What Does God Say About Your Life? – Part 5

This is the last of this 5-part series, which consists of a condensed recap of 50 posts from June 28, 2014 to June 6, 2015 – created for those who have not been present for them all. Admittedly, this series is stark compared to the original posts with the enriching deep discussions of the individual scriptures. I highly recommend that those who have not enjoyed this past year of why God, who God is, who Jesus is, what God wants from us and how Christ takes our efforts to fulfill them and covers us with His salvation so that we are positioned for eternity, go back and do so. You will surely be blessed…

Now that we know all of this and are doing our best to walk our godly walk, what’s next?

First we can take a deep breath and remember to sit back and bask in the grace of the Father and the Son from which the gift of our salvation pours forth. (Ps. 84:11; Rm. 3:23 – 25, 5:21 & 6:14; 2 Cor. 8:9 & 12:9; Eph. 2:8, 9; Ti. 2:11& 3:4 – 7; Heb. 2:9.)

And having been empowered by this grace that gifts us in the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God, we are called to do just that – spread the grace. (Rm. 12:6; 2 Cor. 4:15; Eph. 4:7 & 1 Pt. 4:10.)

Now that you are connected to God, He wants to keep a running conversation with you. How do you do that? You pray, just as Jesus prayed and in the way that He taught us to. (Mt. 5:6 – 8 & 6:9 – 13; Lk. 6:12; 1 Th. 5:17, 18.) As we pray, we must take care to make sure our prayers (and ourselves) align with God’s word if they are to be answered. (Ps. 4:3; Pr. 15:29; Mk. 11:25; Jm. 4:3)

If you see anyone who needs prayer, as a follower of Christ you must not withhold it, regardless of your personal feelings about that person (drop the judgment). (Mt. 5:44)

If you feel you need to pray with greater fervor, you can call upon the Holy Spirit. (Rm. 8:26)

And, as with anything concerning God, your prayers must be laced with faith. (Heb. 11:6)

Now that we’re walking and talking with God, everything we do must be packaged in love. (Pr. 17:17; Jn. 13:34 – 35; 1 Cor. 13:1 – 3 & 16:14; Col. 3:12 – 14; Phil. 2:2 – 4; 1 Jn. 4:21.)

We know what love is because all we have to do is look to our God. He is love. Furthermore, He describes it to us. (1 Cor. 13:4 – 8; 1 Jn. 3:1, 4:16 & 19.)

God wants your love. How do you show it to Him? By walking in His word (Dt. 7:9; Mt. 22:37 – 40; Jn. 14:21 & 23.) and by loving His Son. (Jn. 16:27)

When you love God, heaven opens up and surrounds you. (Ps. 91:14 – 16 & 145:20; Eph. 2:4, 5.) And nothing can take that love away. (Rm. 8:38, 39.)

Like I said, God loves you. How much? First, He created you in His image. (Gn. 1:27; Ps. 119:73.) He fashioned every day of your life in advance. (Ps. 139:13 – 16.) He stays close to you. (Acts 17:27, 28.) And He holds you dear to Him. (Mt. 10:30; Jn. 3:16; Rm. 8:29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Th. 2:13 & 19; 1 Jn. 3:1.)

Because of all that, He takes care of you. (Is. 54:17; 1 Cor. 1:9 & 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17, 18; Eph. 1:7 – 9 & 2:19; Phil. 1:6 & 3:20, 21.)

Why does God do all these things? It’s because He is preparing you (and rolling out the welcome wagon) for your heavenly arrival. (Pr. 23:18; Dn. 2:44; 1 Cor. 7:31; Jn. 14:2, 3.)

Our part is to stay aligned in His will (Mt. 24:36, 44; Lk. 21:34, 35; Jn. 8:51; 1 Jn. 2:17) so that our entrance is guaranteed. (Mal. 3:17; Rm. 5:9 & 6:22, 23.)

How awesome will our ‘forever’ be? (Is. 25:6 – 9, 34:5, 11, 12, 16 & 35:6, 8 -10; Zeph. 3:9, 15, 17; Mic. 4:3, 4; Mt. 8:11; Rm. 6:5; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44, 49 & 53; Rv. 7:16, 17.)

All God asks of you to do is to tell as many people as you can about Him, His Son, His Salvation and His heavenly hope. (Ps. 145:4, 6, 7 & 11 – 13; Mt. 10:27 & 28:18 – 20; Mk. 16:15; Jn. 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; 1 Tim. 4:2, 5; Jm. 2:1; 1 Pt. 3:15.)

