Heaven: an Inheritance

When you hear the word inheritance, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I ponder over the material possessions, jewellery, furniture and tools that are significant to my family. I think of the words of wisdom, the legacy and character of those family members that have gone before. In my library, I have a bible from a distant cousin who was a missionary in China in the 1920s. Within six months of arriving, he contracted a fatal illness. Of great worth to me was the hand written letters and study notes contained within his treasured bible.

This type of inheritance – though important – pales into insignificance when compared to the inheritance we receive as followers of Christ Jesus.

Our inheritance is a kingdom that cannot be shaken. It is an everlasting kingdom and one that endures throughout all generations (Ps. 145:13).

It is a kingdom that is both spiritual (within our hearts) and physical (with a King, subjects, territory, government and culture). The centre of this kingdom is God and the Lamb. The triune God of the universe. This kingdom will be diverse, as all peoples and nations will be represented.

As part of our inheritance we will reign and rule with Christ over his kingdom, the new heaven and the new earth. Christ is the sovereign ruler of the entire universe and we are co-heirs with Christ. We are sons and daughters of Christ and in a future day we will have the earth entrusted to us to rule and reign over.

Be encouraged in your faith, God has marvellous things in store for those who trust and obey his calling in their lives. He has a kingdom that we will inherit, a kingdom of peace, prosperity and immense glory.

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Heaven: a Place of Worship

When I mention the word “worship”, what comes to mind? It may be a picture of a pipe organ, a mass choir or the simple serenity of an archipelago voice. We all have different views and preferences about worship. At times we can be active in worship and at other times we can be passive. However, one constant, in any form of worship is the object to whom worship is given. Within the Christian faith the object of worship is the triune God of the universe.

Scripture reveals that within heaven, worship of the Lord our God and the Lamb who was slain – Jesus – is consistently occurring. Revelation 4:8 states that worship is unceasing, it never finishes, it is eternal. All creation in a future day will fall in worship to the Lord our God and the Lamb (Rev. 22:3). The heavenly hosts and the redeemed will all experience undistorted worship as reverence is rightfully given to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

David in Psalm 16:11 says:

You make known to me the path of Life;

in your presence is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Heaven will not be a place of boredom. Joy and pleasure will be perfected in heaven. God grants deep satisfying eternal joy. Joy that is free from the power of corruption caused through sin. If we think heaven will be boring then our view of God’s character is flawed. God is the one who designs pleasure and joy and this will be perfected when we are finally in His presence. All we do and all we say will be an act of worship resulting in “fullness of joy”.

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Heaven: A Place to Look Forward To.

Randy Alcorn in his book titled Heaven makes a poignant observation saying that within Christianity we do not address or teach or consider heaven as a subject. As I thought about this statement I asked myself when was the last time I heard a sermon or received encouragement about our future eternal home. I concluded that it was a long time ago.

Why is this the case? Maybe as Christians we are too comfortable with our earthly home? Maybe our view of heaven is tainted and we consider the subject a bore?  In Revelation we read that Satan slanders three things: God’s person, God’s people and God’s place – Heaven (Rev. 13:6). One of Satan’s weapons is to cloud our judgment and destroy our hope in the place that Jesus has prepared for us.   However, God instructs us to set our minds on things above, not on things of, this earth (Col 3:1-4).

Therefore, what is the truth about our eternal home?

God and Christ both dwell in heaven. Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand interceding on our behalf (Heb. 7: 25). Jesus has won the victory over death and has sat down at the right hand of God, to rule and reign (Heb. 1:3).

Many fellow Christians are already there enjoying the splendour of being in God’s presence.  Jesus tells his disciples that their names are recorded and written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Those who trust Christ also have their names written in the Book of Life (Phil. 4:3) assuring us that we have an inheritance waiting, a title deed in heaven (1 Peter 1:4).  This inheritance is imperishable, undefiled and of pristine quality and character.  Jesus has delivered us from the fear of death.

As a boy I always enjoyed looking to the heavens to contemplate the grandeur of space, as a Christian I need to look towards heaven and contemplate the magnificence of the inheritance waiting for me.  “Hallelujah what a Savior.”

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Heaven: A Place to Be Considered

Our society is preoccupied with the afterlife. This may be a symptom of the forthcoming election and the uncertainty of the outcome. Somehow I think not!

Look in any bookstore and you will find a myriad of authors who claim to have been beyond the grave and back. Human beings often think about eternity, especially when a loved one passes from this life.  People want to know what happens beyond the grave.

The Bible is not silent about the afterlife. God created human beings with an eternal characteristic, the soul. We have a terminal disease called mortality with a death rate of 100%. Unless our Lord returns soon we will all die and when we die our souls will be separated from our physical bodies and we will be ushered into eternity.

