Heaven our Hope
“say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)
This life will weigh you down with burdens of hopelessness, but find hope in the soon promised return of the Savior. Despair may seem to wash away your positive expectation for the future, but remember that this world is merely temporal, this world is not your home, and that is why the Holy Spirit seeks to remind you that Heaven is nearer than you know.
All the hopes and joys of our salvation are found in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is our deliverance, the end of sin and it suppression, by it we are ultimately saved, and are forever united with our Savior, and reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us.
Let’s pray today to remind ourselves that we are merely passing through the pains of earth to our eternal home.
Heaven is for You
“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” Isaiah 35:5-6 (NIV)
Heaven is where sin will not exist, where disease will not kill, where suffering will not be known. Heaven is not made for the unfallen angels, but for redeemed fallen men. Heaven is for those saved by grace through faith – those who have experienced the fallen nature of sin and who know the Savior’s redeeming grace. Heaven is for you.
When earth seems unbearable with its sorrow and suffering, take hope that earth is not your forever home. You are a citizen of Heaven and from there is coming your Blessed Hope to take you to your forever home.
Let’s pray today that we will be encouraged knowing that Heaven is our eternal home.
“and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:10 (NIV)
Jesus, the Son of God, paid the ransom for our redemption and right to enter into everlasting life. He welcomes us into the open gates of our Heavenly Father’s eternal home. In Heaven there will be no sadness as we stand in awe and wonder before the One who saved us. We can only imagine the beauty before us and the amazing glorious change within us, realizing there is no going back to the sorrow we left on earth.
Gladness and joy will overtake any sense of burden, fear, or dread when we enter the gates of eternal life. The default emotions we’ve learned to expect here, like sadness or skepticism, will be replaced with rejoicing.
Let’s pray today that our heart will stay steadfast onto the eternal life before us in Heaven.
The Bible is Forever
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)
In this world we have new, we have young, but nothing lasts forever, except for the word of God. Our world is a temporal world. As soon as a new car drives off the lot it is depreciated. As soon as a baby is born it begins to age. The Bible has stood the test of time, outlasted its critics, silenced its doubters, and survived its attackers to bring peace, hope and the gospel of Jesus as earth’s only forever.
The Bible is not subject to the deterioration of time or the curse of man’s fallen nature, because it is God’s Word and everlasting as is He. The pages may fade and the cover may tare but the message is as forever as God is.
Let’s pray today that we take the Bible to heart and mind, as God’s forever word.
Waiting on God
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
Oftentimes a believer in this world can feel beat down, unappreciated, or marginalized. God says wait on Him and in time you will soar like a majestic eagle far above the sorrows of this world with a new superior vision that allows you to see His leading far into the future. We wait for our Lord’s timing of exultation and when that time arrives, we will certainly soar high beyond this world.
While we wait, we put our hope in the Lord and His promise to renew our strength. Our Lord has not lifted us from the miry clay for mere existence, but to soar above the temporal despair of this world and experience a glimpse of the next.
Let’s pray today that we will stay faithful in trials and wait for God’s timing in our life.
God with You
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
When you worry, have anxiety, or fearfulness engulfs you, please stop and remember that your God is still present. Not only is He with you, but He is there to strengthen you as you face the future and the circumstances before you without fear. The Lord is not just there to strengthen you, but to help you through it, hand in hand, step by step, He will walk with you through His righteousness.
It is human to find ourselves facing fear about the future or a looming unknown from an unexpected diagnosis, but even in these things we can cast our dismay aside and fully turn to the Lord who strengthens and helps us through whatever we may face.
Let’s pray today to look toward Jesus when we fear for our future or the trials we face.
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles” Isaiah 42:6 (NIV)
It is because of the righteousness of God that Jesus came to earth to bring redemption to humanity. God could have washed His hands of earth and destroyed it or allowed Satan to have a contained rule here, but instead God sent Jesus to be the second Adam, to fulfill the requirements of the law, to stand as His covenant to the nations that whosoever believes will be saved into a New Heaven and New Earth.
The Lord calls us to be a light to our corners of the world as we answer His call to His righteousness. Thankfully, the Lord doesn’t just leave us to figure it out on our own, but He takes hold of our hand and keeps close to Him.
Let’s pray today that the glory of God will shine in our world and many will believe in Jesus.
One True God
“It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious.” Isaiah 42:21 (NIV)
The ancient nation of Israel, its book of law, its one true God was to be a testimony before the heathen world. Although it suffered setbacks in its history of captivity and backsliding, today we are seeing Israel stand tall again over its enemies. Let us stand with the testimony of God’s law and glory before a world of false religions and beliefs.
