Most Advent calendars start on December 1. But the actual first day of the Advent season changes every year. In 2019, that day was December 1. In 2020, it is today November 29.
We may worry about what we will eat, but God has given us life, and we fail to thank The LORD for it. We may worry about what we will wear, but God has given us a healthy body, and we do not think to thank Him for it. We should not overlook the good gifts God has given us for the lack of some other necessity, which The LORD will provide in His time and way.
I thank You, Lord God, for life and health and all of the needs You have provided for me in the past and still do today. I have no right to take anything for granted, and You have the right to take or give as You see fit. But seeing how greatly You have blessed me, I cannot help but praise You! I need You Father, heal my soul, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
We love because God first Loved us.
In The likeness of Love we are made!
What is Love?
Tricky question! Define ‘God’?
Hmm 🤔 “No record of wrongs”? You mean once I am forgiven, it’s all good?
And we stand to know more!
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” “For there is not a just man upon Earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
There is no question that our physical bodies need sleep in order to function properly on the earth. God created our bodies to need the sleep-wake cycle for optimum health, matching the natural rhythms of day and night. But what happens when we leave this earth? Will our bodies need sleep once we are in heaven?
There are a couple different heavenly realms to consider. First, once those who are “in Christ” die, they will be with Him in the current heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 23:43), but will not have their fully restored bodies until they are resurrected when Jesus returns (1 Corinthians 15:40; 2 Corinthians 4:14; John 5:28–29). When Jesus returns, He will establish a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1–4).
Heaven exists within a spiritual realm, beyond the known earth and universe, and our earthly bodies are not built for a heavenly existence (1 Corinthians 15:50). During our season in heaven between death and resurrection, we may have different “bodies” than our earthly bodies now. Our souls and spirits will be living, but it is unlikely that the bodies we have will need sleep—they may not even be capable of sleep. If the examples of heavenly beings are safe for us to follow, we will be exalting the Lord day and night (Revelation 4:6–11; 7:11).
When Jesus establishes the new heaven and new earth, all things will be restored (Acts 3:21). As Christ followers, our resurrection consists of our heavenly spirits that have been with Christ being reunited with our newly restored human bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; Isaiah 65:17). The new earth will be illuminated by the glory of the Lord, and there will be no night (Revelation 21:25), which could lead us to conclude that there will be no designated time for sleeping and it may therefore not be an option.
Throughout eternity, we may be able to do normal human things, such as eating and sleeping, but it is unknown if we will need to do those things as we do now. When Jesus was on earth in His resurrected body, He still consumed food (Luke 24:41–42). Really, the Bible doesn’t offer enough information for us to say with one hundred percent certainty whether or not we will sleep during eternity, but what we do know, is that once we are there, sleep will not be anywhere close to a top priority.
God Loved us so much, when we were still sinners, that He decided to give up His Son so that we could be saved. Jesus Christ endured all the pain and the suffering, so that we could be redeemed from our sins. Jesus had every single person, past, present and future, in mind when He chose to make that sacrifice. This is why we are able to identify as children of God. This is why we have eternal life.
And we pray:
Dear God, I thank You for Your Son – Jesus Christ, and the fact that He is the reason I have been saved from eternal damnation. Thank You, Father, that I am justified and redeemed thanks to Your Son. Were it not for Your great act of Love, Lord, I fear to think of where I would be. Thank You, Lord, that that is a future I do not need to worry about. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
And I thank You for Your Word Heavenly Essence, Thou art above ALL, Amen. We bless You because we are Your Creation for this period. Use us LORD, Amen.
We look forward to being Your Word for times to come and appreciate all that You have done. In the days of the apostoles, they were testimonies to Your grace, power an influence. Allow us to be as well, so that people may say that we were and will always be for You and for Your grace. Use us, power us, guide us. We are not knowingly a testimony but in our small ways allow us to be used to and for the furtherance of Your Kingdom here on Earth and in the Heavenly place.
Your Essence is difficult to explain Lord, allow us to know that there were other periods, yes we shall worship with Jesus and His disciples at Your table, but more importantly, we will see, enjoy and fellowship with the saints – who will share of Your goodness in their existences. Daniel in the lions den, David who was your man on the battlfield where he slew Goliath, Jonah when he testified in Nineveh, Adam when he was before ‘time’ existed. How long did he take to name all the animals, plants and trees? Lord we have an estimate in Earthly terms of Methuselah living 969 yeard. How much longer was Adam here, how long did it take for Your Essence to Speak that a mate would be support and a mate for him, how long were they in the garden before Eve fell prey to the misguidance and foolishness of the serpent. Lord, there is ecology, thank you because it explains so much. The serpent was cursed to crawl and eat of the dust of the Earth because it allowed itelf to be used. How was it ambulating prior? Thank You Father for covering their nakedness where there were no ‘beings’ to behold their nakedness. Lord, there is so very much to understand, thank You for knowledge and wisdom. Lord, I could go on and will in prayer.
I thank You for allowing Your Word to come and open our spirits. Lord I praise You for all. Allow us to be Your gospel to the nations. In belief, we rebuke fear as being not of You Father, fill us till we spill over on those around us. Fear has no place in our lives, bestow on us The peace that passes all understanding.
Lord, thank You for giving Youthanks in all, the ability to open our hearts and minds to you. Thank you for learning which by Your grae we do all ways. Thank you for teaching.
Lord, thank You for Your permanent unchanging Word.
Lord, we could go on and on, but thank You for the testimony of today, what we live, how we live. Lord, let us do these to YOUR glory in Jesus name, Amen