6 Traits of an Eagle

Eagles are uncommon birds, depicted in the Scriptures as a picture of the victorious Christian life. These six traits of eagles should encourage us to soar higher in our life of faith.

TRAIT #1: Eagles fly at high altitudes, not with low-flying birds like sparrows or other small birds.

Principle: If you want to be an eagle Christian, you need to fly with other eagles and stay away from sparrows and ravens.

TRAIT #2: Eagles have strong vision, with an ability to focus on objects up to three miles away. When an eagle sights his prey, he will not move his focus from the prey until he successfully captures it.

Principle: In order to succeed, we must have a clear vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles may be.

TRAIT #3: Eagles feed only on fresh prey, never eating dead things. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.

Principle: Be careful about what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially on the Internet, movies, or TV.

TRAIT #4: When storm clouds gather, eagles get excited. An eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift himself higher, far above the clouds. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

Principle: We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. High achievers thrive on challenges and use them profitably.

TRAIT #5: An eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she first tests his commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.

Principle: Whether in private life or in business, one should test the commitment of people intended for partnership.

TRAIT #6: During the time of training her young ones to fly, a mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, the mother eagle pushes the eaglets off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they learn to start using their wings to fly.

Principle: The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly harsh actions, they have good intentions for us—and these steps are necessary to teach us to fly.

Eagles don’t always have a soft and easy life, nor will we. But just as eagles illustrate, God is calling us to wait on Him and learn to soar higher, above the cares, trials, and trivial pursuits of life:

Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31).


The Power of Choice

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life… (Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT).

God said, “I am giving you two choices.” One is a path to life and one is a path to death.

  • One path brings Jesus into the situation. One path allows the enemy to work.
  • One way releases light, the other is filled with darkness.
  • One choice brings blessings, and the other brings curses.

Every choice we make places a door in front of us that opens an unfolding pathway.

The choices we make that are righteous, good, pure, and of God unfold for us a path of life. This path brings to us God’s blessing, anointing, His will, and His purpose. Finding God’s purpose and will in our life becomes a progressive unfolding of events, as we make choices that are pleasing to Him.

The choices we make that are wrong, disobedient to God, or against the inner voice of the Holy Spirit will bring the death process. Those choices release the demonic emissaries—spirits of darkness to work his havoc. They bring pain, devastation, suffering, and hurtful, lasting consequences.

We have the power to decide which we will have.

There are two paths; life and death.

There are two masters; Christ and Satan.

There are two forces; light and dark.

  • We choose the attitude we will embrace.
  • We choose to live in a Christ-like manner.
  • We choose to love, reject, forgive, or harbor.
  • We choose our actions, deeds, and behaviors.
  • We choose what we meditate on, look at, think on, and believe in.
  • We choose the direction we take, our work, and the use of our time, talent and treasure.

Let me give you 5 facets on making a choice:

1. Every choice you make develops your spirit man or your carnal man.

Decision disciplines are habit forming. Either we strengthen our sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit and learn how to be led by God, or we lose sensitivity to God, strengthen the desire of the flesh, and allow the downward pull of carnality to fortify against us.

When we choose life, we give a dynamic blow to Satan and his schemes. When we choose death—those decisions not according to God’s word—we resist the work of the Holy Spirit and unleash darkness.

Don’t forget the devil has a powerful, alluring, enticing plan for your life. It looks good. It looks fun. But it leads to destruction.

2. Not making a choice is still choosing.

Apathy and procrastination are killers. Imagine being on a football team and the quarterback can’t decide on a play. The whistle blows and the defense is coming to tackle you, you will get hurt.

You better be prepared to make a choice. The apostle Peter writes:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15).

When you set apart Christ as Lord, it will be easier to make the right choices. “God, what do you want?” Choosing is a part of life and we must learn how to make good decisions. The “sweep it under the rug and it will go away” philosophy will only hurt you. Waiting on God is important, but living in “do-nothing denial” is dangerous.

The writers of Proverbs declares, “A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber” (Prov. 24:33-34, NLT).

