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What Will We Be Doing in Heaven?

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I’m too curious for my own good! I want to know everything I can about the wonderful God who saved me! Don’t you? I want to know all the details of the early years of Jesus’ life, the parting of the Red Sea, and the tale of Jonah and the whale.

Questions, questions, and more questions.

But one of the biggest questions most of us have is…

What will we be doing in heaven?

I’m no theologian, but God gave me—and you—an imagination. I think it’s ok to theorize what heaven will be like provided our ideas don’t contradict His Word in any way or we assume that our theory is right. If it helps us hang in there when life gets tough by creating a greater longing for our heavenly home, then it’s a good thing. 

So here are my thoughts of what true followers of Jesus Christ will be doing and experiencing in heaven.

  • No more sinning. Halleluiah!
  • Uninterrupted and unhindered fellowship with our Lord and Savior. (See Ps 16:11, Rev 21:3). No longer will our sin or the physical realm prevent sweet communion with our holy God. 
  • No more need of forgiveness–Since we will no longer sin, there’ll be no need to ask for or give forgiveness. 
  • Worshipping and serving God with other believers.
  • Fellowshipping with other believers.
  • Unlimited time to build relationships.

Of these we can be certain. What follows below is my “sanctified imagination” of what we’ll be doing.

Conversing in depth with others

I think a lot of our bliss in heaven will be finding out all the details of biblical stories not recorded in Scripture. Won’t it be a blast to talk with Abraham, Moses, Daniel, and Peter?! To ask them what they were thinking, feeling, and what kept them going? To ask Paul to describe his Damascus road experience.

Then consider how interesting it’ll be to hear comprehensive testimonies of past and present spiritual giants—like Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, C.S. Lewis, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Michael Youssef, and countless others.

Reliving biblical stories

Wouldn’t it be great to watch replays of biblical or historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea? Even better: to actually be there and experience it; to feel the wind, taste the salt air, see the 2 walls of water rise up, and walk across the now-dry sea floor?

Discovering how all the puzzle pieces of God’s beautiful big picture fit together

Right now, by faith, we can know that God is working out all things together for good (Rom 8:28). But in heaven I believe God will show us how He orchestrated all the minute details to make the most beautiful masterpiece with our joined lives; how He used the good, the bad and the ugly for His glory and our good. He’ll show us how our obedience impacted the lives of others for His kingdom—how giving to a missionary led 1000’s to Christ; how praying fervently for a wayward grandson resulted in multitudes knowing and growing in Christ when he became a pastor long after you died.

Recounting God’s faithfulness

We’ll be sitting on the heavenly shore, reminiscing with a friend about those times when we were so dismayed and how God stepped in and did the impossible. Then we’ll burst into singing, “Great is Thy faithfulness…!”

We’re going to be laughing and crying tears of joy and wonder why we ever doubted our faithful God! 

Experiencing unbelievable adventures and enjoying life to its fullest

We’ll be able to visit all the places on earth to which we’ve always wanted to go; do the things our bodies won’t allow us to do now, fulfill a lifelong dream, maybe even venture out into space (that’s for you astronomy nuts)! We will have indestructible glorified bodies and no fear.

And of course…

God will be with us every single minute and we will always be aware of His presence!

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So my friends, the next time you feel dishearten with life’s difficulties, let your imagination (guided by the Holy Spirit) run wild about your future heavenly home. It will be a real and tangible place—not just in your imagination (Rev 21:1-3)!

Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:16)

I’d love to hear who you would like to talk to in heaven. What would you ask them? What stories do you especially want the details of? Let us imagine together! Please comment below. 

 

 

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

 

Feeling Lonely? 8 Tips in Overcoming Loneliness

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Do you ever feel lonely? I do.

But I know I am not alone in my aloneness.

The human race has been plagued with this malady ever since the fall of mankind, and now with this forced isolation from the Covid-19 pandemic—we feel all the more alone!

There are many reasons why someone might feel lonely—even when not actually alone. I have “good” reason to feel lonely. I’m a widow, live alone, and still relatively new in my geographical  area. But do I have to be continually beleaguered with these feelings?

NO!

In fact, you and I need not be controlled by any emotion. Being an emotional yo-yo, I’ve had lots of experience and opportunities to demonstrate that victory is won through Christ. Here are 8 tips to help you during lonely times.

1. Address the Source

For me, when I experience loneliness I feel that:

  • No one cares.
  • I don’t belong.
  • I have no value.

But these feelings are not based on truth! They are a byproduct of dwelling on the negative. Just because someone doesn’t call, visit, or whatever does NOT mean they do not care. People do care. And even if they didn’t, God does! I do have value. I am precious in His sight. I belong to Him. He bought me with His own Son’s blood. He is always with me (Mat 28:20).

On these facts, I must focus. That is the second key in overcoming times of loneliness:

2. Focus on God and the Truth

Think about what is true (Phil 4:8). Speak it to your soul—with conviction and out loud if possible. (See My Egg Story for an example of how to do this)

3. We All Feel Lonely at Times

Even our precious Savior experienced loneliness.

