Leaves of Healing

“The leaves of the tree [of life] are for healing the nations.” Revelation 22:2 (HCSB)

God will heal you as well.

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And you won’t even need to sleep!

We know from the descriptions given in the book of Revelation that there will be no night in Heaven, thus no need for sleep for those who inhabit Heaven. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there (Revelation 21:25, 22:5).

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We are only strangers here

1 Peter 1:17 (NIV) Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

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What are you doing here in a cave?

1 Kings 19:9 (NIV)   "There he [Elijah] went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Elijah became discouraged when the wicked Queen Jezebel sent an army to kill him.  And so, he hid in a cave.  All of which prompted the question from God in 1 Kings 19:9 above.  Do you sometimes feel like Elijah?  In the society in which we try to live our lives as Christians, do you sometimes feel like hiding in a cave?  As tempting as that may be, God calls for us to stand strong and shine His Light in the world's darkness.  While it may feel as if the world's armies are screaming for your head on a platter, remember this:  Jesus overcame the world.  (John 16:33)  He calls us out of our caves to live openly for Him!

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Coming out

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (NLT2) 17  Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 18  And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

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Genesis 5:1-2 (NLT2)  This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. 2  He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.”

He gave us our identities and blessed us all. --  Pastor Darvin

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Treasure House

Matthew 6:20-21 (NLT2) 20  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Looking for a good place to store your treasures?  Make sure they are treasures worthy of Heaven--the treasure of love in your heart for Jesus Christ. --  Pastor Darvin

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Slow to anger

Psalm 86:15 (NLT2)  But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

We are all made in the image of God.  But, we lose the clarity of His image when we so readily yield to our angry impulses.  Be slow to anger, and little by little, with the help of the Holy Spirit, begin to recapture some of His image.  --  Pastor Darvin

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Get ready–He’s coming soon.

1 Peter 1:13 (NLT2)  So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.

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Be like great planted oaks

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NLT2) 1  The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2  He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 3  To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

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