By Elizabeth Prata
Sisters, you have the keys to the kingdom in your heart, the deposit of the Holy Spirit which guarantees entrance into that great city: the New Jerusalem and the city of God. He will sustain you with strength, grace, and perseverance until the war is over. Our war against sin, our plodding journey toward that golden shore, will be achieved in His strength. He has you in His hand, He will not let you go.
Whatever you are dealing with, and I know it’s a lot these days, Jesus is overseeing every minute, every minutiae, even the hairs on your head, the days of your life, the clothes on your back.
I know circumstances can be overwhelming, but if you’re drowning, do you look to the waves crashing over you? Or do you look to the sky to see if the helicopter is coming? Look up to Jesus, the Savior of our souls, the preserver of our lives. When you look do you also look forward? To what’s coming for us? Read, read what He has revealed to us-
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia.d Its length and width and height are equal. 17He also measured its wall, 144 cubitse by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Gentle pure glory light forever, no sin forever, perfect worship of the Lamb forever, we will speak with Jesus and the saints, loving and praising, forever. Think on it! What peace! What glory! What rest! What relief! This present trouble will fade into a far distant memory, if we remember at all.
Christ is yours forevermore. Life abundant is yours. Life eternal in glory is yours.
We might be weak, but never crushed. Bent but never broken. (Isaiah 42:3)
Praise His name and pray for thanks, whatever the circumstance, because all of the above is already yours!
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This is the most beautiful and timely devotional. It truly blessed me and reminded me of all I have to look forward to. To spend all of eternity in worship and praise of God with all the other saints. The little imagery that I could imagine of the gates was enough for me to be filled with so much excitement and thanksgiving of what’s to come. Humbly and with deep meekness I’m thankful that Hod has made a way for me to enter such a glorious place. May God Bless you and keep you in His perfect peace.
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Thank you, kind sister!
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such a beautiful reminder to take us away from the stresses of circumstances, thanks for sharing this Elizabeth.
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