(myCommunity.com) 10 promises about eternity that give us hope. The promise of heaven is sometimes the only thing that makes me spend the day. To know that mistakes will be corrected and that peace and love will surround me like a warm blanket for all eternity, brings comfort to my heart. There will be no more sin, no sadness, no tears, no fear, no loss, no darkness. God will be the center of everything, and his presence will be light.
Our lives here on Earth can be filled with joy as we walk with the Holy Spirit. However, there is a pain in all believers that reminds us that this place is not our home.
Here are 10 promises that God has for our lives in eternity with him. May it bring joy to your heart, great expectation to your mind, and to your soul its only true hope.
There is nothing like coming home after a long and stressful day. It is difficult to get used to the world in which we live. Although there are many good things to be grateful for, sometimes you just know deep down that this world is not your home.
When life becomes difficult, when you feel misunderstood or alone, or when the pain you have for peace can not be satisfied with any earthly luxury, these times lead us to the Word. Jesus reminds us in John 16: 33: "I have told you these things so that they may have peace in me. In this world you will have problems. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” There is a pain in all of us for love, peace and the presence of God. Believers have been given the presence of the Holy Spirit to help soothe that pain, but in heaven, we will finally be home.
2. Face to face
Often, when I am sitting alone, I feel the presence of Christ seated with me; and yes, I talk to you a lot! I do not know how Jesus really looks, but when I can finally see him in heaven, it will be the purest, most beautiful and most humble moment.
The fact that He says my name, and I will hear His voice for the first time, simply surprises me. The anticipation of holding your hand, bowing in your presence and praising God forever with other believers gives me strength and hope every day.
"Then he said: 'Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.' Jesus replied: "Truly I say to you that today you will be with me in paradise" (Lucas 23: 42-43)
Our lives are wrapped in time. The seasons, working hours, elderly parents, growing children, the list goes on and on. If I asked you what you would like to have more of, you would probably say time. We love making wishes for what could happen in our time here on earth because we know that we are not destined to be here forever.
I remember standing in my front yard when I was a little boy thinking about what eternity meant. How after he died, there would be an endless space of time called eternity. And how if I was going to spend that somewhere, I wanted him to be with God. Cultivate that mentality of eternity now so that you can live in the moment you are lucky not to have to regret it.
4. No more Tears
This mantle of hope makes me spend more days than I can count. "'He will erase every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death, no mourning, no crying, no pain, because the old order of things has passed."(Apocalypse 21: 4)
What a glorious day it will be when there is no more pain, illness or tears to cry. We will not have to say goodbye to our loved ones, lose them unexpectedly or receive that call with a gloomy diagnosis. All the accumulated pain of one loss after another will be no more! No more cancer, no debilitating diseases, no mental illness, no more burial of the young. What a glorious hope we have to know that tears and pain have an expiration date.
5. No more fear
In my experience as a single woman, fear is, unfortunately, an everyday feeling. I am cautious of my surroundings simply walking from my car to the grocery store, and instilling awareness of potentially dangerous situations. You may experience the fear of losing a job, a worsening relationship, getting into a car accident, etc. But in heaven, there will be no more fear of something going wrong.
Can you imagine never having to close your doors?
"In no day will its doors be closed, because there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be introduced into it. Nothing impure will enter it, nor anyone who does the shameful or deceptive, but only those whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb."(Apocalypse 21: 25-27)
Oh, what a day it will be! Hallelujah!
6. Pure reality
Reality is hard. Watching the news for five minutes can sink you into a pit of despair faster than most things. We get up every morning and spend our days. Some are better than others, but in general, if we are lucky, the monotonous becomes our standard.
In Philippians 4: 8 we are told to think about all the good things: "Initially, brothers and sisters, everything that is true, whatever is noble, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is admirable, if there is something excellent or worthy of praise, think about those things" What a joy it will be when these things become the "monotony"Of what we will think in heaven!
The glory and fun we will have in heaven give me hope through the harsh realities of this life on earth. How exciting it will be to walk the streets of gold, to have communion with other believers, to be in the magnificent presence of God and to feel peace beyond what we can imagine.
The relationships on earth are far from perfect. We are all imperfect human beings who depend on the wrong things and we erroneously hope that we can be the source of life for others.
Well, Christ is the perfect example of a pure relationship with the Father. Can you imagine a place where everyone loves unconditionally? A place where there are no fights, communication failures, compliments, rejections, shameful looks, judgments or competition? I long for the day of reconciliation among all people when we will see the Son and know our position as true brothers and sisters in Christ, neither more nor less.
If you are like me, the hope of heaven is more than I could ask for. Just standing inside the pearly gates is enough to humiliate me completely. We are all sinners and we have not had any hope of reaching heaven on our own. It is only through the blood of Christ that our faith can take us home.
Any good that we can gather through the provision and grace of God is all for His glory. Surprisingly, through the Scriptures, we see that what we do on earth is important enough for God that we will be individually rewarded.
"Look, I'm coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give it to each person according to what they have done" (Apocalypse 22: 12)
I do not know how the rewards will be, and I definitely do not deserve any special recognition, but what a wonderful surprise it will be!
I have a large large family, so annual meetings are part of our annual rhythm. It's so fun to catch up with everyone and eat delicious food! However, with each passing year, there are more and more people who have died and are now missing in our meetings.
There are so many family and friends that I am eager to see them again, give hugs and share laughs! What a wonderful meeting it will be when we are all together again for all eternity with the Lord!
"Those of us who are still alive will be trapped next to them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air"(1 Thessalonians 4: 17).
10. New heaven and earth
Everything will be restored. All sin will pass. We will be forever with our Father, our Savior and with others in glory! No fear can entangle our minds, no disease can devastate our bodies and no sadness can puncture our hearts. What a joy it will be when everything becomes new and we can live as we intended: creation at its best. All the glory to God. I hope to see you there!
"Then I saw 'a new heaven and a new earth', because the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there was no more sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, which descended from the heaven of God, prepared as a beautifully dressed bride for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne saying: 'Look! The dwelling place of God is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ' He will wipe every tear from your eyes. There will be no more death, no mourning, no crying, no pain, because the old order of things has passed" (Apocalypse 21: 1-4)
Source: Mandy Smith is a happy and single life of about 30 years in GA. She is a full-time speech and language pathologist. His loves include Jesus, his family and friends, creativity, playing guitar and singing, coffee, laughing and, of course, writing! You can read more of his writings on his website www.myjoyousheart.com and connect with her in Facebook , Twitter , YouTube e Instagram