.

Lord Jesus, I am speechless at the thought of You preparing a place in heaven for me. I am unworthy. Thank You for dying for me so I could spend eternity with You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 10 A Great Beginning, a Tragic End

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 18–19

Key Verse: Proverbs 29:23

A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Saul was clearly a king out of control. He was consumed by jealousy of young David, whom God had clearly selected to be His earthly representative of leadership to the chosen people. Saul did not want to acknowledge God’s decision, and he demonstrated his inner rebellion many times through disobedience.

A king who was once the admiration of all for his physical strength and spiritual vigor allowed the desire for personal power to consume him, and at great expense. God removed him from all position of authority and used David to carry on His work.

You have probably seen this principle at work in the lives of some believers today. When someone gets off course and refuses to let the Lord guide him back into His truth, very often God removes him from the situation that he is not submitting to His authority. God’s decisions are examples of His love, ultimately, because the Lord cannot allow His children to continue on a course of self-destruction.

The problem with striking out on your own course and ignoring His direction is that such fleshly “pioneering” only desensitizes your heart to His direction even further. If you think this hardening may be present in your heart today, ask God to reveal the truth about how you’re walking with Him. He wants you to live in His guidance for all of your years.

Dear God, reveal the truth of how I am walking with You. Sensitize my heart to Your direction. Lead me. Guide me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 10 Praise Him for the Future

Scripture reading: Matthew 24:3–25

Key verse: Matthew 24:25

See, I have told you beforehand.

During a quiet moment alone with the disciples, someone asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of Your coming?” (Matt. 24:3). Christ’s answer was meant for us as much as it was for the disciples.

He told His followers of the coming of a Great Tribulation, one that will usher in the end of things as we know them. It will be a time when Satan has great advantage over the earth. People will turn from God, and many will refuse to believe in His Son as the Savior of the world.

There are different interpretations of the end times. However, one thing is sure: Christ will return for His church. He will gather to Himself those who believe in Him, and together they will reign in the kingdom of God.

Jesus’ words were meant to be encouraging and not a point of argument. He wanted His followers to be prepared for the future. In telling them about the end times, He sought to provide insight, warning of the things to come, and comfort in the fact that He would always be near them.

God warns us not to be slothful in our devotion to Him, but to live holy and pure lives. He comforts us when we hurt so we will not become discouraged.

There has never been, nor will there be, a time when God is not aware of your needs. When you think about the future, praise Him for His soon and sure return.

Heavenly Father, I praise You for the insight, warning of things to come, and comfort for the future that Your Word gives me. I praise You for Your soon and sure return.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pelosi ‘Bowed Down to the Most Radical Elements of Her Base’ by Letting Impeachment Move Forward: Scalise

Republican House leaders said that the allegations against President Donald Trump laid out in two articles of impeachment are not supported by evidence. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “bowed down to the most radical elements of her base,” who want to overturn the results of the 2016 election, “instead of standing up to them and saying that she was going to work for the American people.” Scalise said House Democrats hoped that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team would find something to use to impeach Trump but that they had to move on after Mueller’s report failed to establish any collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Source: Pelosi ‘Bowed Down to the Most Radical Elements of Her Base’ by Letting Impeachment Move Forward: Scalise

Jason Chaffetz: The damage James Comey did to our country, the drama and expense is truly breathtaking

The damage James Comey did, the drama and expense he put our country through, is truly breathtaking.

Source: Jason Chaffetz: The damage James Comey did to our country, the drama and expense is truly breathtaking