What does the Bible say about the religion of Christ

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:26-27).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24).

The above scriptures and others indicate the urgency and seriousness of the religion of Christ. At Acts 15:25-27, the Bible speaks of those “who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yet, today, many times people do not feel that religion is anything about which to get excited. Like some modern clothing, religion has become casual and, in some cases, slovenly. But God doesn’t accept such easy religion that costs nothing. “Again,” Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

God has blessed us with a time of affluence, and a good life in so many ways. Compared to former generations, for example, we have air-conditioned homes and automobiles, and even farmers have air-conditioned tractors. Let us never take these blessings for granted, but always be thankful and use our blessings in service to others as we glorify God.

Remember, Jesus, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Also, the following passage is so much needed by our materialistic society: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (of heaven) (Revelation 22:14).

 

#bible-study, #religion

What does the Bible say about quarantine?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“The priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days,” and then the priest shall examine the person and if necessary “the priest shall isolate him another seven days” (Leviticus 13:4-5).

These verses refer to isolation, and in all probability most of us have heard more about quarantine and isolation in recent days than ever before. Also, notice the possibility of the isolation being for fourteen days. Sound familiar?

The context of the above verses refer to God’s laws concerning leprosy from Leviticus chapters 13 and 14.

Leprosy was a very terrible, dreaded, and fearful disease. The leper was not permitted to mingle with others, and in fact, if approached by people he had to cry out the warning, “Unclean! Unclean!” (Leviticus 13:45). Thus, the reference to leper colonies. This is shown when ten men who were lepers “stood afar off” and “lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'” (Luke 17:11-19). By the way, this is a sad situation as Jesus healed these ten, and only one came back to thank Jesus.

Other examples of leprosy in the Bible: Moses (Exodus 4:6-7); Miriam (Numbers 12:10); Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14); Amaziah (2 Kings 15:1-5); Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-23); a man healed by Jesus (Luke 5:12-14).

Our problem of quarantine is not leprosy, but Coronavirus or Covid-19. We need to take pre-cautions and follow the guidelines that have been given, and pray much, diligently and fervently that this virus might soon stop the illness and death it is causing (James 5:16). God is still in control!

Let us be grateful to everyone who is working to stop this virus. We are all in this together even though we are apart!

 

#bible-study, #quarantine

What does the Bible say about Bible study

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

“Search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

“These (in Berea) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

These people studied with an open mind and an open Bible, and such is a winning combination to learn God’s will for us today.

Some thoughts in this article are from A. L. Franks of the Magnolia Messenger. As he stated, it may be that you should lay this article aside (for a while) and start your daily Bible reading right now. Because you can go to heaven without reading this article, but you can’t go to heaven without learning and obeying the teachings of the world’s greatest Book.

We should make daily Bible reading and study a part of our daily routine like we do in eating, sleeping, etc. God bless each of us in our diligent daily Bible study. You will thank God throughout eternity for the time you spend reading and studying His precious Word.

These lines of an unknown author are titled, “An Unused Book”:

“Mother, I found an old dusty thing high on the shelf – just look!”

“Why that’s a Bible, Tommy dear; be careful – that’s God’s book!”

“God’s Book!” the child exclaimed; “then Mother, before we lose it,

We’d better send it back to God, for you know, we never use it.”

                    

 

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What does the Bible say about forgiveness of sins

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“Forgive all my sins” and “cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 25:18; 51:2).

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”…For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neitherwill your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:12, 14-15).

“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’” (Luke 23:34).

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14).

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Since sin is real, and separates one from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), everyone should be interested in how to be forgiven of sin. As stated above David often wrote about being forgiven of sin in the book of Psalms, and there are many other references both in the Old and New Testaments.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The gift of God is the forgiveness of sin that God provided for everyone through the gift of His son to die as a sacrifice on that old rugged cross.

This gift of God must be received according to the conditions given in God’s word. For a gift to be a gift it must have a giver and a receiver. God is the giver and we receive it by obedience to His commands. These commands, or conditions, are faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38); confession of faith (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10); baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21); and a faithful Christian life (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22).

