Monday, October 15, 2012

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Revelations 21:1-5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Reflections

The book of Revelations is an unveiling truth of the absolute victory which is to beget the Church and believers throughout the world and history. For as I turn the pages to find this scripture I came to realize that it is found at the end of the Holy bible. Now, that may sound superficial to many but this marked my memory for life.  As a student of God's Word I came to realize that the author of this wonderful book (God) always planned a dramatic conclusion. A conclusion called to many believers "the blessed hope".

You see, for anyone who enjoys reading or simply going to the movies, we purchase a book or a ticket for the simple reason of learning or entertaining our thirst for knowledge or pleasure. But, the greatest scenario has already been determined, decreed and written. There is an end and climax which is unparalleled, the  story of life ends in "victory".

I have a particular sign on the door of my refrigerator which says "What would you do, if you know you can not fail?". Well that statement is absolutely true and guaranteed in the pages of the bible for those who believe. The Apostle John was given the opportunity to envision and see what is going to happen in the future (revelation), as he was exiled to die on the island of Patmos. He could have rendered the white banner and lifted up his hands to declare, surrender. But you see, he had already surrendered his life to Jesus and therefore was gifted with the wonderful opportunity to see life in a different perspective. He may have been exiled but he "John" will be crowned with victory.  I read a wonderful statement the other day on facebook which read "your circumstances do not determine your destiny". Well John understood that he didn't have to pay a ticket or purchase a book, because the price had already been paid by the precious blood of Jesus. He just needed to understand that he (John) was in the midst of life's drama and the pages was the summary of his journey with God. For his name (purpose) had already been determined and written within the pages and truth of God's Word. What is your purpose, or where is your name in God's Word?

There is an end, and it is a marvelous one! Where perfect harmony and peace will reign, and our blessed King will rule with power and might. All life's agony will seize, and all that you have once dreamed of will come to pass. I encourage you to partake of this truth, do not surrender to life's problems or circumstances but surrender to the author of life. The story of your life has just begun, and as the author of life says “I am making everything new!”, begin your day receiving forgiveness for your sins and let God direct your steps to total victory in Christ. This revelation was not only for the "end times", but it can be experienced today in your spirit. For the Word of God is spirit, and so let this speak to your inner man or inner woman. Let God make all things new today!





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