The law of God is immovable and stands as the representation of the character of the one true God. Men tend to establish their own gods with their own pliable character traits but the real God is great and glorious beyond anything we could imagine.
Let’s pray today that we may stand with the one true God in a world that worships many false gods.
Promises of God
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
It may seem that you are drowning under the cares of this world but the promises of God declare differently. Your last hope may appear to go up in flames, but in Jesus Christ things aren’t always as you see in the natural. We may see in our flesh, but we must believe in the promises of God to rise above and go beyond by believing through faith.
The Creator God is not subject to the elements of this world, but they are subject to Him. Their permanence is subject to God and no matter what damage they may cause, they can not prevent our Lord’s promise of eternal life.
Let’s pray today to stand on God’s word and not to fall hopeless to the circumstances of earth.
Turn to Jesus
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22 (NIV)
The gospel of salvation through Christ is for all people, all nations, and all corners of the earth. Jesus is the only God for our planet’s sin problem. The gospel is the good news for all inhabitants of our world who will turn in trusting faith to Jesus Christ and His atonement on Calvary’s cross. All who do turn to Jesus, regardless of their earth’s home, will find salvation.
The gift of eternal life through faith by grace is not limited by nationality or for those whose homeland is absent of religious practices. Men do not have a birthright to salvation because Jesus is the only way to redemption from sin.
Let’s pray today that regardless of countries or continents, people will turn to Jesus and be saved.
Aging with Jesus
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
In our older years of emotional uncertainty and physical difficulty, we need the Lord’s help. As simple tasks become more challenging, the One who created us will not forsake us, rather our Lord will help us. His Spirit is drawing closer to us now so as we grow older our faith in Jesus will grow stronger, making it easier to depend on Him day to day.
If we would only trust in the Lord in our youth it will be easier to trust in the Lord in our old age. As we get older, it is important that we don’t forget the Lord’s leading in our past, so we will face our future trusting in the Lord.
Let’s pray today that our youth will put their faith in Christ so when they are old they will depend on Him.
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” Isaiah 46:9 (NIV)
Do not forget God’s leading in your past so you can face your future confidently through faith. Remember the trials which God has brought you through so you can muster up enough courage to step forward in faith knowing that the Lord is with you regardless of whatever circumstances are in your future. We have nothing to fear for our tomorrow when we recall how the Lord had abolished our fears in the past. The Lord who saved you yesterday is the same today and in your future.
Too often we forget God’s leading in our life and every new obstacle is faced without the intentional remembrance of how the Lord has brought us through similar obstacles. May we not forget that He is God and there is no other.
Let’s pray today in praise and thanksgiving for what our Lord has done and will do.
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)
The maternal bond between a mother and her child is strong, but God’s bond with His saints is stronger. Sadly, we hear of those who abandon their own flesh and blood. We wonder how and why, but there is no wondering about God’s paternal love when it comes to us. The Lord whom you believe in through faith is compassionate and will never abandon you.
As impossible as it may seem for a mother to forget her new born baby, it is even more impossible for the Lord to forget His own. There is no out of sight out of mind for the Lord when it comes to us because His love for us is stronger than we can comprehend.
Let’s pray today that we may be certain that our Lord has not and will not forget us.
“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.“ Isaiah 50:7 (NIV)
If the Spirit of God is beckoning you to follow Him in obedience to His word, follow resolutely. Don’t be timid when God is with you, instead resolve to follow Him and have no fear of failure. Failure can be a powerful witness when you handle it before others in His grace. So move forward resolutely in His Spirit and leave the results to His glory.
The Sovereign of the universe is with you to help and that ought to leave no room to worry about how you may appear to others, win or lose. With the Lord by your side there is no chance for disgrace or shame when you are obedient to Him.
Let’s pray today to be committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and leave the results to His glory.
Salvation is Forever
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.” Isaiah 51:6 (NIV)
Let’s not live our lives pretending that this planet and all herein is going to continue as it has, forever. The great cities of the world, the achievements of man’s engineering abilities, scientific discovery, and even space exploration will end. However, your salvation is secure forever. The very righteous work of God in Christ Jesus is an eternal gift.
The current order of things will wear out and the wicked will inhabit this world no more. The earth will be made new and the city of God will make its home here, where salvation and righteousness will finally exist forever.
Let’s pray today that as we watch things age and disappear we will daily rejoice in our forever salvation.
“Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 51:11 (NIV)
Heaven will be so unlike this earth, in terms of the emotions we’ve endured and experienced. It’s hard to imagine going through a whole week in uninterrupted joy, let alone going through all eternity in uninterrupted joy. We’ve learned to anticipate trouble coming into our lives here, but in Heaven we won’t even consider that as a possibility.
