Screaming in a shrill Southern accent, my nanny yelled at my sister, “All liars will have their place in the Lake of Fire! You are at-risk of hellfire and damnation!” My 3-year-old self sat in my nanny’s lap, grabbing her squishy and monstrous upper arms, listening. What did that little, tiny Nancy person feel? What did this mean? Sadness? Pain? Fear? Confusion?
My sweet, gentle mother wasn’t home, of course, and she would have been mortified to hear such things, as she believed her little darlings were all perfect little angels. 🙂 My mother was raised to believe that people were ONLY good. We were like little incarnate gods in her mind. More confusion. I am “good”.
My sisters and I laugh about Hazel now, and those silly words. That was our religious training…all of it. What dismal words, “hellfire and damnation”. I think I prefer the words from my mother, “perfect, sinless, flawless.” But then, that wouldn’t ever get me to my Savior Jesus, would it?
I’m so thankful this morning for my Beth Moore study on 2nd Timothy. So many years later, munching through what is really true. God’s Word. And loving every nibble. Beth took us to Heaven. Oh my. Bask in that for a second. She took us to true perfection. When this hard, crusty, cruel world of sad rejection, confusing darkness, disappointing heartache and horrific loss will become…
“God Himself will be living with you and with me. You and I will be His darlings forever. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Death and grief and crying and pain will be gone forever. Non-existent. And the beauty will be indescribable.” Revelation 21.
Do you feel like it’s just too hard now? Can you hang on now, just for awhile? If you knew for absolutely sure that you are always in the process of becoming so beautiful, so pure, so strong, so valuable to our dark world who needs Jesus, and that you will for sure be a radiant, glorious bride in the end, could you hang on?
Dear friends, we are already God’s daughters, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.1 John 3:2-3
This journey seems so long. The losses seem too great. Hope gets dimmer and dimmer and so close to going out altogether.
But arise! Draw your sword and say, “No More” to the one who whispers hideous hopelessness. Speak aloud and tell your mortal enemy to Begone! Spend so much time verbalizing praise and gratefulness and hope in your coming King Jesus that the enemy retreats! Verbalize. Out loud.
“Therefore, beloved girls, look forward to these things (Jesus coming) and be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.” 2 Peter 3.
So yes, Hazel was right. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. But we are headed into the arms of our Jesus! Forever and ever and ever.
I can’t wait to see the love and acceptance and adoration in my Jesus’ eyes when I see Him. And you will see it as He looks into yours. Be strong.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” Hebrews 12: 1-2
Possessed by Promise,
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