[Calvary Chapel] 2009-10-15 - No More

Originally Published 2004-04-01 ~ Updated

Rev 21:4 and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." (NAS)

Home is going to be a wonderful place when we get there. For one thing, I will be whole. No more wondering about my motivations, no more temptations, no more remorse, no more sadness, no more pain, no more sleepless nights. And I will be the neither the cause or the recipient of any of these.

There are days that seem much longer than others. There are days when we are tired or we struggle with things a little more than others. I'm far from perfect. I struggle. I hope that didn't scare anyone. It's not a surprise to anyone that knows me.

The point is that we are all capable of basing a decision on a questionable motivation, just as much as we are capable of planting a questionable thought in someone else's mind. We struggle with the world around us. In the battle against the flesh, the world and the enemy, we may be our own worst enemy at times. This is certainly true from time to time at least. And, we are only mortal some will say. And, while not entirely incorrect, we have been given a witness inside us in the Holy Spirit - God Himself come to dwell in us as the downpayment on His promise to us - that is available to us to help us make right choices.

There are days when the fight within us seems endless. The battle can be frustrating and can wear us down. Then it is time to take heart and remember that Jesus promised His disciples a place in His kingdom. The Book of the Revelation speaks of a city 1500 cubic miles in size with twelve massive pearl gates, twelve enormous foundation stones of amazing beauty. And there are streets paved with gold so pure it is transparent. And God will be the light at the center of the city, and there will be no night. No temptations, no hunger or death, no sickness. Joy and full peace of heart and mind. There will be time to sit at Jesus' feet and learn and meet other characters from history like Noah, Moses and Peter. This is the home that the Father Who loves us more than we can know has prepared for us.

And on those days when it all seems so far away, remember that Jesus is not late. He is simply as patient with others as He was patient with you and me. Pray without ceasing for those around you, your town, state or province and the country in which you have been placed by the Lord in His wisdom. We are to occupy until Jesus returns victoriously and takes us home. Selah.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (NAS)

Grace & Peace,

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