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Looking Forward to Heaven
One of my favorite songs and still is today is entitled, "When we all get to Heaven". The chorus says, "When we all get to Heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus. We'll sing and shout the victory." I loved listening to my dad and other ministers share messages on Heaven.
I love the King James Version of John 14:1-3. It reads, "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
Every once in awhile, when the world that I live in begins to look so sad and so full of hopelessness, I find myself reading Revelations chapters 21 & 22. I especially love Revelations 21:4 because it says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
God's promises are true. And someday, I will reunite with those I have loved and lost. Someday I am going to get to go to a place where there will be no Covid-19, no cancer, no social distancing, no tears caused from pain and disappointment, no sin or evidence of sin, no bullies, no hatred, no lies, no politics, no denominations, nor divisions of any kind.
And if I want to, I can spend the 1st 10,000 years just hugging everyone who made it. (not that I would have 10,000 years to do so because there will be no more time as we know it.)
I have heard many of the older generation of my youth talk about all the people they were going to see and they pictured Heaven as millions of saints going around and laughing and hugging and reminiscing while God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit sat on the Throne of Glory and watched smiling.
Then one day, while I was meditating on the WORD, I began to realize that Heaven was not going to be anything like that. Yes, the WORD says we will know those who have gone on before us. But I realized that our focus will not be on those around us. Instead, our total focus will be on the One who created us, the One who died for us on the cross, and the One who guided us in our journey. We will sing and praise and worship and never become weary of worship. We can't comprehend what it would be like to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for more than an hour. But we will! And because time will cease, no one will be able to look at their clock and say, "Oh my! We have been here over an hour!" And even if we could, we wouldn't because we will be absorbed in the presence of God.
We won't remember this world or anything that happened to us on this earth. All that will be erased from our minds. That is something for which we will be thankful. We won't ever be taunted by the enemy who loves to remind us of what we did to disappoint God in our past or make us feel worthless and useless. Of course, when God forgives, that which we have been forgiven, can no longer be something to bind us and keep us from walking in freedom from that sin. Even though the enemy still loves to work on us through past memories and try to convenience us that we are not worthy of the love of God. But in Heaven, all those things that were tools to bring us down, will no longer be there. And knowing the enemy, will not be there to bring them back up will make Heaven even greater.
I love the part that all of us will have a new body. The WORD says that we will wear robes of white. Every time I read that, I see a Heaven full of God's people looking alike. There will be no fashion designers, no rich verses poor. We will all be the same: God's children consumed with the fullness of His love.
But the part that stands out to me is where our focus will be: on the Throne of God. It is just too bad we can't have a little heaven on earth. But in order for that to happen, we all would have to become passionate with a deeper relationship with God to the point all of our focus would become 100% on Him. Because everything that has ever causes and continues to cause wars, divisions, hatred, anger, divorces, and strife always comes from getting our eyes off of God and replacing His love with our love for ourselves and our desire to be our own god with our own platform of what we believe is right, just, and truth. And the sad part about all of that is without God, we are pones of Satan and his agenda that only leads to destruction to ourselves and others around us.
I AM looking forward to Heaven and praying that all of us are ready when the trumpet sounds. But until then, my prayer is, "Father, help me to keep my eyes on You, my heart surrendered to You, and my mind consumed with Your thought and Your ways." Heaven will be worth it all. But wouldn't it be nice if we COULD experience a glimpse of Heaven while on our journey there.
We actually can experience Heaven on earth. We can't go to heaven except through death or the rapture. But we can pray for God to come to us. When He does, we experience what is known as a revival. And while His presence remains, we will witness miracles, healing, restoration, peace, transformation, and hours of praise and worship. In my life time, I have witnessed such times as these and long for them again. They come through prayer. So let's not stop praying. Let's keep asking God every day for a revival to sweep across our country once again that could become as powerful as "The Great Awakening" that occurred in the early 1900s. Oh how desperately we need such a time in our world even now.