Love for Eternity

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever”.

His Love Now:This scripture is one of the great promises of King David’s writings, that we can enjoy for ourselves for today. It all starts, when Jesus knocks at the door and we let Him into our heart, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us when we believe, and is sealed forever. And the Holy Spirit’s work is to walk with us through our life; He is our earthly Guide! He gives us His fruits of love, joy, peace, goodness, and mercy – these are all part of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in us, in our new life in Jesus.

It all started with Adam and Eve in the Garden where there was a Tree of Good and Evil. The idea of that was they had a choice there between Good and Evil, to try and to be good with self-efforts, and to fight off evil, by trying to be “good” which we cannot do! OR take God’s way, which is a Redeemer and Savior, His son Jesus. Because Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; nobody comes to the Father except through me!!” Now back to Adam & Eve’s failure in the garden – that was handed down to us through their seed (it is called the Original Sin in many religions of today). So the only way out of that, is to accept the Savior, the Redeemer Jesus, the one who pays the debt for us to get back into God’s presence! That is what He did for us at the cross, where He shed His blood upon death, which washes all of our sins, past, present and future, if we believe on Him!! We don’t have to do anything! It is DONE, when we believe it. Jesus says, “I and the Father are One. Just believe me!” That is a good deal!!

His Love Eternal: The second part of scripture promise from Psalm 23:6 above says “AND I shall dwell in the House of the Lord FOREVER!!” It is a continuation of our life on earth!! The old hymn says: “and I shall feast at the table set for me!!!!!!” We see all our friends and family and loved ones, feasting together in the Love of God forever!!!

“Christ in me, the Hope of Glory.” Colossians 1:27

God bless you, just believe it.

God loves you very much, and we love you!

Doubting? We’re Included!

John 20:24-29

“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’
But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’
Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’

Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
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Jesus is fully man and fully God. And since we are human, how many times we doubt when things go wrong or any type of hardship comes by (part of life). I remember with my first wife when she she became sick with cancer, we prayed, we believed, we quoted ourselves scriptures, we did the whole thing. But she passed away. That brings doubt in one’s mind. You begin to wonder why God didn’t heal her. It stirs us up and we think, why didn’t God heal her or why He didn’t show up.

Also, many times in life we make mistakes and bad choices and go down the wrong paths, and then we beat ourselves up about it. Then we can get depressed and begin to doubt God: Where is His help, where did He go, what was this all about? That is quite a normal, human thing to do. But our doubting does not change the fact of His great love for us and that we are still His children! Guaranteed with eternal life! And He knows it all, and knows what is best for us.
We are made in three parts: Spirit, soul, and body. The soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Doubt fits in there. Now, doubting does not change at all our spirit, in which Jesus dwells and has exchanged His life for ours on the cross.
An example of Jesus being 100% man and fully God, and even doubting is when He was on his way to be crucified, He struggled and at one stage He prayed all night and was sweating droplets of blood, thinking about where He was going. Another example is when He was on the cross, in His agony of feeling forsaken, He cried to his Father, “Help me” but there was no answer, and we can imagine the doubt that must have been in His mind, BUT we know the victorious outcome: Jesus arose from the dead, and by his actions of going through it all, He wiped away all of our sins, past, present and future!!! That was our Great Redeemer. Price paid in full for us!!
We can be encouraged to know that Jesus’s promise for us today is what He said to the doubting Thomas all those years ago – even when things happen in our lives, we may not think we can see Him, His promise for us is this:

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

We are the “those” that Jesus’s blessing and promise is for! We are included!
With all that in mind then, we know that when we go through things that stretch our beliefs and faith, that by this promise, all we have to do is put our trust and belief in Him, because God is love and He loves you very, very, very much!! God bless you all today.