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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

HEAVEN IS THE PLACE WHERE GOD DWELLS


What is Heaven?
Heaven is the place where God dwells - it is Gods holy habitation. He created it, He lives there, and, some day, so shall all believers.
Moses prayed that God would “look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place” (Deuteronomy 26:15 - Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.)
Solomon the wisest king to ever live, prayed : (Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive. 1 Kings 8:28-30)
Abram said, (“With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord , God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, Genesis 14:22)
Nehemiah prayed, (I prayed to the God of heaven, Nehemiah 2:4)
King Nebuchadnezzar praised the King of Heaven in (Daniel 4:37 - 'Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.’) 
And Jesus opened our hearts to the reality of Heaven when He lifted His eyes and prayed, (Our Father which art in Heaven”. - Matthew 6:9)
Heaven is occupied by the presence of Almighty God. This makes Heaven the supreme destination for those who long to worship Him as their Creator, God, Lord, King, Father, and Savior.
The Bible assures us that Gods presence fills all of Heaven and in Heaven we will be safely in His care forever.
The apostle Paul wrote, (“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I and fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12)
Heaven is the Fathers house. John 14:2 tells us (‘My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:2)
Heaven is the dwelling place of Jesus Christ His Son. (1 Peter 3:21-22 says ‘and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.’)
Heaven is the city of the living God and the redeemed. (‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,’ Hebrews 12:22-23)
This should all turn your doubt into belief and fill your heart with hope!
If you love Jesus Christ, you will want to follow him all the way to that place called Heaven. (“Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction… Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:18-20)
Ecclesiastes 5:1 tells us to listen with our ears to the voice of God.
And Revelation 3:20 tells us to answer Christ’s knock on your hearts door. (‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’)
Enter into fellowship with the Lord Jesus. (‘God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.’ - 1 Corinthians 1:9) 

(Also reading from book My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund)

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