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WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT HEAVEN?

August 18, 2016

Text:  “Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” Psalms 73:25

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What do you think about heaven? Do you think of heaven often? If you made a list of things you know about heaven, would it be a lengthy list or a short one? Does it sound like the place where you want to abide when you die?

In my  humble opinion, people here on earth don’t think enough about heaven at all. If they do, they consider only what they think it should be like. Ask them if they are going to go there, and they assure you that they are, whether they are Christians or not.

Wouldn’t you say that viewpoints like that are very unrealistic?  A lot of persons would agree that such an idea was unrealistic, but they would then allow for myriads of exceptions. Sooner or later  we  all must (and will have to) admit that men all must be judged by one   person who has the authority to do this. It won’t be done by committee, nor by vote, nor by lottery. “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son…” John 5:22

If you want to go to heaven you must nurture your attachment to heaven.   We all have a wretched habit of becoming enamored of something or someone so that we think we can’t live without it. But after a time the new wears off and we forget that it is in the closet. Suddenly, zoom……it is thrown away or sold in a garage sale. A young man and woman start dating and wedding bells are anticipated. He breaks it off with her, but she continues to pine and do what we used to call “carry a torch.”  You know, those sad  ballads that complain of unrequitted love: such as “I’ve Got a Crush on You”.   Keep your yearning for heaven  ablaze.  “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans  12:11

There are many reasons to keep in view as encouragements for you to set your heart on heaven. I have only a  small space to name a few. Search your Bible for more. You will be amazed!

Reason number one. Heaven is where God dwells.  From heaven he rules from his throne.  “The Lord is in his Holy Temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven.”   Psalms 11:4 ab  “Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…” Isaiah  66:1 The sweetest blessing  of  all will be to be in the presence of God!  Don’t miss it!  There will never be anything like it or to rival it!  For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly,  and to revive the heart of the contrite.”  Isaiah 57:15  

Two:  the curses, woes, sufferings, sorrows, threats, and bondage we know on earth will never be present in heaven.  The earth and heaven are antithetic pictures of one another. Earth is imprisoned in time; heaven is eternal, without time’s strictures.  Earth repeatedly  must experience the terrors of darkness, but  heaven is  “eternal day”. Earth is a place of frequent war, but heaven has perpetual peace.  On earth there was a tree that dealt death, “… but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Genesis 3:3  Heaven, however, is home to a tree whose fruit produces life.  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb…” Revelation 22:1

Three: maintain constant confidence in your  goal of getting to heaven. The first little hint is a downward trend in your love for the Lord  and his church. At the same time, your love for the things of God ebbs away.  You must revitalize your confidence in God and his influence in your life. Put more emphasis on that authority he once had in your soul.  You must reinvest your trust  in the promises  of  Almighty  God. Michael P. V. Barrett writes in his book Beginning at Moses: A Guide to finding Christ in the Old Testament  “This confidence is the inevitable corollary to the assurance that God controls time and that, therefore, regardless of appearances, the present is part of the execution of God’s program. The more details we know about the promise, the more intense the desire becomes.”

 

Earth holds no treasures but perish with using,
However precious they be;
Yet there’s a country to which I am going:
Heaven holds all to me.

Tillit S. Teddlie

Here is a great quote from Charles Hodge, evangelist.  “If you ain’t talkin’ about heaven…you ain’t goin’!”

 

REM

*Photograph above made by Hubble Telescope Site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



     

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