The Heavenly Hope

“But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”  Hebrews 11:16

When recently presented with an opportunity to be “fleshy” I tried to do what was right.  Please don’t misunderstand, there are times when I may try and fail but this particular time I had to make a decision for this situation to be a stumbling block or a stepping stone.  While praying for strength, I knew what was right but bitterness would still seep back.  I wanted to be “obedient” to God’s Word but offense kept trying to manifest itself.  I recognized offense for what it was; the devil trying to get my focus off of Jesus and His love for all of us.  Then my revelation came, the Truth revealed and my foundation proved solid once again.

I was trying to be obedient.  I CHOSE to be obedient to the Word of God.  It wasn’t easy but I knew the choice I had to make.  Once the choice was made, the Lord’s grace was revealed.  This isn’t a story about “Donna making the right decision” but a story about how God revealed His grace to me once I made the choice.  It was an amazing revelation yet so simple.

We have all had that friend or stranger that went the extra mile for us.  I had a friend just yesterday talking about her dog being in an accident and as she rushed him into the vet, visibly upset, there was a couple who saw her pain and comforted her.  She did not know them but they made an impact on her in a time of need.  I am sure my friend would do anything possible to show her gratitude for this couple.  If someone came and spoke ugly of them, all she would be able to say is how good they were to her.

When confronted with my fleshy reaction or being obedient to the Word of God, I chose obedience.  Through obedience I gained gratitude.  I am grateful for the Lord’s grace in my life and it is His grace that I would not betray.  Now instead of “obedience” to the Word of God, I am loyal to Him.  The Lord has been too good to me for me to choose offense.  I trust in the Lord and choose not to betray His faithfulness to me.

Obedience revealed God’s grace by showing it was not just “obedience” but was also an act of not betraying the Lord .   For me, as for many I’m sure, we would NEVER betray a friends trust.  When you have been on the receiving end of that betrayal you understand the hurt.  Then the thought of me betraying the Lord’s Word for the bait of the enemy made my choice of obedience not only easy but irrevocably determined.

When I read the verse in Hebrews 11:16 this morning “God is not ashamed to be called their God…”,  I thought to myself “how could I ever betray the Lord?”.  We “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.  God is not ashamed to be called our God when we remain covered in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  How could I ever allow deceit or distraction to betray His Blood?  I can’t.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.  For this, I can testify.  God’s foundation is solid, His faithfulness is eternal and His love unconditional.  Thank you Lord for this stepping stone.  Thank you Lord for your grace revealed! – Donna Warren

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