“But a time is coming…. when you will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” (Jn 16:32)

Feeling lonely is not a sin. It’s simply part of being human in a fallen world. It becomes a sin when we let it control our actions.

4. Focus on Others

Get involved with people. Attend functions, invite others to get together, volunteer, communicate with people (and not just electronically!). Even during this pandemic we can stay connected by phone or tele-conferencing.

5. Turn it Around

Use your loneliness for good. Reach out to those who are also lonely. You’ll be able to empathize. Trust me—being an instrument to encourage another soul will help dispel all feelings of loneliness!

Being alone is a good thing for me because I am a writer and need that time to fulfill my God-given calling.

6. Stay Productive

—especially in regards to fulfilling your God-given purpose. When I am carrying out God’s will for my life I feel significant and all feelings of loneliness are dissipated. What productive things can you do with your alone time?

7. Make Right Choices

Don’t add to your loneliness by trying to fill that emptiness with things, food, drugs, entertainment, unhealthy relationships, etc. Fill it with the only One who can truly satisfy—Christ. This will take major effort! 

“The greatest challenge is to get over the initial hurdle. At such times [in feeling lonely] one does not feel like [doing the right thing] …but I find that when I take the step of faith to do what I know I should do, my feelings begin to change.”1

8. Stay Close to Your Redeemer

Read your Bible, think about God, praise Him. In so doing, you’ll be able to sense His presence more frequently and not feel alone. I have found sensing God’s presence is my most effective defense against loneliness.

To summarize we can simply say:

Get your eyes off yourself!

So my friends, whatever the cause of your loneliness, if you employ these principles you may have occasional visits of feeling lonely, but you won’t live there!

To help you achieve this, I have a new resource for you: 10 Tips to Increase Your Awareness of God’s Presence. You can get your free copy here.

 

1David Jeremiah Overcoming Loneliness p 107

Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Are You Too busy to Sense God’s Presence?

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I’m at a place in my life where I relish the times with my Lord in the mornings. I’m a writer, speaker, and teacher and need desperately to stay connected with Him and His Word. But the busyness of life can greatly disrupt those precious times. I especially recall the time I moved out of state. 

With all the details and aspects of moving and then immediately going away on a 10-day trip, it’s no wonder that I had a hard time concentrating on reading God’s Word; quieting my mind and heart before Him. I often found myself apologizing to the Lord for my distracted heart and begged Him to help me settle down so I could commune with Him. Sometimes I was able to; other times not so much! It’s very hard for a triple-A personality type to sit still—especially under these types of circumstances.

I knew that God understood and forgave me; that I’m just human, and that all this craziness was just for a short season. But the thing is—I missed those times with just the Lord and I, without all those things vying for my attention. I missed just relaxing with my Savior and savoring His presence. And you know what? I think He did too.

Now don’t misunderstand me. I never felt like God had left me during those times. I knew He was there because He Himself said:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb 13:5)*

Nor am I saying I always feel His presence when I’m not busy. But through many hours of daily consistent times alone with God, I’ve come to a special place in my walk with God—I know deep down in my heart He is ever-present with me. That sense of His presence is simply a matter of degree and a conscious awareness of Him.

What causes this variability?

Circumstances, people, our enemy, even God Himself at times. But I personally think the primary factor is the condition of our hearts.  

If you’re not sensing God’s presence, then ask yourself: “Am I right before my holy God? Is there any lack of confession or repentance on my end?” (Ps 66:18)

Whatever the cause, it sure is wonderful when we do sense God’s presence. It dispels fear, doubt, and gives us joy, peace, and contentment (see Is 41:10, Ps 16:11).

Do you have a sense of God’s presence? Perhaps you have never experienced this type of closeness with God or only to a small degree. Is this type of intimacy available only to a choice few? NO!

It is available to all who desire it.

In fact, God wants that closeness with you—yes you! He created you for that very purpose. He wants you to know Him and have the awareness of His love and care.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping others know this amazing truth.

How do you get to this place?

First, by understanding that this is a love relationship entered only through believing in Jesus Christ’s redemptive work for you personally.

Secondly, a love relationship takes time, effort, and a commitment on both ends to develop. God does His part. Will you do yours? I’ve written about how in my first book, Our Knowable God.

I’ve been walking with Jesus for 35 years now, and I can wholeheartedly tell you He is worth knowing!

So until next time, my friends, guard your time carefully and devote it to the Lord. He will reward you greatly with a sense of His presence!

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Ps 34:8)**

 

By the way, I have a brand new resource to help you experience more of God’s presence. You can get your free copy here.

 

 

*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

**New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Feeling Lonely? 8 Tips in Overcoming Loneliness

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Do you ever feel lonely? I often do. That’s why sensing the presence of God is so important to me.

But I know I am not alone in my aloneness.

The human race has been plagued with this malady ever since the fall of mankind.

There are many reasons why someone might feel lonely—even when not actually alone. I have “good” reason to feel lonely. I’m a widow, live alone, and now I’m a stranger in a strange land—the “new kid on the block.”

