Heaven’s Society

170205-rewards-heavenPeople in heaven will have different blessings and rewards.  It will not be like the British aristocracy or India’s class society, but there will be many distinctions.  Being closer to Yeshua will be a greater honor.  Being a martyr will carry special honor. The past things of this world will be forgotten completely. (Rev. 21:4). There will be no semblance to any worldly hierarchy.  There will be no pride, vanity, jealousy, class, envy, selfishness or independence.  However, there will be positions, but they will have been prepared for everyone and perfect in all respects.  When the mother of two disciples asked that her sons could sit on His right and left, Yeshua explained that it was not even up to Him to make that decision, but it would be for the one for who it was prepared. (Matt. 20: 21-23). The forgetfulness of Heaven is a wonderful thing.  All the lies, misconceptions, assumptions, baggage, bad habits, worldly thinking, limitations, suspicions, bad memories, fears, hurts, all the corrupt, broken, fallen nature of mankind will be over and beyond recall.  In its place will be love, a love that will make all things new. (Rev. 21:5). This love that will make marriage insufficient, (Luke 20: 34-36), but for the wedding of the Son of God, Yeshua, to his spotless prepared bride, the Church.

In Heaven we will see that everything has been from God and to God.  All of God’s hidden sovereignty will become visible with His glory, majesty, and honor.  We will have crowns but readily lay them before His throne.  We will see and experience what it means, “who ever is greatest among you is the least.” (Matt. 18:4).  Nevertheless, there will be things of this life that will carryover, God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  All the things that had eternal significance will be waiting for us in heaven.  Our treasure is heaven will be securely kept, because it has eternal value. (Matt. 6:19-20).  In the mind it seems a very difficult task to separate all the events, acts, and relationships, including the temporal nature of lies, deceit, selfishness, etc.  These are mere shadows and phantoms that have no real substance.  They will vanish like a wisp of smoke in the realm of the eternal.  C. S. Lewis, great book, “The Great Divorce”, carries this illustration much farther, and is a book easy to read and we’ll worth the reading.

Lord, Yeshua, thank you for your promises and assurance of eternal life with you and the family of God.  The difficulties of this life are nothing compared to the surpassing glory that awaits all believers.  Maranatha, Lord come quickly.

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Believing Truth

unpopular-bully-friends-lonelyMuch sadness and hurt in this world derives from the belief that we are not loved.  I say “belief” because the facts are often uncertain and our beliefs usually overrule the evidence, facts, and truth.  As little children we became afraid of things, for example, a monster under our bed.  This was supported by nothing more than a suggestion, darkness, or scary stories.  As adolescents we may feel or be isolated by our peers and extrapolate this into rejection, self loathing, or much worse. Being unwelcomed or even put down by the cool kids is not rejection.  For anyone to reject you they must first know Read More »

One Solitary Life

christ_empty_tombNearly two thousand years ago in an obscure village, a child was born of a peasant woman.  He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until he was thirty.  Then for three years He became an itinerant preacher.

This Man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a public office.  He never had a family nor owned a home. He never put His foot inside a big city nor traveled even 200 miles from His birthplace.  And though he never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him.  He had no Read More »

God’s Heart

Gods-Word-is-love-never-fails-400x272We may not think of God having a heart like we do, but the Bible tells us He does.  Just as we feel things deeply in our heart, so does God.  After the creation we see that His heart was troubled with regret.

“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart Read More »

Rend Your Heart

Joe2.12” ‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’  Rend your heart and not your garments.  Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:12-13)

This is a clarion call from Father God to all believers to return to the Lord with all your heart.  This is not just for those who are held captive in the enemy’s snare or those who have been waylaid in this world’s Vanity Fair, nor even some who have surrendered to the temptress of self.  This is for each of us Read More »

Preaching Reason

jesus-with-children-1211I have heard it said, “I don’t like baths, who wants to sit in a tub in dirty water.”  This is one of those statements that sounds right and makes the speaker seem witty.  I think a comedian may have popularized it.  In fact, this statement is inaccurate.  Have you ever rinsed a bowl or plate only to observe that the food waste was too sticky to be rinsed off, so you left it in the sink to soak?  In the same way a bath
soaks into your skin pores to provide a deeper cleansing. Moreover, the more complete warmth relaxes your muscles and provides a longer therapeutic Read More »

A Word of Encouragement

UnknownThis was shared at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting, author unknown.

I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed”.  I have Holy Spirit Power.  he dye has been cast.  I’ve stepped over the line.  The decision has been made.  I am a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and my future is secure.  I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tameRead More »

Sitting on a Cloud

jesussickle215The world mocks God by suggesting that everyone in Heaven sits around on clouds playing harps. Their suggestion is that it is more fun to carouse, get drunk and participate in sexual debauchery.  In the movie, “Monty Pythons Search For the Holy Grail”, they depict a very silly and impotent God situated in the clouds.  However, we do have this cloud image in scripture, “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.  Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  So he who Read More »

Do I Harbor Anger

jonah4God chose Jonah to carry His message to a particular people.  Jonah ran from God.  Today the proper technique is to ignore God and keep right on with what you are doing.  God was merciful to Jonah and got his attention and surrender to God’s will, but it took a giant fish/whale and three days in the digestive process.  Jonah obeyed God, but He was not pleased with the outcome – those who heard his message repented whole-heartedly to God. (Jonah 1:1-17).

