Heaven is for real!

Ever wondered if heaven is real? Ever wondered who is there? Ever wondered who might not be there? Ever heard stories of people who have had near death experiences who got to spend some time there? Ever learned or considered what that might mean for you?

I read the book Heaven is for real a few years back now and in the midst of it when the little boy shares with his mom that he has a sister that he met in heaven, it made me start to cry. I remember many years ago when I only have 1 child wondering if I would ever have a son since I felt somewhat connect to Philip the evangelist who had 4 daughters that were prophetess and I had one daughter who was only a baby but was able to see things before they were there. God through His Word answered my question that morning with the promise of Isaac to Abraham and today, all these years later, I have my own son Isaac. Now back to the little boy who saw his sister without a name because she had been lost during pregnancy and never received one and God put it onto my heart that the 2 babies we had lost over the years were up in heaven with him and that I do have 4 daughters, 2 on earth with me and 2 up in heaven with God. I realize that thanks to my faith in Jesus and my relationship with Him, that one day I will get to be united with those 2 that I haven’t had the opportunity to get to meet yet. God is so amazing. God is so faithful. He knows what it is we need and is able to use His Word in the Bible to speak into our lives right when we need it. This blog is proof of that as He prompted me to start this blog back in 2005 to share what He is speaking to me through His Word. Even the title of this blog is based on that as when I started my blog the part of the Bible I happened to be reading from was the book of Revelation. And so this blog is called From 2005 to Eternity.

Do you know where you will be spending eternity? Have you made the decision to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you made the decision that will allow you to spend eternity with God in Heaven? Are you waiting for just the right moment? Are you in disbelief? Are you rejecting the offer of the gift of grace from God that is Jesus? God’s grace is more than enough! God’s grace and strength is reveal through our weaknesses! Are you willing to run the risk of spending eternity apart from God in that place some call hell? What would it take for you to believe? Would it be a vision of heaven? Would it be a vision of hell? What would it take for you to believe?

Heaven is for real! God is for real! Jesus is for real and He came to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way! He came that we can have life and life more abundantly! He came so that we can live out our lives with hope and a future! He came so that we can take heart when we face troubles because He has overcome the world! He came so that we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! God isn’t after all your stuff, He is desiring your heart! Will you invite Him into yours? So have you decided? Have you chosen where you want to spend eternity? Is today your day?

June in the rearview mirror
What are you going to do with your future? If things look clear in the rear view mirror then what will be your decision to help make your vision of the future clear?

The 49 week challenge – Day 209

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With June in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

My Notes:

  • Today’s reading starts with 2 Corinthians 12:
    • ‘I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles. How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong! Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery! Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you? I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit? Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening. For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.’
      2 Corinthians 12:1-21
  • Today’s reading concludes with wisdom from Proverbs 19:
    • ‘Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse. Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way! A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord . Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will not go free. Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. The poor are shunned by all their relatives— how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found. The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper. A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish. It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes! A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord . Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry. Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord , and he will reward them for what they have done. Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord ’s purpose that prevails. What a person desires is unfailing love ; better to be poor than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge. Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother is a child who brings shame and disgrace. Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.’
      — Proverbs 19:1-29

As day 209 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
The Sinner’s Prayer

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