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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Importance of Belonging To A Local Church

The Importance of Belonging To A Local Church

2 Corinthians 8:5 “…but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.”  The church offers you something you cannot get anywhere else.

Why Have strong relationships.
  1. We were created for connections.
  2. Connections balance our lives.  By yourself you will leave an unbalanced life.  The Bible has 58 “one another” in the New Testament.
  3. Connections give us strength, emotional, spiritual, and physical.

The relationships that will last forever are those built in the family of God - the Church.  The one thing that will last after this world is over is the church. (Romans 12:2).  Church is not an event you attend, but a group you are a part of.  We are connected to each other.

What a Church is like in metaphors (pictures)., a brick in a temple, a family member in a family, a vine to a branch.

  1. It connects me to God’s eternal temple.  I Corinthians 3: 16 “ Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  Ephesians 2:21 -22 “in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”  The word together is key.  

Lessons from building - you cannot build it with one part. all the parts have to fit together,  a part is useless until it is connected. By yourself you cannot be used.  a part for the house needs to be inside the house not outside the house.  We are connected to hold each other up.1 Timothy 3:15 “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground (foundation)  of the truth.”  The Benefit : I get support and stability.  Small groups are a way to get this support.

2.  Second Benefit:  I get life and growth. It Connects me to Christ body. Ephesians 1:22-23 “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”  Ephesians 4:25 “Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.”  Romans 12: 4-5 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.”   The church has many parts, God loves diversity. every part of the body is needed to make the body complete.  we each have a different work to do,  we need each other.  I cannot fulfill God’s purpose for my life by myself.

People say I need Jesus but not the church.  Colossians 2:19  “ and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.”  Just as your body is connected, we must be connected in the church.  You only grow by being connected to the church.  You can make temporary change but you need people to make long lasting change.
 Second Benefit:  I get life and growth.

3.  It connects me to the power of Jesus. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”  This is our organic connection.  One wire can keep your car from moving. John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”  Connections makes us productive.  Your life impact will be determine by the connections you make.  The fruit comes from the root.  This is the kind of fruit you will produce if you are connected:
Galatians 5:22-23  “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”  Third Benefit:  I get God’s power to Change.  There are some problems you will never get rid of along, only in community being connected. Having others praying for you, holding you accountable and supporting you.

4. Fourth Picture:  It connects me to God’s Family.  A Christian without a church family is an orphan.  Somebody chose you to be apart of their family when you left the hospital.  You need a church family. Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”  “1Timothy 3:15 “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church (family) of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”  Your number one priority in the family of God is to love the other members.  1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.”  Colossians 3:14  “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Most important love each other).  Love is what holds the family together.
Fourth Benefit:  I am loved and accepted.  People need to hear your story and they need for you to hear their story.

2 Corinthians 8:5 “…but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.”  

A church family helps you to connect to God, to others, to the truth, with yourself to use your gifts and abilities , fulfill your life mission.  The church will outlast every kingdom and  business.  

*Sermon Notes From Pastor Rick Warren.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Season of Life - Springtime

Pastor Mark Taylor 

“But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
(2 Corinthians 9:6)

Following the turbulence of winter comes the season of activity and opportunity called springtime.  It is the season for entering the fertile fields of life with seed, knowledge, commitment, and a determined effort.

Spring does not care if you sow or sleep, nor does it care if you plant abundantly or sparingly.  God has given you the wisdom to rise from your comfortable chair and enter the fields at the right season.

The springtime in your life offers you the opportunity to enroll in a class, to have the courage to change either an occupation or residence, or perhaps even to change your mind about something or someone.

Springtime can enter your life when ever you are ready, but timing is important.  Do not allow springtime to pass while you sit idly by and others are planting their seeds.

To take full advantage of the spring in your life, you must begin to rid your soil of the weeds and rocks of worry, doubt, or pessimism.  It is the fertilizer of faith and enthusiasm that will overcome the worst forms of weeds.  The Lord allows flowers to start over every spring and he will allow the same for you:

“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30 KJV)

Plant more seeds this year.  If you gave a small amount of money to the work of the Lord last year, give more this year.  If you attended church only a few times last year, attend more this year.  If you gave a small amount of your time last year ministering, give more time this year to the Lord.  If you spent a small amount of time and effort in helping your church, invest more this year.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

Faith provides us with a multiple reward.  For each cup planted, a bushel is reaped,  for every good idea given to another, many shall be given to us in return,  for every act of kindness and love, a life of love will be returned, for each seed of encouragement given to another, encouragement will be given.