When we willingly do that, God will Himself facilitate our effectiveness, and nothing will get in the way of our delivery. (Mt. 10:19, 20.) We do that because we know we are helping save lives. (Rm. 1:16 & Col. 1:28.)

I pray that this series has reinforced those who have been faithfully following our journey this last year and has inspired those who haven’t to peruse those earlier posts. There’s a lot of God waiting for you…

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week as we embark upon a new journey guaranteed to open up your eyes to the obtuse chicaneries of our enemy, help you find out who you really are, free you from how you are keeping happiness at bay, and help others do the same. It will truly be a lifesaver.
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Heaven? – Part 2

In the first of this 2-part series, we looked at the nature of the kingdom of God, including its eternal manifestation, how it’s going to be a good thing (prepared by Jesus) and of the urgency regarding accepting Christ as your Savior and living a godly life in order to position yourself to receive it.

We also briefly looked at the horrendous set of events that will take place near the end of time, which will bring suffering upon those who don’t side with God; and we ended with questioning whether or not these events would apply to the children of God as well. Thank God, the answer is a resounding ‘no!’

Instead, God creates this vast holy city called ‘New Jerusalem’ for all of His saints to dwell within and He lives there too! In addition, the earth and the cosmos it was suspended in are both transformed into an idyllic paradise for His children to spend eternity in. (Ps. 102:25 – 27; Is. 65:17 – 19; 2 Pt. 3:12, 13; Rv. 21:1 – 7 & 22 – 27.)

The unbelievers’ outcome? Not very pretty. (Rv. 21:8)

But I know our human side. We all want to know, ‘What exactly has heaven got in store for me?’

First, you are plucked out of the moral cesspool that the world has become:

For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Is. 55:12 AMP

“They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered”…For thus says the Lord GOD, “I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out…and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered…I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest…bind up the broken and strengthen the sick;” Is. 34:5; 11, 12,15, 16. NASB

God will sift out His children (sheep) from the unrepentant sinners (goats) and harmonize them:

“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.” Zeph. 3:9 NKJV

“In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proud exalting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain. But I will leave among you a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.” Zeph. 3:11, 12. NASB

“The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil…a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zeph. 3:15 & 17. ESV

In that day of our heavenly embrace, we shall be transformed:

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. Is. 35:5, 6. NKJV

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way…No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it…but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Is. 35:8 – 10. ESV

For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection… Rm. 6:5 NASB

It is sown a perishable body, it is raised and imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NASB

And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Cor. 15:49 & 53. NKJV

Strife will be a forgotten memory:

Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war. Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. Mic. 4:3, 4. NASB

Neither shall there be sorrow or unfulfilled needs:

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rev. 7:16, 17. ESV

..the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever…and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Is. 25:6 – 9. ESV

And if that wasn’t enough, we also get to hang out with everyone that was ever created who turned to our God:

“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt. 8:11 NKJV

Let’s see. If you accept Christ as your Savior and live out a godly life to the best of your ability, you are then chosen by God for heaven, all strikes against you are wiped out, you are filled with happiness and joy, living in a new body (all old ‘defects’ removed) that is immortal, becoming one in the likeness of Christ, living fearless and at peace with all the rest of the children of God, eating fine food and drinking fine wine and all the while you bask (up close and personal) with the Father and the Son.

Do you see a downside? Nope. Neither do I. All God asks of us is to keep our eye on the prize…
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Heaven?

The universe as it exists in time is finite. The life you live in this universe is the same. Then what? What happens next? This question has plagued mankind since it was aware enough to ponder it. But, it is only the children of God who possess the truth of the matter. Why? Because the Creator of this universe and all that is in it, the Author of truth and truth personified, has revealed it to them.

The urgency of that revelation was instilled in the identical messages of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as each began their ministries:

Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt. 4:17 AMP (see also 3:2)

The coming of this same kingdom was prophesied 600 years prior by the prophet Daniel:

…the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed… Dn. 2:44 NKJV

The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is biblically interchangeable with the ‘kingdom of God.’ It is a spiritual kingdom, an inner kingdom that can only be entered through one’s change of heart (through earnest repentance and by choosing Christ for salvation) – a spiritual state to be lived out on this earth and shared with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a kingdom on earth composed of God’s children: a family dedicated to forwarding that kingdom by lovingly attempting to gather as many others into that family as possible.

Yet it is also a kingdom that we aspire to spend eternity in, when we transition from our life on this present earth to our heavenly destiny.

And this kingdom is personified in Christ.

