Now FaithWritten by Rev.A.R.Smith
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so it,s virtue or substance of what? Things hope for . Bible tells us , if we possess then why do we hope? so can we say anything we hope for is faith? II. LETS look at verse 39 . Jesus said, take ye away stone.martha , sister of him that was dead , saith unto him , Lord , by this time he stinketh. for he has been dead four days." Martha was looking at present tense. even thou she notted Jesus deity , she as with mary believed in yesterday and tomorow faith. sometimes we as christians also forget whom we serve , we forget that God is creator of all things , visible and invisible colossians 1:16. Lets go to John 11,23. Jesus said unto her," thy brother shall rise again.: martha said unto him , I know that he shall rise again in resurection at last day. Many that Ive spoken to, belive in resurection at last day.: but its hard to get them to belive that God is a , now God. hes God of past , present and future . It seem true test of a christian lies in how much, now faith, they have, how much that they belive that Jesus is able to take of now proublens, how much that they belive , what he said, " I will never leave you nor forsake you , I will be with you always, even untill end of world. III. evidence of things not seen. WHEN you hope ,its things that you , do not possess. hope that dwells within us is that, same spirt that raised Jesus from dead, will also quicken our mortal bodys. This means to make us alive in Christ. to make us a sacrifice , to be able to say that, Im dead to sin, it no longer controlls my destiny , my life, my very soul, I am who I am , by grace of God. this is evidence of things not seen. now faith . verse 25 . Jesus said unto her," I am resurection , and life..... Lararus, come forth, " power in his voice , majesty in his words. his command to death, had to be obey , there was no other choice. Lazarus had to rise, he had to abey. Jesus was teaching faith. Conclusion,; According to apostile Paul, Hebrews 6; ,... let us go on to perfection....,let us start useing , NOW FAITH, we have such a short time left, lets use our faith to see our children saved , and name of Jesus built up to glory of Father.
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Why I Want To Go To HeavenWritten by Stephen Kingery
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What will it be like to be in presence of Almighty God? To see Him and to bask in His glory will, for sure, be joy unspeakable. I long to be able to bow before my Heavenly Father and worship Him with angels and saints of old. I will be able to sing praises to Him with a perfect voice. I so much look forward to being able to say to Him, "I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you." I know that glory of God will permeate all of Heaven. No matter where we will be in that Heavenly City, glory of God will be shinning all around. I want to be there and bask in that glory.
I have several loved ones who have gone on to be with God. My grandmother and grandfather were both true saints here on earth. It gives me joy to know that they are with God today, for Scriptures say, "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from body and to be present with Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8) I look forward to being able to be with them once again. I also have aunts and uncles who have gone on, as well as friends and loved ones in church. It will be a great reunion day indeed when we all get to Heaven.
Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be able to set down and talk with saints of old? To be able to talk with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Timothy, Stephen, Silas, and all others will truly be a great and marvelous experience. I sometimes wonder if, when we get to Heaven, we will suddenly have complete knowledge of all history of God's people. I really don't know if we will. But I like to contemplate what it would be like to meet saints of old and ask them questions about their lives. I can just imagine sitting at feet of saints listening for days on end of stories they have to tell.
The Bible does not tell us a great deal about Heaven and what it will be like. It just gives us a glimpse of Heaven. Many of things we must contend with in this life, will be absent in Heaven. The Bible tells us, "They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for Lamb who is in midst of throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7:16,17) We know that there will be no sorrow there, no pain, no bad memories, no evil, no emotional problems, no financial problems, no ill feelings between us, no strife, no jealously, no hurt feelings, and list could go on for ever. All things that trouble us here and sometimes make life difficult will be absent in Heaven.
There are those who dwell on reward we will have in Heaven. They like to talk about all magnificent "things" we will have in Heaven. What will reward or treasures be like? Will they be material (houses, gold, silver, etc.), or will they spiritual (love, joy, peace, etc.)? The Bible does speak of us having a reward or treasure in Heaven. Jesus said, "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. . ." (Matthew 5:12); and also "but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20) To me, reward and treasures I am looking forward to are not material. They are those things we have talked about in this article. I look forward to seeing Jesus and our Heavenly Father. I want to see loved ones who have gone on before. I want to visit saints of old and share with them victories of their lives here on earth. I want to experience love, peace, and joy that Heaven will offer by removing all bad things we have to contend with in this life. And I want to bask in glory of God forever!
What will Heaven be like? We can't say for sure with great detail. But we can say for sure that it will be wonderful because our Heavenly Father, His Son and Holy Spirit will be there.
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Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.
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