Heaven Bound :: By Holly Spate

You are my portion forever
My King, my God
Worldly evil may last for a moment
But your power will override.

The world is quickly fading
A new heaven and earth is drawing near
Satan soon will be bound forever
And all eyes will be opened and see clear.

Lifting you high, I glorify
Your presence and all that you are
Our coming King, our everything
You bring freedom that satisfies.

Be still now heart,
Take flight now soul
For I honor the only One
Who can make a life whole.

The time’s almost here
I sense that it’s near
No earthly king will have a say
Concerning what will happen on that day.

It’s been set in stone
Recorded long ago
From the very beginning
God would be winning.

No powers below
No powers that be
Can overthrow the Creator
Of all humanity.

The glorious coming of His kingdom is near
May we all be equipped, may we all be prepared
So lift up your head and be of good cheer
We’re heaven bound, our home is not here.

-by Holly Spate

I pray the above poem has lifted your heart and encouraged you.

Just think… He has chosen each of us. He has chosen YOU to be a part of this unique time in history.

With that truth in mind, realize that the handwriting is on the wall.

Anyone paying attention can clearly see that the world is rapidly coming apart at the seams. The planned global chaos put into motion is knocking down the dominoes and affecting everything at an astonishing pace.

For those who believe in Christ, we know how the story ends… God wins! And when God wins, we win!

Soon, this world will be no more, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Our King of Kings, the One who should have always been exalted in this earth by all mankind, will be acknowledged as God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth by all.

Romans 14:11 says, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Philippians 2:9-11 states, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The way the world is going and the pace at which all is happening should make us realize the rapture is nearer than we may think. Like the old hymn says, “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King… Hallelujah, Hallelujah, we’re going to see the King!”

Imagine…

One day (maybe sooner than we can imagine) we will stand before our Savior and see Him face to face.

You will get to walk with Him, the very One who has walked beside you, created you, protected you, provided for you, saved you and forever loved you.

You will see the place He’s been preparing for you. A place so beautiful, so full of splendor that the human mind can’t comprehend. An awe-inspiring place only the Father could fashion and form… a place of perfection with everything perfectly in place.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

John 14:1-4 states, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

Matthew 25:34 is a beautiful invitation to all believers: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Just think…

One day you will be reunited with all believers who have gone before.

One day you will walk the streets of gold and get to know personally those you’ve read about and studied for years in the pages of scripture.

One day you will be given an incorruptible body, one that will last and live on forever.

1 Corinthians 15:50-55: “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

Incredible!

One day, you, along with all your brothers and sisters in Christ, will be called up and will forever be with the Lord for all eternity!

Eternity…

A place of unimaginable peace, calm, and joy.

A place with no injustice, lawlessness, evil, stress or worry.

A place with no sin, no sickness, no sorrow, no death, no taxes, no government, no money, no time, no rushing, etc.

A place void of anything bad, harmful or hurtful.

A place filled with the light and goodness of the Father’s love.

Perfection… pure bliss… the most beautiful, unimaginable existence all prepared and waiting for our arrival… your arrival! All created by our Heavenly Father to enjoy forever.

And forever we will be with the Savior!

Although we each have so much to be thankful for here and now because of all God gives, how much more we have to be thankful for as we experience all He’s planned … a bright eternity yet to explore and a beautiful inheritance yet to enjoy.

There are a million reasons heaven will be so heavenly. There is nothing on this earth that can compare to what awaits us.

Everything ungodly that’s existing and present in this world will be absent in heaven. There will be only good, beauty, justice, righteousness, peace, joy and light… FOREVER!

Are you excited yet?!

With all the doom and gloom in the world and evil waxing worse, I hope and pray this reminder of good things to come brings encouragement, joy and peace. Our time on this earth is but a blip in light of eternity.

As you live out your life in this world, rejoice because you have the blessed hope. Christ died on the cross and rose again; His blood washes you clean of all sin… a gift He gave willingly with unconditional love. He paid a debt He did not owe because you owed a debt you could not pay. He saved and rescued you, and He’s coming back to take you to the place He’s prepared so you can be with Him for all eternity! Now, that’s not just good news; that’s the best news ever!

If you don’t know Him, cry out to Him today… ask Him into your heart and He will gladly, with open arms, receive you. Then, you too will be a joint heir and will spend eternity with the Savior!

I pray all these beautiful reminders will nudge each of us to continue sharing the hope we have with others, being obedient to God’s calling in our lives, and praying for the salvation of the lost.