For some reason I can relate to Jonah as he was interested in accomplishing things, if he said something he believed it was true.  He didn’t pretend Read More »

A Prayer From/To God

juanes_stefanus_gestenigd_grt.jpgGod is beyond our understanding in what He does.  He accomplishes the impossible. What is more unfathomable and impossible than taking a killer who is opposed to God and making a devout believer of him.  It requires transformation, making a new creation.  This is part of the reason that we do not judge others.  It is not over until the Lord says so and we leave this world.  The Lord wants us to forgive our enemies and it may be that this act of forgiving grace releases the power of God.  As Stephen was being stoned he asked the Lord to forgive those who were doing it; Saul was there and approved his stoning.   Also, it is the creative nature of the Lord to take nothing and make Read More »

Dilemma Solved

UnknownGod demands perfection.  There is little dispute with this premise, it seems to be self-validated.  It is certainly taught by all major religions, apparently a God with lower standards would simply not be worthy of any religious service.  This brings us to a human response – reject God altogether, promote existentialism, science, and equate theory to fact.  This is a trifecta solution, no demands of perfection, no religious duty, and exaltation of self.  When we were in college, my friend had a more straight-forward approach he called it, “The God of what’s happening now.  If it feels good do it.”  I think he was far more honest than the atheist.  Even so, there are multitudes that reject the God of the BibleRead More »

Speaking By Holy Spirit

imagesWhat language does God speak?  You may say that of the hearer, but what many bystanders heard as God spoke to Yeshua and Paul was thunder or unintelligible sound. (John 12:29; Acts 9:7).  What language do we speak to God?  Our own, you may say, but scriptures says God knows want we will say before we say it. (Matt. 6:8).  We are told repeatedly to ask and pray, to make petition and supplication to Him, to cry out. Scriptures says that God is Spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit. (John 4: 24). “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through Read More »

Leaders Good and Evil

n-protest-b-20150831Real leaders have insight, they stand up for the right and they can discern right from wrong. They are passionate and maintain self-control, which means they show emotion, but they are not controlled by it.  They demonstrate humility and wisdom, without guile, real leaders need no politics.  They have convictions and a foundation of faith in God.  In the early years of this nation, an atheist could not hold public office.  This was not simply the enforcement of Christianity upon everyone.  This nation was founded on Judeo/Christian principles, denying their truth and wisdom would be inconsistent for an American leader.  Moreover, what is the moral and social compass of a devout atheist. A leader Read More »

Everyday With Yeshua

Col3.3The Holy Spirit is with us, but what does that mean in the natural and in the Spirit.  God is Spirit and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and truth.  Praising God is right. God is worthy of all praise, therefore, praising Him is entirely appropriate.( Ps. 33:1).  All creation praises Him. ( Ps. 150:6).  All the heavenly host praise and worship Him. (Ps. 148:2).  This is a natural response for the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit.  To praise God in truth is to do so in reality.  We are in process and pilgrimage.  We are seeking the Lord with all our heart and soul.  We desire to enter into His presence, to communicate Read More »

A Balanced Position

Who is the Holy Spirit?I just started reading a book and it opened with a topic that I have heard many sermons on.  The author describes one group of people who ignore the Holy Spirit and are focused on doctrine, proclaiming their interpretation on all points as correct.  He characterizes the other group as people who ignore the Word and seek to experience the full range of supernatural experience in every gathering.  He concludes that balance between these two extremes is the best.  I have heard versions of this sermon many times.  Balance is always recommended as the wise conclusion.  A balanced diet might make sense, unless ones diet includes poison, then no amount of poison would be acceptable.  The reasoning is that if we move away from extreme positions we will find a proper balance in the middle.  This is only true Read More »

Draw of the Law

Martin+Luther.+Law+vs+GraceIf you get interested in Israel, what God is doing there today, and have a love for Israel, be careful that you don’t go overboard.  We all have practiced the saying, “If a little is good, a lot must be better.”  I’ve seen this in regard to Israel where people can’t get enough Judaica and even begin to believe there is great virtue, even righteousness in practicing a form of Judaism. They choose what they like, such as, eating a form of kosher food, i.e. not eating pork, observing the Jewish feasts, wearing various types of clothing, observing a variety of Jewish traditions, speaking a little Hebrew, etc.  These are harmless and may have some minor benefits, but they may also be a great snare and trap.  If you think God loves you more Read More »

Waiting on the Lord

e26f5fdc8ca4bb47f37796910ebc4824--psalm--plaque“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” (Ps. 130: 5-6).

