WAREHOUSE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
 

Walking in the Spirit

Our Worship of Jesus Christ 

Worship is uniquely personal in our relationship with God

We can thank God and we can thank others, we can serve God and we can serve others, we are commanded to love God and to love others, but we may worship only Him – worship is truly unique, in that there is no one else in the universe or beyond it who is worthy of our worship. It is the one thing we do in our relationship with God that is truly unique to that relationship. “Worship is an end in itself because it is the final end for which we were created,” John Piper, Desiring God, page 94)

“Rejoice in the Lord O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.” Psalm 33:1

It is the one thing, more than any other, which defines the Christian

I spoke with a young Jehovah’s Witness years ago who came to my door looking to convince me of his belief. When I spoke of my Christian faith, the sin nature of man, the need for a Savior, and Jesus Christ as the only one who can effectively save us, he wholeheartedly agreed. After several minutes of him agreeing with my statements of faith, I asked him one question. “Would you ever worship Jesus Christ?” His ready answers fell into a period of silence. “No,” he said after a reflective pause, “I could never do that.” Our conversation soon ended after I responded that there are many in the Bible who actually did worship Him.

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they (the Wise Men) saw the Child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of frankincense and of myrrh. 

Matthew 14:33

Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." 

Matthew 28:9

Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. 

             John 5:21-23

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.  Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent Him.

It is the “one thing” that is needed more than any other

Jesus said to Mary’s sister Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41, 42

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4

Worship draws us close to hear the voice of God

Psalm 95 Oh come let us sing to the Lord! Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. Oh come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker… Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…

There remains a promise here of entering His rest, Psalm 95 with Hebrews 3 and 4. This sets before us two alternatives: choosing to enter into true worship or choosing not to. In worship we hear God's voice. Upon hearing God's voice and obeying it, we enter into His rest. The inescapable condition of this is the importance of hearing God's voice. In Jeremiah 7:23, God says to His people: “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God.’ ” It is in worship that we are most able to hear His voice and then enter His rest.

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength, Isaiah 30:15.

Be still (a confident rest) and know that I am God, Psalm 46:10.

Affections and emotional responses that are part of genuine worship

 

Awe of God expressed in stunned silence – Psalm 46:10; Habakkuk 2:20

Fear of God – Psalm 5:7; Psalm 33:8; Isaiah 8:13

Heart-broken over sin – Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15

Outpouring of love and devotion for God – Psalms 16:11; 27:4; 42:1-2; 63:1-8

Singing and dancing with gratitude – Psalm 30:11-12

“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from [the philosopher Emmanuel] Kant and the stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C. S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory,” in The Weight of Glory and other Essays. As cited in John Piper’s “Desiring God,” page 99.

                                                                       

 

 

Walking in the Spirit

Our Worth to Jesus Christ

 

“Our faith is not really tested until God asks us to bear what seems unbearable, do what seems unreasonable, and expect what seems impossible. Whether you look at Joseph in prison, Moses and Israel at the Red Sea, David in the cave, or Jesus at Calvary, the lesson is the same: We live by promises, not by explanations.” Warren Wiersbe, Be Obedient

 

“Be holy, for I am holy,” is to expect what seems to be impossible. But as Jesus said, “What is impossible for man is possible with God.” We can fulfill the impossible by living by faith in the promises and pronouncements of God and in the confidence that He truly loves us.

 

We are on His mind continually:

 

Psalm 139:17 “How precious are Your thoughts toward me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”

 

Psalm 40:17 “I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinks about me.”

 

Hebrews 2:5-9 “What is man that You are mindful of him…?”

 

The little girl in the lightning storm – “He’s taking my picture!”

 

Matthew 6:19-34 “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”

 

He welcomes us to take Him up on His word, Malachi 3:10 – “Prove Me now in this…”

 

He is ever speaking to us:

 

Psalm 19:2 Day unto day utters speech. Night after night reveals knowledge.

 

Proverbs 8 Wisdom cries out to the sons of men.

 

His word has creative power and life:

 

Romans 4:17 He gives life to the dead and calls those things that don’t yet exist as though they did.

 

Hebrews 11:3 The worlds were framed by the word of God. He created the universe out of nothing – nothing but His word!

 

What does He say about us?

