A Prepared Place

From the book: “The Promises of Jesus” By Vanessa Collins

Scripture Lesson

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 John 14:1-3

Prepared PlaceMeditation

It was a strange day the disciples probably thought.  It was just all kind of strange.  Jesus was acting strange, Judas was acting real strange and now it just all seemed, well, strange.  First Jesus washed their feet at dinner, then Judas abruptly leaves and now Jesus was talking about leaving, again.  He had mentioned this leaving thing before, but this time it was different.  It seemed more imminent now.

Moving and travelling was something that the disciples were used to.  For the last 3½ years, they had been on the move.  But now Jesus was talking about going somewhere that they could not go.  They had worked together as a team for the last 3½ years, and they had left everything and everybody they knew behind. To the disciples, it was apparent that there was still a lot of work to do.  This gospel of the coming of the Kingdom of God had to be preached everywhere, including Rome and places even further away.  This was no time for the leader to bail out.  Besides, who was going to do all of that work?

It is here that we find our promise for today.  Jesus told them, in the previous chapter, that they could not go with Him.  This news was heart breaking.  However, Jesus encourages them to not allow their hearts to be troubled.  It was now time to believe, not just in God but in the power of His Son, Jesus.  He told them there were many mansions in His Father’s house, real mansions.  He told them that He would prepare a place for them and that He would return to receive them unto Himself so that they would be where He was.  Not only did they not need to fear His death, they did not need to fear their own.  They would spend eternity with Christ.

That same promise is also for us that are born again.  We will have eternal life with Jesus Christ.  Because of that, we don’t have to worry what will happen when we die.  Will we stay in the grave until the rapture?  Does our spirit immediately go to be with Christ?  Is there a holding place somewhere?  Will we be in heaven or will we be on earth?

You can have lots of fun proving or disproving the many theories there are associated with the afterlife, but there is one thing that is for sure.  When it is all said and done, we will be with Him.  That is the only thing that is important.

Affirmations

Jesus has prepared a place for me to be with Him forever.  As a born again believer, I will have eternal life.  I do not have to worry about dying.  I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that Jesus will come again and receive me and that where He is, I will be also.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

I Am the Lord That Maketh All Things

From the book: “The Promises of God” By Vanessa Collins

Scripture Lesson:

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Isaiah 44:24

makeallthingsMeditation

There is nothing more frustrating than depending on a promise that is later broken.  Many times people have good intentions and they try their very best to fulfill the promises they make but they are unable to.  They really meant to call but ran out of time.  They had every intention of coming but the car broke down.  They really meant to do it but something beyond their control happened, and as a result, they were unable to keep their promise.  When this happens, we understand.  We, too, have been in this position where we intended to do something, but for whatever reason, we were unable to fulfill the promise.

 

What about when you are deceived?  Sometimes people make promises that not only do they have no intention of keeping; they have no authority to make.  A salesman can promise to lower your payments, but if he does not have the authority from the manager or owner, it won’t get done.  Sure, I can promise to sell you a mansion for a $1, but if I don’t own the mansion or have authority to sell the mansion, I would not advise you to start packing.  I would have made you an empty promise.

 

God does not make empty promises.  His promises are not empty because He has authority to act on any promise He makes.  As He clearly states in today’s promise, He makes all things.  He can make the promise because He owns the stuff.  As He states, He is our redeemer.  He formed us in our mother’s womb.  He made the heavens and the earth by Himself.  Because He owns it all, He can declare a promise and it be fulfilled.

 

Many theologians today have major problems with the idea that Isaiah authored chapters 40 through 66 of the book that bears his name because of the prophetic nature of these chapters.  How could Isaiah know the specific name of the king that God would use 150 years before?  Easy.  Just as an author can tell you how their book will end before they have actually written the words on paper, God can tell Isaiah the specifics of these incidents.  God is the author.  As stated in Isaiah 44:24-28, it is He (God) that can confirm the word of His servant and perform the counsel of His messengers.

 

In this volume, we have looked at some of the most precious promises of God.  Some that many may believe are too good to be true.  Can God really fulfill these promises concerning life here on earth and eternal life to follow?  He surely can.  He is the maker of life.  He owns life.  He designed life.  He has the authority and the power to fulfill every promise made.