To overcome procrastination:

  • Remove fear from the equation – faith is required to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
  • Recite your vision – What has God called me to? What am I passionate about? Does it align with where am I headed?
  • Remember to check with God’s word. Does this decision line up with Scripture? Is it permissible?
  • Rely on deadlines to stay motivated. Due dates are your friends.

3. Choosing is easier when you live a life connected by prayer and communion.

You can’t always deliberate over every choice you make. Some decisions are made in an instant. Some are made without any thought given to them. But when you live a life that is in communion with God, you will be in tune with His Spirit. He will protect you from making a wrong choice by the checking of his Holy Spirit. If you don’t know which way to go, or you have made a wrong choice, the Holy Spirit will lead into all truth (John 16:13).

4.The choices we make today determine our tomorrow.

Every choice has consequences. Some good, some bad. Every choice we make effects our today and our tomorrow and those around us, even your children.

Our choice either opens up doors with more options to us, or they close doors and limit our options. The sad news is that most of us have not thought out the consequences of our choices well enough.

Have your parents ever said to you, “What were you thinking!” Maybe you weren’t thinking. Or perhaps you thought “it won’t happen to me.” But we need to stop thinking that “it couldn’t happen to me” because sometimes it does. Some consequences can never be undone. They can all be forgiven, and they can all be redeemed – or made into something beautiful. But they cannot all be undone.

5. It’s never too late to choose life.

If you’re on a wrong path right now because of a bad choice, stop where you are and choose to make a right choice. Only repentance can get you onto the right path. The very word “repent” means “a change of mind, turning and going the other way.”

God will get you going again on the right path. You may even avoid, by his grace, some consequence that is waiting just around the bend for you. If you don’t change your mind, thus changing your course, you may encounter a painful event that will forever effect your life.

So where are you today? Are you ready to choose life? If so, the Holy Spirit is ready to empower you to walk in the light and to experience life and that more abundantly (John 10:10).


Breaking the Spirit of Poverty

Having a relationship with Jesus certainly doesn’t mean we’ll be free of problems or struggles. Life can be tough, and even as Christians, we’ll face many challenges.

Before we were saved, we were no threat to the devil. But when we accepted Jesus into our heart, something changed. We took up a new residence in the spiritual battlefield and immediately became an enemy of Satan.

Many of our battles, struggles, and trials in life are rooted in the spiritual realm. As a result, war must be waged on the spiritual battlefield and fought with spiritual weapons.

Overcoming poverty is one example of this principle. Jesus taught us that the devil is a thief who comes to steal and destroy God’s blessings in our life (John 10:10). Many Christians unnecessarily suffer financial lack simply because they don’t understand the nature of the spiritual battle they’re in.

 

Your Father’s Blessings

God is a good God. Our Heavenly Father wants to bless us, and He would never send us into battle unequipped. He has given us His Word as the sword of the Spirit to overcome the lies of the enemy (Ephesians 6:17). Something happens when we put the Scriptures in our heart and mouth and begin to point them at the enemy.

Remember, victory over poverty is already yours. Through His death on the Cross and His Resurrection, Jesus has destroyed all the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). But now He calls on you to enforce that victory by declaring His promises over your life.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). Through the truth of God’s Word, you have been given dominion over financial lack and every other stronghold in your life. So go ahead and let the enemy know he no longer has permission to harass you!

Defeating Satan’s Lies

Scripture tells us that the devil is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Many Christians have believed the lie that God wants them to experience lack instead of abundance. Yet God wants to replace that lie with the truth that He wants you to prosper and be in good health (3 John 1:2)!

If you’re a child of God, the devil has no rights in your life. But you must move into an offensive position and take back anything the enemy has stolen. Boldly speak to your circumstances, reminding them that you are a child of the King and a joint heir with Christ. Your words create your realities, so make sure they line up with God’s Word.

Don’t stop pressing in until you experience the victory you’ve been promised. Make sure you are taking steps of faith—sowing financial seeds in anticipation of God’s abundant harvests in your life.

In Jesus’ name, you have power over the devil, but he’s not going to give up without a fight. You must realize the authority God has given you and lay an ax to the roots of poverty and financial lack.

May God awaken the mighty warrior inside of you, so you can pull down strongholds in your own life and then go to battle on behalf of your loved ones.


