September Devotion, Day 15

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Eternal Weight of Glory

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Several years ago a friend gave me a gift.  It was a little glass, oval-shaped dish with a lid.  I loved the beautiful colors and it was so delicate.  But the most precious thing about it was on the inside of the lid where it read, “What is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.”

I had the perfect place in my home to display it, tiny as it was, and  I wanted to be able to see the verse on the inside.  So I thought it might be a good idea to place a pretty rock in such a way as to hold open the lid – but it slipped while I was putting the rock into place and the lid broke in many pieces on my table top…  I only had the gift in my possession about ten minutes.

Oval Dish, Photography by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Oval Dish, Photography by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

I almost cried, but after I found some glue and began gluing the pieces back together, the verse came into view once again and the truth of God’s Word written on the inside was driven deep into my heart.  What is seen, like this sweet little man-made dish, is temporary, but the gift of life with God through faith in Jesus Christ is eternal.  Though we cannot see it now, someday Heaven will be reality.

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The suffering, trials, tribulation, pain and sorrow, though they seem like such a burden at times here on this earth, God sees as momentary, light affliction that is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.  Paul says in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

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Let’s read Revelation 21-22 this morning.  Isn’t it wonderful to read about Heaven?  I love to spend time just looking up at the clouds, imagining that Jesus is coming to take us to our Eternal Home to be with our loving Father.  Come Lord Jesus, Come.

In our personal journals let’s write out Ephesians 1:3-14 and then spend some time praising God for all He has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ.

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Thank you for being such a wonderful blessing.  As you visit this blog each morning, I am blessed to spend time with you in God’s wonderful Word.  Please leave a comment below, I love hearing from you.  Please watch my new video “A SimplyLiving Day”.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, September 12, September 13 and September 14

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 13

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 13
In the Hand of the Potter

“…Then I went down to the potter’s house,
and there he was, making something on the wheel.
But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter;
so he remade it into another vessel,
as it pleased the potter to make.”

Jeremiah 18:3-4

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In the Book of Jeremiah God tells the prophet to go to the potter’s house.  He had something to show Jeremiah pertaining to the house of Israel.  They were marred and they were in the hand of the Potter.  

But the Bible tells us that we are all marred, not just the house of Israel.  Sin entered into the world through Adam and it has spread from one person to the next to the point of consuming us all.  And the result of sin has been death which has also spread to us all.

This is where our faith comes in.  It’s by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God that the Potter then begins to remold us.  I love Romans 5 because it tells us clearly that while we were still in sin and enemies to God, Jesus died on the Cross for us and through His death, we are reconciled to God and saved by His resurrected life.

When we place our faith in Jesus  Christ as the Son of God, we are no longer God’s enemies through sin, but we are now His children through Jesus’ death and resurrection!  Amazing!

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Sometimes the Bible is hard to wrap our minds around, but we cannot comprehend it with logical thinking.  We need the Holy Spirit to direct us through the Word of God and help us to believe what it says about us and about God.  Psalm 119:34 says, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.”

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Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to give us understanding as we take time to read Psalm 139.  Read it out loud if you can, as a prayer to God.  Take it slowly and let it flow from your heart.  Let’s sincerely ask God to search and see if there is any hurtful way in us and let’s give Him time to answer.

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I cannot believe that we are on Day 13 of this devotional.  The month of September is flying by.  I know school is beginning for many, and some have already started, but it’s important that in our busyness and change of schedules that we continue to cherish the things of God above all else.  I pray that this devotional will help you do just that.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10,  September 11, and September 12

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

Pardon & Peace

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Do you ever wonder how you can deepen your relationship with God?  Or maybe you just want to know Him, or maybe get a better glimpse of exactly what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  A few years back I was leading an inductive Bible study through the Book of Romans.  Our class was moving along seemingly without any complications until we hit Chapters 5, 6 & 7.  Then we came to an abrupt stop.  Suddenly, we found ourselves in deep waters.

We had been through many Bible studies together as a group and something was happening that had never happened before.  As we sought God in prayer, I began to sense that we needed to slow down and not rush our way through.  But I was wrong.  We were being stopped completely!  We couldn’t move forward – God had something to teach us, or maybe just me.

As I said, that was several years ago.  Oh, how I wish I could go back to that group of Bible believing, God fearing studiers of God’s Word!  But I would not go back,  even if I were given the chance, because what God showed me in His Word as a result of stopping completely, gave me a pardon and peace I did not know before.

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At this point, you may ask me to tell you what God began to show me in the Book of Romans, but I can’t.  I have tried so many times to put it into words, and the best I can do is tell you to do as I did.  Spend time reading, re-reading, and re-reading Romans 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 over and over again.  Ask God to reveal Truth to you by His Holy Spirit.  Do whatever it takes to get a teaching of Romans from God, no matter what.

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If you aren’t saved, come humbly to God and repent and ask Him to save you by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  If you have salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, then come boldly to His throne until He has shown you the amazing Truths in Romans.

I have heard that Romans is the foundation of the Christian faith.  If that’s true and I believe it is, then take time to study it and not just the first seven chapters, read it all over and over again.  It’s worth it!

Merry Christmas!

Constance