VIDEO No More Tears: God Will Wipe Away Our Tears

 

God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Revelation 21:3-4

What do you call a drop of water that contains mucin, lipids, lysozyme, lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, glucose, urea, sodium, and potassium? It’s a tear. All land mammals (except goats and rabbits) produce tears, but only humans do so as part of the emotional responses of life. For humans, tears are often sparkling drops of emotion from the depths of our hearts.

There’s nothing wrong with tears, for Jesus wept, and He was perfect in every way. Weeping is often therapeutic. Yet at the beginning of the eternal state on the new earth, God will somehow wipe His finger across our eyes, and remove our need for weeping. Most of our earthly tears come from sorrow, grief, loneliness, and heartache. But there will be no such experiences in heaven—“No more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Imagine a home with no negative experiences—ever!

That’s heaven, and that’s our home.

In that day, God himself will stoop down to each of his grieving children and—somehow, someway—he will dry up tears forever. Scott Hubbard


Revelation 21:1-8a – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies

A Divine Duet

If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. John 15:5

At a children’s music recital, I watched a teacher and student seat themselves in front of a piano. Before their duet began, the teacher leaned over and whispered some last-minute instructions. As music flowed from the instrument, I noticed that the student played a simple melody while the teacher’s accompaniment added depth and richness to the song. Near the end of the piece, the teacher nodded his approval.

Our life in Jesus is much more like a duet than a solo performance. Sometimes, though, I forget that He’s “sitting next to me,” and it’s only by His power and guidance that I can “play” at all. I try to hit all the right notes on my own—to obey God in my own strength, but this usually ends up seeming fake and hollow. I try to handle problems with my limited ability, but the result is often discord with others.

My Teacher’s presence makes all the difference. When I rely on Jesus to help me, I find my life is more honoring to God. I serve joyfully, love freely, and am amazed as God blesses my relationships. It’s like Jesus told His first disciples, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Each day we play a duet with our good Teacher—it’s His grace and power that carry the melody of our spiritual lives.

By:  Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Reflect & Pray

Why do you sometimes resist the help and encouragement God offers? How could reliance on Him change your outlook and your actions in certain situations?

Dear God, help me to remember that You’re with me in every moment. I welcome Your influence and instruction today. Thank You for Your nearness.

Faithful Service

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

It’s easy to doubt our ability to serve God when our minds are focused on our limitations instead of Him. Therefore, we must continually remind ourselves that the work is the Lord’s and we can trust Him to accomplish it through us as we respond in faith and obedience.

Our heavenly Father has good works that He has prepared for each of us to do (Eph. 2:10). To help us accomplish them, He has given spiritual gifts to enable our service to one another. Furthermore, He has provided scriptural principles to guide us. In His Word, we find direction for our path, strength to endure hardships, and increased faith and confidence in God’s sufficiency.

Are you reluctant to serve the Lord because you’re afraid or feel inadequate? Even the apostle Paul felt this way when he said, “Who is adequate for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:16). But he pressed on in order to complete the course Christ had called him to run (2 Timothy 4:7). And so can you if you are willing to depend on God and step out in obedience. Let’s take a moment to pray over our temptation to be self-sufficient—and for courage to rely on the Lord.

To Those Whom God Calls Fools

“Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?” (Deuteronomy 32:6)

This rebuke was by Moses as he warned the people of God just before their entrance into the Promised Land. It contains the first use of the Hebrew nabal (translated “fool” or “foolish”) in the Bible. Here it is applied to God’s chosen people after they had been redeemed out of Egyptian slavery by God. This implies that the most foolish of all people are those who have known about God and His great salvation and yet have turned away from His Word.

Paul writes in similar scathing terms of those who had known of God’s great deliverance of their fathers from the evil world before the Flood and yet then abandoned Him for idolatry. “When they knew God,…their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22).

David used the same word about those who decide they can explain things without God, just as many intellectuals in modern America do. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.…Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God” (Psalm 53:1, 4).

Even prophets and preachers can become fools if they follow their own wisdom instead of God’s Word. “Thus saith the Lord GOD; woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:3).

