Day 34
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Prepares a Place for Us

I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2 (NKJV)

Our home here on this earth is simply temporary. We have a much better place to look forward to one day. Jesus told His disciples, “In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” How wonderful to think that Jesus is preparing a place for us in the Father’s wonderful and glorious house! If Jesus is preparing it then we know it will be a beautiful place.
Are you preparing for that home or are you consumed with this one? It’s easy to allow our lives to be consumed with the here and now thinking that this is all there is, but we have something so much better to look forward to. Let us be diligent about laying up treasures there. One day our Lord will come back for us to take us to that wonderful Heavenly kingdom. Let us live with our hearts and minds set on that place!

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 33
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He is the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live.
John 11:25 (ASV)

Only God has the power to resurrect someone. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He Himself rose from the dead, and He will resurrect us from the dead as well. God alone has power over death. With Jesus’ resurrection came the hope and promise that as believers we too will have victory over death and live with Him in eternity. What a wonderful joy and reassurance to know that because Jesus is The Resurrection, we too will be resurrected one day.
Jesus also said he is The Life. He created life, He is the sustainer of life and He offers eternal life. In Him we have abundant life here on earth and a joyful anticipation of life with Him. Life is meaningless and purposeless and hopeless without Him. He is our Life. When our lives seem overwhelming or frustrating, we can look to the One who is Life for renewal and strength. Praise you Father for your victory and power over death. You are our Resurrection and our Life. We find our life in you.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 32
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He is our Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:14,15

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. We can trust His goodness as He cares for us, His beloved sheep. A good shepherd will not leave his sheep. He tenderly leads them to good pasture land, provides a place to safely rest. He walks with us through the darkest valley. He lays down his life for the sake of His sheep. In contrast, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, yet our good shepherd has come to give us life and true satisfaction.
We can experience true peace when we rest in the arms of the Shepherd. Sadly, as sheep we tend to stray and get lost. We go our own way. Yet He pursues us and brings us back to Him. We can say with David, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life.” Fellow sheep, find your fulfillment and satisfaction in the care of the Good Shepherd.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 31
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He Came to Give us Abundant Life
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, yet Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the fullest measure! The word for “full” is the Greek word, perissos, which means superabundant, beyond measure, excessive.” Jesus wanted us to enjoy the fullness of life to the greatest extent. He wasn’t a kill-joy, He was a have-joy! Truly we experience a rich and full life, when we walk in fellowship with Him.
To experience the abundant life means to be richly fulfilled, not with a monetary wealth, but with the meaningful wealth of purpose, love, joy and peace. God enriches our life with purpose. He loves us with a true love that flows from the well-spring of our hearts and pours out to others. When our eyes are on Him we experience a lasting joy that rises above our circumstances and an eternal peace in knowing that He cares for our needs. Yes, life is full and abundant each day in Him.

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
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Day 30
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He is The Gate

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
John 10:9

In Jesus’ day, a good shepherd would lead his flock in a pen at night and then would lay down at the opening to protect the sheep from the wolves or from other predators. The shepherds used caves, sheds or even open areas surrounded with make-shift walls of branches and rocks. The shepherd served as the gate for the pen letting the sheep in and out of their place of protection.
As our gate, Jesus is our protector, our shepherd and our savior. Through Him we have access to the Father. Those who go through Him will be saved. Just as sheep “come in and go out and find pasture,” so Jesus invites us to abide with Him, live with Him, dwell with Him. As the gate, Jesus our Shepherd laid down his life for us, His sheep. Oh what love our shepherd has for us!

This is an excerpt from my devotional, “Pursuing God in the Quiet Places.”
You can also follow on my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/KarolLaddAuthor

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