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Our Promised Land

July 5, 2017

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Our Promised Land

The plot  of land  we each live on  is extremely small  in comparison  to the whole earth,  even though we might imagine it to be roomy.     God’s word  tells us  how God promised  a better land  to the descendants  of Abraham,  Isaac,  and Jacob.     Though  many years  and trials  had gone by,  the Israelites remembered  that promise.     Even before  they became enslaved  in Egypt  for 430 years,  Joseph said  to his brothers  in Genesis 50:24,

I am about to die,  but God will surely  take care  of you  and bring you up  from this land  to the land  which He promised  on oath  to Abraham,  to Isaac  and to Jacob.

In all their troubles,  they were  to continue  looking forward  to God’s Promised Land.     They stumbled  in their faith  in so many ways,  but the LORD kept on  faithfully leading them.     God led them  through the lives  of many  different heroes  of faith,  so that they still remembered  God’s promise  of a special land.

A number  of those heroes of faith  are listed  in Hebrews,  chapter 11.     The Israelites  did finally receive  a small, earthly country  to call their own,  but Hebrews 11:13-16  tells us  of something  so much more awesome  that is included  in God’s promise.

All these died  in faith,  without receiving the promises,  but having seen them  and having welcomed them  from a distance,  and having confessed  that they were strangers  and exiles  on the earth.     For those who say such things  make it clear  that they are seeking  a country  of their own.     And indeed  if they had been thinking  of that country  from which they went out,  they would have had opportunity  to return.     But as it is, they desire a better country,  that is,  a heavenly one.     Therefore  God is not ashamed  to be called their God;  for He has prepared  a city  for them.

God’s promise  of “a better country”“a heavenly one”  is for all  of God’s children  who believe  in Him  and trust His eternal word.     In our heavenly country,  God will take away  all our sorrows,  pains,  and tears.     There  we will have eternal joys.

While we live  on this earth,  let us always remember  that God promises us  “a better country,  that is,  a heavenly one.”     With that faith,  we can  “make it clear”  that heaven  is our home.

Looking forward  to our heavenly country,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for keeping us  in Your grace  until we reach our heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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