I Pray TONIGHT that you are overwhelmed by the love, presence and power of God! That your passion for Him is renewed with a burning desire to seek and know him to worship Him with all of your being!!! Your eyes see with revelation and illumination in the realm of the spirit as deep calleth deep! God is taking you to a higher place in Him an ascended place where you are seated in heavenly places! I declare a host of angelic beings are dispatched for your supernatural help and aid you are not alone for the Lord is with you, strong and mighty! I command every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) to move and be cast into the sea in Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/4xPkX9
If you’ve ever gone camping, you know it’s a lot of fun…but not for very long. I once went camping for three months when I took a trip around the United States. I had a truck and a tent, and I’d set it up every night. You know, honestly, I had fun, but I’m over it. After a few days you start longing for things like a shower, walls, a real bed. It’s a temporary situation.
In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, Paul compares our physical bodies to a tent. “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (v. 1).
When we leave earth as Christians, we go to heaven. When we move from this tent, this physical body, we go to a permanent temple, a house. Paul was a tentmaker, and his analogy was simple. In the Middle East there are nomadic peoples who live in tents. They pitch their tent for a while and then move on to somewhere else. So, the analogy in this passage is clear. One is temporary (the tent), one is permanent (the house, the building). One is flimsy, one is sturdy. One is weak, one is strong.
Your body is like a tent, it’s temporary. After a while the threads start to unravel, the flaps become more prominent, it starts to leak. It’s just the nature of this temporary body. It’s interesting how some people want to make their tent look like it’s a brand-new model, younger than it really is. So they’ll stretch the flaps, and nip and tuck, and dye the threads. But it’s only temporary.
James goes a step further and says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).
Our bodies are not meant to last. The tent will be taken down. In the last letter Paul ever wrote, he said, “The time of my departure is at hand” (2 Timothy 4:6). In the Greek, the word departure means it’s time to take down the tent and move on.
And we trade in the tent for “a building from God.” This is referring not to a mansion in heaven but, in context, the building must be a reference to our glorified, resurrected body.
We are sure that’s really going to happen because verse 5 says, “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” The word guarantee could be translated down payment or first installment. If you give a down payment, it means you’re going to pay the rest off. Or if you give your girl an engagement ring, it means there’s going to be a wedding. And we’ve been given the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of us. You’ve noticed that you’ve changed since you gave your life to Christ. You have new desires, new hopes—the hope of heaven. All of that is a foretaste of what’s to come.
And, as Paul says in verse 8, we’re confident, whether we’re in this body or in heaven. Because those are only two places where God’s people are—not soul-sleeping somewhere or in purgatory. You’re on earth as a believer, and the moment you leave this earth you are in God’s presence.
We are only camping out here. There’ll come a time when the vapor will disappear, when the tent will be taken down for something more permanent. Those who don’t know Him will have a body fit to endure everlasting punishment, and those who do know Him will have a body fit to experience and enjoy everlasting heaven. I pray if you don’t personally know Jesus, that in this interim we call time, you would make a choice to follow Him.
This morning I had to share this from Pastor Skip Heitzig. This is so on point that I believe we can all learn from it. We are all only camping out here and pretty soon it will be time to pack it all up and head home!!! So keep on fishing while there is still light. Pretty soon it will get dark and it will be time to head home. God bless you!!!
Even the sweetest glimpses of Christ are short-how transitory they are! One moment our eyes see Him, and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; but then the moment passes and we do not see Him, for our beloved withdraws Himself from us. Like a roe or a young hare He leaps over the mountains of division; He is gone to the land of spices and no longer feeds among the lilies.
If today He deigns to bless us
With a sense of pardoned sin,He tomorrow may distress us,Make us feel the plague within.How sweet the prospect of the time when we will no longer see Him from a distance but rather face to face-when He will not be like a traveler staying only for a night but will enfold us in the bosom of His eternal glory. We will not see Him for a little while, but Millions of years our wondering eyes,Shall o’er our Savior’s beauties rove;And myriad ages we’ll adore,The wonders of His love.
In heaven we will not be interrupted by care or sins; no weeping will dim our eyes; no earthly business will distract our happy thoughts. We will have nothing to prevent us from gazing forever on the Sun of Righteousness with tireless eyes. If it is so sweet to see Him now and then, how wonderful to gaze on that blessed face forever, and without a cloud rolling between, and never have to turn one’s eyes away to look on a tired and sinful world. When will this blessed day dawn? Rise, unsetting sun! If to die is to enter into uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is swallowed up in a sea of victory and is definitely gain.
Finally in Focus
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. —Hebrews 13:14
Think back on the best moments of your life so far—those times with your loved ones or that gorgeous sunset or that precious thing your child said to you. These are just glimpses of what is to come.
That is why C. S. Lewis described earth as “the shadowlands.” You see, we tend to think of heaven as something surreal, while earth is real. But heaven isn’t a lame version of earth. Earth—the best moments of it, at least—is an incomplete version of heaven. Earth is like a copy of heaven, not the other way around.
Referring to the priests who would offer sacrifices according to the Law, Hebrews 8:5 says, “They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: ‘Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.’ “
Our problem is that we start with earth and reason up toward heaven when we ought to instead start with heaven and reason down toward earth. This little span of time on earth is what the Bible describes as a “vapor” or “a morning fog” (see James 4:14) or a story that already has been told. Life isn’t just a date of birth to a date of death. Life goes on. God’s plans toward you are good, and the ultimate plan is heaven. When you get there, everything will come into focus for you. When you get to the other side, you will see things clearly.
