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Saturday, July 11, 2009

In Search Of A Country

People of faith, cut from the same cloth as Abraham, seek after a country not made with human hands. Their hope is not in their bank account, savings, health or position; but in God.

We also seek this country; it is near, but seems afar off at times. If Abraham traveled throughout the breadth and depth of the Promised Land, living in temporary tents and tabernacles, we also, who are living in our temporary tabernacle, our physical body, must stay focused and consumed with our final destination.

The worldly trust in the power of horses and chariots, we trust in our God.

If Abraham and the others mentioned in Hebrews 11 had been mindful of the place of which they left, they could have returned to what was familiar to them. There is great comfort to the physical body in familiar surroundings. Trusting, believing and committing to a life of faith was not easy for these. Why should it be easy for us? Scripture said these mentioned in the Bible got to a place in their lives where they paid NO MIND- it was living in the past- after settling in their heart, once and for all, that they would believe God and what He said.

They passed through this life, as we are doing, dwelling in temporary tabernacles in search of a city not made with hands. They searched and finally arrived to a city whose foundations were made by the hands of God! This is our destination; do not lose heart or perspective during the journey. There is a heavenly country.

To people of this mindset, God is not ashamed to be called their God; His possession. We are His.

Most trust in chariots and horses, their position in this earthly society; but God's children trust in the Name of the LORD our God. Those of the world will eventually be brought very low, as is happening now, and fallen-but the children of God will arise and stand upright. We cry out- "Save LORD"! let our King hear our cry when we call-and He does.

Hang on! Our King is coming! The race is not to the swift. Do not get discouraged or believe the lies the enemy whispers in our ear. Like the children's tale of the hare and the tortoise, those who stay steady and secure do not burn out in a short spurt like a falling star; but remain faithful during the race.

We depend and live by the name of the LORD; His name represents His character, His authority, who He is. He said He will not lose one! Be confident in His promises.

James 5:7,8 says ~

" Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the LORD.
Behold, the Husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit (that's us) of the earth;
and He hath long patience for it,"

" until He receive the early and the latter rain,
Be ye also patient;
establish your hearts; (like Abraham, Enoch, King David, Daniel, etc.)
for the coming of the LORD draweth nigh."

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