Two Minute Drill – Week of November 9

Heaven: Harps Optional

One of the things Randy Alcorn accomplishes in his chapter on heaven in Game Plan for Life is to quiet our misconception that life after death for the Christian is going to be boring. A never-ending church service. All Christmas carols and choir books.

Actually, the Bible says heaven will be a total experience of newness  that touches everything about us and everything we do. Not just better singing and sermons. Not just better food options at church potlucks. Better everything. The very best of everything. Renewed, remade, reborn.

God has promised, “I will create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17), meaning that while we’re going to live in a place we’ve never been before, it will contain perfected elements of things we’ve always known. But instead of fatigue and physical limitations, we’ll have total freedom of enjoyment. Instead of sin’s empty promises, we’ll know constant satisfaction. Instead of having to lock our doors and watch our backs, we’ll learn what it really means to live without fear. Of anything.

Don’t go worrying that God is baiting you with free gift offers that are going to end up being a time-share presentation. These new heavens and new earth are His gift of undying, undiluted life to you. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss.

Pray this prayer: Lord, I don’t deserve the privilege of having this kind of hope in my future. But I’m so grateful—eternally grateful—that you desire this kind of life for me. Thank you for making it possible through Christ. Thank you for making it mine.

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Your Enemy Will Pursue You

Your enemy will pursue you

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Renny and Marina McLean

Exodus 15:9 “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.” I love the visual of this, your enemy has a short window to realize that you just had a major victory over them. The lust or insatiable appetite for revenge has masked their ability to act in a rationale way. They make a declaration we will pursue, overtake and destroy. In the midst of your momentary fear make a conscious decision to remember who is your defender and who is able to lift your head in dignity with a steadfast hope.

Only the Lord our God can take out your enemy so that everyone who hears the story of your victory will fear the God you serve. Today make a mental list of all the things that have overwhelmed you and kept you in fear of moving forward. Then make another mental list of what victory would look like if you have total victory of everything that is oppressing you.

My friend what a praise and worship you would bring before the Lord. I am so grateful that God is my refuge and my strength. Be encouraged as you do the list of what overcoming with evidence looks like.

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Daily Food – November 9

God renews us

My God, create in me a clean heart! Renew in me a spirit of righteousness! – Psalm 51:10

Sometimes it is easier to do something new than to fix something that was broken. When we act in the wrong way, we begin to feel a weight and a sadness that little by little begins to tear us apart. When we make serious mistakes we need to recognize that only God is capable of transforming our lives, modifying our thoughts, and improving our attitudes.

God wants to create a pure heart in each one of us. God wants to give us a new opportunity to live in faith. For this he sent Jesus to die for us. Jesus’ sacrifice assures us of the forgiveness of our sins, and gives us the comfort that we have eternal life through faith in him. When we believe in Jesus, he creates in us a new heart and gives us his peace.

PRAYER:  Dear God, renew my whole being and help me in my weaknesses so that I can serve you with joy. Amen.

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Revival Thoughts with Leonard Ravenhill – Will Your Works Be Burned Away?

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Week 6:

Will Your Works Be Burned Away?

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. “Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, “Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.” (I Cor. 3:9-13)

The above scripture is talking about the day all believers will stand before the Lord. When every follower of Jesus will account for his life and his deeds before all of heaven itself. Notice what it says very carefully, “…the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.” Not how much work, but rather what kind of work. Not the quantity but the quality. This scripture is speaking of your whole life’s work. In other words, your life’s work can be wood or hay or straw — or it can be silver, gold, or costly stones. And on that day, the fire will put it to the final test. What fire? The Bible tells that God is love, but it also tells us that He is a consuming fire as well. (Heb. 12:29)

Paul continues by saying, “If any man’s work which he had built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire. ” (I Cor. 3:14-15) This illustration would be extremely significant to the people of Corinth that Paul was speaking to, because not too long before this was written, their whole city was devastated by fire. They all knew firsthand what damage fire could do. When the fire swept through Corinth, every house that was built out of wood, hay, or straw, was devastated and left in ashes. But the more wealthy people there had houses built with beautiful pillars of granite, and some even had houses built totally out of marble. These houses made of costly stones were still standing after the fire swept through, though they were obviously very badly scorched.

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