Thursday, August 4, 2011

Between Heaven and Hell

I used to think that being a Christian meant that nothing bad would ever happen in your life again. I heard that if you do and say all the right things then you would be lining up with God and you could have heaven on earth. And many times this was true, but not always. My grandma still got sick and died. Our dog died. Also we lost our business- a business that was dedicated to God.

We need to understand the times that we are living in. Adam and Eve had no death or loss. Then they chose to follow their own ideas instead of God’s and ate the fruit of disobedience making themselves their own Lords. From then on we all get to live a life where we experience good and evil. Earth became a place where we are exposed to things from both heaven and hell.

Someday Jesus will return to the earth and be King here. That is when there will be no more death and sickness here. For now we have the Holy Spirit in us to help us in difficult times. He is a powerful help and comfort. And yes, life is full of God’s blessings and sweet love. And many times people are spared, and healed. But, life on earth right now will not be without challenges.

You are in charge of your own life. You can help bring more of God’s goodness to the earth. Or you can try all kinds of evil activities and bring more sorrow into your life and pain to those who love you.

Many blessings are brought to us by following God’s guidelines. Yet many, many times we receive blessings in spite of our rebellion and failures. But nothing we do will cause God to disown us or kick us out of His family because Jesus already took any punishment we had coming to us.

Adam talked with God every day. They were good buddies, a close father and son. Likewise, God is waiting for us to chat with Him about our concerns, hopes, fears, and experiences. He cares about our details. His spirit is very gentle in the way he reveals truth throughout our life on earth.

The love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. I can not resist it.

And that love will never end. God will never stop wanting you to make your reservation for heaven. He will never stop wanting to teach you his heavenly secrets. He will love you from afar if that is the way you want it. How sad.

So when life gives you hell, run to Him -not from Him.

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