Longing for Our Heavenly Dwelling

Longing for Our Heavenly Dwelling

Here’s a truth worthy of deep reflection: 

Our spirits within us long for our heavenly, eternal home.  We yearn to have our flawed, imperfect humanity swallowed up by eternal life and eternal love.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  (2 Cor 5:1-4 NKJV, emphasis added)

He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken.  (Isa 25:8 NKJV)

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  (1 Cor 15:53-54 NIV)

When Isaiah 25 speaks of God wiping away tears from all faces, I believe that He is referring to our arrival in heaven, when all of our past shame and guilt AND any possibility of future sin will be extinguished forever.

All sorrows, sins and shortcomings from our earthly lives will be forgotten, and the prospect of eternity in the presence of our God and King will be our entire focus and purpose.

Just think about eternity spent in an atmosphere of perfect, unconditional, unfailing LOVE!  That is our beautiful, blessed destiny.

Mercy: A Ministry of Love & Service

Mercy:  A Ministry of Love & Service

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.  (Ps 25:6 NIV)

Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.  (Ps 69:16)

And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He [Jesus] said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”  And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  (Mk 3:5 NKJV)

Healing is a merciful act of God toward those who are ill.  In the case of healing a woman of barrenness, in bible times, that was a removal of disgrace—a stigma attached to the woman.  God is motivated to show mercy by His incomparable and unfailing love for us.  Here are biblical examples of healings:  Mt 9:27; 15:22; 17:15; 20:30; Mk 5:19; 10:47; Lk 1:58; 17:13; Phil 2:25-27.

Jesus has authorized us, His followers, to accept the same mission which He received from His Father God.

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  (Jo 20:21)

So, we are to bring salvation and healing to the lost, the wounded, and the hurting.  We can only do that by operating in the love of God and the mercy of God, even as Jesus did.  This is the ministry to which all believers are called.