Friday, October 26, 2012

Life That Never Ends

All the craziness, chaos, lies, sin, evil, and death in this fallen world can affect us negatively.  This can cause health problems, depression, anxiety, fear and despair in our lives.  However, the following devotional tells us the reasons why faith in Jesus Christ can sustain us through it all.  If Christ be for us, who could possibly be against us?  That question tells us of the eternal message of the cross - how believing in Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of sin - can be applied to us right now and save us from all that this fallen world would attempt to do against us!

The following message from Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point ministries informs us of when eternity enters our hearts, minds, and souls.  It happens at the moment of conversion to belief in Jesus Christ!

God bless you this day!  No matter what happens...even death...NO ONE can separate you (me, us) from the saving grace of Jesus Christ which leads to eternal life and forever relationship with the one true God!

~  Christine


Life that Never Ends
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
John 17:3

Recommended Reading
Ecclesiastes 3:11
"Eternity" is or has been the name of (at least) three different movies, two different television series, eight different music albums, eight different songs, a perfume, a mobile phone, a puzzle game, a superhero (Kid Eternity), a Christian magazine, a newspaper, a science fiction magazine... and more. It is ironic that a word that means "forever" is applied to short-lived products.

Fortunately, when the Bible uses the word "eternity" or "eternal" it means forever! In fact, for those who know God through faith in Jesus Christ, eternity has already begun. The clearest definition of eternal life is found in Jesus' prayer to the Father: eternal life is knowing "the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom [God has] sent" (John 17:3). Eternal life is not the same as heaven. Heaven is a place, while eternal life is entering into a personal relationship with God through Christ. That life begins when we meet Christ and never ends -- not even when we die (John 11:25-26).

Eternal life is a never-ending expression of God’s love -- the love that promises we will "not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Eternal life does not begin with death: it begins with faith.
Samuel Shoemaker

Acts 2:1-4:22

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