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Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.
And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.
And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15
What IF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE was PLAYED Back From the Beginning? What IF You were to DIE TONIGHT and Stand Before the Judgment Seat of Christ? Will you make it? This Gospel Tract Depicts What Will Happen To You On Judgment Day.
Since it went into print in the 1960’s it has reached well over a Billion People, and Has Been Translated Into Almost Every single language…Here are a few testimonies about this gospel tract:
I was shaken back into the fear of the Lord from my backslidden state by THIS WAS YOUR LIFE! that I found on my seat in a subway train [Email]
In 1989 I was depressed and even suicidal. I was walking the streets of Nashville one night and I happened upon THIS WAS YOUR LIFE! laying on a grease spot in a parking lot. I read it, threw it down and then came back and read it again. In the months that followed I repented and was saved. [Texas]
Someone left a Chick tract on a restaurant table, which I read and a friend also gave a Chick tract to me. With that combination I turned from being a Hindu to a Christian. That was 10 years ago. I am now a pastor. M.B., Clovis, CAThe YouTUBE Version Can Be Shared BeLOW:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHbllF1ArWoFOLLOW ME TO CHRIST MINISTRIESwww.youtube.com/followmetochrist
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The Hope You Need by Charles R. Swindoll
Hebrews 6:19 Somewhere along the many miles of southern California shoreline walked a young, 20-year-old woman with a terminal disease in her body and a revolver in her hand. She had called me late one evening. We talked for a long time.
A troubled young woman, her mind was filled with doubts. She had advanced leukemia. The doctors told her she would not live much longer. She checked herself out of a hospital because, as she put it, she “couldn’t take another day of that terrible isolation.
“Her husband had left her. Her two-month-old daughter had recently died. Her best friend had been killed in an auto accident. Her life was broken. She’d run out of hope.
She and I spoke calmly and quietly about what was happening. I did a lot of listening. There were periods when there was silence on the phone for thirty to forty-five seconds. I didn’t know where she was. I still don’t know her full name.
She spoke of taking her husband’s revolver and going out on the beach to finish it all. She asked me a lot of questions about suicide. In what seemed an inappropriate moment . . . I felt peace, a total absence of panic. I had no fear that she would hang up and take her life.
I simply spoke very, very quietly about her future. I made no special promise that she would immediately be healed. I knew that she might not live much longer, as her doctors were talking to her in terms of a very few weeks—perhaps days.
I spoke to her about Christ and the hope He could provide. After a sigh and with an ache that was obvious, she hung up. Thirty minutes later my phone rang again. It was the same young woman.
She had a friend who was a nurse, who used to come to our church. The nurse had given her a New Testament in which she had written my name and phone number and had said, “If you really are in deep need, I think he will understand.”
By the way, the nurse—her closest friend—was the one who had been killed in the auto accident. She had nothing to cling to from that friendship but memories and this Testament. She read from it.I said, “What does that little Book say to you?”
“Well, I think the first part of it is biography and the last part is a group of letters that explain how to do what’s in that biography.” (That’s a good analysis of the New Testament.) I said, “Have you done that?” And she had called back to say, “Yes, I’ve done that.
I decided, Chuck, that I would, without reservation, give myself to Jesus Christ. I’m still afraid; I still have doubts. I still don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring, but I want you to know that I have turned my life over to Jesus, and I’m trusting Him through this. He has given me new hope . . . the one thing I really needed.
“It’s very possible that someone reading these words right now feels the very same way. You’re thinking thoughts that you have never entertained before, and you’re thinking them more often and more seriously.
Without trying to use any of the clichés on you, I would say that this hope Christ can bring is the only way through. I have no answer other than Jesus Christ. I can’t promise you healing, nor can I predict that your world will come back right side up.
But I can promise you He will receive you as you come in faith to Him. And He will bring back the hope you need so desperately. The good news is this:
That hope will not only get you through this particular trial, it will ultimately take you into God’s presence when you die because you have received the gift of eternal life through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ your Lord.
John 8:31-38 NIV
Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.[a]”
1 John 2:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Philippians 3:20 New International Version
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:8-10 NIV
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
When God tells us not to be anxious about anything, it’s not the same as someone telling us to “cheer up.”
It’s not the same as when something terrible happens and a friend says, “Don’t worry.” God is not just saying, “Forget about it.”