The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ

In a world that is desperate for peace, the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will be a welcomed time of Peace for all of mankind. The Millennial Reign will be a period of time in which Jesus Christ will reign on earth for 1,000 years as the sovereign ruler, in fulfillment of many Old and New Testament prophecies. During His reign, Satan will be bound and sealed in the bottomless pit so that he will have no influence in the earth to deceive mankind. Jesus’ rule will span the entire world. He will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords of the whole world. He will also sit on the throne of His father, David, ruling over Israel.

Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, in his book Things to Come states: “The millennium will be the period of the full manifestation of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be the manifestation of glory associated with the humanity of Christ. There will be the glory of a glorious dominion, in which Christ, by virtue of his obedience unto death, is given universal dominion to replace that dominion which Adam lost. There will be the glory of a glorious government, in which Christ, as David’s son is given absolute power to govern. There will be the glory of a glorious inheritance, in which the land and the seed promised to Abraham are realized through Christ…”

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John F. Walvoord, in his book The Revelation of Jesus Christ states: “Advocates of this view hold that the millennium is a period in which Christ will literally reign on earth as its supreme political leader and that the many promises of the Old Testament relating to a kingdom on earth in which Israel will be prominent and Gentiles will be blessed will have complete and literal fulfillment.”

What does the term Millennial Reign mean? The word “millennium” is from the Latin words mille and annum. Mille means one thousand (1000). Annum means years. When both words are combined they mean one thousand years. The word “reign” means the time during which someone such as a sovereign reigns. Royal authority is the period of time during which a king, queen, emperor, is ruler of a country.

The words “one thousand years” are mentioned six times in the Book of Revelation chapter 20 verses 1-7. I believe the Lord wanted to make it clear that during Jesus Christ time of rule He will reign for a literal one thousand years. Some have tried to make this reference a figurative or spiritual one. The Scriptures confirm that this kingdom would be literal. Jesus will be the sovereign King with all authority reigning physically in His earthly kingdom.

The Prophets Declare His Millennial Reign

The prophet Zechariah prophesied the coming of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem with detailed accuracy. He described Jesus being presented to the nation of Israel, first as a lowly king riding on a donkey. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9.

How humble of King Jesus was, to be presented to the nation of Israel riding on such a lowly beast as a donkey. This prophecy indicated how God would use His Son to redeem the earth. Zechariah also predicted His second coming and reign on earth. He stated that Jesus would one day return and set His feet on the Mount of Olives before Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4), and that He would return to earth to be King and one Lord over all the earth.

“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” (Zechariah 14:9)

The prophet Isaiah also wrote of the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. He stated that the governments would be on His shoulders, signifying that He would have full responsibility for ruling all the world. He declared that Jesus would be called Wonderful, Counselor, and The Mighty God. This shows the deity of Christ, meaning Jesus is God. He called Him the Everlasting Father, affirming His eternal existence. Isaiah refers to Him as the Prince of Peace, declaring Him as the true peacemaker; the one coming to bring peace to the entire world. And finally, Jesus will sit on the throne of David, ordering and establishing it with judgment and justice. This one accession, irrefutably, places Him within the rich lineage and heritage of King David, who is a descendant of Abraham.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

In the New Testament book of Revelation, the apostle John predicted that the length of His reign will be one thousand years. This may seem to limit the time of Christ’ reign, but it actually begins His everlasting dominion that will continue from the Millennium kingdom into the Eternal State in the New Heavens and New Earth (Revelation 20:4, 6).

Different Views on the Millennial Reign

The Millennial Reign has become one of the most misunderstood teachings in the Word of God. Numerous views have been taught on the subject, which adds to the misunderstanding and confusion. There are three major views taught that we will examine. The first is called the A-Millennial View, the second is the Post-Millennial view, and the third is the Pre-Millennial view.

1) The A-Millennial View: The a-millennial interpretation is a denial that there will be a one thousand-year reign of Christ after His return to earth. It is a-millennial or non-millennial, because it denies the literal reign of Christ on earth. This view was developed in 400 A.D. by St. Augustine. It was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church in 431 A.D. at the Council of Ephesus.

