HEAVEN

 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.  The first heaven and the first earth disappeared, and the sea vanished.  And I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband.  I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: “now God’s home is with mankind! He will live with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them, and He will be their God.  He will wipe away all tears from their eyes.  There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain.  The old things have disappeared.”  (Revelation 21: 1-4)

 

A recent ABC poll stated that 89% of American’s believe in heaven.  Of these, three quarters (66%) doubted that they would ever get there physically.  Most people believe in heaven, they just are not SURE that they will get there.

The most important thing we can do in this life is to insure where you will be spending the next.  Nothing else matters as life is short and eternity is forever.

Heaven should be on our minds continuously as it should be our ultimate destination.  Heaven is where God resides on His throne.  It’s where Jesus sits at His right side, forever interceding for us.  It’s where the Angelic Realm resides.  It’s where all those who have put their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior reside.

Heaven is a place of joy where there will be no more death, grief, crying, or pain. (Revelation 21).

Heaven is place that God has prepared for us from the creation of the world. (Matthew 25:34)

In heaven, we will be like angels, with glorified bodies, who do not marry. (Matthew 22:30)

What's most important to remember is that as Christians, we are now “citizens of heaven” (Philippians 3:20).  This means that we should talk, think, and act like we reside there already.  When God grants us citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven, we become new creatures. He sends His Holy Spirit to indwell in us and our bodies become His temple. The Holy Spirit begins to transform our sinful, worldly desires into those that glorify God.

We are told also to “store up for ourselves riches in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:19)   Our heart will always be where are riches are.  We are to work toward those goals that bring a heavenly reward as opposed to working toward worldly, temporary, goals that don’t last.

Additional References: Matthew 7:21, John 14: 1, 1 Corinthians 2:9

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