A kernel of corn produces its own kind.  A seed of doubt, or fear, or distrust place in the mind also produces after its own kind.  The price, or effort of thinking thoughts of love, prosperity, or self-confidence takes no more effort than to think thoughts of hate, poverty, or self doubt.  Only the rewards are different.

Springtime says “Here I Am!”.  I will provide the warm weather and the fertile fields, but you will have to decide if you are going to plant or not, and what you will plant.  The act of planting during the spring requires that we exert effort and discipline.

Each day is given to us as a new season of spring.  The thoughts, deeds, dreams, and efforts of today will provide tomorrow’s harvest.  To neglect the opportunity given to us this day is to delay our better harvest tomorrow.

There will be no better day, no better opportunity, no better springtime, no better time to begin than the current moment.  Life is truly a constant beginning, a constant opportunity, a constant springtime.  We need to have the faith of a child.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Loving One Another With Acts Of Service

Love One Another With Acts of Service

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

There are many ways to “love one another”.  You can love one another with words of encouragement.  You can “love one another” with spending time with each other.  You can “love one another” by giving gifts.  You can “love one another” with physical touch.  I would like to share with you another important way to show your love for others.  this is called “Acts of Service”.

“Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 36-40, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27).

Acts of service, is doing things for others that you would want them to do for you. Our Lord and Savior said this: "Therefore, whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).  You can show your love to others by doing things for them.  Love is not just a feeling, it is action.  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

“Acts of service” is something the Lord Jesus Christ both demonstrated and taught us to do. “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (John 13:12-14).  Today, in our society, we do not demonstrate or love for each other with this custom,  but there are many ways we can “wash each other’s feet” through loving each other with tangible acts of love and service.

Many people are locked into “gender” gaps and “generational” gaps which identify and limit them in the types of service that they are willing to give to those they love.  For instance, some men will not wash the dishes, because their dads never washed the dishes.  They view that service as something the wife should always do.  Some women feel that it is the husband’s job to take out the trash and wash the car.  When we allow ourselves to think and live the way our parents did, we limit our capacity to show our love to others with acts of service.  “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3). 

“Remember there are no rewards for maintaining stereotypes, but there are tremendous benefits to meeting the emotional needs of those you love.”  You may do a lot of things right, but if you don’t do it with love, you will not meet the needs of those who need your love. “And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Loving each other with acts of service is not limited to the husband and wife relationships.  This command of “loving one another” applies to our friends, fellow Christian brothers and sisters, children, and grandchildren. It is a love language that should be spoken by each of us to each other.  Love is a choice and cannot be demanded or manipulated.  “Each of us must decide daily to love or not to love each other.  This is true in all our relationships.

One of the best ways to express our love to the Lord is in “acts of service”.  “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalms 100:2).  This includes attending worship services, giving, praying, and giving testimonies of His goodness.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:8).

Below are some simple “acts of service” we can do for each other and the Lord:

 Be at church to show your love and support for each other and the Lord.
 Visit the sick and home bound, and those in nursing homes.
  Prepare some food for someone who has lost a loved one or who has just had surgery and is at home sick. Use your gifts and abilities to serve the Lord and others within the church. (teaching a class, watching the nursery, sing in the choir, repairing, cleaning etc.).
 Find a mission work outside of the church you can devote time to or donate  money to help in their work for the Lord.
 Ask others and the Lord the question: “Is there something I can do for you?”
Write a note or make a phone call to let them know you are “there for them”.
  Invite someone to your home for a meal or take them out and pay for it.

You may feel that no one else has expressed the love language of “acts of service” toward you, and you may question why you should.  Remember, love is something you do because the Lord has already done it for you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).  Demonstrating your love for others is not a matter of them deserving it or not, it is a matter of God’s grace in you.  “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). Express to your loved ones that it is a way you feel loved when they do things for you.  One practical way to do this is for two people or a family to write down two to three things they can do for each other to make each one feel more loved.  You can show your love for God by showing your love one another in “acts of services”. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    (John 13:35).  It is a testimony to your family, your friends, your church family, and most of all to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”  (1 John 4:7).