 

We are born in sin, Romans 5

 

By faith, we may be reborn in His righteousness, John 3

 

He loves us enough to give us His own Son, John 3:16

 

We are justified before God, Romans 4:1-8. Our lawless deeds are forgiven and our sins are covered. We are given His very righteousness, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 5:8.

 

We are sanctified by God. We are not only forgiven for the past, but we now can walk free from our old sin nature with God’s life within us! Romans 8

 

We are even glorified with Him, Romans 8:28-39 and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our eternity with Him, Ephesians 1:13-14.

 

We receive the gift of God’s grace by faith. Faith is believing the message of God’s word that we have all sinned and continue to fall short of the glory of God. We believe also that we have our righteousness and restored union with Him only on the merit of Christ’s shed blood. We either actually believe that or we don’t. The gift of His grace is useless for the one who believes he has no use for it.

 

We receive His grace not only by faith that the message is for all people, but also by faith that God speaks it to us personally. It is one thing to believe that it is available to anyone, but another to believe that it is available to you. Abraham believed what God told Him about the nation which would eventually come from him, but he also believed in the promise of a personal blessing in heaven, Hebrews 11:10. Moses was certain of the promise made to his people to inherit the land of promise, but he was also equally certain of the reward promised to him personally, Hebrews 11:26. These men knew of the promises made to the people of God in total, but their hearts were quickened with anticipation of seeing the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to them personally - the promise of a heavenly city, a dwelling place in heaven of which the Temple was merely a type or a shadow. By faith they knew of these heavenly things, because God had made it known to them as they walked the way obedience and responded to His call.

 

Where was Abraham’s heart when the Lord commanded Him to sacrifice his only son of promise? (Genesis 22) What was Moses’ reaction when the Lord forbade him to enter the Promised Land? (Numbers 20:7-12; 27:12-17) Abraham was ready to offer up the only earthly link between himself and God’s promise, because of his unshakable confidence in the power of God to complete a promise which had its origins in heaven. He accounted God able even to raise Isaac from the dead (Hebrews 11:19), knowing that the fulfillment of a heavenly promise did not depend on earthly circumstance. Such bold confidence in the power of God could not be evidenced by a man consumed with earthly desire (Hebrews 11:16)!  Take a look 2 Corinthians chapter 4 for a close up view of the power of Christ manifested in the life of Paul. There was certainly no earthly advantage here, but look at the beauty and fragrance of Christ and Him crucified revealed here. What a privilege and what a promise remains for our lives, should we choose the life of obedience and complete surrender that he chose. As Moses said, “This day I put before you life and death; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.” “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” “Behold, now is the day of salvation!”

 

Faith in our present standing in Christ is linked with the faith we have in our eventual glory with Christ. In fact, the more we see where we’re going, the more we will believe where we stand. Moses stood and endured as seeing Him who is invisible as he and Abraham stood and waited for the city made without hands (Hebrews 11:8-10, 27).

 

 

Walking in the Spirit

Our Wealth in Jesus Christ

Knowledge of what is offered in the gospel is essential for faith, because I cannot believe what I do not know - “I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith,’ ” Romans 1:16, 17. See also Col 1:6 and 1 Thess 2:13. The gospel brings forth its own fruit and works effectively in those who believe.

Our wealth in Christ, which is freely given to us through the gospel, is best described in the letter to the Ephesians. We are blessed, chosen, predestined, accepted, redeemed, enlightened (given revelation through the Holy Spirit), adopted (into full inheritance), and sealed (marked as God’s own possession). All this we begin to understand as we draw close to Him and His word.

Blessed:

To speak well of, to praise, literally to eulogize. Luke 10:5-6 Let your peace rest on this house... John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you...The prophetic blessing of the patriarchs Heb 11:20 and the blessing God gave to Abraham in the form of a promise, Hebrews 6:13-15. Blessings were highly regarded because they carried the weight of the word of God. Read Hebrews 6:10-20. The blessing is made sure to us by two unchangeable things, His promise and His oath by which we have the sure hope that enters the very presence behind the veil! They had to wait for their fathers to speak. Our Father is speaking all the time! We have life by His pronouncements over us, Romans 4:17b – “[He] gives life to the dead and calls those things which don’t exist as thought they did.”

