What The Bible Says About Heaven

So, Heaven…what is Heaven really? What can we expect? How do we get there?

Well, no one truly knows what Heaven looks like. Unfortunately, we don’t have a full description of what to expect when we get there. My guess is that it is just too amazing to even describe with words. “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Though we don’t know everything, the bible does give us a few hints here and there to help us imagine a perfect eternity with God. The only reason we can have true hope in this life is because of Heaven. As people who have received salvation, we are able to hold onto the fact that the pain of this world is so temporary compared to the perfection and joy in Heaven. One thing that we know for sure is that Heaven is the kingdom of God. It is a place where people, who have received salvation, go when their physical bodies die here on earth. We also know that Jesus Christ, our savior, sits at the right hand of God. If  we are saved we will be able to live and dwell among God for eternity! I want to share with you guys some of the verses we are given about Heaven; and why we can can be encouraged to await going home, to the place where we are true citizens forever. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21). 

So why is it going to be so amazing? Why are we going to be joyful all of the time? Because sin doesn’t exist in Heaven. Sin is the root of every problem in our lives here on earth. Even if not directly, sin creeps into our emotions, our relationships, our words, even our physical health. One of my favorite sections in the entire bible helps me to picture even just a little of bit of Heaven. It gives me encouragement and life: “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” (Revelation 21:21-25). Picturing this scene gives me chills. That is our forever home.

I mentioned before that Heaven is our hope for our temporary pain on earth; why is that? That is answered here: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” (Revelation 21: 4-7).

In Heaven pain does not exist, worry does not exist, stress does not exist, murder, death, fear, addiction, sorrow, grief… They are nonexistent. We will be unable to feel these horrible things. Only joy, happiness, laughter and love will take over our lives. That is why everyday we wake up in this broken world, we can have hope and joy for our future.

So, I have asked this question before, but I want to ask it again:

Are you going to Heaven?

 

 

 

 

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My New Years Resolution

Hi everyone! I decided that I want to share my new years resolution with you, because it is something I believe many of us forget to do. So here it is.. slow down. That’s it, just slow down and experience the world that God has designed for us. I want to take the time to appreciate every moment for what it is. I want to live my life paying attention to the journey, not just impatiently waiting for the arrival. I don’t want to chase someone else’s life or waste my time comparing myself to another person. “Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth (Exodus 20:4).” I want to be able to wake up everyday with the perspective that it is a new day that God has given to me for a reason, it is a chance to experience something new, a chance at learning something new, and a new chance at sharing the love of Jesus with other people.

I believe it is so easy for us to get caught up in the everyday routine. Rushing back and forth, finding the next thing to do seems like our default setting. Fortunately, that is not what we were made to do. We are made to slow down and enjoy this life. We must take time for God first, then everything else second; we are meant to work but not make our career an idol. The point of this life is not to waste time searching for earthly treasures, but to instead spend time slowing down to focus on eternal treasures.  “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:17).” This life is so temporary, it is just a time of passing through. Spending life trying to gain more money, trying to please people, or trying to be exactly what others or society wants us to be just doesn’t make sense. We spend our lives chasing things that have no meaning in the end.

My suggestion is to constantly remind ourselves to slow down. Stop to think, relax, pray, praise… whatever it is. Just stop rushing and stop wasting time. We are not made to just kill time here on earth. “Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? (Jeremiah 2:25 MSG).” God wants us to slow down and He tells us that many times in the bible. Our priority should be to make time for Him, because only then will everything else fall into place. Saying we’re to busy to pray, we’re to busy for Him right now, or we have to much to do to read a verse or two everyday, is a false sense of control on our lives. When we put God first all else falls into place. When we stop to slow down and realize our true purpose and forget the meaningless things going on around us, we will be living out God’s will. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31).”

So, as we go into this new year of 2018 lets decide to slow everything down, so we can grasp the true meaning in this life.

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)”

There is a time for each and every thing here on this earth, so don’t miss it. Slow down and seek God, it will be worth it. Think about this, Jesus was on the greatest rescue mission of all time, and He was still able to slow down and enjoy the blessings that God gives on earth.

 

Prayer: Lord, Today I want to pray for my new years resolutions. I want to use these resolutions for your glory, so I can be more like Jesus everyday. Lord help me to continue to slow down. This life is not a constant run, that is not what you made it to be. Help me to appreciate every moment made by you. Help me to be present in the life you have put me in. Help me to remember that my true purpose and goal is to share you and your heart. Be by my side this year, and help me to make it a of year of focusing on you. Amen.