2) The Post-Millennial View: This view basically believes that the world will get better and better until the whole world is Christianized and then Christ will return to a kingdom of peace. This view was originated by Daniel Whitby (1638-1726), a Unitarian in England. Although he was censored for some of his heretical views, many conservative theologians rapidly embraced and propagated his viewpoint on the millennium.

3) The Pre-Millennial View: This view teaches that Jesus Christ will return to earth, literally and bodily, before the millennial age begins. It says that by His presence, a kingdom will be instituted over which He will reign, and that all of Israel’s covenants will be literally fulfilled. It will continue for a thousand years, after which the kingdom will be given by the Son to the Father when it will merge with His eternal kingdom.

Generally speaking, one’s view of interpreting the Scriptures determines whether or not he or she is a pre-millennialist. For the most part, all who believe the Bible to be literal are pre-millennialists.

I believe the Pre-Millennial view stands the test of Scripture and gives a clear and balanced perspective on God’s end-time program. This view stands on the literal interpretation of the reign of Jesus Christ sitting on a real throne in the future. A colleague once said, “When the plain sense make sense there is no other sense, unless you end up with non-sense.” Just as Jesus’ first coming was literal, so will this one thousand years of Christ ruling on earth be literal. It’s unreasonable to think that only part of the prophecies on His life will be fulfilled literally and the balance not be completed the same way.

What is God’s Purpose for the Millennial Reign?

The purpose of the Millennium will be to establish the physical rule of Jesus Christ in the Earth. Christ will fulfill all of the Old and New Testament prophecies regarding His life. To best understand the physical prophecies regarding Christ Jesus, we need to remember the words of our Lord in Matthew 5:18: “…till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot and tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

In essence, the Lord was stating that all of the Word of God will be fulfilled before Heaven and Earth will pass away. Many of these future physical prophecies cannot yet be fulfilled because they are linked to Christ’s physical return. At His first coming, Jesus fulfilled 300 physical prophecies. Discovering the prophecies of Christ’s future physical reign will further help in understanding the overall purpose of the Millennial Reign.

In Matthew 2:6, it states that out of Judah, a Governor shall come and rule God’s people Israel. Luke 1:32-33 conveys that God shall give Him the throne of his father David and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever. The prophet Daniel said in his book that dominion, glory, and a kingdom will be given to Jesus, and all people, nations, and languages, will serve Him (Daniel 7:14). Micah 4:7 lets us know that Jesus will reign over Mount Zion. Isaiah speaks quite vividly of a glorious kingdom given to Jesus from God. He will be firmly established and will rule in a royal manner. It will be delivered with much fanfare and brilliant splendor. He will also give Him the key of the house of David which signifies authority. And He should be for a glorious throne to his father’s house, (Isaiah 22:21-23).

Clearly, these prophecies show that Jesus will sovereignly reign over His own kingdom, which He did not fulfill at His first coming. The Millennial kingdom is the time when all of these prophecies will be fulfilled.

 


Being Humble: Why It’s Important to God

We know that Jesus died for our sins and our human faults. This was done to reestablish our relationship with God. But there’s an important step each of us must still take to access the mercy and grace that His death affords us.

That step is to practice humility. Scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

But what does it mean to be humble?

To be humble is to realize how weak we are, how helpless we are to change the course of our lives in our own power. It’s to ask God for His forgiveness and to trust Him for His guidance.  That’s what He wants to see abiding in our hearts.


The Whisper of God’s Spirit

The Bible says, “Live by following the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16) and, “The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them” (Romans 8:14). To hear many of us talk, you’d think we didn’t believe these verses. You’d think we didn’t believe in the Trinity. We talk about the Father and study the Son, but when it comes to the Holy Spirit, we are confused at best and frightened at worst. Confused because we’ve never been taught. Frightened because we’ve been taught to be afraid.

May I simplify things a bit? The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in our lives, carrying on the work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps us in three directions – inwardly (by granting us the fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23), upwardly (by praying for us, Romans 8:26), and outwardly (by pouring God’s love into our hearts, Romans 5:5).