I am following our Lord Jesus” command by feeding hungry families in Africa, India, and Honduras.  Please look at my website for videos and information on my mission work. .  I will be going to Honduras in July with the goal of feeding 5,000 people.  I would appreciate your prayers.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Setting Personal Goals

Setting Personal Goals

“According to your faith let it be to you” Matthew 9:29

Your goals are about your future potential.  If you don’t have goals for your life, you will just coast through life and others will make you apart of their goals  

1.  Goal setting is both spiritual and practical. All successful people set goals. 

Jesus had goals: “My goal is to do what the One Who sent Me wants Me to do. My goal is to finish the work that He gave Me to do.  Paul had goals: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”  (Philippians 3:13)

There is only one you and you were created for a purpose.  You have unique fingerprints, DNA, and gifts and abilities.  Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Find your purpose and set goals to reach it.

2.  Goals are statements of Faith.  Hebrews 11:6  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Setting goals does not cost anything.  The main difference between a dream and a goal is that a goal has a dead line in which you set to accomplish it.

3.  Goals focus your energy.  I Corinthians 9:26 “I do not fight as one who beats the air”.  Goals keep you from wasting your time.  The world is full of distractions and time wasters.

4.  Goals keep you going when you don’t feel like it.  Psalms 146:5  “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God.”  Long term goals keep you from staying discouraged with short term setbacks.  Everyone fails.  Learn to fail fast.

5.  Goals build character.  God is more interested in who you become than what you accomplish.  You will never become the person you want to be until you intend to be that person.

6.  Good goals will be rewarded.  When you reach your goal you are going to be rewarded on Earth and in Heaven by God if they are accomplished with the right methods and motives.  Revelation 22:12  “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”

When you get ready to set a goal - ask these questions:

  1. Will this goal honor God?

2.  Is this goal motivated by love?  God is not going to bless a goal motivated by greed, guilt, competition, ego, or pride. John 14:10, 12  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love… This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

3.  Will this goal require depending on God to accomplish?  Proverbs 16:9   “A man’s heart plans his way,  But the Lord directs his steps.”

If you want God’s help to reach your goal you will need these three things:

You will need God’s Holy Spirit.  Zechariah 4:6  “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

You will need God’s Word to guide you: Joshua 1:8  “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”.

You will need God’s People to support you.   Ecclesiastes 4:12  “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Making Excuses

Making Excuses - If it were not for this and that, and the other.
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“And They all with one consent began to make excuses”  
( Luke 14:18)

The purpose of this message is not to condemn you or make you feel guilty of things you have not done in your life.  It is to motivate you to see the daily opportunities our Heavenly Father has given you and to act on them.  Many have made excuses for why they did not do something.  The doctor has told us we need to start exercising, lose weight, stop unhealthy habits, and start eating better.  Maybe you have had an excuse for why you have not begin to work on these important needs in your life.  Possibly it is a result of having put off getting additional education or just improving the gifts and abilities the God has given you.

But praise the Lord for those of you who have ask for God’s help and have set goals and accomplished the.  At one point you quit making excuses and stepped out on faith and allowed God to bless you.  Today’s message is about a man who represents God offering an opportunity to his friends, and the excuses they gave to Him.  

In Luke 14:16-24 our Lord tells us of a story that He is using to compare to the Kingdom of God.  We see an invitation from a very good, kind and generous man to all of his closest friends.  Instead of being grateful for this invitation to come to a great supper”, they all rejected His offer by giving excuses.

While this is a message to all those who have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, it is also an invitation to those who call Him their Friend.  This rich and generous man sent His servants  to deliver the invitation to specific people who He knew well.  You an I are the people of this message.

The message for you and I is to “come, for all things are now ready” (Luke 14:17).  The Lord Jesus has done everything necessary to provide you the opportunity to come and fellowship with Him and use your gifts and abilities to serve Him.  The Lord wants you to come and have some great fellowship with Him.  But, Many are saying “If it were not for this, and that, and the other, I would come”.  I would read my Bible more, pray more,  or help others more, but not now.  God is ready to bless you now, but you are making excuses.

