Friday, March 15, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

God Is Gracious

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

Those of us who spend a large percentage of our work week on the road know that accumulating all those loyalty points comes at a price. And while hotels and restaurants do a great job of providing for our needs, after a while, we all look forward to returning home.

What is it that gives us a desire to go home? The Bible tells us that humans have been wired that way since the beginning. That God the Father created us to live with Him in paradise, but after Adam and Eve sinned, mankind was banished from the Garden. We all long to return to that place of complete security and comfort. Despite the trappings of this world which can produce major detours, God has promised we can be restored in an instant. By simply placing our trust in Jesus Christ, God’s perfect plan for man’s redemption, our temporal and eternal destiny is made secure.

And this is what he promised us—eternal life. 1 John 2:25

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24

Because God Is Gracious, with Christ in our hearts, our future is secure.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Are You Thriving or Merely Surviving

God is Love

May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. Genesis 27:28

Prosperity is part of the American Dream. But as we all know, what goes up must come down. Having been stalled out in this downturn now for quite some time, many are struggling to stay afloat. Being hard-pressed, we all long to return to the “good old days” -- to a time in which we do more than merely survive.

God has promised us an abundant life, but how we define abundance may not be how God defines it. While we can trust that God will deliver, it’s up to us to see things as He see things and not view our circumstances through the lens of this world. By embracing God’s perspective, that Jesus is our provision for all our needs, we will find hope for the things to come.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

Because God is love, through Christ, we not only survive but can thrive in every circumstance.