Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grace upon Grace: A Heavenly Hope

Beloved brothers and sisters,

I wanted to share with you my top song at the moment. We can't always be sure about what this life will bring or which way to go with decisions to make, but my dear brothers and sisters, if we are SAINTS we can always be: HOPEFUL. 

Wherever you are, whatever choices or challenges, joys or sorrows you are facing, I encourage you with these words: 

"Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal". - Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Christian, fix your eyes on the eternal hope of eternal glory that is YOURS in Christ and is in fact more CERTAIN than your plans for tomorrow! 

Freed from sin's temptation and effect on our perception of Christ, we will SEE the One who died for our souls! We will SEE the One to whom we have prayed! We will SEE the One who we have long strained to see through the eyes of faith... FAITH will be SIGHT, and in this glorious sight, we will somehow be marvelously transformed as grace's work of sanctification is perfectly COMPLETED! 

"Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2) 

Think of the sweetness you have tasted in those moments of sanctification here on earth when you were revived, and satisfied in Christ in a moment of spiritual growth... Aren't those the sweetest, most joyful times you have had? These are only samples of this glorious day that is both CERTAIN and SOON for us as saints

"In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Ephesians 1:11) 

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 ) 

"Beloved, 'All things' means ALL things!" - Pastor Don Green

Because God is in control of everything, and His purposes are always accomplished, EVERY trial and struggle you face today is working toward and will culminate in THIS loving purpose of God for you, namely, eternal GLORY. 

Take heart dear Christian!

Grace in Christ,