— James 3:17, 18 MSG
— Deuteronomy 7:7-10 MSG
John 7:38 MSG
Hebrews 7:26-28 MSG
"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek."
Hebrews 6:18-20 MSG
I run to God. Jesus has run ahead of me to get things ready. Sounds good to me.
"The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him— our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him."
Isaiah 53:2-6 MSG
"For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said, "Exasperated, I vowed, ‘They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.’"
And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.”
Hebrews 4:1-3, 8-11 MSG
A promise means less with out faith. In fact, it can mean nothing. But I have faith in the promise that this life will eventually be over and I will eventually rest.
First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
2 Peter 3:3, 4 MSG
I’ve been praying a lot more for Jesus to come back. Shamefully, I admit that I sometimes forget this. It’s those “puny feelings” that seem to dominate my thoughts on this one. But when I sink myself into the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do it’s work… wow. I can’t wait for it to come.
1 Peter 3:8-12 MSG
1 Peter 1:8, 9 MSG