Heaven is Real! #163

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Heaven is real, and its inheritance of eternal life is reserved for those who live by faith. The world says heaven is a foolish fantasy and a vain hope. That is exactly what our adversary, the devil, wishes the world to believe. But Jesus Christ promised eternal life to all who are born again. Christians have a living hope because Jesus was raised from the dead. Our inheritance does not decay; it is imperishable. Our inheritance is unsoiled by the defilement of sin; it is always and ever brilliant. It is reserved in heaven for all who are saved by grace, through faith. Oh yes, heaven is very real. You and I have a choice where we will spend eternity; heaven or hell. We are living that choice every day. Live for heaven – today and every day.

Hell is Real! #162

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

Jesus is very clear that hell is real. Unless you are willing to acknowledge the existence of hell you will do very little to avoid it. We know many people do not wish to believe what Jesus taught about hell being real, but, that does not change the truth he taught. For all who believe and obey Jesus, the reality of hell (and heaven) compels us to reverence God, shun sin and live “soberly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12). While we long for heaven’s joy and peace we also dread hell’s torment and anguish (Rom. 2:7-11). Fear God and keep his commandments to prepare for heaven and avoid hell (Eccl. 12:13).

Blinding Emotions #161

“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” (Proverbs 29:11)

It is not wise to “lead with your emotions”. Our feelings can blind us and lead us down paths we later wish we had never traveled. Restrain your emotions and do not be rash with your words. Solomon went on to observe that there is more hope for a fool than for the person who speaks before he thinks (Prov. 29:20). Self-control is much wiser than “venting” your emotions. Words spoken in frustration, anger or hate, for example, can never be retrieved. The damage is done. How much better to be wise and control yourself so you will not have to say, “I regret having said that!”

“And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:17)