Here are some points I'd like to share (from the message at my church, New Horizon Church, this past Sunday) with everyone.
Many religions have different views about heaven and/or paradise.
There is no purgatory. No suspended animation.
To be absent from one place is to be present in another place.
No one has a near death experience and comes back.
Consider Paul’s experience as recorded in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4.
The only One Who has descended and ascended is Jesus (Proverbs 30:4; John 3:13; Ephesians 4:10).
Heaven is a real place.
The Greek word for place is “topos.”
It is a huge city with streets, animals, etc.
Heaven is really about being with Jesus for eternity.
Jesus is preparing a place for us. God created the world in 6 days and we see all this beauty on Earth today. Just imagine how beautiful heaven will be as it’s been 2,000+ years in the making! (1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 13:12)
All of our questions about this life and the next will be answered. We only see part of the whole now.
How will those who are living today be able to identify Jesus in heaven? We’ll know Him by seeing His scars: the scars on his head, the holes in his hands and feet, and the scar in his side.
Physical death isn’t the end. It’s actually the beginning.
It’s not about us and who we are. It’s all about Who Jesus is and what He has done.
This past Sunday at New Horizon Church, we heard a powerful message about stripping off the fear! We all deal with different fears from time to time, but we can be victorious over them in Jesus' name. When you are at war with your fear, worshipping God is your greatest weapon. Faith-filled worship is turning your heart and mind towards God and recognizing Who He is and what He has done. Fear is focusing on the worst case scenario.
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat is scared about Judah being attacked by a few enemies, but he puts himself in a posture of worship. When we worship God, we guarantee God's involvement in our situation. We might start in fear, but we can end in faith. We might start in panic, but we can end in peace. Let's be intentional about dealing with our fears. Trying to run away from our fears solves nothing.
Let's live a lifestyle of worship. Worship God before the battle, remembering His precious promises. Worship God during the battle. Stay submitted to Him to stay in His protection. Worship God after the battle. Celebrate what He has done for you. Remember, the battle is not yours; it is the Lord's.
During your prayer time, be real with God. King Jehoshaphat basically said "God, I'm afraid, I don't know what to do. But my eyes are on You." Let that be our prayer when we are afraid, "God, my eyes are fixed on You regardless of what happens." Check out Daniel 3:16-18... Now there was real faith from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, trusting God with their very lives in the face of what would have seemed like certain death for not bowing to idols/false gods.
Fear says, "What if..." Faith says, "Even if..." Even if you lose your job. Even if that relationship doesn't work out. Even if the bad report comes in. Continue to worship God anyhow.
#Naked #NoFear #Worship
We can choose to be like the people in Capernaum, people of faith and anticipation (Mark 2:1-12), or we can choose to be like the people of Nazareth (where Jesus was raised), whose lack of faith hinders them from receiving the work of God (Mark 6:1-6). If we choose to stand in anticipation, we can expect that we will be led to invite others to our various churches to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, work to make our churches ready to receive them, and expect their forgiveness, healing, and restoration!
We all know at least one person who needs Jesus and if we are in a state of anticipation, we'll believe that He can make a huge difference in their lives. We'll be willing to inconvenience ourselves to share this great news, and we won't fear their resistance. The world needs to see the unity of the Church, the body of Christ, now more than ever. The greater our unity as believers in Christ, the greater our impact for the Kingdom of God.
We must “teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19) because God wants us all to be in His will. He wants those who do not know Him to know Him. It is not enough to just know about Him. We should want to know God in an intimate way. On the day of Judgement, Christ will tell many people, "I never knew you: depart from Me..." (Matt. 7:23). What's interesting is that whenever a couple in the Bible had sex, it says the man so-and-so KNEW his wife. For example, in Genesis 4:1 it says, "...Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived..." God knows us inside and out. He wants us to pursue Him so much to the point that we feel so close to Him the way a man should feel close to his wife. The Church body is the bride of Christ.
