Posts Tagged ‘Heaven

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.

11
Apr
17

The Exalted Poor

Good Tuesday morning to you! It may be hard to fathom, but James says that Christians who are poor have a higher position than the rich. Check out what he says:
Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. – James 1:9 (NIV)
How can this be? Are the poor more exalted than the rich? Yes! Why? Because believers in Christ who are poor tend to have a deeper faith than the wealthy. It’s a matter of perspective. What is the goal of life? Is it to love and trust God or to collect things? Jesus asked,
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? – Mark 8:36 (NIV)
You might not be living high on the hog in this life, but remember that this life is brief. The seven or eight decades on earth cannot compare to the billions of decades in Heaven. Neither envy the rich nor covet their money and things. Gold may glitter on earth, but it is mere pavement in Heaven.
17
Mar
17

Gratitude

Good Friday morning to you! There are three little words at the end of Colossians 3:15 that seem like an afterthought. However, these three words are vital to being a follower of Jesus. Paul says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
 Gratitude is not an option for Christians. We should be the most thankful people on the planet. After all, we know that Jesus died to forgive our many sins and that we have the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him because of God’s grace. Not only that, but we know the source of our blessings is our Heavenly Father. So why do we complain so much? It’s because we forget. We get so bogged down in the muck and mire of this world that we forget to be thankful. We forget that we’re going to Heaven and this life is not all that there is. Don’t let the problems of earth take away the joy of Heaven. Be thankful today for the blessings you’ve received and even for the trials of faith that come along. God has blessed you with both so that you will know Him and His love each day.
07
Mar
17

We Were All There

Paul, addressing the Colossian believers, reminds them that they used to live like those who were not believers.

You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. – Colossians 3:7 (NIV)

One of the things that should irk us as followers of Jesus is when we, along with other Christians forget that we were once sinful wretches. We were all there. We were all once doomed to suffer God’s wrath. When we received God’s gracious gift of salvation, it didn’t make us better than anyone else. It changed our status in God’s sight. This wasn’t because we were so special. It is because God is so good. It is because of God, not because of us. We were all sinners doomed to hell. Now we are forgiven sinners bound for Heaven. Let us not look down on those who have yet to receive God’s grace with arrogance and derision. Instead, let us see them with compassion and love. It is not our job to judge and condemn the world. It is our job to share the grace and love that found us.
03
Mar
17

We Don’t Do These Things Anymore

Good Friday morning to you! After telling us to keep our eyes fixed on things above and not on earthly things, Paul tells us what some of those earthly things are in Colossians 3:4 (NIV). He says:

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

The fact is that this list of sins and vices is incompatible with being a Christian. If we are to be focused on heavenly things, the earthly nature must be put to death. If you are a Christian, you don’t do these things anymore. You are no longer controlled by your earthly nature. Instead, we must kill the earthly, sinful nature. Sexually immoral behavior, which is any kind of sexual activity outside of God’s design for sex, must be done away with. That includes impurity and lust. Evil desires and greed must be put to death as well. Followers of Jesus have to live differently because we are different. We know that Jesus died to save us and forgive us. He died so we could go to Heaven. Don’t settle for an earthly life. Instead, live like you’re on your way to Heaven.
01
Mar
17

Securely Hidden

Good Wednesday morning to you! Paul makes it clear in the first part of Colossians 3 that we should not desire earthly things. Instead, we should desire heavenly things. Why is this? It is because we are dead to the things of this world. Look at verse 3:

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:3 (NIV)

We have died to the things of this world, but have been raised to new life through the power of Jesus Christ. Now, we have been “hidden with Christ in God.” The idea here is of a treasure that is hidden for safe keeping. To your Heavenly Father, you are a treasure. Your life is securely and safely hidden. You don’t have to settle for being bound to the things of this world. If you are in Christ, you belong to Him and you are safely being held in Heaven with Him. Again, keep your eyes on Heaven and not on this world. This world and all of its troubles are merely temporary. Your life is with Jesus.



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