 

#bible-study, #forgiveness-of-sins

What does the Bible say about sin

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29)!

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). 

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right. The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23) There are two forms of sin:

  1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.

2.  The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.”

From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today.

Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin. Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

#bible-study, #sin

God has blessed us with special talents

In the book of Exodus, chapter 31, the Lord was talking to Moses. He gave Moses the instructions on how to build the tabernacle. In verses 6-11 God told Moses he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen so they could make all the things He had instructed them to make. Then He named the different things. All of it was difficult work, it seemed to me, but the thing that really caught my eye as a seamstress was the job the men had to do in embroidering the priestly garments. As priests, Aaron and his sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar would be set apart from the common people. They were to make a chest piece, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered tunic, a turban, and a sash. These items were to be made of the linen cloth and embroidered with gold thread and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. I read where the way they got their gold thread was taking gold and beating it flat, then slicing it in thin pieces with which they could use to embroider. This was sewn in with different colors of yarn.

God said he had given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen. They were given wisdom by God in order to do their tasks. All of us have special skills. God wants us to use them for His glory. Think about the special talents and abilities that you have and how you might use them for God’s work in the world. A talent must be used or it will diminish. It is like a broken bone. You use it or you lose it.

As a man you may have a good singing voice. You can use this in leading the singing in the services of the church. God has given you this voice to use for Him.

As a lady, you may be a good cook. What better way can you serve God than by preparing a dish and taking it to someone less fortunate? Look for opportunities to use your talent.

As a young person you may feel there is nothing for you to do. Not so! Many young people have the “gift of gab” and a kind word spoken to the elderly by a young person is a prized gift. A kind, “You have on a pretty dress,” “I’ve always admired you,” “I missed you,” can really make a person’s day when spoken sincerely.

Many of us can take a minute to make a telephone call to show we care. We can address a Get Well card and mail it. We can pray for others. We can use the special skills God has blessed us with in His service.

We are not put on earth for our own satisfaction! It was not God’s will to put us here to survive, making a living, do our own thing with our own little family, and attend the services of the church. We were put here for a purpose, HIS PURPOSE. We are here to teach others, to grow His church. We must not face God on the day of judgment and say, “My voice wasn’t good enough,” “I didn’t think they would enjoy my cooking,” “I didn’t know what to say,” or God forbid, “I didn’t have time to call, send a card, visit, or pray.” He has equipped each of us with special skills. Let us do the work He has placed us here to do. Let us sing with fervor, “Here am I Lord, send me.” 

#bible-study, #talents

What does the Bible say about gluttony

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

In speaking of an incorrigible son, and the duty of parents, the Bible says, “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel                        shall hear and fear” (Deuteronomy 21:20-21).

“Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat; for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty” (Proverbs 23:19-21).

“Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons” (Titus 1:12). This word is defined as, “one who eats voraciously, or to excess.”

Much has been said in the media about the problem of obesity in our country among young and old alike, but we may not have seriously noticed what the Bible teaches on the subject.  It is significant that the above Bible verses mention gluttony in connection with drunkards. Instead of “lazy gluttons,” other translations say, “slow bellies” or “idle gluttons” at Titus 1:12.

Even though the Bible makes these plain statements, it also teaches the same thing in principle. For example, the Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (I Corinthians 3:16-17).  And the Bible talks about sinful things and the works of the flesh that would include gluttony in feastings and revelries. Philippians 3:18-19 refers to “enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their shame –who set their mind on earthly things.” We are not to do anything that would harm our bodies, so gluttony would be included with alcoholic drinking, misuse of drugs, tobacco, and other immoral things.

Gluttony is not a popular subject that is often mentioned, because we are blessed with an abundance of food and we like to eat, but it is a serious matter in regard to us taking care of our health. Many times the problem is not how much we eat, but what we eat.

God gives us instructions about this subject, and all we need to know about life and salvation from sin. Peter says, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Weight loss, diet books and pills are big business in our world, but as we use these things wisely, let us not forget the teachings of God’s word about these things.

