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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Colossians 3:1 (NLT)

What is the reality of Heaven? It’s more than a ‘pie in the sky’ response to life. The realities of Heaven start with us today and are a result of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s not about rules, or denominations or religious dogma.

When we talk about our relationship with Jesus Christ, or being a Christian or being a Christ-follower what things set us apart from any other social club?

  • We are forgiven: 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  • We are equal: Romans 12:5- “so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
  • We are Free to live: John 8:36- “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
  • We can call God our Daddy: Romans 8:15- “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
  • We can live forever with Jesus: John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Our Past doesn’t matter: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

These are just a few of the many things that God has promised us in his Word as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ. Today focus on just one thing and praise God for His loving promises in our lives.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus. I am so thankful today for the many promises I have in you. I praise you for the fact that my life with you is based on relationship and not rules. I praise you today that even though I fail you on a daily basis you love me and care for me. Help me to focus on you today. Amen.

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