Have you ever wondered what Heaven is like? Or, if there really is such a place? What does it look like? What will we do there? Or, perhaps you even wonder how to get there?
May I say first, that I am praying for those who read this. Especially if you aren’t a Christian already. And, I’d like to reach out to those who seek truth. Not subjective truth. Because subjective truth will fail you. Divine truth will not.
For those of you who live in a house or other structure that has a foundation, ask yourselves how safe would you feel if the foundation of your house was constantly shifting? It would be catastrophic wouldn’t it? Subjective truth is like that. Divine truth, on the other hand is not. You can depend on it.
I would particularly like to reach out to those of you who care about things such as justice, mercy, love, friendship, and grace more than material things. I believe there are quite a few of you who want good things to happen. You may even be asking about the meaning of life.
The road to Heaven is real. Heaven is a real place. Your journey there begins with your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. However, I suspect some of you aren’t sure about God. Is He really there?
May I draw your attention to Romans 1:18-25 KJV which says…
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.King James Version (KJV)
Pay particular attention to verse 18 to start with and ask yourself if you have ever watched the news and heard about some particular criminal getting away with their crime and felt horrified?
I speak to those of you who long for justice and goodness. Many of you long for these things. Verse 18 assures us that God is just and that the wicked will be punished. But, what does it mean to “hold the truth in unrighteousness?
I believe the Bible is speaking about people who know the truth but deny it in an attempt to escape responsibility to it. A noted claimed atheist once admitted he freely justified his desire to refuse to believe in God so that he wasn’t accountable to God’s truth.
The fact is, I believe that there are many people out there who claim to not believe in God for that very same reason. And, I further believe like verse 18, they actually deep down know God exists but they are pretending otherwise or are “holding the truth in unrighteousness” in a misbegotten attempt to escape responsibility to it. Are you one of those people?
Verse 19 continues and tells us that there are the things of God that may be known to us. Theology would tell us there is enough general revelation that we should be convinced of the fact of God’s existence. Verse 20 tells us God has made it plain the fact of His existence and we are without excuse. In other words, God has already given us enough reasons to believe in Him.
So what is the problem? Verse 21 goes on and explains there are those who knew of God’s existence. That God is real. Yet, they refused to acknowledge God. They were unthankful. They became vain in their imaginations. Does this sound familiar? Today’s world is full of arrogant people who stupidly think they are smarter than God or to make it easier on themselves and their foolish notions have chosen to claim to believe God doesn’t exist.
Let me explain something. Some of you have a desire in you for Godly principles but you don’t recognize them as such. God has given each of us a conscience. Some foolishly reject their own conscience. As I said, if you long for justice, love, peace, you are actually longing for things of God.
If you are one of those people why would you reject God? Where do you think true morality, justice, love, and grace originated? Why, God of course!
Verse 23 goes on to say the persons the writer was speaking of rejected the true God and fell into idolotry. They substituted false Gods for the true God. Have you substituted something and made it of more importance to you than God? Regardless of what that “something” is, that is a form or type of idolotry. Anything you literally put first ahead of God is a false idol.
You probably aren’t kneeling in front of a golden calf, but ask yourself who sits on the throne of your heart. Are you protesting that whatever that thing is… well, it’s ok precisely because you claim you don’t believe in God? I hate to break the news to you but you are wrong. What it really means is that deep within you your conscience knows God exists. Now, it’s true some of you, hopefully only a few, have overridden your conscience repeatedly and have hardened your heart and are either approaching having an apostate mind or already have one. Has God given you up to an unclean heart? I hope not! But, if you continue to deny God that is the road you are taking. In fact, being a true apostate who is no longer able to turn to God because he or she isn’t capable of recognizing God and His truths is fairly rare. Yet, I should caution you that such people do exist and are working overtime having been filled with the spirit of the anti-christ to drag you down with them.
May I pray now? That you understand whatever longing for good that resides in your heart comes from God?And, that because God is very real and deep down in your heart and in your conscience you already know this, there is no excuse. Not really. Do not be foolish and say there is no heaven. Most of us want to believe in a heavenly hereafter. I believe that. But, they go together. God and heaven. If you want to see God’s creation called “Heaven” you have to surrender to Him.
Will you pray now? “Heavenly Father, I confess I know you are real. Forgive my sin and pretense of unbelief. Wash away my sins. My wrongdoing. I invite your son Jesus inside my heart. Change me into what you desire.” And, tell God and Jesus that you love Him!
Let the Holy Spirit convince you. Surrender to God. Admit to yourself God is real. Dispense with all the excuses and let Jesus wash you clean. You can do it. Surrender to knowing that God and heaven are real. Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.