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Are you ever disappointed with a weather forecast? I know that Mary is disappointed when the forecast of a warm, sunny day turns cooler and cloudy. I am disappointed when the forecast is six inches of snow and all we get is a dusting.
I realize, though, that meteorologists are mere men. They cannot deliver on what they forecast about the weather. It is out of their hands. God, on the other hand, is a God who can deliver. He is a faithful God. He is able to do more than we, as mere men, can even imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). He can and will keep His promise (Deuteronomy 7:9). Because of His faithfulness, I am assured that He will neither forsake me nor leave me in the grave. Jesus promised to return and take His disciples to where He is, in heaven (John 14:2-3). I know that He will.
For Jehovah will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. Ps 94:14 ASV
Live with confidence today. God loves you. God cares for you. He will not forsake you. Remain faithful to Him and you will one day dwell in the presence of His majesty.***
I remember some years back that Mary and I were walking the sea shore with some friends. Mary and our friends knew the dangers of the waves, but they were on some rocks a few feet into the water posing for a picture anyway. Little did they realize that the waves were quickly overtaking them while I was taking pictures. They ended up with wet feet and pant legs, even though they were rolled up.
Satan, temptation and sin are like the waves of the sea. Satan continually beats against us with temptations. If we are not careful, sin will overcome us. We should keep as far away from temptation as we can and guard ourselves to remain holy before God.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Remain on guard daily. Work hard at living holy before God every day this week. Do not allow Satan to overtake you.***
Owning a house is a job. There are always repairs and maintenance that need to be cared for. If the gutters do not need cleaning, they probably need repaired. Siding is supposed to keep you from having to paint. Yet, siding can come loose. Siding also needs to be washed in order to keep it looking good. Of course, even if the inside doesn’t need painting, the woman of the house thinks it does, so there is more work. Whatever happened to those maintenance free houses that you hear about all the time? Keep in mind, no matter how much your house deteriorates, there is a better one waiting for you.
For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor 5:1 ESV
Think of the hope that you have. No longer an earthly house (body) with all the frailties, with the pains and aches and diseases. God has planned a glorified body, an eternal body that will not corrupt and grow frail. And you will dwell in the presence of Him and His Son and the Holy Spirit in that glorified state and in their love forever.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2 Peter 1:10 ESV
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