Wellspring, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

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John 14:1-3-Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

In these verses God promises us a heavenly home if we believe in Him. We must keep focused on our heavenly home throughout our daily life here on earth. We must do as much good as we can all for Christ’s glory. God has given us very specific instructions to live a life filled with abundant love for others and with a servant’s heart that we may show God’s amazing love by the way we live. We must realize as the verse above says only God knows when it is our time to go to the place he has prepared for us. We must be ready!

There is so much to be done and so many people who need Jesus. There is suffering all around us. Here in the United States we are blessed with religious freedom. As the people of Iraq and many other parts of the world are being persecuted right now, we must give thanks for having the freedom to worship our awesome God. We must continue to share his love with others and we must pray for the people of Iraq and all of those being tormented because they are Christians. This is something so horrible that it is hard for us to even imagine what these people are going through, but we can lift them up in our prayers.

John 14:1 is a great reminder when life gets difficult and we want to quit keeping on, God tells us not to let our hearts be troubled and then he makes the beautiful promise of our heavenly home. Oh what comfort His promise brings when we are living in such a troubled world. Isn’t it hard to believe that God tells us that He is preparing a place for us and that He will be there with us? That is such a big promise, each time I read the verses above it gives me goose bumps just thinking about how amazing our heavenly home will be.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, As we go throughout this week, we pray that you do not let our hearts be troubled and that you help us to keep our focus on you. We pray for all of the Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted for following your Way. Give them strength to face the days ahead and keep them safe. Lord we thank you so much for our religious freedoms in this country and help us to remember your will always. Help fill our hearts with abundant love for others so that we may serve others for your glory. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

How can we keep our hearts filled with Christ’s abundant love in our troubled world?

Do we sometimes take our religious freedom here in the U.S. for granted?

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