Gladness will dominate our thoughts and sorrow will become a forgotten feeling when we are in Heaven. Joyfulness and gladness will rule our hearts as we appreciate the magnificent beauty of our eternal home with the Lord and His holy angels.
Let’s pray today in anticipation of the joy we will have throughout all eternity in Heaven.
God is Unchangeable
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
God does not change His mind, make promises He won’t keep, or sign agreements that won’t last. Our Lord is immortal, His mind is certain, and His covenant with us is not subject to anything other than His righteous character. God loves you, Jesus died for you on Calvary’s cross, the Bible says He is returning for you, and nothing will change that.
The love that God has for us can not be shaken or removed by anything of our doing. His covenant of redemption is irremovable because the Lord’s compassion on us is so great and He desires that we all repent and trust in Him in faith.
Let’s pray today that we find assurance in serving the God who is unchangeable in His ways.
“no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
Evil men may blow all the verbal smoke their foolish minds can conjure up, but Christians will be vindicated. When men bent on their sinful cause accuse, complain, and lie against you they are really doing that against our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This promise should remind you that their own knees will bow and their own mouth will confess that you are correct in your biblical faith.
As followers of Christ we can confidently stand firm on truth and not waver in our convictions in order to pacify the ungodly. This world is not our home and our citizenship is in Heaven, so the temporal appeals of culture lack convincing.
Let’s pray today that though evil men and their false accusations cause us grief, we will hold firm to Christ.
Compassion for Sinners
“Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:7 (NIV)
God does not seek out perfect people to praise, but imperfect people He can grace with His compassion. We are called to grow in grace, and only those who struggle with sin, honestly, can grow in grace because only the sinless have no need for forgiveness. It is the unrighteous that need His righteousness. It is us who know we are sinners, who know we need salvation, who are honest about our humanity, that want pardon in Christ Jesus.
We do not merely add Christ to our tool box of handling life’s problems, but we make Him the only way to deal with life’s problems. As we turn to Christ Jesus in our times of needs we will find His compassion and pardon to redeem and restore us.
Let’s pray today to be quick in seeking our Lord with praise and for forgiveness.
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)
It’s not our words that matter, that make a difference, that deliver an eternal impact, it’s God’s words. The word of God, His promises, is what will save a soul and turn a sinner to repentance. We don’t always see the impact or the outcome, but the Holy Spirit can and does bring conviction through God’s Word. It is the words from the Bible that bring life to the dying, comfort to the grieving, and peace to the troubled.
It is incumbent upon us to fix verses of Scripture in our memory so we may contemplate the promise and be able to share with others as opportunity arises. Hiding God’s Word in our heart is the best way to partake in His power.
Let’s pray today that we may be quick to share the words of God with others, not our own.
“For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)
God dwells where He is needed and where a heart of repentance welcomes His reviving grace. You will find God with those who are humble and rejected by those who are puffed up with pride. He is there for those who mourn, those who hurt, and those who struggle with loneliness. He has compassion on those who have compassion on others, whose heart’s long for God’s reviving.
The God we serve is not a distant deity who is inaccessible but He also lives within the heart that welcomes His presence. In the life of His Son Jesus we see God with us and in the work of the Holy Spirit we see God within us.
Let’s pray today that we allow God’s Spirit to give us a heart for Him and His forgiveness.
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk“ Isaiah 58:9 (NIV)
Sometimes the most sincere, authentic, heartfelt prayers we can utter are with our tears not our words. When our sorrow can not be expressed in audible language, but in uncontrollable crying, God hears. Like a parent moved by the sadness of a child, so our Heavenly Father is moved by the pain of our grief. Like His Son in Gethsemane, our tears call out to Him for comfort and hope.
In our desire to seek the Lord’s help and an answer to our prayer, we should let go of any cherished sin that may hinder our relationship with the Lord. A broken and contrite heart is never despised by our prayer-answering God.
Let’s pray today in thanksgiving that our Lord hears the sorrow in our heart, not just our words.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.“ Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
There may be spiritual seasons in your life that seem dry and stale, but know the Lord is not absent. We may feel unconnected to heaven and not sensing God’s presence. We may be in the middle of an unprofitable career or struggling with the conditions of a cold marriage. Whatever our circumstance let us not give up having faith that our Lord remains a shepherd to greener pastures.
During these rough patches of life we may seem abandoned and alone, but the Lord has promised to guide and strengthen us during these dry seasons. It is during these times that we need to focus on Christ and refrain from rehearsing the circumstances.
Let’s pray today to follow our Lord through the dry parched seasons of life.
