will rest in the shadow of the
Believers can have a greater
sense of peace by focusing
their hearts and minds on God:)
If this place is only temporary, then we do not live
in such a way that we are trying to secure anything here,
and our investment is then in our
final destination—our heavenly dwelling.
The pressure of how much money we have or what it will leave behind, the concern of whether we are popular or famous, and the constant striving for our ‘best life now’ is erased.
Our investment is in His Kingdom and we know and
are confident in the fact that He is preparing a place for us.
A better place. An everlasting place with Him.
We live in that expectation, not of what will take place here on Earth, but like our ancestors, with the longing and expectation for what is to come.
We live investing in God’s Kingdom and setting
up our families and others to follow us to that final destination.
“We are meant to keep our eyes on the heavenly dwelling--
our hearts to be set in Heaven.”
In the book of Hebrews, we see the word of God speak about our ancestors in this way. They had nothing stored up, no worry of possessions or status here on Earth. They accepted that they were foreigners and they looked above seeking that heavenly destination. Their treasure was in Heaven.
When we read this passage, we can get a sense of the confidence and the peace they lived in knowing that they were seeking a heavenly home.
Their eyes, hearts, and minds were fixed on this heavenly home.
...they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one”
When they went to Heaven, they found their desired destination!
Praise God! And the amazing thing,
the miracle of it all is that this is meant for each one of God’s children,
all who are His!
"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 1:3-4
"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all.
Who hopes for what they already have?
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be
conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be
the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified;
those he justified, he also glorified."
Believers are a new creation in Christ, and the
Spirit of God dwells in them
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not marvel that I said to you,
"You must be born again.’”
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that
God's Spirit dwells in you?
(1 Cor. 3:16)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
within you, whom you have from God?
You are not your own.
(1 Cor. 6:19)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the
new has come!
(2 Cor. 5:17)
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed
but of imperishable,
through the living and abiding word of God.
(1 Pet. 1:23)
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
(1 Pet. 5:6-7)
"And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be
conformed to the image of his Son,
in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those whom he predestined he also called,
and those whom he called he also justified,
and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Thess. 5:23)
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God
and of Jesus our Lord.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to
his own glory and excellence,
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped from the corruption that is in the world
(2 Pet. 2:1-4)
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.
He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death
shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.”
And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”