God has perfect rest prepared for you

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And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire–and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.  (Revelation 15:2)

In several places throughout Scripture, heaven is described and images of God’s throne room are given.  A consistent feature in these descriptions is the sea of glass, an expanse before God’s throne that is clear like crystal and perfectly smooth.  (See Exodus 24:10, Ezekiel 1:22, 26)

It is a picture of peace and tranquility.

Contrast this image with how we might visualize the state of our world today, and so often the state of our hearts.  Far from a sea of glass, these things are better described as muddy streams or turbulent oceans.  Over and under, forward and back, murky and uncertain, these are better descriptions of our life here on earth, so is it any wonder that sometimes we feel emotionally exhausted by all the ups and downs?

But if you’re in Christ, God has something better planned for you.

One of the beauties of our future hope is that it is a hope of rest.  For every believer in Christ, once we finish our time on the uncertain seas of earth, we have a glorious reward waiting for us in the harbor of heaven.

So, no matter how stormy your life is at the moment, hang on and take heart as you embrace the hope that comes from this truth.

God has perfect rest prepared for you.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.  (1 John 5:13)

Scripture is not given to us only for equipping, but also for encouragement.  God’s Word isn’t brought to us merely to teach us to follow commandments, but to help us find confidence in the status of our relationship with God!

If you’re in Christ, God doesn’t want you to think you have eternal life in Him – He wants you to KNOW it!  He doesn’t want you to just hope for a better future, but to have the kind of confidence in Christ that produces a better and more joyful life right now.

Christian, if you’ve trusted Jesus for salvation and surrendered to Him as Lord, then no matter what you do or is done to you, you can have confidence in this truth.

Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life.

–Pastor Phillip

God has an eternal inheritance for you

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… (1 Peter 1:3-4)

It is not your good performance that saves you, but God’s great mercy.  It is not a dry duty or set of ideals to which He saved you, but a hope and a future that is brilliant and bright and glowing with glory.

It is not only for peace in this life that God saved you, but for an eternal reward that will far outshine even the most magnificent treasures of Earth, and that’s not even the best news of all.

The best news is that it’s a reward that rests on His grace alone, so it can never be taken from you!

Whether your circumstances are up or down right now, set your eyes toward the finish line, and be encouraged by this hope-inspiring truth.

God has an eternal inheritance for you.

–Pastor Phillip

God has prepared a homeland for you

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:16)

For every Christian, there are those times when we see the world as it is and realize that this is not our home.  We see our lives as they are and realize this is not our final form.

No, if you’re in Christ, God is making all things new, and much better things await you in eternity!

This is not to say you shouldn’t work for good here and now.  Indeed you should do your best to bring blessing to all those around you, in Jesus’ name.

However, when you come face-to-face with the inevitable imperfection and persecution of a fallen world, you don’t have to be discouraged.  Instead, you can take heart in this truth.

God has prepared a homeland for you.

–Pastor Phillip

Eternal perspective can set you free right now

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 39

ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE CAN SET YOU FREE RIGHT NOW

I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.
My heart became hot within me.  As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:
“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”
(Psalm 39:2-4)

Sometimes we try so hard to be at peace with situations, but it just doesn’t work.  We try to have a good attitude, a right heart, but the more we try to respond rightly, the more frustrated we become.

Have you ever been there?

David finds himself trying so hard not to let the people and problems around him produce distress within him, and it’s just not working.  So, what does he ask for when he goes to God for help?

Perspective.

Ask anyone who has survived a terrible accident or been diagnosed with a terminal illness and they will tell you the same thing.  They will tell you that when you really grasp the truth of your own mortality, when you really know how fragile and fleeting your life is, it changes how you see the world.  When seen in the light of eternity, petty disagreements don’t seem to matter as much, and even major differences turn out to be not quite as earth-shattering as you thought.

That’s why David asks to be reminded of just how short his time is, so that his heart will have the proper perspective to use that time well.

May you be blessed today with that same reminder, because when you take it to heart, it will bring hope because of this truth: eternal perspective can set you free right now.

-Pastor Phillip


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God has prepared a homeland for you

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 11

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:16)

For every Christian, there are those times when we see the world as it is and realize that this is not our home. We see our lives as they are and realize that this is not our final form.

No, in Christ, God is making all things new, and much better things await us in eternity!

This is not to say that you shouldn’t work for good here and now. Indeed you should do your best to bring blessing to all those around you, in Jesus’ name.

However, when you come face-to-face with the inevitable imperfection and persecution of a fallen world, you don’t have to be discouraged.  Instead, you can take heart in this truth.

God has prepared a homeland for you.

-Pastor Phillip