BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
.......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 127
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main

Getting to know God together.

THE PROMISED LAND.
God had told the Hebrew slaves that He would take them out of Egypt, and lead them to the Promised Land. He had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He would give His special chosen people, Israel, the Promised Land of Canaan. And God kept His promise, as He always does. Israel today is back in the land which God promised them. He promised them thousands of years ago they would “possess” the land.

Israel “possessed” the land of Canaan back there in the days of Moses. Here in Australia the white settlers “possessed” the land when we first came, although there were already aboriginals living here. In America the red Indians were in the land when the white settlers came. In Canaan too, when Moses led the Hebrews to the Promised Land, there were people living there already. Moses didn’t  end up taking the Hebrews right into the land, a man called Joshua did. The people living in Canaan had very strange names, we sometimes call them the “Ites.”
All their names end with “ite!” Funny names all right. Have a look at their names in the Bible:

“And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exodus 3:17).

God has promised those who trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour a special home as well. It is in Heaven, and God has promised special places to live in, called “mansions.”  (John 14:2). He will keep His promise, just like He kept His word to the Hebrew slaves back in Egypt. Does the Bible tell us about our “land of promise” that is Heaven? Yes it does, here are some verses for you about Heaven:

IN HEAVEN EVERYONE DOES WHAT GOD WANTS (HIS WILL).
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. “(Matthew 6:10).

THERE IS A CITY THERE, A BEAUTIFUL ONE. And the city is filled with light from God and Jesus Christ, the Lamb.
“And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof if the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:23).

IT HAS A RIVER OF LIFE THERE, WITH WONDERFUL FRUIT TREES.
“And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal....And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits...” (Revelation 22:1,2).

THE CITY IS MADE OF PURE GOLD.
“And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass.”(Revelation 21:19).

EVERYTHING IS LOVELY AND HAPPY FOREVER IN HEAVEN.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

Yes, the promise of God to take believers to Heaven will happen, and God will surely keep His word, for He cannot lie. Praise His name!
 


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