 
Chosen:

To call out, to select as a favored one. John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” To be chosen doesn’t mean that we will have a life full of pleasantries, but it does mean that we will have a life filled with Him. The apostles counted it a privilege to suffer as He suffered, Acts 5:41. The apostle Paul rejoiced in his sufferings for the church - Col. 1:24-25 “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.  25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.”  We are chosen from before the creation of the world. 2 Tim. 1:8-9 “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,  9who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”  

Before the foundation of the world - King Josiah and King Cyrus were named long before their birth – see 1 Kings 13:2 and Isaiah 44:28. The prophet Jeremiah and the apostle Paul were also called before their birth – as we all were!

We have peace when we no longer fight against the purposes God has for our lives. Formula 1 racecars may be incredible machines, but they are completely useless on a Jeep trail! Each of us has a special purpose and design, and when we surrender to His predesigned plan for our lives, there is peace. When we don’t see that plan, we chafe under the garments (life styles) the world puts on us. When we wear the garments that the world has chosen for us, we find it difficult to move freely. There is discomfort and absence of rest. But when we wear the garment of Christ’s righteousness and humility, there is freedom, rest, true fulfillment, and a sense that we are walking in predestined paths marked out for us from eternity. Note the battle garments given to young David as he was about to face the giant. The world’s battle gear was cumbersome and ill fitting. He was to face the giant, but in the predestined gear of a simple shepherd, 1 Samuel 17:38-40.

He chose us because He loves us and desires fellowship with us. It’s not our usefulness that God is primarily interested in; it is our love that He wants. David was a very capable warrior and leader, but the real substance of his life was his relationship with his God. See Psalms 23 and 63. Whatever we do for Him in service must stem from this relationship!

Predestined:

To determine beforehand Psalm 16:6 “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” There is a table setting with your name on it at the wedding supper of the Lamb. Note King Cyrus in Isaiah 44:28 which says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid." '  This was spoken over 100 years prior to his birth! Good king Josiah’s name was also spoken by a prophet some 300 years before he was born, 1 Kings 13:2. In Ephesians, we are predestined to adoption and to an inheritance, vss. 5 and 11. How do I know that I have been predestined for Christ’s glory?  In Psalm 16, predestination (the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places) seems to relate to desire, acknowledged need, faith, and a close relationship with God. See Psalm 42-45 and 84. I may understand where I’m going eternally because the word of God speaks of it, but do I have a spiritual sense of it? “The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”, Romans 8:16. Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

This is a truth we can fully enjoy even if we cannot fully understand it. 

Those He foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:29

You, O Lord, are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. Psalm 16:5, 6

Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in your book they all were written the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them, Psalm 139:16.

Charles Hodge has well remarked that, “rightly understood, this doctrine (1) exalts the majesty and absolute sovereignty of God, while it illustrates the riches of his free grace and his just displeasure with sin. (2.) It enforces upon us the essential truth that salvation is entirely of grace. That no one can either complain if passed over, or boast himself if saved. (3.) It brings the inquirer to absolute self-despair and the cordial embrace of the free offer of Christ. (4.) In the case of the believer who has the witness [of the Holy Spirit] in himself, this doctrine at once deepens his humility and elevates his confidence to the full assurance of hope.”

Accepted:

Luke 1:28 The angel Gabriel went to Mary and said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!”  We are accepted as Mary was accepted or highly favored of God. We are made clean and we are received because of the shed blood of Christ. This word is used in only two places in the New Testament, in Luke and here in Ephesians chapter 1. Incidentally, Mary was blessed among women not only because she bore the Messiah, but also because she believed. See Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Redeemed:

Eph 1:7 and see also 1:14. To ransom in full - to deliver. Redemption requires a “kinsman redeemer” to come up with the price to secure our inheritance and our freedom. See the story of Ruth and Boaz in the book of Ruth. The other kinsman besides Boaz refused to redeem the land for fear of jeopardizing his own inheritance. Possibly he was concerned with marrying the Gentile Ruth. Boaz, like Jesus, had no such reservations. See the story of Reese Howells and Will Battery - loving the outcast for three years until he finally received the love of Christ. “I started at the bottom and loved just one; and if you love one, you can love many; and if many, you can love them all.” Page 43 “Reese Howells Intercessor.” Note also the story of the village that was untouched by the Welch revival. “These people had had the best preaching in the Revival, and it had not touched them; but the Holy Spirit was taking His servant there to be the first sufferer, and everyone who was in need would have a claim against Mr. Howells to supply that need.” Page 49.