The question is how close are we to Christ? Believers in Christ, are we really being the Church He called us to be? Are we serious, or are we playing games? Are we committing spiritual adultery by cheating on God by putting other things before Him? Are we working too much and not keeping the Sabbath? Are we putting too much time into leisurely activities? Are we focusing too much on how much money we have? Are we helping others only if it benefits us in the end? That's not how it's supposed to be.
Nothing should be put before God. God is infinite. He is the biggest thing since eternity. And He always will be the biggest and greatest being. We should be making time to rest in God and keeping the Sabbath. Simply finding time to rest was something I struggled with for a long time. But now I think I am in a place now where I can finally begin to make times/days to rest. Sometimes I work too much and sometimes I can be downright lazy. We have to have balance in our lives to please God. Money is not really an issue for me. I am not greedy for it, and I love to help others, regardless if I get some kind of benefit in return or not.
So ask yourself, "How close am I to Christ? Am I closer to Him today than I was yesterday?" I hope you are. And I hope I am getting closer and closer and closer to Him each day myself. =)
There is a village in Nicaragua filled with hunger and despair and fear. A village where the children sift through the local dump looking for something – anything to eat. A village where people live in fear of dying from disease and starvation.
On Saturday April 5th, we have an opportunity to help these children and their families.
My church, New Horizon Church, in partnership with Servants With a Heart, will host a food packing event where we hope to provide 100,000 meals – enough food to feed this village for an entire year. We can’t do this without hundreds of volunteers. It’s not back-breaking work. The food consists of rice, dried vegetables, soy protein and vitamins. Easy to transport, cook and digest.
Please click the link below to register:
And click here to learn about Servants With a Heart:http://servantswithaheart.org/
Thanks! God bless!
Time for the Mid-Week Snack! (based on the message "Life App: Rest" by Pastor Dwayne Sayre of New Horizon Church)
Scripture References: Psalm 46:10; 1 Kings 19:1-9; Matthew 14:22-23
Here are some key points to consider:
Resting is so important and it is very biblical.
We can hear from God better when we are resting in Him.
One of the Ten Commandments talks about rest. Keep the Sabbath.
It's harder to resist temptation when we are not resting in God.
Don't just be hearers of the word, but be doers of the word (James 1:22).
Tension: Busyness vs Rest
We need to slow down and organize our lives in such a way that we can hear from God.
We can become busy with jobs, family, activities. If we are not careful, busyness can keep us from sitting at the feet of Jesus.
There was a conflict between Elijah and false prophets.
1 Kings 18:1-40 (It was a busy day for Elijah!)
1 Kings 19:1-3
Elijah was afraid for his life after killing 450 people?
V. 4 Elijah felt like he had enough
God knew exactly what Elijah needed because the journey ahead was too great for him.
We talk about prayer, fasting, and devotionals, but not enough about resting.
The Kingdom of God needs a rested and charged-up you and me, not a burned-out you and me.
According to research, the #1 thing kids wished for was that their parents were less tired and stressed.
"Your life moves to a better place when you move at a sustainable pace."
When we get too busy, it can be easy to forget about spending time with Jesus.
Tip 1: Take a sabbath. (Stay off of social media or other things you are deeply tied to for a whole day.)
Tip 2: Start each day reading God's Word and praying.
Tip 3: Go on dates with your significant other.
Think about this: what do you do with your time? What are you pursuing?
Are you trying to build your own kingdom? Or are you helping to build up God's kingdom?
Be intentional about keeping your eyes on Jesus.
I look around and see so many people do things "in the church" based on tradition, but some of those traditions fail to fall in line with God's will ("you can't do this and that" but none of it is based on Scripture). Some people never grow into what new thing God has for them because they're so stuck on the old things they've always done. Let go of the old traditions that have no eternal weight so you can embrace the new for a fresh start (Isaiah 42:9; Isaiah 43:19). When we truly obey God in a way that we have not obeyed Him before, He will break us from traditions that actually misrepresent Him.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.