The Holy Spirit is on center stage in evangelism. If the disciple teaches, it is because the Spirit teaches the disciple (Luke 12:12). If the listener is convicted, it is because the Spirit has penetrated (John 16:8). If the listener is converted, it is by the transforming power of the Spirit (Romans 8:11). If the new believer matures, it is because the Spirit makes him or her competent (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Working within you is the same Spirit that worked in Philip’s life in Acts 8:26-27. Sound like a hard fact to swallow? I can hear you mumbling under your breath as you read, “I’ve never heard an angel’s voice.” To which I counter, “How do you know Philip did?”

We assume he did. We’ve been taught he did. The flannel board figures say he did. An angel puts his trumpet in Philip’s ear and blares the announcement … But could our assumption be wrong? Could it be that the angel’s voice was every bit as miraculous as the one you and I hear?

What?

You’ve heard the voice whispering your name, haven’t you? You’ve felt the nudge to go and sensed the urge to speak … You invite a couple over for coffee. Nothing heroic, just a nice evening with old friends. But from the moment they enter, you can feel the tension. Colder than glaciers, they are. You can tell something is wrong. Typically you’re not one to inquire, but you feel a concern that won’t be silent. So you ask.

You are in a business meeting where one of your coworkers is raked over the coals. Everyone else is thinking, I’m glad that wasn’t me. But the Holy Spirit is leading you to think how hard this must be. So, after the meeting you approach the employee and express your concern.

You notice the fellow on the other side of the church auditorium. He looks a bit out of place, what with his strange clothing and all. You learn that he is from Africa, in town on business. The next Sunday he is back. And the third Sunday he is present, you introduce yourself. He tells you how he is fascinated by the faith and how he wants to learn more. Rather than offer to teach him, you simply urge him to read the Bible.

Later in the week, you regret not being more direct. You call the office where he is consulting and learn that he is leaving today for home. You know in your heart you can’t let him leave. So you rush to the airport and find him awaiting his flight, with a Bible open on his lap. And you, like Philip, explain, and he, like the Ethiopian, believes.

Were there lights? You just lit one. Were there voices? You just were one. Was there a miracle? You just witnessed one. Who knows? If the Bible were being written today, that might be your name in the eighth chapter of Acts.


14 Questions and Answers About Heaven

1. Q: Is Heaven a real place?

A: Yes, the Bible describes Heaven as an actual “place” that Jesus is preparing for us (John 14:2-3). Revelation 21:1 says there will be “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” The key characteristic of Heaven is that we will live in God’s awesome presence: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God”(Revelation 21:3).

2. Q: How will life in Heaven compare with our present life on earth?

A: The Lord says in Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” This includes some wonderful benefits: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (21:4). Heaven will be a place of great beauty and fantastic architecture, including streets of gold and buildings made of pearls, emeralds, and precious stones (21:19-21).

3. Q: What will we do in Heaven?

A: While some people have pictured Heaven as a place where we walk on clouds and play harps all day, that’s not what we’re told in Scripture. Yes, those in Heaven will “rest from their labors” (Revelation 14:13), but we’ll also fellowship with the Lord and “serve Him day and night” (7:15). Our work in Heaven will be refreshing, creative, productive, and unhindered by sin and futility. We will joyfully worship God (5:13-14, 7:9-12) and enjoy deep relationships with His people (Luke 22:29-30).

4. Q: Will Heaven be boring?

A: Absolutely not! We’ll be doing the things that make us happy, and we’ll be doing them to the glory of God. This includes experiencing new crafts, hobbies, entertainment, and vocations. As author Ray Steadman observed, “Every moment of eternity will be an adventure of discovery.”

5. Q: What will happen to our disabilities in Heaven?

A: Our disabilities will be gone! Joni Eareckson Tada observed from her wheelchair, “I haven’t been cheated out of being a COMPLETE person—I’m just going through a 40-year delay, and God is with me even through that. Being glorified—I know the meaning of that now. It’s the time, after my death here, when I’ll be on my feet dancing. The blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, used to tell friends not to feel sorry for her because she was blind. She pointed out, “When I get to Heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.” And Helen Keller gave thanks to the Lord that “He has set in my darkness the lamp of faith; deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to—a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.”