2 Peter 3:9 states what a loving Savior we serve: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Jesus, our Savior, is returning! And when He does, He wants to find us ready and doing His will. Do all you can now to joyfully share Him with others.

Keep looking up and be of good cheer…. We’re Heaven Bound!

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son” (Revelation 21:1-7).

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This Little Light of Mine :: By Holly Spate

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Won’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel – No! I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine till Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

As a young girl and now a mom to two daughters, I remember singing this little tune many times in my life. It’s interesting how such a simple song for children written so many years ago can have so much meaning. Its message and profound lyrics rang true then and ring true still.

Sadly, so many Christians are not letting their light shine. Sadly, too many have let their light grow dim.

So many have become desensitized to sound doctrine. So many have teeter tottered and tried to tiptoe around the Ten Commandments – treating them as suggestions rather than God’s unchanging, holy rules. So many have made excuses. So many have compromised and become comfy with the world, a world that desperately needs every light shining bright.

Matthew 5:14-16 says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

1 Peter 2:9 explains, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”

Jesus himself stated, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

What does scripture say concerning a believer’s relationship with the world?

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

As Christians, we are called to shine bright.

We can’t afford, and those in the world can’t afford the light of good and hope to grow dim. As believers, our love for our Savior – the One who rescued us – should take first place in our hearts. The love we have because of all He gave should naturally propel us to shine bright and share the hope we have with a lost and dying world.

We should never run after the desires of the world but instead hold strong to the only truth and only pursuit worth pursuing… loving God, loving others, and sharing the hope we have with those God puts in our path.

Take a moment to think of the moment you came to salvation.

Now, go a step further and think for a minute more… put yourself in the shoes of one who has not yet accepted Christ as Savior… who does not have a personal relationship. Then, look around at our world. How must that person be feeling today?

What must it be like to live in the mind, the life of one who does not know the Lord? What emotions must be taking over when a nonbeliever sees our world being torn in every direction and falling apart at the seams? When every day, the daily headlines seem worse than the day before. When the love of many is waxing cold. When lawlessness seems to be winning and morals are slipping away. When there are wars and rumors of wars. When nature is groaning and dying off. When evil is celebrated and what was always seen as good is now suddenly turned on its head and called evil.

How must it be to feel hopeless and stalled in place while daily being bombarded with depressing news painting pictures of depravity, despair, and hopelessness?

What emotions must one be feeling when they see a good future for their children slipping away at the hand of an ungodly government?

What thoughts must be going through the mind of those who can’t see a ray of hope or rescue in such a dark and broken place?

It’s difficult for many Christians to take it all in at times and not become discouraged, or at times depressed, at all that we’re seeing. As a Christian, my head is spinning from all the negative news and seeing the evil rising in our nation and across the world. It’s difficult to not have a sense of worry and fear at times.

YET we have our Savior… we have hope, we have His promises, we have His peace, we have an understanding due to the Bible of what’s happening around us. We know the end of the story. We’ve been rescued and have a bright and beautiful future for all eternity in which to look forward. We know this world is not our home… it was never meant to be our home. It’s a temporary place… we’re Heaven-bound!

An unbeliever does not have such peace, and no number of self-help books or trips to a therapist will fill the void that can only be filled through Jesus. Nothing can bring hope, relief, joy, and peace apart from Jesus.

Yes, there will be many in the world who believe they don’t need the Savior. They may say they are getting along just fine, but the reality is EVERYONE needs the Savior… everyone!

Our heavenly Father has placed us in this world, in this moment, for such a time as this. If there was ever a time to let our light shine, it’s now. If there was ever a time to share the gospel, it’s now. If there was ever a time to pray for the lost in this world, it’s now.

As a believer in Christ, you have everything. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, you have everything… everything that’s important… everything that makes life worth living. You have His love, His gift of salvation, His promises, His Holy Spirit, His protection, His peace. You have a very, very, very bright future ahead of you. An inheritance so incredible that our minds cannot even comprehend.

For so many, this is not their reality. Their reality is defined by the world and circumstances they live in… a world that’s growing darker by the day. A world that so desperately needs the light of the Son.

Christians… get your lights ready. Let others see the love and light of Jesus shining through you.

It’s time to shine, brother in Christ.

It’s time to shine, sister in Christ.

As the song so poignantly and perfectly coveys,

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Won’t let Satan blow it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel – NO!
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine till Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine over the whole wide world, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Go, Shine bright. Shine like never before!

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