He is giving us the solution. He says we should pray about everything and give praise and thanks to Him. When we do that, He promises to give us His peace that is beyond all comprehension.
That means we will have peace even when it doesn’t make sense. That kind of peace will protect our heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-8).(Excerpt from “The Prayer that Changes Everything”)
2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (KJV)
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Titus 2:11-14 (KJV)
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
“When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.”Luke 22:14-15 NLT
Eat, Pray & Strengthen one another in Christ! Jesus prepared his disciples for what was about to happen. He was eager to impart faith and strength to them because what they were about to witness would surely shake them to their core!
He disclosed that one of the friends would betray him and would suffer a miserable end. But then he turned to Peter and told him that he was about to fail big time! But that he would repent, recover and then strengthen others.
We can take Christ’s example and prepare those we minister to. As pastors and leaders we see far ahead of the rest. This godly insight helps us to prepare ourselves and others by building faith, strengthening and by giving hope!
Like in the time of Jesus death, burial and resurrection, we are living in a very dark day and it’s about to get worse. We have the opportunity to sit at the table to eat, pray, share insight, give hope and strengthen those that minister alongside of us. Let’s take advantage of these opportunities and strengthen one another in Christ!
Matthew 21:1-11 NIV
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]
“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Genesis 6:5-22 King James Version (KJV)
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Deuteronomy 8:1-11 NIV
Do Not Forget the Lord
8 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;
8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Psalm 92 NIV
1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!
6 Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.
8 But you, Lord, are forever exalted.
9 For surely your enemies, Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Ezra 6:13-22 NIV
Completion and Dedication of the Temple
13 Then, because of the decree King Darius had sent, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates carried it out with diligence. 14 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.
15 The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
16 Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. 17 For the dedication of this house of God they offered a hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred male lambs and, as a sin offering[a] for all Israel, twelve male goats, one for each of the tribes of Israel.
18 And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem, according to what is written in the Book of Moses.
19 On the fourteenth day of the first month, the exiles celebrated the Passover. 20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their relatives the priests and for themselves.
21 So the Israelites who had returned from the exile ate it, together with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices of their Gentile neighbors in order to seek the Lord, the God of Israel.
22 For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.
ROGER’S REFLECTIONS: “Checking for Worms!”
For years when we lived in Omaha, I took great pride in having a well maintained lawn. We fertilized and watered it. We pulled weeds and the result was a beautiful green lawn. One summer I noticed a brown spot in my grass at it gradually sloped down to the sidewalk.
Assuming the problem was lack of water, I began to water that area more. The spot kept growing and I kept watering Finally, I got down on the ground before my yard floated away and pulled up a section of the grass. I discovered worms (actually they were grubs, but it’s my story) eating the roots!
You see, I was treating what I “thought” was the problem (dry grass). But the brown spots on the lawn was only a symptom of a deeper, root problem ( see how I did that, root problem ). The real problem was worms
! Sometimes life is like that. We spend so much time putting out fires in our jobs, school, home, marriage and raising children (who eventually became teenagers and nothing you can do to stop it!) and even in our churches. We become emotionally drained because we not getting to the root of the problem.
Sin is a root problem. It can manifest itself in many ways. For many of us, it’s easier to try to put out fires than to get to the root of the problem. Because confession is good for the soul, I have to confess I did that in my marriage for WAY too many years. Even after I was saved, and worse, in full time ministry!!!
While in many ways our marriage was good, it took me way too long to allow my wife to freely express herself. I was defensive because of insecurities in my heart I had never allowed God to heal. There were certain issues Shirley had to walk on egg shells around me.
My defensiveness was a symptom of a deeper heart issue. Fear of not being “enough.” Not being a perfect husband or father, or a leader!!!) I don’t know about you, but I find there are some lessons that the Lord taught me way back, that I need to be reminded of. The most important lesson is there are no perfect people! I will tell you that I have met several perfect people over the years.
They are NOT fun to be around! But that’s for another time. So if there are no perfect people, why do we spend so much time trying to be something we can never achieve? It will flat wear you out. Secondly, there is a verse we all need to have implanted in our soul.
I John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. ” Is that good news or what! It says He forgives ALL sins, not just some. So quit putting yourself on a self imposed exile because you thought your sin was beyond God’s ability to forgive! He hung the stars in the Heaven’s.
