-Heaven is not for perfect people, Heaven is for forgiven people
-God loves me just the way I am but He loves me too much to let me stay this way.
-I’m not where I shall be, but I’m not where I’m used to be.
1) we are in the world, but not of it.
-not isolated, but insulated.
2) the best for us is yet to come
-2 Timothy 3:1-5
-Lower your expectations of earth, it isn’t Heaven, don’t expect it to be. (Max Lucado)
3) we are to seek things above
-1 John 2:15
-if you love the world the love of the Father is not in you.
-don’t love your past more than you love Gods plan for your future.
4) we are here to influence the here and the now
-2 Corinthians 5:20
-so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good
Anatomy of a Fool
1. A fool does not listen. (Proverbs)
2. A fool does not tell himself no. (Ecc 2)
3. A fool a fool says in his *heart* there is no God (Psalm 14)
A GOOD thing can become a BAD thing if it becomes an ULTIMATE thing.
-when your pursue the longings of your flesh, you say in your heart there is no God!
-it doesn’t matter what your mouth is saying, in your heart you say there is no God.
-listen not to understand, but for compassion. Not to understand, but to give that other person attention.
-a fool only worries about getting his point across, he cannot be corrected.
-a fool bows down to his urges and is led by his urges rather than the Holy Spirit
****Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then the surrendering of my heart is the end of my foolishness.
Heaven is not the goal! Bring Heaven down to Earth! Many Christians believe that we are required to suffer and struggle through this life, and don’t worry because you’ll finally have peace and happiness in Heaven. Not true! You can have peace, happiness, and God’s will for your life NOW. Adapt this new attitude this week, & claim what’s yours NOW! There are seasons when God has us to wait and strengthens our patience and endurance through tests and trials but as mighty as a God we serve, believe that He has set a mighty path before you to enjoy, conquer, & be fulfilled NOW!
Lord, help me not to just be a hearer but a doer.
Help me not to be a gazer but a walker.
Hold my hand and help me to leave footprints along the paths You lead me to.
Lord, help me to boldly walk the paths set before me.
Help me to live the life You have given me fully, completely, and abundantly.
Let me experience the power provided through the life of Jesus Christ living in me.
Lord, let me live my life in such a way,
with such endurance,
with such commitment,
and with such vigor,
that when You tell me to take a foreign path with a destination I cannot predict, I will be ready to do it boldly-knowing that You are with me along the way, that I am not alone, and that You only set me on a path of unknowing because You want me to grow in the walk and take me to a greater place through the journey.
“We only come to God when our foundations are shaken only to realize God is shaking them.”
“There is nothing you can do that make God stop sharing his “steadfast love”.. Psalms 133.. Imagine if someone came to you and told you everything your spouse has done, will do, and is doing right now in order to break your heart, would you still say I DO?
God still says I DO knowing what we are doing, will do, and have done! “
“God has to shift some things & change some things before He reveals His entire promise to you because if He gives it when you want it, you might not be ready! You might turn what should be a blessing into something that turns out bad because you’re not ready for it! He needs to take you through some stuff so that what He has for you remains a blessing!”
“You are trying so hard to carry all of your burdens, but GOD NEVER DESIGNED YOU TO BE ENOUGH. He designed you to be dependent on Him.”