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Afterlife Day 14

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Scripture: Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Devotional: King David famously penned these words; words that debunk the false assumption that Heaven will be boring.  Because of the corruption of this world, we too often couple pleasure with sin. But the truth is, our desire for pleasure and joy come directly from God’s hand.

Have you earnestly considered the joy and pleasure awaiting you in eternity? God promises to rescue you from the decay of death and to fill you with joy and pleasure free from guilt and shame.  Pure joy. 

Let that promise spur you on toward seeking to know and understand more about this Heaven which awaits you.

Reflect:

  • What is one commitment you will make in order to have a greater understanding of Heaven?

Afterlife Day 13

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Scripture: Hebrews 11:13-16  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Devotional: Hebrews 11 is known as the “By Faith” Hall of Fame.  Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab, among many others, were all commended for their ability to see beyond the here and now, to the fact that  God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (vs. 40)

They were longing for a better country – a heavenly one, knowing that God had prepared something magnificent beyond their understanding. 

Friends, the same is true for you and me.  We are foreigners and strangers on this earth and are made to live for something more.  So much more.

Reflect:

  • Are you longing for your heavenly home? If not, what is keeping you content with settling for something less?

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