And YOUR problem is to big for Him? Get real. So this week, do a little examination of your heart. Make sure that you don’t have worms! But if you do, call upon the Lord who loves you and forgives you of every confessed sin.
One last suggestion. Don’t go worm hunting in someone else’s yard! Let God kill your worms and live a godly life to everyone around you! Your testimony will speak volumes!
Something to pray about!
Ezra 6:1-12 NIV
The Decree of Darius
6 King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon. 2 A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it:
3 In the first year of King Cyrus, the king issued a decree concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem:
Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid. It is to be sixty cubits[a] high and sixty cubits wide, 4 with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.
5 Also, the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.
6 Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and you other officials of that province, stay away from there. 7 Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.
8 Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God:
Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop. 9 Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine and olive oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem—must be given them daily without fail,
10 so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.
11 Furthermore, I decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble.
12 May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.
I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.
Why do they hate us? It is from love that we proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ can set the captive free. It is from our own experience, as ex-gays, that we shout from the housetops that anyone who wants to repent of their sin can be forgiven and healed from those things that have been destroying their lives.
No one is forcing anyone to do anything! No one in the healing ministry or even in secular therapy is giving lobotomies or shock therapy to homosexuals or imprisoning them in conversion camps.
Those ideas are pure fiction invented by gay activists, who perhaps are subconsciously afraid that they might be living a lie. So they publicly employ scare tactics in order to hide from their own fears and to justify their ill-advised decision to remain as they are.
They certainly have the right to remain as they are, but they do not have the right to misrepresent and slander an entire group of individuals who only want to share the good news that has set them free from what is, overall, a very lonely and dangerous life.
Neither do such activists have the right to misrepresent the positive value of reparative therapy and Christian ministry for those who wish to leave the gay lifestyle, not only for the sake of their own emotional health, but for some, in order to respond to the call of Jesus to follow the moral teachings of Holy Scripture.
According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, people were leaving the gay lifestyle 2,000 years ago in order to follow Christ. By now, ex-gays must number in the millions! I’m just one person out of 7 billion, and I have met thousands of them just in the last 30 years.
Why don’t gay activists want you to know that people can be healed of the traumas that created their broken impulses? Why do they rail against anyone who would point out such a thing, much less assail those who have experienced God’s readily available release from sin and brokenness?
Though it is common to find experiences of being bullied in the personal history of homosexuals, in our day, many of the bullied have become the bullies.
From the very beginning of research in the matter, science has unequivocally shown that the gay lifestyle is dangerous for those who practice it and that it is developmental in its cause rather than genetically determined.
After spending tens of millions of dollars trying to prove that gays are born that way, there remains zero evidence that such a claim is true and mountains of anecdotal (which is admissible in a court of law) and clinical evidence that it is the result of trauma, neglect, abuse and/or a host of other contributing causes.
Life expectancy among homosexuals is dramatically lower than the rest of the population, even in the areas of the world where homosexuality is the most accepted and celebrated.
They have significantly higher suicide rates, domestic violence rates, substance abuse rates, depression and other mental health issues and an extremely high incidence of disease and other medical problems.
In fact, an entire cottage industry has arisen in the medical field to address the plethora of diseases that have resulted from gay sexual practices, many of which are so perverse and damaging that they cannot even be named here.
Why would gay activists profess that homosexuals are just as happy and healthy as the rest of the population when such claims have been proven to be patently false by the world’s top experts in the fields of medicine (especially urology and proctology), biology, genetics, theology, psychology and sociology?
Even more puzzling, why do they try to shut the mouths of anyone who would point out that their emperor has no clothes? Don’t they care about their own population? Why do they lie to legislators and try to outlaw freedom of speech and religion for those who are honestly and lovingly trying to help them? It seems very much like the injured dog that snaps at those who are trying to help it.
For decades, gay activists have deliberately misrepresented therapy and ministry that has been designed to help those who wish to leave the gay lifestyle. In their effort to get judges and legislators to outlaw such aid, they have repeatedly misled lawmakers, professional guilds, theologians and private corporations.
Just one of the dozens of gay activist organizations takes in over $40 million each year, spends $11 million on salaries and a quarter million dollars to pay lobbyists to push their agenda in Congress. All of that is at risk if homosexuals are not born that way, if it becomes known that it is a very unhealthy lifestyle and if homosexuals can be healed of those experiences that helped cause their same-sex attractions.