In Psalm 139:16 we read that our days are numbered and determined by our Lord.  Job affirms that our months and days are appointed by God (Job 14:5).  In the book of Hebrews it states “it is appointed unto man to die once”.  Our mortality is affirmed but do you fear death?

We should not fear death for Jesus came to deliver us from the fear of death. Paul asks “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55). The only thing that takes away the fear and sting of death is a relationship with the one who has died on our behalf. If we don’t know Jesus we will fear death – however, trusting that Jesus grants us eternal life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23) provides hope and security for our souls.

Heaven is a real physical place, a place of splendour and glory because it is God’s dwelling place. Jesus has promised to return and take us to this place, O what a day for those who believe in the promises of God.

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Straight Paths

One of the most impressive structures I have seen, and driven on, is the bridge that spans the Colombia River in Astoria, Oregon, USA. This bridge is 6.6 km long and is dead straight. I am told that on the Nullarbor Plain between Adelaide and Perth that the road does

not deviate for over 147 km, which makes this road the longest and straightest on the planet. In God’s Word a straight path is a metaphor that describes a life of righteousness and obedience to God. Proverbs 3:5-6 states:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

The development of a life that is aligned to God’s ways is a long but a rewarding process. It involves a heart response that acknowledges and trusts that God’s ways are always the best.

In many ways Mark 9:24 summarises the process of trusting. A father was pleading to Jesus to show compassion for his son who suffered the oppression of a demon.  The father questioned Jesus and Jesus replied by saying that all things are possible for the one who believes. The father cried out to Jesus and confirmed that he believed, imploring Him to . . . “help his unbelief!” This request typified the heart of trusting in the Lord.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the straight path and we forget that God’s promises are true and trustworthy. It is encouraging to know that we can cry out and ask for God’s grace to help our unbelief. God knows which of our paths are straight, so we need to trust in His direction and acknowledge Him in all our ways.


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Facing Your Giants

Each of us has giants we need to face. Maybe you’ve been a victim of bullying, or a job you’ve been asked to do seems just too big. Quite possibly you have a health problem or a calling from the Lord that will take you right out of your depth. Whatever the reason, sometimes we encounter a giant of an issue that is in the way of our future.

The Israelites had a problem; the Philistines. They were powerful, technologically more advanced, and particularly aggressive towards the Israelites. Historically, they had oppressed Israel for over 40 years (Judges 13:1; 15:20). On one occasion during battle they’d even captured the Ark of God and taken it to their city, Ashdod. And, of course, we all remember how the Philistine woman, Delilah, subdued the most powerful Israelite of the time, Samson, humiliating him by gouging out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in a Gaza prison.

The Israelites had two giants to conquer; the first being the nine-foot tall commander of the Philistine army, Goliath, and the second, their archenemy, the Philistine nation itself. The Israelites were weak, while the Philistines were strong. For 40 days the Philistine giant taunted the Israelites in a face off. Who would win? While we know that the shepherd boy, David, finally slayed Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot, the answer to our question is that the Lord was victorious in this battle.

“You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, . . .  and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NLT

Saul’s army lacked God’s power because His Spirit had left their king (1 Samuel 16:14). It took a young teenage shepherd, David, to show these two nations that danger awaits those who turn their back on God.

David’s intervention in this battle, and his subsequent success, provide us with ten steps we can take to defeat our own giants. But before you begin, I encourage you to first read the full narrative of the encounter between David and Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17: 1-51. Then, spend some time reflecting on the following points that can help lead you to a new freedom beyond your issue.

  1. Don’t change who you are. David fought Goliath as a shepherd boy. vv20,22
  2. Stand your ground. Face the issue and don’t run from it. vv24,25
  3. Look for the opportunity rather than the problem. vv26,27
  4. Discouragement is your greatest enemy. vv28-31
  5. Take positive action. vv32,33
  6. Remember your past achievements and be encouraged. vv34-36
  7. Success comes from God’s. vv37
  8. Facing you giants is simpler than you think.  vv38-39
  9. Acknowledge God’s role in overcoming your giants vv45-47
  10. A new era begins. vv51

If David can take on a giant and win, and free a whole nation from oppression because of his act of faith in the Lord, then what might you be able to achieve?

“All the nations of the world will stand amazed at what the Lord will do for you. They will be embarrassed at their feeble power. They will cover their mouths in silent awe, deaf to everything around them.” Micah 7:16 NIV


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Acknowledge Him

by Nathan

When I consider the call we all have to Christian discipleship I am staggered by the impact that this command has on very small parts of our lives.