Americans don’t want to wait, we want it now, generally. Fast food is not very good, except rarely, but it is fast and quick is better than good to us.  We make concessions, compromises to get things quick or exactly when we want it.  For some who have the skill and ability to plan ahead, making reservations and appointments can reduce the wait.

I believe this pattern is from the enemy to steal something very precious Read More »

Obtaining the Power of the Holy Sprit

105.ten-Boom_Corrie“…because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.”  Romans 5:5.

F. B. Meyer has said, “God does not fill with His Holy Spirit those who believe in the fullness of the Spirit, or those who desire Him, but those who obey Him.”  Corrie Ten Boom of Holland was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany for hiding Jews and after surviving the war was led by God to travel the world to tell her story and help bring others to Christ.  One of the first places God led her was back to Germany, the one place Corrie asked God not to send her after she answered His call.  Corrie ultimately relented and went to Germany and was able to be a mighty witness there with her message Read More »

Fear Not

UnknownLast night I could not sleep and I realized that I was fearful.  It was a subtle fear of uncertainty and anxiousness, a foreboding dread of something bad.  I recalled Psalms 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” I repeat this over, I shall not want and I will fear no evil, for you are with me. The fear subsided Read More »

A Prophets Call

john-baptist-lds-art-parson-39541-print.jpg“Prepare the way for the Lord.”  To this day the cry of the prophet rings clear and loud in the wilderness of this world. “Make straight paths for Him”.  Calling for repentance and pointing the direct way to Messiah Yeshua and the salvation He brings.  Those to whom this message is sent are wandering in the wilderness lost but searching for peace from the tyranny of the world.  They are drawn away from the crowd in their desperation.

The prophet is also compelled by the truth and vision that he has been given.  He is on a mission to proclaim the message that there is hope with the coming of Yeshua.  He calls for repentance, turning from sinful ways and the path of destruction.  This message is heard and received because it has Divine authority and power.  The sin-sick people are weary of the deceitfulness of sin.  It promises happiness Read More »

The Forgotten

d593c3aa71ecf0f00ef36b9bf4218984--psalm--king-of-kingsStephen Paddock recently shocked the world when he gunned down defenseless attenders of a country music festival in Las Vegas.  He killed 58 people and injured another 546.  Pictures of Paddock have dominated the local and cable news stations for weeks.  He joins the ranks of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, Seung-Hui Cho, Adam Lanza and several other horrendous mass shooters in US history. These hideous crimes pale in comparison to Mao Tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim II Sung and other brutal dictators who killed millions during their short time on earth.

These wicked men seek glory and fame, even if their only means to success is through evil deeds and shedding innocent blood.  They fail to realize that Read More »

Instruction in Sovereignty

I, the LORD, created them.God raises people to authority for His purposes. He works His will through them.  He grants riches to some that they may know that He is the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name, for His good purposes toward Israel, His people, even though they don’t acknowledge Him.  He is God and there is no other.  He made the light and darkness.  He brings prosperity and creates disaster.  The Lord does all things.  “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down.  Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have Read More »

Now and Later Part 3

1690e382b9c83220f41f2a18efd69821--revelation--king-of-kingsMany drastic events can be projected with the acceleration of change.  For example, a one world government, world War III and IV, break-through in energy storage and production, currency redesignation, catastrophic earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, weather events,  etc.

However, the greatest event in the world’s future will be the return of Messiah Yeshua to earth.  His return will be disguised, if possible by the revealing of the man of lawlessness, the Antichrist.

What happens in the secular physical world is inconsequential, because what is happening now has happened before, not in exactly the same Read More »

Now and Later Part 2

UnknownThe emergence of the state of Israel once again after almost two thousand years in exile, yet remaining an identifiable and distinct people, is a remarkable physical achievement, as well as the fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy with many spiritual connotations. In these most recent years the Church has become a great supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.  The significance of this is spiritual, in that, as the church begins to understand the importance of its Jewish roots, she is aligning more closely with the spiritual purposes that are articulated in scripture.  Among these are a love for the Israeli people, as expressed by God in the Scriptures, a desire expressed passionately by Yeshua that His own people would accept Him as their Messiah, a recognition of the scriptural promises that were made to Abraham that God would bless those who blessed Him and His descendants and a recognition of the material Read More »

The Real Walking Dead

walking-deadFor the past few years, there have been numerous shows and movies about Zombies.  The most prominent is AMC’s, The Walking Dead, which is going on its 8th season.  When people die, they turn into a zombie-like, dead man walking, also known as a “Walker” and immediately start seeking to devour the “Living” people.  Like the Zombie curse, sin entered this world through Adam.  As a result, all humanity is born under the curse of sin.  The Bible warns, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

This world is filled with people who are under the influence and control of Satan.  They are walking dead, zombie-like people who are going Read More »