It’s all about the money. It’s all about the power. It’s all about very broken people lashing out against anyone who gets in their way.
Activists are taking advantage of the generous and honest impulses of people who want to do the right thing for those who struggle with homosexuality. They have become professionals at playing the victim, knowing that such well-intended people will always side with someone who has been a victim.
It’s called “emotional manipulation” and has been a well-known, published strategy of gay activism since the 1950s. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain this victim façade in the face of attempts to summarily silence anyone who speaks the truth in love to this very broken population.
Recently, activists have attempted to persuade California (La La Land) legislators to outlaw all professional therapy and ministry to homosexuals that is designed to help them find healing for their brokenness—erroneously referring to such help as “fraudulent schemes.”
This law would apply not only to therapists but also to ministers of the Gospel, as well as to any attempt to help the struggling homosexual via the media.
Already, California legislators have outlawed such help for minors. A mother whose child is threatening suicide as a result of sexual abuse by a homosexual, for example, cannot get help for resulting homosexual attractions. Children injured in this way, of their own volition, cannot even get help, even with the consent of their parents.
Why don’t gay activists want them to get help? Why don’t they want the truth to be known? Why do they want to outlaw freedom of speech and ministry to this very broken population?
As I’ve already mentioned, if it becomes known that homosexuals are not born that way and that their condition is not immutable, then the entire structure of deception that has been built over the years to convince the world that they are just as happy and healthy as everyone else will come crashing down.
If society responds accordingly to the real truth, gay activists will lose the political power, wealth and special rights they have obtained through decades of sophistry.
What is at stake here is the emotional and spiritual health of our children who are being sacrificed on the altar of denial, deception, money, power and political gain.
If you think you are doing the loving thing by supporting gay activism, you are wrong—very, very wrong. In reality, you are harming the very people you are trying to help. It’s time we stopped living in La La Land and did what is right for a change.
David Kyle Foster is the CEO of Pure Passion Media.
I DON’T NEED A BUCKET LIST.
It would be different if the only time I had to enjoy was the “here and now”… but it isn’t. As one who is saved (regenerated, cleansed, forgiven) by Christ through faith in Him… I know the best is yet to come.
NEW HOME. No longer will I be a stranger and a pilgrim. I’ll be HOME, forever, in my Father’s house. Ultimately, I will dwell upon the promised new Earth in “the New Jerusalem”, with all its beauty and wonders — a restored creation no longer cursed by sin, with ever-expanding opportunities to serve God and my fellow-redeemed in satisfying harmony and joy. (2 Peter 3:13; John 11:25,26; 14:2; Luke 6:20-23; Rev 7:15; 21-22; Isa 60; 65:17b; Heb 11:13,14,16; Acts 3:21; Ps 37:9,11,29; Matt 5:5; Eph 2:7)
NEW BODY. I’m promised a new perfect body — like Christ’s resurrected body. I will have physical abilities and a mental capacity far beyond this earthly realm — I will no longer be limited by strength, energy, or time or resources. I will have a potential to serve God beyond all I’ve ever known. (Phil 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2; 1 Cor 15:51-52)
NEW HORIZONS. I’m promised a place in Christ’s eternal unshakable kingdom, with talents and gifts (rewards of His grace) to use for His glory. What skills and abilities will I be given? Will I rule over a city? Or two, or three? Through what work and what assignments will I honor God? What will I be called to achieve or explore, invent, discover or develop? What will I build, craft, plant, compose or design? Where will I travel? Oh I can only imagine! (Heb 12:28; Matt 25:14-30; Rev 5:10; 22:5; 21:27)
NEW INTIMACY. I saved the best of the “far betters” for last. I will live in the presence of my King forever. Christ, the ᴊᴏʏ and ɢʟᴏʀʏ of heaven, ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴡʜᴏᴍ ɴᴏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇʟsᴇ ᴍᴀᴛᴛᴇʀs. I will look upon His face, revel in His beauty — and worship Him who alone is worthy — forever and ever. (Rev 22:3-4; 1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2)
I don’t believe it’s wrong to enjoy life or to make a bucket list. For me, I know I won’t miss out on anything — for something far, far better has captured this old heart of mine. I hope it will begin to capture yours too.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Lord help us to make the most of our remaining time here — for Your honor and glory.