 

#bible-study, #gluttony

What does the Bible say about precious things

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The Word of the Lord was precious” (1 Samuel 3:1).

“A good name is better than precious ointment” (Ecclesiastes 7:1; Proverbs 22:1).

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

“…given to us exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).

Precious is defined as something highly priced or prized; valuable, rare, costly, dear, highly esteemed, or loved.

People consider many things in their life which are precious, but the things of a spiritual nature are the most precious.

In addition to the Bible references above, the Bible tells of other things that are precious. For example, Deuteronomy 33:13-16 refers to precious things of the earth and hills that are precious including fruits and produce as precious things of heaven. We read of precious ointment (Matthew 26:7), and that unity is as precious oil (Psalm 133:1-2). Life is precious (1 Samuel 26:21), and God “will make a man more precious than fine gold” (Isaiah 13:12). Wisdom is more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15).

So, the Bible uses the word precious in reference to many things. Many things are precious to us but we should consider salvation and the hope of heaven as the most precious thing to us.

The Bible say Christ is precious (1 Peter 2:6-7), and His blood is precious (1 Peter 1:19). Our faith and even the trial of our faith is precious (2 Peter 1:1; 1 Peter 1:7).

Thank God for His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), to bless us in this life and give us eternal life for eternity in heaven.

 

#bible-study, #precious

What does the Bible say about temptation?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation” (2 Peter 2:9).

We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. The words of a song are encouraging as it states:

“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; … dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”

 

#bible-study, #temptation

What does the Bible say about examining ourselves

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

To examine is to inspect or inquire into, to scrutinize with care. We are to examine or test our lives in light of the teaching of the Bible with an earnest desire to strive, as best we can, to conform our lives as the Bible teaches to the example of Jesus. To be “in the faith” is to be faithful to the Lord (Revelation 2:10).

Often we are tempted, or face situations to make decisions to determine if something is right or wrong. The following “tests,” by an unknown writer, should be helpful to us.

* The Scriptural test: Does the Bible endorse it or is it expressly forbidden by God’s word?

* The personal test: Will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?

* The practical test: Will the results of my doing this be desirable?

* The universal test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?

* The stewardship test: Will my doing this constitute a waste of talent God gave me?

* The character test: What will be the influence of my moral and spiritual stamina?

* The family test: Will it bring discredit and dishonor to my family, and will it embarrass them?

* The publicity test: Will I be willing for friends, fellow Christians, the elders, and the preacher to know?

* The common sense test: Does it agree with just plain every day, ordinary, and common sense?

* The fairness test: Is it honest, and is it practicing the golden rule? (Matthew 7:12)

In short, what would Jesus do? As often shown by WWJD! (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 9:27)

#bible-study

What does the Bible say about thanksgiving?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4).

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).

“Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12).

In the above verses, and many others, we are taught to be thankful unto God for his manifold blessings, as we realize that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to others, but especially to God, as prayers are offered as we express gratitude. Thanksgiving further signifies an acknowledging and confessing, with gladness, the benefits and mercies, which God bestows on all.

We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. This reminds us of the early settlers of our country and for the blessings of God in their bountiful harvests. For many years there was no regular national Thanksgiving Day, but many people promoted the idea including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who proclaimed the last Thursday in November, 1863, as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.” Congress ruled that after 1941 the fourth Thursday of November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day, and would be a legal federal holiday.

Our thanksgiving should be continued throughout the year as long as we live. Let us never be like the pig eating acorns, but never looking up to see from whence they come! Ingratitude is a terrible sin, and so unnecessary as Jesus taught in Luke 17:12-19, when the ten lepers were cleansed and only one returned to give thanks.

 

#bible-study, #thanksgiving

What does the Bible say about God’s goodness?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth” (Exodus 34:6).

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God, on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).

The goodness of God means His kindness, benevolence, generosity, grace, mercy, compassion, etc.