Affirmations

The God I serve is all powerful.  He is able and has the authority to keep any and every promise that He makes.  He is the maker of all things.  I am gratefully for God’s Word.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

It Shall Be Done – The Law of Agreement

Scripture Lesson

 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 18:19

shallbedoneMeditation
Agreement on earth is a powerful thing.  Nations have risen and fallen just on the power of agreement.  The word “agree” means to concur or to consent to as a course of action.  We have often misunderstood the word “touching” as used here to mean physical touch.  The word translated here is “peri” which means about, concerning, on account of, because of, around, near.  So we are told by Jesus in this scripture that if two people shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them.  What a powerful promise!  Is God really prepared to back this up?  We can come up with some pretty wild stuff.  Does Jesus really know what He is saying?

Well, God has found himself in some very interesting positions because of this law of agreement.  Now this law did not just come into effect when Jesus spoke about it.  It has been in effect since God gave man freewill.  And it as made for some very interesting times.

One of the most memorable is the Tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis 11.  Although you may have heard differently, the Bible does not tell us that these people were wicked or that their motives were bad.  We do know that their desire to build a city and a tower got God’s attention and that He “came down” to see what they were doing.  Since the word “heaven”, used here, also means sky, God was not concerned that they would build a tower that would reach to where He abode. We have many skyscrapers today, so I do not think God has a problem with tall buildings.  God seems to be concerned with the fact that these people, being on one accord, would be unlimited in what they could do.

So did God take their power away?  Did He cancel the Law of Agreement?  No.  He scattered them by changing their language.  Did He tell them that they were wrong? No.  He did not send a prophetic message to them.  He just caused them to move.  Guess what? They got with people of their own language, and they moved to other areas and did exactly what they were going to do there.  They built cities and towers all over the world.  Perhaps it wasn’t what they were agreeing to do that was the problem.  It was who they were agreeing with.

Maybe you find yourself in the same place.  God may be stirring things up not because of what you are believing Him for, but maybe it is who you are agreeing with.  If the language people around you are using is becoming confusing, perhaps it is time to move on.  Since we have been on this journey of renewing our minds, I am sure that our language has become confusing to many.  We are not talking about lack and sickness and the works of the enemy.  We are proclaiming the power of God in our lives.

Affirmations
I agree with the Word of God.  I am who it says I am.  I have what it says I have.  I will seek God’s wisdom when I agree with someone concerning their prayers.  I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that when we agree concerning anything, it will be done for us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I Will Heal Their Land

Scripture Lesson

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

healthelandMeditation
King Solomon had completed the biggest project of his reign.  He built the temple of God.  What an honor!  Although this was a dream of his father, David, God chose to give this project to Solomon.  It was magnificent and would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  This day, the day for the dedication of the temple, was for God.  Solomon made sure to try to show God his love and admiration.  He sacrificed thousands of burnt offerings in an attempt to show God how much he cared.  He prayed earnestly that God would be pleased with his efforts and that God would honor this place as His dwelling place.

Solomon also prayed about the sins of the people.  Not their current sins, but their future sins.  Being wise, Solomon knew how hard it was to walk according to the law.  He struggled with it and knew his people did also.  But He loved God and he wanted to be assured that their sins would not separate them too far from God.  God responded to Solomon’s prayer in an awesome way.  First, He sent fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice.  He then filled the temple with His glory so strongly that the priest could not enter in.  Finally, He verbally responded to Solomon’s prayer in a dream about a week later.  It is from this response that we get our promise for today.

God explains the power that the people have concerning judgments that would come as a result of sin.  He tells Solomon that if He decides to judge the people by drought, locust or sickness, that there is a way out.  If His people, which are called by His name, would humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will He hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Again, we see Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals, at work.  Even in the face of sin, God is ready to heal.  Healing is truly in God’s nature.

Although this seems like a pretty easy formula to follow, the children of Israel were not able to do it on a consistent basis.  As a result, they lost the land that God had promised to heal and are still, to this very day fighting for the promised land that God gave them.

For the New Testament Christian, this verse can be summed up in one word, JESUS.  It is through Jesus that we humble ourselves before God.  It is in the name of Jesus that we now pray.  It is through Jesus that we seek the face of God since Jesus said if we see Him, we see the Father.  It is through Jesus that we have access to the Holy Spirit, whereby we can trade our wicked ways, or works of the flesh, for the fruit of the Spirit.  And finally, it is through Jesus that we realize the promise.  God hears us from heaven, He forgives our sins and He heals our land.

Affirmations
God is my Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals.  I thank God for my salvation through Jesus Christ.  I thank God for the abiding Holy Spirit.  I rejoice and am grateful for the fact that God hears us from heaven, forgives our sins and heals our land.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

This article is from the book, “The Promises of God”  by Vanessa Collins.  It is available on Amazon.