Saturday, February 06, 2016

February 6, 2016: Glory Awaits

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 37  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing, Revelation Song… expressing the reality of what awaits those who repent of the here-and-now and look forward to what is to come … to be with the King of kings forever in glory!!! … HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is HE !!!

Highlight Passage:   Revelation 22: 3 [NLT] …  
3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 
… The Revelation to John of our future in glory.
Highlight Context – Revelation 22:1-5 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… God’s revelation of what is to come in glory!!!

Reference Passage #1 - Genesis, Chapters 2-3 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… Mankind had a perfect place (see Genesis 2); but then they polluted it with pride; and now we live with the remains (see Genesis 3).

Reference Passage #2 - John 3:16-17 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK   … But even in the midst of our sin-ridden, man-polutted world, God made a way for us to look forward to glory with Him forever.

Reference Passage #3 - Romans 10:9-13 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK 
… God gives mankind the key to unlock His perfect world for believers in glory.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, the Jennifer Benson Schuldt, tries to help her readers to look past the current plague of humanity’s failures to what lies ahead in glory. Schuldt writes: The world we have inherited resembles God’s perfect garden only slightly. To quote C. S. Lewis, “This is a good world gone wrong, but [it] still retains the memory of what ought to have been.” Fortunately, the cloudy memory of what the earth should have been is also a prophetic glimpse into eternity. There, just as Adam and Eve walked and talked with God, believers will see His face and serve Him directly. There will be nothing between God and us. “No longer will there be any curse” (Rev. 22:3 -see above). There will be no sin, no fear, and no shame. 

It’s so easy to look around, in our present state of humanity and worldliness and be downcast. Even here this morning, I sit, wracked in minor-league anguish, coughing and sneezing with a bad cold, realizing that my illness is a reflection of God’s curse on Adam and Eve (see Genesis 3). And it sucks!!! … God created a perfect place for those first two humans, … a garden of perfection; but Adam let pride overwhelm him and Eve, her curiosity; and now we live with the results, don’t we? 

But in the midst of my sniffles and sneezing; and also looking around to see all that has gone haywire with this post-curse world, I’m lifted up by the realization of what Phillips, Craig, and Dean sing about in the linked song above. Yes, I may feel downcast today; but God has made a way to a forever of tomorrows for me to be with Him (see John 3:16-17).

 And for sure, knowing the truth of Romans 10:9-13, I will be serving the Lamb of God forever in the place He has waiting for me - for us - in glory. I pray that you too will be there.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … My mind and heart look forward to glory with You. Amen  

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