Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015 … Somewhere - A Place for Us

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 78

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video with Barbara Streisand and Jackie Evancho singing … There’s A Place For Us, declaring the reality for Christians that SOMEWHERE … SOMETIME … God has a place - HIS PLACE - waiting for us.

Highlight Passage Nehemiah 1: 8-9 [NKJV] … 
8 Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations [Lev. 26: 33]; 9 but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ [Deut. 30: 2-5] 
… Nehemiah quotes God’s promise to Moses in his prayer for God’s favor in returning His people to the place of promise. …
Highlight Context - Nehemiah 1: 4-11 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… Nehemiah prayed that God would fulfill His promise to bring the faithful remnant back to that place the Lord had promised His people

Reference Passage #1 - John 14: 1-4 [NKJV] … 
1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 
… Jesus’ promise to His disciples … that there would be A PLACE waiting for them in glory. …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Randy Kilgore, very elegantly described our desire as Christians to return to the PLACE OF PROMISE; and I’ll not try to diminish Kilgore’s clear and powerful wording. He wrote …

"A thousand strands of time, events, and people weave into a tapestry we call PLACE. More than just a house, PLACE is where meaning, belonging, and safety come together under the covering of our best efforts at unconditional love. PLACE beckons us with memories buried deep in our souls. Even when our place isn’t perfect, its hold on us is dramatic, magnetic." 

WOW! That is beautifully written to describe the longing of our souls as believers in The Christ … in our desire to return - WITH HIM - to the PLACE He promised to His Disciples in the Upper Room discourse (see John 14: 1-4 copied above). It is THE PLACE about which Nehemiah prayed to return in Nehemiah 1: 4-11, also linked above.

 And I hope that you take in the image of the photo I’ve attached herein as well as the lovely rendition of that great song, “Somewhere There’s a Place for Us,” which expresses what I believe is the longing of all our hearts … to return to THE PLACE God has waiting for all who believe in Him and pursue a return to the purified presence of our King Jesus.

 So, let’s get on that road; and head in the direction our King is leading us … TODAY!

My Prayer Today: Lord, bring me home … to that place of Your promise … SOON! Amen

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