6. Q: Will we become angels when we go to Heaven?

A: No. Although a common view, this is a complete misconception. Angels and humans are entirely different creatures, and that won’t change after our death (Hebrews 1:13-14, 2:14-16, Psalm 8:4-5). Even though Jesus said we will be “like angels” after our resurrection, the context was a reference to being unmarried, not a general statement that we’ll become angels or angel-like. Instead of being disembodied spirits in Heaven, we will be given resurrection bodies with physical substance. These bodies will be like the body Jesus had after His resurrection—able to talk, eat, walk, and be touched (John 20, John 21).

7. Q: Will a person go to Heaven or hell immediately after death or simply fall “asleep” until their resurrection and judgment?

A: At a person’s death, their spirit leaves their body (Ecclesiastes 12:7). They immediately go either to Heaven or to hell, where they are fully conscious of their existence (Luke 16:19-31). Jesus told the repentant thief on the cross that he would instantly be with Him in paradise (Luke 23:43), and Paul said he longed to be “absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

8. Q: Will there be animals and pets in Heaven?

A: There is considerable evidence of animals in Heaven. Elijah was taken up to Heaven in a chariot pulled by horses (2 Kings 2:11), and the book of Revelation makes references to horses (6:2-8, 19:11) and eagles (4:7) in Heaven. Isaiah 65:25 describes wolves, lambs, and lions. Billy Graham had a good answer when a little girl asked him, “Will my dog who died this week be in Heaven?” Dr. Graham replied, “If it would make you any happier, then yes, he will be.”

9. Q: Are people who are now in Heaven able to see the present events on earth?

A: Yes, at least to a certain degree. Several passages in the book of Revelation seem to indicate that the believers already in Heaven are aware of earthly events (6:9-11, 18:20, 19:1-5). Hebrews 12:1 describes a great “cloud of witnesses” watching us from Heaven as we finish running “the race that is set before us.” And Jesus says there will be “joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7).

10. Q: In what ways will believers be judged in Heaven?

A: All believers will appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). The purpose of this judgment is not to determine a person’s eternal destination in Heaven or hell, for that has already been decided at their salvation. Instead, this judgment will affect the gain or loss of our eternal rewards (1 Corinthians 3:12-15, Romans 14:10-12).

11. Q: In Heaven will we recognize the friends and loved ones we knew on earth?

A: Yes. In 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, Paul says we should “comfort one another” with the hope of an afterlife reunion with our loved ones.

12. Q: How will a heavenly perspective impact our life on earth?

A: The Bible says believers are citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20), and it instructs us, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). Sometimes Christians are accused of “being so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good,” but this is rarely the case. In fact, William Wilberforce pointed out that the opposite is often true: “It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.” William Shakespeare observed that “the love of Heaven makes one heavenly,” and Thomas a Kempis said, “Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.” C.S. Lewis summed it up this way: “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

13. Q: What will hell be like?

A: Jesus spoke of hell as a literal place, originally created for the devil and his fallen angels (Revelation 20:10-15). This is not just a metaphor (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 13:40-42, Mark 9:43-44). People will be fully conscious in hell, and it will be a place of unspeakable suffering and destruction (Luke 16:22-31, 2 Thessalonians 1:9). This horrible experience is described as being eternal in nature, rather than merely temporary (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 12:10). The severity of the punishment will vary according to the amount of truth that was known and the nature of the sins committed (Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 20:45-47).

14. Q: Why won’t God allow everyone to go to Heaven?

A: Jesus was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Because of His death and Resurrection, everyone has a right to repent of their sins and receive His forgiveness and eternal life.

Friend, have you made your choice to turn from your sins and accept Christ’s invitation? If not, we encourage you to pray this simple prayer:

“Jesus, You loved me so much that You gave Your life for me. I believe You are God’s Son. I believe You lived a sinless life and died for my sins. I believe You rose from the dead so that I can live forever with you You in Heaven. Jesus, please forgive me for all my sins. I invite You to be my Savior and Lord. Thank You for coming into my heart and making me a child of God.”