But do I have to be continually beleaguered with these feelings? NO! In fact, you and I need not be controlled by any emotion. Being an emotional yo-yo, I’ve had lots of experience and opportunities to demonstrate that victory is won through Christ. The first key is to:

Address the Source

For me, when I experience loneliness I feel that:

  • No one cares.
  • I don’t belong.
  • I have no value.

But these feelings are not based on truth! They are a byproduct of dwelling on the negative. Just because someone doesn’t call, visit, or whatever does NOT mean they do not care. People do care. And even if they didn’t, God does! I do have value. I am precious in His sight. I belong to Him. He bought me with His own Son’s blood. He is always with me (Mat 28:20).

On these facts, I must focus. This is the second key in overcoming times of loneliness:

Focus on God and the Truth

Think about what is true (Phil 4:8). Speak it to your soul—with conviction and out loud if possible.

The third principle in escaping lonesomeness is to

Understand We All Feel Lonely at Times

Even our precious Savior experienced loneliness. Feeling lonely is not a sin. It’s simply part of being human in a fallen world. It becomes a sin when we let it control our actions.

Focus on Others

Get involved with people. There are many ways to accomplish this—attend functions, invite others to get together, volunteer, communicate with people (and not just electronically!).

Turn it Around

Our good God always has a good purpose for everything. Use your loneliness for good. Reach out to those who are also lonely. You’ll be able to empathize. Trust me—being an instrument to encourage another soul will dispel all feelings of loneliness!

For me, having time alone is a good thing since I am a writer and need that time to fulfill my God-given calling.

Stay Productive

—especially in regards to fulfilling your God-given purpose. When I am carrying out God’s will for my life I feel significant and all feelings of loneliness are dissipated. What productive things can you do with your alone time?

Make Right Choices

Don’t add to your loneliness by trying to fill that emptiness with things, food, drugs, entertainment, unhealthy relationships, etc. Now that is going to take major effort!

“The greatest challenge is to get over the initial hurdle. At such times [feeling lonely] one does not feel like… [doing the right thing]. But I find that when I take the step of faith to do what I know I should do, my feelings begin to change.”1

Stay Close to Your Redeemer

In so doing, you’ll be able to sense His presence more frequently and not feel alone. I have found my relationship with God to be my most effective defense against loneliness.

To summarize we can simply say:

Get your eyes off yourself!

Whatever the cause of your loneliness, if you employ these principles you may have occasional visits of loneliness, but you don’t have to live there!

 

1David Jeremiah Overcoming Loneliness p 107

Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Sensing God’s Presence

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I’m at a place in my life where I relish the times with my Lord in the mornings. I’m a writer, speaker, and teacher and need desperately to stay connected with Him and His Word. But the busyness of the past 2 months has greatly disrupted those precious times.

With all the details and aspects of moving out of state and immediately going away on a 10-day trip, it’s understandable that it would be hard to concentrate on His Word; to still my mind and heart before Him. I often found myself apologizing to the Lord for my distracted heart and begged Him to help me settle down so I could commune with Him. Sometimes I was able to; other times not so much! It’s very hard for a triple-A personality type to sit still—especially under these types of circumstances.

I knew that God understood and forgave me. I knew it was understandable from a human point of view and that all this craziness was just for a short season. But the thing is—I missed those times with just the Lord and I, without all those things vying for my attention. I missed just relaxing with my Savior and savoring His presence. And you know what? I think He did too.

Now don’t misunderstand me. I never felt like God had left me. I knew He was there because He Himself said:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb 13:5)*

Nor am I saying I always feel His presence. But through many hours of daily consistent times alone with God, I’ve come to a special place in my walk with God—I know deep down in my heart He is ever-present with me. That sense of His presence is simply a matter of degree and a conscious awareness of Him.

What causes this variability? Circumstances, people, our enemy, even God Himself at times. But I personally think the primary factor is the condition of our hearts.  

If you’re not sensing God’s presence, then ask yourself: “Am I right before my holy God? Is there any lack of confession or repentance on my end?” (Ps 66:18)

Whatever the cause, it sure is wonderful when we do sense God’s presence. It dispels fear, doubt, and gives us joy, peace, and contentment (see Is 41:10, Ps 16:11).

Do you have a sense of God’s presence? Perhaps you have never experienced this type of closeness with God or only to a small degree. Is this type of intimacy available only to a choice few? NO!

It is available to all who desire it.

In fact, God wants that closeness with you—yes you! He created you for that very purpose. He wants you to know Him and have the awareness of His love and care.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping others know this amazing truth.

How do you get to this place?

First, by understanding that this is a love relationship entered only through believing in Jesus Christ’s redemptive work for you personally.

Secondly, a love relationship takes time, effort, and a commitment on both ends to develop. God does His part. Will you do yours? I’ve written about how in my first book, Our Knowable God.

I’ve been walking with Jesus for 33 years now, and I can wholeheartedly tell you He is worth knowing!

 

Things are finally starting to get back to normal in my life—well, a new normal. I still have lots of adjusting to do, but at least I’m starting to settle down and settle back into my delicious quiet times with Jesus. I hope you will make the effort to sit down with your Savior and experience His presence too.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Ps 34:8)**

 

*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

**New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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