When I feel still and very empty,
I try to turn my thoughts to prayer,
A little light turns on inside
And suddenly my God is there.
My doubts come from their stony places, He turns each one into a flower,
My heart gets into heaven’s gate,
I’m linked again with Him in prayer.
Torrey Talking Triumphantly
“I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood.”
“There is One who knows, and He sympathizes with you – God.”
“There is more joy in Jesus in twenty four hours than there is nin the world in three hundred and sixty fove days. I have tried them both.”
“I would rather go to heaven alone than go to hell in company.”
“I sit at God’s table – and it is just groaning with good things.”
“God’s Word is pure and sure, in spite of the devil, in spite of your fear, in spite of everything.”
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy,
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.
Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Many people decry the idea of doctrine and dogma. They want the soft pleasing cotton candy religion that never takes a stand or even makes a statement. The shallowness of these people are astounding. The comprehension and understanding of God’s Word and God’s commands comes from study and understanding the very Word given by God for us to know. Doctrine and dogma are necessary to express who God is.
Without Doctrine how would one know how to get to heaven? The Bible is plain and simple on this doctrine, yet many have been given the wrong way. Those involved in teaching people the wrong way to get to heaven have blood on their hands. They have sent people into the flames of hell and stand before God guilty.
Let us have the plain simple doctrine of salvation, how to get to heaven. Ephesians 2:8-10 is so simple and clear that none should misunderstand what it says. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
What is difficult with this scripture? “For by grace” . God’s grace has been extended to man because man is a sinner. That Grace that God extends to us is His own precious Son who has paid the price that we rightfully owe. “are ye saved through faith;”. We appropriate this grace by our faith in the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. Now this is pretty simple so far and it is doctrine. “and that not of yourselves;” This says that all we can do is trust in Jesus. We cannot be baptised – that not of yourselves; We cannot join a church – that not of yourselves; We cannot partake of the Lord’s Supper and be saved – that not of yourselves; There is not one thing we can do to get to heaven but simply trusting in the risen Saviour. Now how simple is that; yet there are many that being shallow and not understanding are missing the door to heaven. Notice the Key to understanding is “it is the gift of God;” We do not work (be baptised, join a church, eat the Lord’s supper, do good works) to receive a gift. Gifts are freely given and freely received. God’s plan is always the best. When everything rest upon Him it then is none of us “lest any man should boast.” When we trust the risen Savior we are “created in Christ Jesus” . Now comes the works. Once we are saved, we are then to go and witness to others. Salvation and then good works. Very simple but many do not understand.
This is the doctrine of salvation and any other way is wrong and leads to the punishment of hell.
What is your final destination?
God doesn’t love us because we’re valuable. We’re valuable because God loves us.
What value can we put on one life? God puts a tremendous value on our life. Romans 5:8 proclaims “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinner’s, Christ died for us.” Every life in the womb is precious to God. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die a horrible death on the cross. One willing to die for us exhibits a love so great that we become valuable. This is a precious thought. I am valuable. You are valuable. We are valuable to God, by His Son.
Great events, we often find,
On little things depend,
And very small beginnings
Have oft a mighty end.
A single utterance may good
or evil thought inspire;
One little spark enkindled
May set a town on fire.
What volumes may be written
With little drops of ink!
How small a leak, unnoticed,
A mighty ship will sink!
Our life is made entirely
Of moments multiplied,
As little streamlets, joining
Form the ocean’s tide.
Our hours and days,
our months and years,
are in small moments given:
They constitute our time below -
Eternity in heaven
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THE CROSS OF CHRIST
THE MARVELOUS WORK WAS DONE
THE VICTORY HAS BEEN WON
THE PRICE IS PAID
FROM THE CRADLE TO THE CROSS
FROM THE CROSS TO THE GRAVE
THE PRICE HAS BEEN PAID
FROM BEGINNING HE HAS BEEN
HIS PRESENCE NOW IS SEEN
THE PRICE HAS BEEN PAID
A PLACE IS PREPARED
AND I’M GOING THERE
THE PRICE HAS BEEN PAID
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I Peter 1:4; Philippians 3:20
Heaven stands for all that is good and enduring. Perhaps the reason so little is given us in the Bible concerning Heaven is that we are of such low thought and so influenced by sin that we can-not understand more than is given. However, there are some things that we can understand, and we can accept by faith all other things revealed about heaven.
I. THERE IS THE HEAVEN OF THE AIR, JUST ABOVE THE EARTH.
This is the atmosphere where the birds fly (Rev. 19:17; Gen 1:20; 7:23).
II. THERE IS THE HEAVEN WHERE THE SUN, MOON, AND THE STARS ARE.
(Matt. 24:29; Luke 21:11; Isaiah 13:10).
1. Paul was caught up to this heaven (II Cor. 12:2).
2.This is where Jesus ascended to (Acts 1:11).
3. This is where Jesus mediates (I Tim. 2:5).
4. This is where He advocates the cause of Christians (I John 2:1).
5. Elijah ascended to heaven (II Kings 2:11).
6. This is where the martyrs wait (Rev. 6:9-11).
7. This is where all saints rest from their labors (Heb. 4:9,10).
8. This is where Jesus is preparing a place for His bride (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21:9-27).
III. THE FINAL HEAVEN OR ABODE OF THE BELIEVERS (REV. 21:1).
Where will it be?
1. Jesus promised the earth to the meek (Matt. 5:5).
2. Evidently, this earth is to be purged by fire (II Peter 3:10-13).
The language used seems to suggest a dissolving – melting – of this present earth and the emergence of a new earth (Rev. 21:1,10).
V. THE FINAL STATE OF THE SAVED AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT.
1. The happiness described in the new earth (Rev. 21:3,4).
2. Employment of those who inhabit the new earth – what they shall do.
a. They shall praise God (Rev. 19:1).
b. They shall perform service to God (Rev. 22:3).
c. They shall worship God (Rev. 21:22).
d. They shall obey God and do His bidding (Rev. 21:24).
e. They shall maintain God’s order among the nations (Rev. 21:26).
This is suggested in the terms used: kings, nations.
3. The Bride will be the center of the Eternal Home (John 14:2,3; Rev 21:10-27).
4. All sin will be forever banned. No sinners are ever allowed to enter (Rev. 21:27).
5. These will be real people, in a real place, doing real things, for a real God, with real happiness that will really last forever!
The Heavenly Staircase
Prayers are the stairs that lead to God.
And there’s joy every step of the way,
When we make our pilgrimage to Him,
With love in our hearts each day.
Helen Steiner Rice
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