Time And Eternity
“Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 AMP
When we are born we are given a certain number of years to live on the earth and then to die, and if we are born again to be instantly in the presence of the Lord in Heaven to live for eternity.
Our time on earth is fixed and God has determined the number of our days. Now we believe that we will spend eternity in the bliss and joy of Heaven with the Father, God, the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit. So, while we are here on earth the only place we have is this earth, this realm, this point in time for whatever time we are determined by God’s grace to be here.
But, while we are here in this finite world we have through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, access to the power, glory, and full resources of Heaven, if we believe it.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Of the angels in Heaven the Spirit of the Lord tells us.
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:14
And of the riches in Heaven, things both material and transcendent the Father has promised us that by the measure of Heavenly glory He will supply our need.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Of our health, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually He has told us.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” John 2
Still, it is easy to forget these things and find ourselves weighed down by the cares of this world. This is why it is so vitally important to be reminded in the midst of this world’s stuff that is subject to breaking down, needing replace this, or fixed, or when our health is challenged with sickness or relationships are strained and broken, or when we just feel tired and spent from attending to the urgent and the necessary things of life, that we have a hope and a promise that is sure and steadfast, that we have a place to go where we can find relief, that we have a Savior who will come to our aid and by the power of the Holy Spirit lift us up and restore to us the joy of our salvation.
The resources of Heaven are ours to draw on whenever the need arises and God is faithful to hear and to answer our prayers. The only one who wants us to suffer, lack want or loss is the devil, even though he has no claim on us now, since we have given our hearts to Jesus, trusting His Word, believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead and confessing with our mouths that JESUS IS LORD.
Now this is our assurance, even our faith.
“Now Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Hebrews 11:1 AMP
We pray here on earth for those things we need and desire, but don’t see before we pray. But, when we pray they are made manifest because we believe we receive them before we see them. Our faith is also an expression of the trust and confidence we have in God that what He has promised He will do.
Moreover, God wants the world to know His love and He has commissioned us to take that love by word and power to every creature.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
When we receive the blessing of answered prayer and particularly in things beyond our human capacity to provide for our selves, and we share those moments/miracles with others through our witness of God’s supernatural provision, we are preaching the Gospel to every one who hears us and receives our testimony. Indeed we overcome the world by our testimony and the proclamation of Christ’s suffering and victory over death, hell and the grave.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:10-11
For too many years before and even for a time after I was born again I believed that God favored only a few people and that they had the “hotline” to Heaven and I was not one of them. But as I began to hear the Word and began to read that God is no respecter of persons, that the same faith of one of God’s Children is given to all His children. They only need to believe Him and put their faith and trust in Him.
I learned that the first catalyst to believing and trusting God was to be a giver, a freely, joyful, hilarious, prompt-to-do-it giver. [See 2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP) I learned to live to give; to seek out opportunities to bless people and to be as eager to forgive, as I was to give; to quickly overlook offenses and to love those who didn’t really love me even those who hated me. I learned by the example of Jesus to genuinely love people who hated me for just being different from them, for the color of my skin or the texture of my hair. I learned by faith in God to accept that in Jesus Christ, I was and am now a new creation, no longer bound by the sins and failures of my past but alive in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit as His holy temple.
That revelation was the beginning of seeing God work miracles of blessing in my life time and again and He continues to do so today. And not just in my life but in the lives of those I serve and those for whom I pray and intercede.
Jesus said when he came to the tomb of Lazarus and all the people around were moaning and wailing for grief and sorrow, “Father I thank you that you always hear me when I pray, but because of the people standing here I said this aloud so that they could be witnesses to Your goodness and believe.”
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.” John 11:41-45
They heard Him and they saw a demonstration of His power and they believed. It is also to this that we are called.
“For even here unto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24
We no longer have to suffer for our sins. We can live unto righteousness because Jesus suffered for us. Now we can follow in the steps of His ministry, in the way of the sinless, guileless, non-threatening, non-reviling, submitted-to-God-the-Righteous-Judge, life, by whose work of Salvation we are healed.
Therefore, we are now a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation that we should show forth the praise of God who has called us out of darkness into the glorious light of His life and that more abundantly.
We are truly blessed and we are being blessed to be a blessing. The more we give of the goodness of God to others the more we receive, so we can be an even greater blessing.
Did you ever think about this? Our giving at the highest dimensions prompts praise and worship to God. Giving generously to people causes them to praise God and break out in Thanksgiving and Worship to the goodness of our Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ?
I love the way the Amplified Bible expresses it.
“…for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God. Because at [your] standing of the test of this ministry, they will glorify God for your loyalty and obedience to the Gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous-hearted liberality to them and to all [the other needy ones].” 2 Corinthians 9:4-13
Giving has the power to initiate a multiplication of praises and utterances of the deepest heart felt enthusiastic thanksgivings to God that redoubles again and again as the blessings spread far beyond what you alone have done. And God honors you for blessing His people and those He loves by multiplying back to you in this time more than you can imagine and storing up treasures for you in Heaven, an eternity of blissful happiness, joy and peace forever.