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The Parable of the Starfish

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the young girl walking along the seashore, who noticed hundreds of starfish that had washed up along the beach with the incoming tide. Knowing they would soon dry out in the hot sun and die, she quickly started picking them up and throwing them back into the sea. One by one, the starfish were returned to safety.

“What are you doing?” inquired a nearby fisherman.

“I’m saving the starfish,” the girl replied proudly. “If they don’t make it back into the water, they will die.”

The fisherman, shaking his head, looked at the girl and said, “You can’t possibly save allthese starfish . . . there are so many you can’t even count them!” And then he asked, “What difference can you possibly make?”

The spunky girl, looking down at the sand, picked up another starfish and tossed it into the ocean. “It made a difference to that one!” she exclaimed.

I love this story, because the fisherman’s question is one we each must ask ourselves:

“What difference can you possibly make?”

If you are an Inspiration Partner, you are joining us in our mission “to impact lives for Christ worldwide through media.” Inspiration Ministries and our partners have a passion to change the world, one life at a time, through television and other forms of electronic media.

Through our evangelistic outreaches, we are seeing an ever-greater harvest of souls.

Thanks to partners like you, Inspiration Ministries is sending the Good News of Christ all over the world—even to countries where it’s illegal to preach the Gospel by conventional means. Our ultimate quest is to help fulfill the powerful words of Habakkuk 2:14: “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

The United Nations lists 196 different countries in the world. Last year alone, Inspiration Ministries heard from people in 181 of those countries — all because of your partnership. In the last year, more than 2.5 million people asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior through the outreach of Inspiration Ministries!

But reaching the world with the Gospel is a lot like rescuing starfish. No matter how many lives God enables us to touch, there is still an overwhelming need to do more. While we endeavor to make a positive difference in people’s values, beliefs, and behavior, our greatest passion is to see lost people brought into a right relationship with God.

Aren’t you glad your mission in life includes a concern for making a difference in the lives of others? Someday you’ll be greeted in Heaven by countless people thanking you for your partnership in soul-winning through Inspiration Ministries.

“We’re here in Heaven because YOU cared and because you sowed financial seeds to send us the Gospel!”


Psalm 121: The Lord Will Watch Over You

In joy and in sorrow, we can find comfort knowing God is watching over us. He is with us at every moment. When help is needed, when peace seems far away, we can go to Him and seek shelter. When joy is plentiful, we can go to Him with thanksgiving and praise. He is always watching over us. Find rest in Him. Read Psalm 121. Share time with Him.

Psalm 121 NIV
1  I lift up my eyes to the mountains-
where does my help come from?
2  My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3  He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4  indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The Lord watches over you-
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6  the sun will not harm you by day
nor the moon by night.
7  The Lord will keep you from all harm-
he will watch over your life;
8  the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

The Bible is the Word of God. Through Scripture, we can seek and find comfort and peace. In Psalm 121, we are shown the picture of someone lifting their eyes up to the mountains, asking where help comes from. Looking upward, seeking answers.

The Lord helps us. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.

What comfort we have knowing He watches over us in every moment. God never pauses or becomes distracted. He never puts aside His love and protection.

The Lord keeps His promises. Yes, there will be struggles in this earthly life. Yes, good times and bad times will arrive and leave. Our strength is found in seeking and finding God.

Perhaps you have heard these words or thought them yourself. “What is happening? How will I get through this situation? I need help.”

Through each struggle, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, God is with us. He never leaves our side. He watches over us. I have found His comfort while waiting for medical test results, caring for aging parents, praying for a prodigal child and many other times.

I feel His comfort during times of joy as well. Giving praise and thanksgiving during times of struggle and times of joy brings a closer relationship with God.

When stress enters my mind, I go to Him in prayer. Turning my worries over to God has proven time and time again, to be the best decision. Trying to handle troubled moments on my own has proven fruitless.

Does God want me to go to Him with minor concerns or just the big concerns of life?

The answer is that God wants a relationship with us in all moments.

From Biblical times to current times, God has shown and continues to show His love and glory. He waits with open arms for us to seek a relationship with Him.

The next time someone asks “Where does help come from?” Answer with the love and compassion of God. Share Psalm 121.

Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord.

The Lord watches over us in every moment. Amen.