The goodness of God is seen in the wonderful ways He provides for us. God “makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). God’s goodness is stated at James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” God provided for our salvation in the gift of His Son Jesus and in Him we enjoy all spiritual blessings” (Ephesians 1:3).

Psalm 31:19 refers to God’s goodness by stating, “Oh, how great is your goodness.” In repetition the song states, “God is so good…He’s so good to me. I love Him so…He’s so good to me.” Surely we can all express our appreciation for the goodness of God by stating, “I know that God is good, because He has been so good to me.” God is good in His greatness, and great in His goodness all the time.

As Romans 2:4 states, the goodness of God should lead us to repent and obey God. But let us not forget the severity of God in that He is strict in His requirement of obedience.

 

#bible-study, #goodness-of-god

What does the Bible say about the miracles of Jesus?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. “ (John 21:25).

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, and Jesus told them, “Tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

People marveled when they saw the miracles of Jesus saying, “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27). They were amazed and said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). The Bible says, “they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26).

What is usually referred to as miracles, are also called signs, wonders, and mighty works. The Old Testament tells of miracles, as well as miracles performed by followers of Jesus, but more were done by Jesus than others.

Jesus performed miracles to show that He was the Son of God. His disciples performed miracles to confirm their teachings, and that they were doing God’s will (Mark 16:20).

As noted in the verses above, Jesus did miracles to convince us to have obedient faith in Him that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life in heaven.

As Jesus stated, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

#bible-study, #jesus-miracles

Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken

As children we made promises to our friends about different things. Throughout the years we no doubt have promised to do things, and whether or not we have kept those promises is only for us to know. Mama always said, “Promises are like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken.” 

I was reading in Genesis recently about Noah and the flood. God made a promise to Noah and to all of us that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He not only said that orally but He backed up His promise with a sign, or a bow in the sky as the Bible says.

I remember standing on the hillside outside mother’s house during the 1990 flood of Elba, Alabama. I watched the water surrounding her house and across the street as far as the eye could see. It was rolling like a mighty river toward town. The sound I shall never forget. For a moment I was frightened. Where would we go if the water kept rising? I tried to think of the highest place even outside of the small town of Elba, and then I remembered God’s promise. 

“And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9-11)

It is a beautiful promise of God and please read on through verse 17. God made a promise to Noah and all of us and he sealed that promise with a beautiful bow (rainbow). He said He would look upon the bow and remember the everlasting covenant (promise) between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

How beautiful is that? How beautiful is the rainbow we see in the clouds and always marvel at its beauty? How beautiful is it to know that it is evidence of a living God who made the promise to all of us. That is a promise He has never broken nor will it ever be broken. We can believe the promises of God about the rainbow, salvation, and eternity. His promises are not like pie crusts, easy made and easy broken. We can indeed stand on the promises of God.

#bible-study, #flood, #promises, #rainbow

What does the Bible say about the Christian’s real home?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20)

By faith Abraham, “waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God…These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 3:10, 13).

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

This world in which we live in the flesh is not the Christian’s real home. We are just strangers and pilgrims passing through this world. It may be easy for us in America with all God’s blessings to forget that this earth is not our home. When we are fully convinced that our lives on earth are temporary; that heaven awaits those who faithfully serve the Lord; then we will put God first in our lives. (Matthew 6:33)

When we think on the wonders and glory of our beautiful mansion in heaven, compared to our home on earth, it should help us overcome the infatuation that we obviously have so many times with earthly possessions.

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

“Seek those things which are above…set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

To think on the words of songs like the following should certainly be helpful:

“This world is not my home, I’m just a passing thro’; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.”

“Earth holds no treasures but perish with using, However precious they be; yet there’s a country to which I am going: Heaven holds all to me.”

“Here we are but straying pilgrims; here our path is often dim; but to cheer us on our journey, still we sing this wayside hymn.”

“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, and cast a wishful eye, to Canaan’s fair and happy land, where my possessions lie.”

Now is the time to prepare for your real homecoming.

 

#bible-study, #home, #homecoming