Revelation 7 paints a picture of the most diverse place that has ever existed: the throne of God. At a time when racial tensions are being amplified, we must remember how God sees each and every one of us. We will one day be together before the throne brothers and sisters, all of us in worship to the one true God. Jesus knows our individual struggles, our family struggles, our community struggles, and our struggles as the human race. He cares about them all. Let us press onward with the calling of Christ under the unction of the Holy Spirit as we advance the Kingdom of God!
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; —Philippians 3:20
There is a widespread misunderstanding in the body of Christ today related to our responsibility to live in this world while maintaining an attitude of not being of this world. This misunderstanding is based on seeing these seemingly opposing truths from an either/or perspective. In other words, some people seem confused as to what role Christians should actively play in the affairs of this world since heaven is our true home.
In the Scripture cited above, Paul rightly reminded the believers living in Philippi that their citizenship was in heaven. Some have taken that to mean that they should not be concerned about anything in this world beyond their own comforts and well-being.
What Paul meant by his exhortation to the Philippians was that their ultimate loyalty was to God and His kingdom, not to the earthly realm of dictators and despots. Paul was speaking about priorities. What Paul did not mean was that Christians bear no responsibility to influence and direct the affairs of citizens of this world.
Continue reading “Guest Post: Where Is Your Citizenship? – Pastor Mike Spaulding”
More young women are taking their own lives than ever before. Half a million people visit hospitals every year from self-injury. The fastest rising age group for suicide attempts is young women. My guest in this episode of SER is author Tamara Laroux. After she shot herself as a teenager, she experienced an astonishing series of events, including an out of body journey that took her to places of explainable terror and glorious peace.
National Suicide Hotline call 800-273-8255
Tamara along with her husband Rodney co-founded Life Change International. Visit their ministry: https://www.lifechangeintl.com/
Tamara’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Second-Chance-Heaven-Surprising-Journey/dp/0785217010
Are your eyes on this life or on eternity? We must act in this life, but our priority must be eternity. Jesus has promised us that the Holy Spirit will give us insight and will declare the things that will come. We know where our real home is, but if we become distracted by the ways of this world we can see our rewards eroded. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so where is your foundation? Jesus is reaching out with encouragement. What will you prioritize in the days ahead? What about eternity? What about those incredible words: well done thou good and faithful servant? Seek first the Kingdom of God and receive the eyes to see what God would have us to see.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
When I was around eight years old I began to ask questions about time. I had a general idea about the notions of God and Heaven, but I wasn’t raised in an environment where Bible study was a component of my education. As such, the concept of an infinite eternity was overwhelming when I confronted it. Having been alive less than a decade and aware for an even shorter time, a period of just a couple months could feel like ‘forever’. One night while going to bed I started asking a few philosophical questions and immediately befuddled myself:
What happens when I die?
What is Heaven?
What does forever mean?
What comes after forever?
Continue reading “God’s Eternal Economy”