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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 24)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: John 14:1-4


The Lord promises His people many blessings throughout eternity…

1. being reunited with our saved loved ones (1 Thess 4:13-18);
2. living in the presence of God (1 John 3:1-3, Rev 21:3);
3. removed from the presence of sin (Rev 22:14-15);
4. many benefits from possessing glorified bodies (Rev 21:4);   the list is endless.

Another of the eternal blessings that He promises to us is a wonderful dwelling place made especially for us in John 14:1-4 (KJV)…

Let not your heart be troubled:
The Lord reveals to us what our future eternity holds to be an encouragement and comfort to us.

ye believe in God, believe also in me.
If we have placed our faith in Jehovah God, then since He is God, we should be trusting in Him as well.  This means His promises to us must be true because God cannot lie (which emphasizes the truthfulness of His promises.)

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you.
Where His Father lives, there are many dwelling places.  He would not tell us this if it was not so.  Once again the Lord emphasizes the truthfulness of what He is telling to us.  Why?  He realizes that these great and precious truths about our eternity are very hard for us to believe, they are beyond our human understanding and imagination.

I go to prepare a place for you.
The Lord promises us that He is going to create a dwelling place especially for us.  Just like when He died on the cross, he did it for each of His people individually (John 10:3,14; 1 Cor 8:3; 2 Tim 2:19), so too, His creation of our eternal dwelling places.  What a wondrous thought….  The Sovereign Creator of this world loves us so much that He makes for us a personalized dwelling place to live with Him throughout eternity! (Rev 21:10-23)

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
His preparation of a dwelling place guarantees to us that He will come to take us home to be with Him someday. If this were not so, He would be preparing a personalized dwelling place for us that would not be needed.  He NEVER does anything uselessly or without reason.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
He had clearly told us that He would arise and then ascend to be with the Father (John 6:61-62)… we have the account of this event in Acts 1:.  Also, we have clear instructions on the way He has prepared for us to enter into His dwelling place…

John 6:35-40 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

May we all take time today to thank the Lord for the wonderful, eternal dwelling place he has prepared for us and for His grace in preparing for us the way to our eternal home.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. jelillie says:

    It is so powerful to ponder our heavenly destination!

  2. Ray's Mom says:

    God’s promise for the faithful provides the foundation for our daily life. Grand message as always

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN! His fruture promises for us is what keeps us going in the midst of the storms of life. Lord bless. May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.

  3. Debbie says:

    It helps so much to keep this in mind, that there is something more for us! God bless you as you keep us thinking about all we have to be thankful for, in Christ!

  4. Incredible! Mind-boggling! Beyond imagination! . . . but TRUE!

    I have a mansion waiting for me in glory. I am not a ‘mansion’ type of person. I am more of a ‘cottage’ type, but I am looking forward to the mansion my amazing Saviour is preparing for me. It will be just perfect . . . and we are one day closer!

    What an amazing God!

  5. It is important that we consider our future state. That existence without God is unthinkable. That existence with God, however, is conditioned upon our “dwelling with God” now. Most passages in the New Testament which speak of our “dwelling with God” or “abiding in God” discuss our present relationship with the Lord. While “dwelling with God” eternally is “far better” (Phil. 1:23), “dwelling with God” here is the only satisfying and fulfilling way to live until that time. John explained it this way: “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 Jn. 4:12-16). “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him'” (Jn. 14:23). There will be no “dwelling with God” eternally unless we “dwell with God” now. God help us to have his presence with us to befriend us and share life with us now so that we may eternally be able to look upon his face.

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