People sometimes ask, "What will we know in heaven? Will we recognize each other?" That question always amazes me. As if we're going to forget everything-or be walking around in a fuzzy cloud of semi-awareness! We still will love, but our love will be perfected. We still will think and remember, but our thoughts will be perfected too. We certainly will know each other in heaven-and infinitely better than we knew each other on earth.
Have you been too busy lately? Make a list of things you do, and put the really important ones first. Be sure to put daily devotions near the top, along with time spent with your family, proper rest, and wholesome meals. And don't forget your homework! Make sure those things get done first. If there's not time for everything on your list, decide which ones can be omitted or done another time. Don't allow your schedule to get overloaded. Jesus recognized the need for quiet time. We need that, too.
Perhaps you've seen the sight! Tethered to a high-speed boat, the parasail lifts the rope-clinging customer six hundred feet into the air. High above, the passenger hangs on and enjoys the view, letting the boat do the work.
We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God’s work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas that we draw from our own nature. We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without ...
We come to Christ in an hour of deep need. We realize that all the good works in the world are puny when laid before the Perfect One. So we beg for help. Then we hear his voice; and step out in fear, hoping that our little faith will be enough. With precious, wobbly steps, we draw close to him.
How do you use your tongue? Are you aware of how much influence it has? Of how much damage your tongue can do when you use it to say unkind things or to spread gossip and rumors that hurt other people? On the other hand, your tongue can be used for good-to bless God and others. How is your tongue used? God says a mouth that is used to bless and praise Him should not be used to hurt others.
How often do you see people more concerned about getting a job done right than they are about saving their necks? Too seldom, right? But when we do-when we see a gutsy human taking a few risks-ah, now that's a person worthy of a pat on the back. So...
If you found yourself in a difficult passage in life, would it bring you some measure of comfort if Billy Graham called you? "This is Billy Graham. I wanted to talk to you. I heard you were going through a hard time. I would like to pray for you." And of course you answer, "Please do!"
If people love you at 6:00 a.m. one thing is sure. They love you! No makeup. No power tie. No status jewelry. No layers of images. Just unkempt honesty. Just you. "Love," wrote one forgiven soul, "covers over a multitude of sins."
It isn't an "idea" or a "state of mind"; it's a location, like Miami or Chicago or Paris. We often think of heaven in sort of a mystical way, and our minds gravitate toward the Hollywood version, where people in filmy white robes float around on clouds with little halos over their heads, strumming harps.
What kind of grade do you think God would give you today? Were you kind to your schoolmates? Did you tell someone about Jesus? Did you obey your teacher and do your best with your assignments? Did you show love to your brothers and sisters? Did you help and obey your mom and dad? Did you do your chores? If you live to please the Lord, He will reward you someday.
It's easy to forget who is the servant and who is to be served. The tool of distortion is one of Satan's slyest. When the focus is on yourself, you worry that your co-workers won't appreciate you or your leaders will overwork you. With time, your agenda becomes more important than God's. You're more concerned with presenting self than pleasing Him. You may even find yourself doubting God's judgment.