To be redeemed means to be purchased, in our case with the precious blood of Christ in order to walk in the purity of His life. 1 Peter 1:17-19 Since you call on a Father who judges each one's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 

The Jewish Feast of Passover commemorates the great redemption from the life of slavery in Egypt. They drank from four cups to observe four great promises of their redemption. See Exodus 6:6-8:

 

I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians ( the cup of sanctification - separated from the burden of sin). To separate from the world.

I will rescue you from their bondage (the cup of affliction - redemption through affliction and judgment, remembering the ten plagues). The law, sin, and the flesh are judged at the cross. To judge that which judged us. Also to commemorate the former affliction.

I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments  (the cup of redemption - protection through the shed blood of the lamb. “His own arm worked salvation for Him, and His own righteousness sustained Him.” Isaiah 59:16). To purchase and protect.

I will take you as My People, and I will be your God  (the cup of praise and rejoicing). To possess.

We are free from being slaves to the old nature.

The old enemies of sin, self, and the law are judged.

We are protected and cleansed under the shed blood of the Lamb.

We rejoice in belonging to (possessed by) a new master in complete liberty.

Enlightened:

He has made known to us the mystery of His will to gather together in one all things in Christ, both in heaven and on earth - in Him, Eph 1:10. The riches of the glory of this mystery, which has been hidden from ages and generations, is that Christ is in you, the hope of glory. The fact of God actually living inside of someone was hinted at in the Old Testament prophets, but a complete understanding was veiled until the coming of Christ and the giving of the Holy Spirit. See Isaiah 57:15-19 and 66:1-2.

            1 Peter 1:10-12:

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 

Matthew 13:16-17:

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.  For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. 

Adopted:

We belong to Him and we have the fullness of His inheritance. What He possesses we possess. What He inherits, He shares the fullness with us. We are joint heirs with Christ. We are adopted as adult sons:

Adoption - The Greek word is based on two words, the word meaning, “to place” and the word “son.” Formal adoption had no place in Jewish law, but it did in Roman law. In Roman law adoption was a formal legal act attested by witnesses. The adopted child had the full rights of a child by birth. It was a full acceptance into a family of those who did not by nature belong to it. See the branches of the wild tree in Romans 11. “So Paul regards our sonship, not as lying in the natural relation in which men stand to God as His children, but as implying a new relation of grace, founded on a covenant relation to God and on the work of Christ (Galatians 4:5).” Kenneth Wuest “Untranslatable Riches” Pg. 91.  This adoption “is accomplished by the giving of His Spirit which creates in us a new nature... We have not only the status, but the heart of sons.” “As adopted sons, we have all the privileges and rights of God’s only begotten Son.”  The Father loves us just as much as He loves Jesus!

“The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of adoption regenerates the believing sinner and places him as a child of God in a legal standing in God’s family, having all the privileges and rights of God’s only-begotten Son. Think of it, to occupy a place in God’s family in which He loves us just as much as He loves His only-begotten Son. Think of it, to have a place in God’s family just as eternal and secure as His only-begotten Son. Think of it, to have a place in God’s family in which all the loveliness of God’s Son is ours. The Spirit of adoption is therefore the legal representative of God, so to speak, imparting to us the divine nature and placing us in the family of God, doing all this in accordance with the eternal and unchanging laws of God.” Wuest, Pg 92.

Romans 8:15-17

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, Abba, Father.”  16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  17Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.

Sealed by God:

Sealed: The whole of the gospel transaction is signed or confirmed with the very life of God Himself as a gift to us. We are stamped, kept secure, confirmed, and approved. Paul calls it an earnest deposit in 2 Corinthians 1:22 and Ephesians 4:30. He (the Holy Spirit) is our guarantee that the promise of our being resurrected in glorified form will in fact happen to us. This is the fulfillment of the everlasting Old Testament covenant of circumcision.

