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Th'ot for Thursday

July 19, 2018

Wow… how amazing to think about the promise, the guarantee of our salvation thru Jesus, the perfect sacrifice able to pay the penalty of our sins. This promise completely annihilates the power & sting of death for those who accept him as Savior.   Now don’t just blow by this!  This is such a powerful truth… promise… that we many times take it for granted & don’t think about it much, over the span of our lives.

That’s a shame!


Believer… just try to picture the joy of the follower of Christ, as they enter “into glory” immediately upon their physical bodies last breath! Now... imagine the power of realizing in that split moment, that all the promises you’ve read about in scripture – learned in bible classes from childhood – have

 just come alive to you!!


Just this week I had a meeting with a local politician who claims to be a “man of God”, yet said that they “weren’t sure there is a heaven, and not sure there is a hell. But they definitely were sure hell was not the desired place they wanted to end up.”   How sad that this person who claims to be saved & a “man of God” can’t even be confident in the realities of heaven & hell. They know the truths of salvation but have never heard or maybe accepted the biblical truths of our eternal options based on our decision about Christ.


Oh my friend… do you know it – do you believe it – are you sure of it?!


In my years of ministry… I’ve conducted many funerals; both of those who are confident in their Savior Christ… & those who wouldn’t believe in our great Creator-God & Savior. And, even those who’ve claimed to know God, but have battled with great doubt about their eternity. Believe me friend – the funeral of one who is sure of their eternity, is distinctly more joyous & confident, that the funerals of the ones who are NOT.


My I encourage you today… to consider the following passages today. They will uplift, assure & assist you in any doubts you may have now or in the future of eternity in heaven… & how blessed of a promise it is to those who will hear, receive & believe!!


 John 14:2-4:  “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”


             14:6:  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.. from now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  


Revelation 22:5: “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”


Revelation 21:23:  “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”


I Corinthians 15:54:  “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “


Matthew 5:8:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”