Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Keep Your Eyes on Heaven!

Because Abraham had faith, he lived as a stranger in the promised land. He lived there in a tent, and so did Isaac and Jacob, who were later given the same promise.  Abraham did this, because he was waiting for the eternal city God had planned and built. Even when Sarah was too old to have children, she had faith that God would do what he had promised, and she had a son.  Her husband Abraham was almost dead, but he became the ancestor of many people. In fact, there are as many of them as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the seashore.

Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth.  When people talk this way, it is clear they are looking for a place to call their own.  If they had been talking about the land where they had once lived, they could have gone back at any time.  But they were looking forward to a better home in heaven. This is why God wasn't ashamed for them to call him their God. He even built a city for them.

Hebrews 11:9-16

When a sports team continues to win victory after victory, there will come a day when they will play the championship game and the ultimate prize is at hand!  

As a follower of Jesus Christ, you will discover that He will give you the strength to win battle after battle and overcome the temptation to turn away from Him.  He will show you the way that you should go and will help you walk that way!

The testimony of many people is all about where they came from in their journey toward Heaven.  But these folks in Hebrews 11 are talking about where they are going!  Keep your mind on Heaven and your eyes on the goal of your faith.  Keep your ears open for a Word from the Holy Spirit and your heart continually turned in loving submission to Jesus!  Then you will be always ready for the Day of the Lord and the Coming of Jesus!

“Lord Jesus, help me today to think more about the future than the past.  Give me a new vision of the wonderful things that are to come because of who You are!  My Lord and my Savior.  Amen.”

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