Do you ever wonder what nature will look like in heaven?
Yesterday, I was laying in my hammock out in the middle of someone’s farm– I mean, there was no “No Trespassing!” sign, so I figured it was okay……
I was laying in my really neat hammock just listening to the birds sing and feeling the wind blow through the parachute material of it. In other words, I was simply enjoying just being out in God’s creation, which to me, seemed perfect besides the poison ivy growing right on the ground all around me. I had to tiptoe through it as if walking through a mine field in order to set up my hammock.
Just about the time that I began thinking about how perfect everything was around me–besides the poison ivy, of course–I remembered a passage in Romans. In Romans 8, Paul says that all creation has been in “bondage to decay” ever since the day that sin entered the world (Romans 8:19-22). This passage made me ask myself, If this scene is groaning from being frustrated by sin, then how amazing will it be when Heaven comes with Jesus?
All I could say to answer that question was, “Woah! I hope God has hammocks in heaven because I can’t wait to experience this in heaven!”
As a Christian, we believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross, becoming the curse of the Law itself in order that we might receive the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13). This belief is what saves us, allowing us to have what God has created us for: eternal life with Him (John 3:16, John 16:22).
Go out into the world today and praise God for giving you (as a Christian) the promise of an even more amazing creation to surround us once we finally reach heaven! After all, when creation is no longer groaning, that will be the day when we receive “adoption as sons and the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23).
Posted in Heaven Here We Come!, Random Realization, Walking Down the Narrow Road
Tagged creation, farm, frustrated, God, groan, hammock, heaven, hollinger, Jesus, perfect, praise, Romans, sarah, sin
I was feeling upset and, honestly, feed-up this morning, so I wrote the previous post. After I was done, it was time to leave for class. Once I had parked my car, I jumped on the shuttle to find that one of my shuttle-bus-driver buddies, Mr. Gerald, was driving. As soon as I stepped up the stairs of the shuttle, he greeted me with his usual, “Hey there, Miss Sarah!” Without even thinking about it, I replied, “Mr. Gerry! It’s so good to see you!” as if I hadn’t have even been steaming like an angry teapot just minutes earlier. In my head, I said, “I still have a holy rage within me! So, grrrr……” This thought lasted about as long as it took me to say “grrr” because then, I realized just how silly I was being.
There is no doubt in my mind that God gave me that rage. After all, think about Jesus when he cleared out the temple in John 2: 13-17. God revealed to me the way that sin has defiled His creation–what is supposed to be His temple–and so I felt rage against sin.
There’s a difference, though, between the rage Jesus had when He was cleansing the temple and the rage that I felt this morning: Jesus’ rage had the purpose of cleansing the temple. My rage, though, only made my face fluster. I wasn’t using that Holy rage to cleanse a temple. Instead, I was obscuring my very own temple; the body and soul that God created me to be (1 Corinthians 6:19-20.)
God gives us all a Holy Rage. The rage itself is good and necessary–it is a sign that we are truly convicted about the depravity of sin–but it is how we use that rage that matters.
This morning, I learned another valuable lesson. I learned that having a Holy Rage inside of you does not mean being hateful of something else. Instead, having a Holy Rage should make you passionate. First: passionate to see your own sinful nature and need for Jesus to cleanse you as His temple. Second: passionate and filled with a sense of urgency to glorify God by being light to the world (Matthew 5:14).
Posted in Live Radically, Random Realization
Tagged Christian, convict, convicted, depravity, God, holy, light, matthew, passion, passionate, rage, sin, to, world
Do you ever hear Satan and his temptations calling your name?
Wouldn’t it be amazing to say that not only have we heard him calling but that we have also rejected him every time? The reality, though, is that none of us are strong enough to resist temptation each time that it strikes.
Thank our wonderful Father that He is always with us. Look at what He says through Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Isn’t this verse awesome? It’s personally one of my favorites because it reminds us that God is always with us. You may read this verse, though, and ask, “If He’s with us, why doesn’t He stop us from sinning?”
God wants us to learn to look to Him for the way out. If He just gave us the way out each time, how would we ever appreciate each time that he saves our life from sin? How could we ever gain the confidence needed to have a face-off with Satan?
Instead, look at each time of temptation with this verse in mind. Remember that you have the ability to overcome it–God tells us that–and He is standing in the corner coaching us in the ring against temptation. We have to listen to God in order to know just the way to win the fight. In the fight, though, we are able to gain the confidence in ourselves that, with God, we can overcome any temptation.
Let’s become Rocky Balboa in the fight against Satan. With God’s help, let’s fight like the Italian Stallion.
Posted in God is Greater, Live Radically, Searching for Answers
Tagged balboa, boxing, Christian, confidence, confidence in ourself, corinthians, faithful, fight, God, italian, overcome, overtaken, reality, rock, satan, sin, sinning, stallion, temptation, way of escape