"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."-1 John 5:12, emphasis added
Amazingly, true believers can actually have intimacy with God: "To him who overcomes [a true believer] I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21). Wow! Did you really catch what He was saying? And look at what He offers:
· Intimacy is a promise: "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21).
· Intimacy is a Person: "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3)
· Intimacy is permanent: "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son" (Revelation 21:7).
Make a choice to live in hope: What impression are you leaving with others? Jesus' appeal to each of us is to heed His request for intimacy by turning our eyes upon Him to linger long in His presence! Oh, look full in His wonderful face! Looking at and longing for the world will only make you His enemy; but intimacy with Christ is the greatest treasure you can ever have on this earth!
Helen H. Lemmel, the blind hymn writer, gave us this beautiful song. I invite you to turn your eyes fully upon your precious Jesus as you sing the words to this great song. Its chorus packs a powerful message for today's church!
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Thro' death into life ever-lasting
He passed, and we followed Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion-
For more than conq'rors we are.
His word shall not fail you-He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
-Helen H. Lemmel (1864-1961)
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