A New Heart

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart
of flesh.
—Ezekiel 36:26

When we see a rainbow, we may think of God’s promise to never flood the earth again. 

But do we think about how the rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise and a new beginning for mankind?

As a rainbow forms in the atmosphere, it is a reminder of new beginnings for us, right now. 

Stony, unforgiving hearts within us can be made soft. 

New attitudes that are pleasing to God can take the place of old, harmful attitudes. 

What about you?

Are you in need of a new beginning today?

Anyone to Perish

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My prayer for many people is that they not die without knowing the Lord as their Savior.

There are movies about end times and science fiction shows about planetary disaster.

But, really, when a person dies, that is the “end of the world” for them.

I want them to know Jesus before that happens, don’t you?

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The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

—2 Peter 3:9

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Spoil or Fade

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Walking down the street, I saw some Bird of Paradise plants growing.

These plants are named for their resemblance to actual multicolored birds called birds of paradise.

Paradise plants.

Paradise birds.

When I think of paradise, I think of Jesus’ words to one of the thieves crucified along side Him:

 

 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

—Luke 23:39-43

 

Paradise is where Jesus is.

Believers who follow Jesus will have an inheritance in paradise.

It will never “spoil or fade.”

There will never be a time when God takes it away.

Are you thankful for your inheritance today?

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,  who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

—1 Peter 1:3-5

 

 

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The Covenant

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The rainbow was so dazzling, I just had to stop, get out of the car and photograph it.

The sun was going down and the radiant glow of colors was magnificent.

When God makes a promise, He never breaks it.

After the waters of the great flood had receded, God spoke to Noah and his sons, giving them instructions.

As He spoke with them, He told them of a covenant.

A covenant with humans and also with living creatures on the earth.

“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

–Genesis 9:11-17

 

Any promise of God to us will never be changed.

He is faithful.

He is trustworthy.

Will God always forgive those who choose to believe in Him and His Son, Jesus, when they call to Him in repentance and faith?

Will He really never leave us or forsake us?

Is there really nothing that can separate us from His love?

These truths are like promises in the Bible.

If we are feeling doubt or becoming fearful, we can remember that God always keeps a promise— especially when we see the rainbow He sets in the sky.

 

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