The Foretaste of Glory

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Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. – James 1:17

I have so many blessings on this earth. I do not want to take a single one for granted, and I give God all the glory for each precious one that He places into my life.

That said, this life of chronic illness, unrelenting pain, guilt and disability is a difficult thing to endure. I often put on my whiney voice and my angry eyes and beg God for relief. He has been teaching me something about blessing in these past years.

And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. – Romans 8:23

Blessing has to do with inheritance, not ease or earthly gain. If you are a child of the Most High God, then your inheritance is secure. We are each the firstborn, favored and beloved. We are adopted into an eternal family.

How can we doubt that the loving Abba who did not spare the wounds, humiliation and cruel death of His only Son? He planned and brought about all of that pain for a single reason… to allow for our adoption and secure our blessing, that we would be with Him forever.

I repent of the multitude of times I have questioned Your will for my life, Father. I take back all the doubts that You would meet each need. I renew my faith in Your unabashed love. I believe, Father, help my unbelief!

Thank You for each earthly gift You have lovingly woven into my life. Thank You for securing my eternity through the precious blood of Your only son. Thank You for the amazing honor of crawling up into your lap and calling you Abba. Thank You for caring about each detail, for counting every hair and collecting every tear.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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One Comment on “The Foretaste of Glory

  1. Oh Shelly, reading this my heart BUT cry out for you with the deep groans of the spirit.
    I miss out chats so much!!
    It’s hard not hearing from you as you are in my heart and on my mind, so often.

    Love you, precious valiant warrior sister!
    Mary xxxx

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