God knows where you are at this very moment, and God has a future for you. And it is going to be beyond your wildest dreams. I had to share this devotional from Pastor Greg with you. It warmed my heart and I hope that it does the same thing for you. I agree with Pastor Greg. God has a plan for us far beyond anything we can dream of. We just need to be open to hear His voice when He speaks to us.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
I am going to be open to the Lord and put all of my trust in Him. I believe He will not only care for me here on earth but for all eternity. My hope is in Him! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
A Heavenly View
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. —2 Corinthians 4:16–17
In his final words to the elders of the church at Ephesus, Paul essentially laid down the principles that really mattered to him and said the desire of his heart was to finish his race with joy (see Acts 19:24). It was an emotional good-bye, and Paul left, sailing on to Caesarea. When he arrived there he stayed with the evangelist Philip, where he encountered the prophet Agabus. Agabus tied his own hands and feet with Paul’s belt and warned him, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles’ ” (Acts 21:11). In other words, “Don’t go. Danger is waiting.”
Paul responded and said, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (verse 13).
Now, what kind of a statement is that? That is the statement of a man who has been to heaven (see 2 Corinthians 12:2). Paul left this earth, went into the presence of God, and was called back to the earth again. That is why Paul was able to say that he had “a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23).
If you had been to heaven, it would change everything about you. It would change the way you see everything and the way you respond to everything. And certainly, it would change the way you view death.
I don’t think that Paul had a death wish, but I do think he recognized that what was waiting for him on the other side was far better than what he was experiencing. The same can be true for you and me. This is a great teaching by Pastor Greg Laurie. What a great way to start my Sunday!!! I hope that you are all blessed by it!!!
So Great a Salvation
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” —Matthew 7:13
People believe in hell for other people, for those who do awful things. Maybe someone has gotten away with a horrible crime and hasn’t been caught. So we say, “Well, they will get theirs.” What we are really saying is there is a final judgment.
However, we don’t like the prospect of facing judgment ourselves. Yet if a person ends up in hell, that is his or her own choice. This is not what God wants. Hell is a prison in which the doors are locked from the inside.
Heaven is not the default destination of every person. Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).
We go to heaven because we make a choice to do so by putting our faith in Christ—and Christ alone. There is no other way to get to heaven. No one was uniquely qualified to meet God’s righteous demands apart from Christ. No prophet, no guru, no religious system is going to do it. Jesus was fully God, and He was fully man. Thus He, and He alone, was able to stand in the gap for us and pay the price for our sins.
That is why the Bible asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him … ?” (Hebrews 2:3–4). If you blow off God’s offer, that is your choice. But you are going to face the consequences.
This was a powerful Devotional from Pastor Greg Laurie today. All I can add is that I am so happy that I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!!! I can’t imagine my life without Him as my Lord and Savior. God bless you!!!
Not Home Yet
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.—Hebrews 13:14
Here is another great devotion from Pastor Greg that I had to share. I really like his style of writing. He really has a way of writing so it is personal to each one of us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I heard a story about an old missionary couple who had been serving in Africa for years and were returning home to retire. Their health was broken down, and they had no pension. As it turned out, the same steamer ship they were traveling on had a very well-known passenger, President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning home from a hunting expedition. As the passengers disembarked, there was a crowd of admirers. They were all there to greet the President of the United States. A band was playing, and the cheers of the crowd were deafening.
But when the missionary couple came ashore, there was no band playing for them. There was no applause. There was no one to welcome them home—not a single soul to meet them. Discouraged, the husband buried his face in his hands and moaned, “God, I didn’t expect a band or a parade, but someone could have seen to it to welcome us home.”
Hearing this, his wife looked at him and said, “Now Honey, we are not home yet.”
That is what we need to remember. We are not home yet, but one day we will be. Our job, until that day, is to be faithful with the opportunities and resources God has given to us. There are some people who simply go for it as Christians. They take risks for God. They want to do great things for God. They give it everything they have. Then there are others who want to serve the Lord, but they are more cautious, more careful. Some people are setting the world on fire while others are still looking for a match.
Here is what we need to focus on: being faithful to the Lord and using the gifts, opportunities, and resources He has given us. i hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. —Matthew 24:30
I read this today and was so blessed that I wanted to share it with you. I think that many Christians forget that we will also stand before the Lord at the Bema seat someday and we are going to have to account for how we lived while on earth. I want to hear “Well done my daughter!!” If I am lucky enough to get a crown I will lay it right back at my Savior’s feet.
Some people really get into Bible prophecy, attending every Bible prophecy conference and reading every Bible prophecy book. But if it isn’t changing the way they live, then they are missing the point. Prophecy wasn’t given to inflate our brains; it was given to enlarge our hearts. It was given to draw us closer to God. And the bottom line is that judgment is coming.
As believers, we will finish our lives on this earth one day and will give an account for how we have lived. We will give an account for what we have done with our time and for what we have done with the gifts that God gave us. Did we develop them? Did we cultivate them? Did we use them for His glory? What did we do with our resources? Did we invest in His kingdom? What did we do with our lives in general? We will be rewarded—or not rewarded—according to how we have lived.
There is also coming a day when nonbelievers will stand before God. The Book of Life will be opened, and for them it will be too late. They will not be judged on the basis of their deeds, but according to what they did with Jesus.
In the end, it is not so much a sin question as it is a Son question: What did you do with Jesus Christ, the Son of God? If you believed in Him, then you have been forgiven. You are going to heaven. But if you rejected Him, then you won’t be.
The first time, Jesus came to this earth in humility and died on the cross. But the second time, He will come to this earth with power.
So live your life well. Live it for the glory of God. Have a Simply Heavenly day and may God bless you!!!
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