Scripture assures us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV). When we trust in Jesus Christ, He gives us a new heart. Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) reveals, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
The Apostle Paul also wrote, “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4, NIV). God sees us as “seated with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, NIV).
In Christ, we are forgiven, redeemed, holy, loved, and His forever. We are His “dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1, NIV). We are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV). Find your value in Him.
9. Rewards Stored in Heaven.
The Apostle Peter gave us this encouraging truth, “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:3-4, NIV).
God holds these gifts safe forever as Jesus revealed when He promised, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20, NIV). We aim for “the crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:25, NIV).
When we follow Christ, loving, obeying, and sacrificing for Him, we are saving up eternal spiritual rewards. We can’t comprehend the details, but we know they will far outshine anything we prize on earth.
With certainty, we trust these treasures are guarded in heaven. No trouble on earth, not even our own failures, can take them away.
10. God Will Fulfill His Ultimate Plan for All Creation.
The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, gave us this vow from God, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please...What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do” (Isaiah 46:10-11, NIV). God always keeps His word and no prophecy or plan of His can fail.
Centuries later, the Apostle Paul confirmed that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will,” (Ephesians 1:11, NIV). Trust His perfect plan.
In conclusion, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV). God isn’t surprised by our distress, and this is not our home! God has a perfect place waiting for us.
May the events happening all around us remind us to pray without ceasing, follow Him daily, and praise Him for His unfailing love. One day He will make all things new (Revelation 21:1-5).