So, the kingdom is here now and at the same time it is coming in its full eternal manifestation:

For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away. 1 Cor. 7:31 AMP

But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer. 1 Pt. 4:7 AMP

Don’t panic! This transition is going to be a good thing!

For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Pr. 23:18 NKJV

A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Eccl. 7:1 NASB

In fact, Jesus Himself has already prepared for your arrival:

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 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.” Jn. 14:2, 3. NASB

Jesus also forewarned us of the urgency to get right with God now because if we don’t do that before we take our last breath or if Christ returns first (and we don’t know the date and time of either) we will have lost our chance to do so:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only…Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Mt. 24:36 & 44. NKJV

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk. 21:34, 35. ESV

When we get right with God, (repent and receive Christ and do our best to live by His word) the coming of the ‘Day of the Lord’ will hold no terror:

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Jn. 2:17 ESV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Jn. 8:51 NKJV

…a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Mal. 3:17 NASB

…since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. Rm. 6:22, 23. AMP

…having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Rm. 5:9 NASB

God will pour out His wrath in that last Day; yet His wrath is not like the mindless vengeance of a rabid dog. It is instead a ‘sifting’ that comes from the tender love of a merciful Father – that He must apply after having given a multitude of chances to His creations: a profusion of pleas to return to His love. God can only save those who come to Him through Christ:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!” Mt. 23:27, 28. NASB

Before this world as we know it comes to an end, tumultuous events will transpire because of the continual spiritual degradation of the inhabitants in it:

…in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. 2 Tim. 3:1 – 5. ESV

Thus, we see the cesspool that the majority of earthlings will become. God has told us that bad things will come against those who rebel against Him; and as usual, God does not leave us guessing. He reveals them to us in sequence:

The first thing we learn is that many of the churches will have lost their way. (Rv. 2:1 – 3:21.) The second is that tribulation (the wrath of God / Day of the Lord) strikes the earth. The Bible strongly suggests that those who have already chosen Christ as their salvation and took on a godly life will be spared from these events. (1 Th. 4:16, 17 & 5:9; Rv. 3:10.)

The tribulations begin with the coming of the Antichrist, Israel being invaded by an ‘army of the north,’ (which God Himself thwarts) and a series of partial disasters set upon the earth to try to motivate the rebellious to return to their Creator – consisting of a burning of a portion of the earth, pollution of a third of both the seas and the fresh waters, darkening of a third of the sun, moon and stars and demonic mental and physical torment. (Rv. 8, 9 & 11:15 – 19.)

Following these ‘plagues, an ‘army from the east’ marches towards Jerusalem for the battle of Armageddon, killing 1/3 of mankind during that journey. (Rv. 9:13 – 18.) These are the last warnings the strays will get. There will be no salvation available for those who have not come to Christ by this point of the tribulation period.

The devil then wages war against those who did choose to become children of God during the first half of the tribulations. He acts through the Antichrist (who was aligned with a ‘church’ of false religion but then destroys it) who claims to be God and has a false religion built around him by Satan’s ‘false prophet.’ And yes, the rebellious worship him – all of whom will be cursed to damnation. (Rv. 12:10 – 12; 13:3 – 8 & 11 – 18; 14:9 – 11.)

During the second half of the tribulations, God gathers up all of His children who accepted their salvation, to keep them safe from His ‘final judgments’ that He unleashes upon the earth against those who have kept their hearts hardened against Him. (Rv. 14:14 – 19 & 15:1 – 3.) Thank God we don’t have to experience the plagues against the flesh, the loss of fresh water and all amphibious life, severe earthquakes and other topographic destruction. (Rv. 16)

On the last day of the tribulations, Christ leads His saints into battle against Satan’s armies at Armageddon and He vanquishes them with the word of God. Afterwards, He imprisons Satan for 1000 years. (Rv. 19:11 – 21; 20:1 – 3.)

Jesus then sets up His kingdom with His saints on a new earth and reigns for a thousand years with all of the resurrected children of God. (If there are any unbelieving people who survive the tribulations, they too will inhabit this new paradise and propagate over this millennium.)

At the end of that time, Satan is released once more to try to convince those who will listen to follow him and gather for war against the saints. Yet just as they begin to pounce, God takes the devil and his followers out of the picture forever – lining up all who followed Satan since the beginning of time in front of the judgment seat of Christ to receive their eternal condemnation. (Rv. 20:7 – 15.)

But that’s not what’s waiting for the children of God is it? No…

Next time.
Goodnight and God bless.