As you listen to the excuses in this story, you see that they are very weak.  The Lord is also giving you an invitation to receive His blessings by living a life that would be pleasing to Him and a blessing to others.  “Depart from evil, and do good, seek peace, and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are upon their cry.  The face of the Lord is against them that do evil…” (Psalm 34:14-16).

We have a choice.  We can accept His invitation and live a life of purpose and blessing to others, or we can keep making excuses.
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”  (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).

You are invited to produce good works through the power that the eLord has put into your life.  “I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.  Every brach in me that does not produce fruit, He takes it away.  Every branch that produces fruit, He purges it (Makes it better) so that it may bring forth more fruit…I am the vine you are the branches.  He that abides in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without Me, you can do nothing.”  (John 15:1-5).

The sad news of this story is that those who were invited and made excuses would no longer have an opportunity to enter the house of this loving and generous man.  The excuses they gave kept them from receiving many blessings.  “For I say unto you, that none of those who were asked to come shall taste of My supper.” (Luke 14:24)

The good news is the invitation became open to others.  If you reject the offer of eternal life and blessings in this life from God, you will lose the opportunity and others will receive it.   The invitation has been extended to “whosoever will”.   “Then the Master of the house said to His servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, and  the crippled, and the disabled, and the blind.  And the servant said, Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and yet there is still room.  And the Lord said unto the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in that My house may be filled.”  (Luke 14:21-23)

Today your Heavenly Father is giving you an invitation to accept Him and follow Him, and to Love Him.  Will you say YES?  or will you say, “I would, if it were not for this, an that, and the other?”.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

How I Can Be Free From Self-Destructive Behaviors

How I Can Be Free From Self-Destructive Behaviors
Pastor Mark Taylor
(Notes From A Sermon By Pastor Rick Warren)

Seven Self-Destructive Behaviors

  1. Shame - You cannot be happy and ashamed and guilty at the same time.
  2. Uncontrolled Thoughts -  You have a choice about what you think about
  3. Compulsions - inner drives - I just had to do it - no you did not.
  4. Fear - Fear of not having enough or being enough.
  5. Hopelessness -  Long term thinking about the future.
  6. Bitterness - life is unfair and you get envious and hurt yourself. 
  7. Insecurity - God will never stop loving you.

How can I be Free From Me?  

  1. I must remind myself daily what Jesus did for me.  Romans 8:1-4.  Jesus paid for your sins if you belong to Him.  No condemnation.  You have new power instead of just will-power..  Laws do work on outside behavior no inside change.  Self help programs do not change your nature.  You can’t act like a believer until you are one.  Your desire will change when the Holy Spirit come into your life.  You start with your mind.  You cannot change your actions or your feelings until you change your thinking.  
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to give me better thoughts.  Romans 5-6.  You have to choose your mind set from a life of self-destruction or of a mind of life and peace.  Principle of Replacement.  When you want to change something in your mind you don’t just resist it, but you replace it.  Whatever you focus your attention on will get your attention.  If you want to break any bad habit in your life it is more than just resisting it, it is refocusing.  When you replace it, it does not have power over you.  You choose what you focus on.  If you are a believer you have the help of the Holy Spirit.
  3. I realize I have a new ability to say “no”.  Will power is not enough.  Romans 8:9, 12.   Galatians 5:16.  You will have the same desires and temptations, but you won’t fulfill them.  Not everything that is natural is good for you.  Anger is natural.   Having an affair is a natural desire.  Moments of compulsion.   What you feel like doing is not always best for you or others.