Psalm 17:8

Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings 

Psalm 25:14

The secret (closeness, intimacy, inward truths revealed to us) of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant ( His promise). 

Psalm 57:1

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,

for in you my soul takes refuge.

I will take refuge (2 Sam 22:3 - rock, shield, high tower) in the shadow of your wings

until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 91:1

He that dwells in the secret (to be covered in a private hiding place) place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

To be covered by the Lord in personal tenderness and powerful protection. 

 

 

Saved In This Hope

Romans 8:18-39

There are three very prominent qualities the Lord seeks in the hearts of every believer. They are faith, hope, and love. Of these three the greatest is love. But without faith and hope, love remains a seed unplanted, separated from the ground from which it is to grow and be fruitful. Faith and hope are the ground and foundation for the love of God to be perfected in our lives.  See Colossians 1:3-5.

Faith:

Faith is a trust attachment to a person, for who that person is.

It is the substance of things hoped for. That substance is God Himself!

Its focus is more on the God of the promise rather than the promise of God. The woman at the well in John 4 seemed to understand this.

Faith is much more Person centered than events centered.

Faith does not include knowing the details of how things will work out. It’s knowing that they will work out to His glory by the power of God, Daniel 3:16-18.

Abraham’s faith was first in the Person of God: Abraham was “in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did,” Romans 4:17.

The Father desired that there would be a hoping, a longing, and a continual searching for more of God within the hearts of those who believed in His Son. See the promise to those who believe, who meditate on His name (His work, His attributes, His righteous character, His love, etc.) Malachi 3:16-18.

“Believing (or faith), then, is directing the heart’s attention, desire and expectation to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘behold the Lamb of God,’ and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives. At first this may be difficult, but it becomes easier as we look steadily at His wondrous person, quietly and without strain. Distractions may hinder, but once the heart is committed to Him, after each brief excursion away from Him, the attention will return again and rest upon Him like a wandering bird coming back to its window.” A. W. Tozer

Hope

Hope is the favorable and confident expectation of what has been promised us in the future. All the great men and women of faith hoped for something way beyond their time and endured circumstances contrary to the promise given them. See Hebrews 11:8-10, 24-27 and Romans 8:18-25. Hope is event centered, but only on the events promised to us by God.  Faith is the present substance of our future. Hope is the anticipation of the actual events of that future. It is what the anchor of our soul hooks onto, Hebrews 6:18-19.
 

Faith and hope are the strongest in adverse surroundings. They are like muscles which grow weak without the tension of opposition – (life in space, the zero tension of zero gravity – the illustration of trees growing in a controlled windless environment). “As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.” G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

Hope the object of which is seen is not hope, for why would one hope for that which he already sees?

 

Proverbs 13:12 states that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

 

Our eternal hope is one that is deferred, but it is also a hope that causes the heart to sing rather than mourn. This hope does not disappoint because the Holy Spirit attends it – He is given as a guarantee of its fulfillment. Besides, it is a hope that transcends this life. This life and its events can get away from us. But the life and glory that is eternal can never get away from us – it is guaranteed! Moses was forbidden to set foot in the Promised Land, but his faith and hope were set beyond time and into the eternal. He did set foot in the Promised Land when he and Elijah met with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration! See Matthew 17. The temporary disappointment is swallowed up in an eternal promise. Moses endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Abraham waited for the city that has foundations, eternal in the heavens, whose builder and maker is God! See Hebrews 11:10, 27. This hope we have as an anchor of soul which enters the presence beyond the veil, Hebrews 6:19.

 

There are two kinds of promises and two areas of hope, the temporal and the eternal. Our hope is an anchor of soul. An anchor hooks into something that is solid. We should hook lightly into the temporal and hook heavily into the eternal. He promises to take care of us in the temporal, but it is our hope in the eternal that anchors our souls in any temporal experience. When Abraham questioned God about His temporal promise of a son (Genesis 15), God responded to his doubts by bringing him back to His eternal promise of many sons (“count the stars…” – this represented the promise of his future descendants well beyond his lifetime). That’s when he gave praise to God in faith, knowing that the God of eternity could bring him through any temporal challenge. When we hook strongly in the eternal promises of God, we become strong in faith for any temporal circumstance!

 


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