Jesus rebuked even those He dearly loved because they were surprised and discouraged when He was crucified. “O fools,” He said, because they had been “slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” (Luke 24:25). God help us to maintain believing hearts, not foolish hearts, as we serve Him! HMM

Being Spiritually Worthy

And, being assembled together with them, [he] commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

—Acts 1:4

 

The task of the church is twofold: to spread Christianity throughout the world and to make sure that the Christianity she spreads is the pure New Testament kind….

Christianity will always reproduce itself after its kind. A worldly-minded, unspiritual church, when she crosses the ocean to give her witness to peoples of other tongues and other cultures, is sure to bring forth on other shores a Christianity much like her own….

The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. Her first obligation is to be spiritually worthy to spread it. Our Lord said “Go ye,” but He also said, “Tarry ye,” and the tarrying had to come before the going. Had the disciples gone forth as missionaries before the day of Pentecost it would have been an overwhelming spiritual disaster, for they could have done no more than make converts after their likeness, and this would have altered for the worse the whole history of the Western world and had consequences throughout the ages to come.   OGM036-037

Lord, I don’t want to be guilty of producing inferior disciples. Send Your Holy Spirit that I might be empowered to produce converts with whom You can be pleased. Amen.

 

A Forgotten Yesterday, an Unborn Tomorrow

The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee.

—1 Chronicles 28:9

 

If you…trace [the] word everlasting in the Hebrew language, you will find that it can mean “time out of mind,” or it can mean “always,” or it can mean “to the vanishing point.” It can also mean “to the beginningless past.”

From everlasting to everlasting, God is God! From the beginningless past to the endless future, God is God! That is what the Holy Ghost says about the person and the eternal nature of God.

Now, if you have one of those mousetrap minds—open and shut—you will…dismiss it and leave it, or tuck it away in your memory among the unused items in the attic of your soul.

But…if…the Holy Ghost is allowed to bring His radiance to it, there can be great meaning; for we are between the everlasting vanishing point of a forgotten yesterday and the equally everlasting vanishing point of an unborn tomorrow. CES051-052

If you accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, you will have all the power of God back of you to defend you; all the will of God on your side; all the justice and righteousness of God pledged to your defense, as well as all the infinite love and mercy of God to welcome and bless you. CTBC, Vol. 2/100

Do First Things First

1 Timothy 1:5

Holiness was a passion with Paul. Reading what he wrote about it in epistle after epistle, it is impossible to miss the note of intensity. Addressing Timothy, the apostle impressed upon the young pastor that he ought to enjoy the blessing himself, and lead the Ephesian believers to the life of holiness: “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5).

Paul challenged Timothy to lead the Church toward God’s ideal. That ideal is love. It is powerful, making an immensely effective impact because it is the essence of holiness.

The divine love for the world—so immense, so unconditional, continuing to pour out its undeserved care even when rejected and answered by human hate—is to be reflected, and in some measure to be repeated, in Christian people.

Love like that glows through an evangelist of whom Billy Graham tells. At a university he had tried to reach the students with the gospel, but their reaction was hostile. One girl told him she didn’t believe the things he had said. So the evangelist asked if he could pray with her. She replied, “Nobody ever prayed for me before, I guess it won’t do any harm.” He prayed, while she sat with her eyes open. But then she noticed something that amazed her. His tears were flowing as he prayed. She began to cry, too. “No one in my entire life has shed a tear for me,” she sobbed, and then that young woman accepted Christ.

Anyone who imagines that sanctification sets you apart from sinners, aloof in your isolation, needs to take another look at the loving, approachable, healing Son of God. There is holiness incarnate.

To make His people caring and compassionate, resolutely willing to be Christlike in all their relationships, is the end toward which God’s Spirit is always working. Only when a person lives lovingly does he or she demonstrate genuine Christianity.

Love and holiness, standing together in our text, are inseparable. Love, purity, a good conscience, sincere faith. Simple qualities all, but utterly indispensable components of the character of any who would serve in Christ’s name. These are the elements of holiness, and that is surely first among first things.

Edward Read, Timothy, My Son