Thursday, November 3, 2016

our winning victory!

Last night, Chuck and I watched the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series.  (Did I really just type that?)  Born and raised a Chi-gal, I cannot even express the magnitude of how much this exciting game meant to me and my home-grown peeps.  How thrilling and exhilarating the reality of this victory truly means to us.  (I'm still pinching myself and in tears every time I think of it!!!  Go Cubs Go!  WOO HOO!)

And yet, this morning in the stillness of my devotional time, my mind is led back to something much bigger.  Something that the Lord has been reminding me of all year.  Something far more reaching and incredible than the successful end to an 108 year drought that both myself and my fellow Cubbie fans can joyfully claim as a WIN... finally.

It is this...

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.

The Holy Spirit has continued to whisper this in my ear and put it before me over and over this year.  Leading my heart through the Door of Heaven.  Escorting my soul into His place of peace.  Causing me to thankfully reflect on the Throne that stand forever.  The Kingdom that will never fall.  The Master, Father, Creator, Savior, Lord Almighty... the King of kings who will never leave or fail me.  How magnificent and awesome my God truly is!

"Come up hither," He beckons my soul, "and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Here is where the Throne of the Most High God reins.  Where rainbows and precious stones encircle His presence.  Where lightning, thunder, and fire blazes around His grace.  Where crystal seas flow all to Him, all for Him.  Where impressive creatures cover their eyes in honor, uttering only one phrase in reverent chorus...

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Day and night they never stop...

“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Even now, they worship aloud.
Even now, all praise and glory belongs only to Him.

Here is where the devoted and righteous fall down on their knees, laying down their crowns in gifted praise.  Where nothing matters more than the One who sits secure, relaxed, and in full control.   Where all life comes.  Where all hope leads.  Where glory, honor, and thanksgiving to His Highness continues for ever, and ever, and ever.

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

Friends, the world we live in has both ups and downs, good times and bad.  There are joyful events and scary moments.  There are seasons of change and seasons of silence.  Mostly, this world can easily distract us from reflecting upon the eternal Throne of the Living God.

So today, as I rejoice with my fellow Chi-town comrades....  As I enjoy this special moment for the long-awaited moment it is.... I would also like to encourage you to remember one very important truth, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." (James 1:17-18)

We exist because He chose us.
We are blessed because He gives to us.
We have hope and a victorious future overcoming all sin and death because He loves us.

This is the King who gave up his only Son's life so that WE MAY KNOW HIM INTIMATELY!

In light of this truth, please take a moment to consider what He has promised to those who love and know Him... to those who have accepted and claim His only Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord...

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:2-5)

As certain as the reality of the Chicago Cubs FINALLY winning the World Series, so is the trustworthy truth of God's promised Word.  Because of this, we must live every single moment with the secure anticipation of the ultimate triumph that awaits us in His presence!

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (Deuteronomy 20:4)

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.  (Psalm 37:39)

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. (Psalm 20:6)

So today, let us fixated our eyes upon the Throne, upon His Kingdom come... His will be done!  Let us realize and remember with every passing moment, through every trial and in every joyous occasion...

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty...
who was (hallelujah!),
and is (all glory and honor and praise is His),
and is (thankfully, mercifully, graciously, excitedly) to come!"

Blessed be the His Name forevermore!



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