Posts Tagged ‘Jesus loves you’

Find Rest for Your Soul

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matthew 28:11 NIV).

The fourth commandment of God’s Big Ten says, “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.” The Sabbath in the Old Testament, the day God rested from creation, was on Saturday. However, Jesus rose from the grave the day after the Sabbath, and today we keep that day holy. Some of your friends may not understand why you go to church and Sunday school. The post, “Jesus Loves Me,” http://sue-tornai4kids.blogspot.com/2011/05/jesus-loves-me.html, is based on a true story from one of my Sunday school students, and I hope it helps you make tough decisions about committing yourself to sports that require you to play on Sundays.

APPLICATION

When we know how much Jesus loves us and become familiar with His gentle ways, we want to be more like Him. He was persecuted for healing people on the Sabbath, but His compassion is not against God’s law. What ways do you keep God’s day holy?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to be more like you, loving and compassionate, and keep Your day holy. Amen.

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What Happens After You Say Amen?

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He said, “Don’t pray like them.”
Some people during the time Jesus walked on earth liked to draw attention to
themselves. They prayed long prayers  and used big words. Jesus was not
impressed because they didn’t live like they prayed. As soon as they said,
“Amen,” they forgot all about God.

Sometimes I have done that. I’ve prayed for the homeless and hungry but failed
to reach out to them. I’ve prayed for the sick but failed to call or visit or even send a card. Today I had to ask God to forgive me and help me live more like I pray.

What happens after you say, “Amen”? If you have done as I
did, Jesus will forgive you too. He loves you and wants to be your best friend
forever. He will even help you live more like you pray. Just say His
name.

Lord Jesus, I pray for those reading how to pray, that they will experience your amazing love and pray sincerely for
those around them. Amen.

Heaven

Have you dreamed what Heaven or the New Jerusalem would be like? God gives great clues in Revelation 21. Check this out:

  • The New Jerusalem will come down from Heaven like a jeweled chandelier.
  • The walls will be of jasper (that means diamonds).
  • Each of the twelve gates will be a single pearl.
  • The foundations of the walls will be made of all kinds of jewels–emeralds, sapphire, topaz, diamonds and amethyst to mention a few.
  • The streets will be made of pure gold.
  • There will be no evil, shame or lies.
  • There will be no tears, pain or suffering.
  • There will be no sun, moon or stars because the glory of God will give it light.
  • There will be no temple because God the Father and Jesus the Son will be our temple.
  • Jesus, the lamb, will be it’s light.
  • The nations will walk by it’s light.
  • The City of God will be as long as it is wide as it is high, 1400 miles cubed, which is as far as from San Francisco to Chicago.

Jesus told the apostles before He returned to the Father that He would prepare a place for them (and all who believe), so where He goes they will go. Our loving Father doesn’t want anyone to be left out, but we cannot enter the pearl gates if we have any sin. Jesus died on the cross to take away our sin, but we have to believe and ask Jesus to help us live for Him. Think about it. He gave His all for us. It makes sense that we give our all for Him.

Heaven is not pie in the sky. It is as real as you are and it’s the place for people who love God and live for Him. Jesus loves you and wants you to be in Heaven with Him. In fact, He’s coming again. Nobody knows the exact day except the Father. Will you be ready?

Lord Jesus, I pray for the ones reading this, that they would experience your amazing grace and love and respond with lives holy and true for you. Amen.