Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/11/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 6:1 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.

If you were permitted to actually catch a glimpse of heaven, what would you expect to see? What would you expect to happen? We are given very little actual insight into heaven in the Scriptures. We are told that it is full of the glory of God and that there is continuous praise going on. We are told that the angels are busy serving the Lord there. We are given a picture of heaven being a place of indescribable beauty, untainted by sin in any form. Heaven is so much more than what is revealed to us in the Scriptures

Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne. God is spirit, but He was recognizable to Isaiah. Isaiah had his spiritual eyes open and could see Him in a way that only the truly righteous in heart can see Him. If our hearts are right with God, we are able to see God on a much deeper level than what is normally known of God at first glance.

God revealed himself in human form at various times in history, so it’s not too hard to see and recognize God if we are seeing Him through the lens of our humanity. But, will we always need to see Him as we do now? In heaven we will have different bodies, different eyes. We will be able to see Him differently than we do now. We will see Him as He actually is, absolute holiness wrapped up in glory. We will see absolute perfection. We will see nothing but holy love. His presence will be such that it will fill all the space we are in. We will see the glory of God without end. We will see Him on His throne and we will be drawn to Him on bended knee.

People who sit on thrones in this world are corrupted by sin. They embrace their power and authority and feast on it. They abuse their power for their own gain. But it is not that way with God. God on His throne is pure holiness. Everything He does is good and right. He always acts out of the context of perfection.

Isaiah was given a glimpse of God on His throne. There was a reason why God allowed him to see what he did. God had huge plans for Isaiah’s life. God was going to send him out into his world as a special ambassador for Him. Isaiah was going to become the voice of God for his day. Isaiah’s vision of God was going to forever change him.

God became flesh and dwelt for a while amongst us. He made himself known to us so that we can see Him and be changed by Him for His purposes. God has special plans for you and wants you to look upon Jesus. He wants to show you the way to God’s throne so that you might be saved and equipped to be His voice in your world. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away your sins. Do you see Him? Do you know His saving grace today? He is waiting for you. Turn to Him now. Today is the day of your salvation.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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