It means that within the hustle of the corporate world, where the next deal needs to be done and the next goal needs to be met, we must consider how our character is aligned with being a disciple of Christ. We have to ensure that we are not associated with dishonest practice or unethical behavior for the sake of winning the deal.  It means that when we put our time sheets in for the work completed that they reflect accurately the time worked. It means that when the quoted job is completed that no short cuts have been taken, that the client receives what was quoted and the workmanship is of the highest standard. It means that within the home we serve each member of the family in love, not seeking our own welfare but the welfare of others.

Discipleship is about a heart transformation that is evident in the way we act. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we read:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The sense of this verse is that knowledge leads to action.  To know the Lord will result in a transformed heart. A transformed heart will apply the knowledge and shape everyday living. The Lord has provided His Spirit to guide our transformation. His grace strengthens the weary heart by giving us a fresh perspective on how to be a faithful obedient disciple of Christ.

In life each little step should reflect our love for our Lord. True discipleship involves a consecrated heart that will deny self and rest in the all-sufficient grace of God.

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Do Not Lean

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In Proverbs 3:5-6 we read: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”.

In today’s society we observe men and women seeking to live their lives by values gained through intellect and knowledge.  Decisions are based on desires and opinions. The Western culture promotes self as the autonomous unit through which all wisdom derives. This thinking results in us leaning entirely on our own judgments and our own sense of right and wrong, developing trust in ourselves and not in God.

Wisdom apart from God will count you as a fool. When you oppose God’s truth this leads to pride. Pride results and arrogance is personified in the self-sufficient lifestyles we lead. The bible states: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: fools despise wisdom and knowledge.” (Proverbs 1:7 ESV).

The Lord is the source of all wisdom. The Lord brings about understanding because he is the creator of the heavens and earth.  God’s knowledge refreshes and revives the soul. His understanding is beyond our limits of time and space and yet he knows us intimately. When we rely completely on God we will not lean on our own intellect or sense of right and wrong. God’s ways are often beyond our comprehension but God’s ways are right and good.

I encourage you to lean on Christ as your source for all aspects of life and godliness. Let your confidence in God’s character, plans and faithfulness guide your decision making. If you do this, then sound judgment will be the result.

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The 3 P’s of Parenting: Provide

by Peter

When parents think about providing for their family they tend to consider the family’s physical needs. Providing money to live a comfortable, but not extravagant, life is the goal of almost all parents. Having a home that meets the needs (not wants) of the family is another necessity that motivates parents. While money and a place to live are very important, there is more to parenting than providing these basic needs.

From the beginning of the human story, God reminded us that a parent’s role is primarily to provide a legacy, so the generations that follow will “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). This means that we need to be purposeful about exposing our children to who God is, and teaching them how and why they should focus their lives on him. If a parent doesn’t provide or initiate that understanding, who will?

Another key element of a parent’s provision is based on a word that’s been overused and robbed of part of its meaning – love.

The gospel writer, Matthew, when describing the character of God tells us that because he loves us abundantly we have no need to worry. In fact God is so interested in our well-being,  that he will take care of even the smallest details of our lives (Matt 6:25-34). Here the words ‘interest’ and ‘love’ are linked for good reason; providing encouragement, understanding and support. An effective and loving parent shows great interest in their children’s lives.

During my teaching years I saw many dejected children whose parents didn’t show an interest in their education. As a parent I have seen many disappointed teenagers whose parents didn’t have time to come to their basketball games. There is no greater expression of love to a child than a parent who wants to be involved and is interested in their life.

Our Heavenly Father is the Great Provider; he’s concerned about everything we do. He wants to guide us (Psalm 23:2-3). He’s aware of our needs (Isa 65:24). He values us (Luke 7:28). He’s there for us no matter the circumstance (Rom 8:31). We should offer no less to our children.

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from Nathan

A well-known proverb says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

These words roll off the tongue easily but when the strife of life and the fear of failure overcome us, our trust wanes.  We become fearful and self-centred and our faith is tossed to and fro by the storms of life. In trying to overcome our fears there are generally two paths that we can take. Firstly, we can distance ourselves from our faith, or secondly, we can draw closer to the Lord relying on his strength and enabling through our difficulties.

An unnamed woman in (Mark 5:25-34) had suffered with an illness for 12 years. She had seen many doctors and spent all her money on finding a cure but she progressively got sicker. At this junction in her life she could either accept her illness and hopelessness or she could exercise faith. She had heard that Jesus had healed many sick people. She thought that if she could touch his garments, then she would be physically healed. She reached out in faith and was healed immediately. She was not only healed physically but also spiritually, her faith in Jesus provided a straight path that resulted in peace and well-being.

This woman, in the midst of hopelessness, trusted her Savior.

Trust involves confidence in the Lord’s promises being true. He assures us that he will never leave us or forget us. We are to cast our burdens and fears upon him because he cares and strengthens our walk of faith. Call out to the Lord and deepen your faith in the promises he has for you.

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