“From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.” Isaiah 59:19 (NIV)
The day is coming when the judgment of God will cause the oppressors of Bible truth to face their wrongs. The wicked will recognize the Creator’s right to rule and they will bow before God in humble acknowledgement. The Holy Spirit is laboring with today’s leaders and the nations, in preparation for the Day of Lord, but those who trust in His name will be saved.
The day is coming when the Lord will be recognized from east to west and west to east, and the inhabitants of the earth made new will be in perfect unity in glorifying the God who saves and has redeemed His creation.
Let’s pray today that men may fear God and repent of their sins, and long for His return.
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17 (NIV)
Your immortal life will start new and all eternity will be yours to replace and recreate new memories. A logical question is often asked, How will we enjoy Heaven with the horrible memories we’ll have from this life? The answer is that the painful hurts, the sorrow of loss, and other emotional shattering experiences will be left on this earth. In the presence of our Savior, only love will remain.
The former things that once held our interest and captivated our thoughts will be exchanged by the new holy order of eternal life. We may try to recall those things in conversations, but we will likely find that the glory of Heaven will overpower our memory.
Let’s pray today to cling to the cross of Christ and its promise of a new eternal life.
Asking in Prayer
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)
God knows your needs before you ask, but your asking is part of His plan for answered prayer. Prayer doesn’t change God’s mind, but it changes our hearts. Our Lord desires to give us what we need and even what we want—as those wants fall within His will for us. So let us press our prayers in faith, because our Heavenly Father is waiting to hear from us.
Prayer is to the Christian faith what oxygen is to us staying alive. The practice of prayer is the avenue of communion with Heaven for the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and it is our privileged means of divine strength.
Let’s pray today in clearly asking and communicating with our Heavenly Father.
“The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.” Isaiah 65:25 (NIV)
In Heaven, there shall be a new order of God’s creation because sin will not exist there. We will experience a retake of the Garden of Eden, thanks to Jesus as the Second Adam. Death will not exist because sin will be vanquished and that means no life will be lost, even if it is for the purpose of food. The very character of animals will be peaceful in the heavenly nature.
Heaven will be a new creation and a renewal of earth’s intended order before our first parents fall into Satan’s temptation against the Creator. All of creation in our eternal home will be marked by the divine character of God.
Let’s pray today that we may look forward to that day when sin will longer mare the beauty of creation.
Comfort in Heaven
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13 (NIV)
Sometimes our world can beat us up with bad circumstances, but we will find comfort forever with Jesus throughout eternity. A loved one dies, your family falls on tough times, poverty strangles a dream, a marriage falls apart, old age steals the simple physical abilities that once seemed secure, and loneliness leaves us with no friends but our tears, but the day of comfort will come in Heaven.
There is a special comforting for a child in the arms of its loving mother, and for all who are beyond that season of life, your time is coming again when you enter the gates of eternity because then the comforting arms of the Lord await you.
Let’s pray today to trust in our Lord Jesus with hope that we will be comforted from our troubles.
“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.“ Jeremiah 23:5 (NIV)
As surely as prophecy predicts, King Jesus will sit on the throne of the New Jerusalem. Israel will not always be subject to the political and violent attacks of other nations. We will see a 1000 years of peace while Satan is bound and unable to influence the nations against Christ’s redeemed, and to this we say, Come Lord Jesus.
The Messiah of prophecy foretold is the King who will reign from David’s line and will do so in absolute perfect justice. In King Jesus we will have a Ruler unlike any in today’s world because He will rule in pure righteousness.
Let’s pray today for the peace of Jerusalem and faith in the Messiah Jesus Christ.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Our God cares about us individually and personally, and He has a plan for each of our tomorrows. He knows us and who we are, what worries us and what gives us happiness. He is the Creator of all creation and Supreme Ruler of the vast universe, and still He has a personalized plan for our life that includes a personal relationship with us that lasts into eternity.
When we find ourselves dismayed about our future, this is the promise we can go to for assurance, because in it we know that God has a plan for our life. The God who works all things out to our good has an eternal plan for us.
Let’s pray today that we will walk in faith following the plan that our God has for us.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Don’t wonder where God is when adversity strikes, if all along you’ve been pushing Him away. God doesn’t hide from us and He doesn’t make it difficult to be found by us. God is there when we need Him but He does not interject Himself into our affairs if He is uninvited, unwelcome, or unacknowledged. When life has you pushed against the wall, you will find Him but when your heart is open to Him.
If we need God but we feel like He is nowhere to be found, it is likely that we have not been intentionally seeking Him. God is found when we sincerely seek Him with all our heart because He will not intervene where He is not wanted.
Let’s pray today to keep our heart open to our Creator at all times, good and bad.
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