Living small, fearful, and unfocused, because of what others have done to or against us is not a valid excuse for not walking in the might of what God has done for us and drawing from His unlimited resources each day as we focus on the Work that Has called us to do.
As I think about heaven and what it will be like to be there I am considering the things that will be great about it. It is established in my faith and in my heart that the greatest joy will be to see the Lord. That Joy will be even greater because of the person who's not going to heaven with me. There's not enough room in heaven for the new man and the old man. Together they would strive in continued conflict throughout all eternity. I'm elated that the new man that I am in Christ will be able to worship, to obey, to love, to serve, and to be fully devoted to the Lord uncontested.
The internal conflict, the self-generated complications, and gnawing inconsistencies produced in the struggle between the two natures will cease forever. Never again will I choose sacrifice over obedience, never again will I speak out of both sides of my mouth, and never again will I be half-hearted about the things that God is passionate about. I will be able to enjoy all that heaven is because the contest between the two natures will be over. At death the old man and the new man are going to forever part ways. Until then I must remind him daily that he's is crucified with Christ. There is no room in heaven for the old man.
Thank you Jesus!
The value of each human life is not always so obvious or even believable when disguised and disfigured by sin, but beneath the stain and the scars left by evil, value exists because the creator intentionally endowed every living soul with such.
Amazing Grace is thus because we often cannot see the value of that which God paid so dear a price to redeem. We are perplexed that virtue should die for dishonor, that life should be sacrificed for selfishness, and that profound love be lifted upon a cross to which it was nailed by hateful men.
But in the resurrection undeniable virtue rose to life that dishonor could be sealed beneath God's refusal to ever raise it again. Sacrifice extended God's opened arms upon the cross above those who stood beneath its revelation with closed and selfish hearts. Divine love as lifted upon the cross took center stage on the day when hell staked its fraudulent claim that hatred should rule the day.
The value of each person is found in our creator's hands and the value of every lost soul is found in our redeemer's hands.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
Pastor Rick Ritenour