  1. Turn my thoughts to God whenever I’m afraid. Romans 8:14-16. Antidotes to fear:  remember you are a child of God, and you have family protection.  Ask God to take care of your fear.  Second you call out to your Father.  The number one fear people have is being out of control.  Crazy people are not afraid of being crazy.  “I may be broken, but I am not crazy.”  2 Timothy 1:7 - God has not given us a spirit of Fear but of power, love, and self-control.  The more you are controlled by the Holy Spirit the more control you will have over our self.
  2. Focus on the long-term, not the short term!  Romans 8: 17-18. The longer term your thinking is the more successful you will be, the shorter term will keep you from being successful.  Eternity is long-term thinking.  You are able to handle short term problems when you have long-term thinking.  You will be rewarded when you get to Heaven for thinking and doing right.  You will be sharing with Christ His glory forever.  Our short-term suffering will only last for awhile or rewards will last for ever.  
  3. Remind myself that God is good and in control.  Romans 8:19-25.  Everything in the world is broken and frustrated because of sin.  The result is pain.   The result of pain is bitterness.    Four things to get over bitterness:  1.  The Holy Spirit is praying for me (v. 26-27).  2.  God is using everything for good in my life (v. 28).  God is greater than my problems.  3.  God wants you to succeed (v. 31).  If God is for us, who can be against you.   4.  God will give you what you need.  (v. 32).
  4. Trust that God will never stop loving me .  Romans 8:38-39  Insecurity - feeling rejected - nothing can separate us from the love of God.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

This World Is Not My Home

By Pastor Mark Taylor 

There are many things we do not know about what heaven will be like, because it is beyond our ability to comprehend. But one thing we can be sure of is that it will fulfill our greatest longings, it will dazzle us with its beauty, it will obliterate our greatest problems with its power and splendor, it will be greater than anything we could imagine or dream, it will be a place where love and joy will reign unspoiled. God is busy preparing all of this for us. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Hm” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It will be where God will reward His Children for everything they have done for Him: every tear they shed in prayers for others, every person they helped, and every act of kindness done in His Name.  Think about what is really important.  “Only one life, it will soon be past, Only what is done for Christ will last”.  

If we make preparations for our grandchildren’s visit or guests coming to our home for a meal, how much more does a God of love prepare for the time His children will come to His eternal home. The Bible says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11). Jesus said, “I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).  If this fallen world in all of its brokenness can be so wonderful, what must heaven be like? 

Heaven is the residence of God. The greatest reward of heaven will be God Himself. Nothing we see or experience will be greater than the fact that we are with God and see him face to face. We sing “O how I love Jesus”, “Amazing Grace”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  When we get to Heaven, we will see that Friend and enjoy His company forever.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

How wonderful it will be to be in the presence of God where we will perfectly know him and know that we are perfectly known and loved. John writes in the book of Revelation: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God’” (Revelation 21:3). We will have no greater reward or relationship than being with our wonderful God and seeing Him face to face. 

No matter what you are going through today - it is only temporary.  No one escapes difficulty and disappointment in this world.  Don’t let it drive you away from the God who loves you and wants to help you.  We are headed to a great place where God lives and where we will find true love and acceptance.  
Christians can be certain of their future in Heaven because Jesus prays for us. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John 17: 9-11).

Christians can be certain of their future in heaven because God is for us and not against us.   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8: 31-32).  In other words, how can we lose if God is on our side? How can we be kept from future glory if God is for us? Obviously we can’t.  We can be certain that He will bring His work to a fulfillment. God is not investing in a losing cause!  He proved His love for us on Calvary so we can be certain that nothing, absolutely nothing will keep him from completing His loving plans. Even when you struggle and fail, God still loves you and is still for you.

Christians can be certain of their future in Heaven because there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39). 

There is nothing in this world worth missing Heaven for.  There are temptations from Satan to be selfish, to mistreat others, to be actively involved in worldly pleasures that we know go against God’s principles. But I would ask everyone to consider if this wonderful place God has prepared for them that love Him, is worth missing.  Our time on Earth is brief and we can do many valuable and good things for the Lord Jesus while we are here.  He wants to bless us while we are here and then for Eternity.  At the end of your life you cannot take your wealth, your popularity, or your accomplishments with you.  Heaven is all about new things for those who love God and will serve Him in this life time. “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelations 21:5).

There are many things we do not know about Heaven because it is so much better than  Earth, that there are no human words to explain how great it is.  We will be reunited with our loved ones who loved God and accepted the Lord Jesus as their Savior.  We will be rewarded for all of our service and sacrifices in our service for God to meet the needs of others.  Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

I would encourage all of those who have not decided to accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior to make that decision, and give their lives to Him so that they might receive the gift of eternal life.  “Jesus said to him:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6).  Heaven is a real place that has been prepared for those that Love God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14: 1-3).