Monday Cuppa Moment
Good morning, friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend.
As seriously as I take my coffee, I can totally relate to this :D Fortunately this is not the case today. I've got a warm cuppa of Godiva Chocolate Truffle coffee in my hand for which I'm very thankful on this blistery, icy Monday morning.
On a more serious note, I'm extremely thankful for God and His presence in my life. Have you noticed when things are tough, you often realize your need for His presence on a deeper level? I have a number of friends going through some really difficult trials and I spent the past week battling through a severe migraine reaction to antibiotics I was taking for a sinus infection. Now what I went through is nothing compared to what they are dealing with, but the severe migraines certainly brought me to my knees, and I realized on my knees wasn't the worst place for me to be. As I listened to Sunday's sermon, listened to how God is at work in my life, in all our lives, I was deeply moved. It is in the difficult times, difficult moments, in which I strongly recognize my desperate need for a Savior--not just for salvation, but for daily life.
I need Jesus.
I am dependent on Jesus, and so thankful to be.
Earlier this weekend, I read a very encouraging devotional. I want to share it with you, and I hope you'll be encouraged too.
A Place Reserved for You
There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:8
Doubting one, you have often said, "I fear I shall never enter heaven." Fear not! All the people of God shall enter there. I love the quaint saying of a dying man who exclaimed, "I have no fear of going home; I have sent all ahead of me. God's finger is on the latch of my door, and I am ready for Him to enter." "But," said one, "are you not afraid lest you should miss your inheritance?" "Nay," said he, "nay; there is one crown in heaven which the angel Gabriel could not wear; it will fit no head but mine. There is one throne in heaven which Paul the apostle could not fill; it was made for me, and I shall have it." O Christian, what a joyous thought! Your portion is secure; "there remains a rest." "But cannot I forfeit it?" No, it is entailed. If I be a child of God I shall not lose it. It is mine as securely as if I were there.
Come with me, believer, and let us sit upon the top of Nebo and view the goodly land, even Canaan. Do you see that little river of death glistening in the sunlight, and across it do you see the pinnacles of the eternal city? Do you mark the pleasant country and all its joyous inhabitants? Know, then, that if you could fly across you would see written upon one of its many mansions, "This remains for such a one, preserved for him only. He shall be caught up to dwell forever with God."
Poor doubting one, see the fair inheritance; it is yours. If you believe in the Lord Jesus, if you have repented of sin, if you have been renewed in heart, you are one of the Lord's people, there is a place reserved for you, a crown laid up for you, a harp specially provided for you. No one else shall have your portion; it is reserved in heaven for you, and you shall have it before long, for there shall be no vacant thrones in glory when all the chosen are gathered in.
Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. www.truthforlife.org
For those of you struggling, for those needing to hear an encouraging word, what better word than the Word of God. May you be blessed today.