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Genesis 13:17

“Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

Notice that the Lord’s direction to Abraham was to arise and walk. It’s as if God was saying, “I promised it. I gave it to you. Now enjoy it.” But the enjoyment of His promise wasn’t limited to that parcel of land. The land was only a sign of better things to come.

You and I are living right now as Abraham lived back then. How so? By faith in that same promise. It’s true that Abraham lived in the land, but he continued to look forward to the promise of something far better—heaven. “…the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)

This world we are presently passing through may not be heaven, as it were, but a proving ground for us as we walk in the promises of God. Read Abraham’s story in the book of Genesis and Hebrews 11, and you’ll see how he learned this to be true.

God promises salvation to all who will call upon His name, and He has done everything needed for you to enjoy heaven’s incredible sights, sounds, and experiences! Isn’t it reasonable to trust this same God to faithfully fulfill His promises for this life? If you can’t believe God’s promises for today and tomorrow, how can you rest in Him regarding eternity?

Heaven is your future destination, and its fullness was guaranteed to you on Calvary’s cross. I pray that this reality infuses your life with the confidence to arise and walk today.

Awaiting His Return,

– Pastor Jack

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