Posts Tagged ‘Heaven

15
Sep
17

The Hope We Have

As children of God, we have hope in Christ that when Jesus appears, we will not only see Him, but we will be taken to our heavenly home to be with Him forever. John wrote:

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)

What is your hope that you have? Is it the hope of Heaven?  Or is it merely a hope that things may get better in this life? Do you know where you’re going when you die? If you are a child of God who has been saved and forgiven through Jesus, your hope is in Heaven. Don’t forget that today! When you face trials and tests, remember that there is so much more waiting for you beyond this life. These things will pass, but your hope will remain.
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12
Sep
17

Confidence Versus Arrogance

Faithfulness is one of the keys that unlocks confidence in Christ. Check out what the Apostle John wrote. He said:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. – 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. When we live our lives in faithful service to Jesus, we can have confidence in our status before Him when He returns. It’s not arrogance. Arrogance says, “Don’t you know who I am?” Arrogance believes that one deserves Heaven. Confidence says, “I know who He is.” Confidence believes that the grace of God is sufficient to bring us to our heavenly home. Arrogance pridefully thinks that it is all about us. Confidence humbly knows that it is all about Him. This confidence we have comes from walking faithfully with Jesus in love for and service to Him. Be faithful today and confidently trust in His grace to lead you home.
08
Sep
17

The Promise Of Eternal Life

Sometimes we forget that this life is not all that there is. God has promised us eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus. But we get distracted from that promise by the things of this world and we get pulled away from Jesus. This is what John wrote:

As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life. – 1 John 2:24-25 (NIV)

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are going to Heaven. Say that real quick – “I am going to Heaven.” That’s not a wish upon a star or from a genie or a cricket. That’s not a dream or a fantasy. That’s a rock-solid promise from God. He’s not going to change the game on you mid-stream. So faithfully remain in Him. Don’t wander off. You don’t want to miss this…
07
Aug
17

We Have Hope

Followers of Jesus are living for more than this life. We have a hope beyond the seventy or eighty years we get on this planet. We are living for the billions of years we will live in Heaven with Christ. Proverbs says that we should neither be afraid of those who seek to do us harm nor should we be jealous of those on whom God’s judgment will fall. Proverbs 24 says:

Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. – Proverbs 24:19-20 (NIV)

There’s no reason to be afraid because we’ve got nothing to lose. No matter what persecution may come, our hope is in Heaven. No matter how the wicked may prosper in this life, they have no hope of eternity. Don’t worry about the temporary pain or difficult circumstances of this life. Instead, keep your eyes on Heaven. Heaven awaits and the One who waits for us there keeps His promises.
04
Aug
17

Don’t Be Jealous Of Sinners

It’s hard to watch the wicked prosper. Especially when you are trying to do the right things and live your life for Jesus. When those who do not fear the Lord seem to get ahead, it’s just not fair. Why do they have so many blessings and we just struggle? Solomon said this:

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:17-18 (NIV)

Pastor and author Randy Alcorn said this:

“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”

Remember that God has promised you a future in Heaven with Him. The best things in this life cannot compare with the future God has prepared for you. This life is brief and Heaven is eternal. Stay faithful to Jesus for your hope is secure in Him. Better days are coming…
02
May
17

Faith And Wealth

We get it all wrong sometimes when it comes to wealth and faith. We may be tempted to think that if we had more money, we’d be better Christians. We could tithe more and worry less. That’s not necessarily true. Listen to what James says:

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? – James 2:5 (NIV)

When we are poor, we need more faith to make it through each day. Our hope and our faith is not in wealth or material possessions. Our hope and our faith are in God. More money means more problems. Less money means deeper faith. When God is all you’ve got, you discover that God is all you need. What do you want more, money or God? Only one leads to eternal life in Heaven.
01
May
17

Jesus Isn’t The Only Way To Heaven

The third message in the “Fake News & Alternative Facts” series from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on John 14:1-6.




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