Perceptions are important. There are two perceptions that by themselves can shape and re-shape your life into something wonderful and joyous. These two are your perception of God and your perception of yourself. If you get these right, life can not conquer you. You may have to deal with rough times or hateful people, but with these two perceptions correct, you will not be conquered. Unless you don’t get them straight until after the Rapture. That’s a topic for another time. The Rapture hasn’t happened as I write this.
It’s important to first know what God is really like, because what we really are is dependent on what God really is.
God loves not just everyone, but every creature of His creation:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19-21)
If people refuse to believe in Jesus and let God change them to be like Jesus, He will eventually put them in the prison called hell. But God does not want to do that:
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’ ” (Ezekiel 33:11)
GOD LOVES YOU!
We who believe in Jesus even now have some of the privileges of sons and daughters of a King:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession! For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Those who are honest know that we all sin. We’re supposed to try to not sin (with the help of the Holy Spirit), but if we do, believers in Jesus have forgiveness of sins because Jesus died in our place: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” (Ephesians 1:7)
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1st John 2:1-2)
GOD FORGIVES YOU!
For those who believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, who have accepted Jesus as Lord, there is an immediate and permanent change in our status. We have become sons or daughters of the King of Kings. This carries with it incredible privileges. We have literally become citizens of another country – Heaven!
“People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:14-16)
At a time when the disciples were distressed by Jesus’ words about His leaving, He told them, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
GOD HAS PREPARED A ROOM IN HIS HOUSE FOR YOU!
It may not always be wise to say this to those who harass us, who mock us, who insult us, but this is what God says to them:
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand!” (Romans 14:4)
“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” (Revelation 3:9)
GOD WILL VINDICATE YOU IN FRONT OF YOUR ENEMIES!
We also have the Holy Spirit living in us to help us when we hurt, when we’re slandered, betrayed by friends, or when it’s hard to do what’s right:
“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.” (Romans 8:26-27)
GOD IS ABLE TO STRENGTHEN YOU!
Life won’t be easy just because we’re believers in Jesus. In fact, it may become harder, because of the devil, demons, and people who are not what they should be taking out their problems on us. But we have another life, which begins the moment we believe in Jesus, and the fullness of that life will be waiting for us when we leave this world. And it is important to note that everyone who does not accept Jesus and allow Him to change them into good people will be separated from us forever, and we will never have to endure their taunts or anger again:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’
He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’
He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ ” (Revelation 21:1-8)
GOD HAS PLANNED A WONDERFUL FUTURE FOR YOU!
I hope to see you there. May God bless you, guide you, and guard you until we meet in His Kingdom!