HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

June 21, 2017

John 14:3 (NLT) — 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

Usually we are excited to go somewhere because of what is there. For instance we go to our favorite restaurant because of the atmosphere and the food. We go to the lake because of the scenery, sand and water. We go to the zoo because of the different animals that we will see. We go to the theatre because of the movie, popcorn, pop and candy.

We go an amusement park because of the thrill of the rides and the water park. We go to an antique car show because to the restored old automobiles that we will see and maybe get a chance to sit in. I went to my 50th high school class reunion a couple of weeks ago to see my old classmates, eat good food, catch up on their lives and laugh a lot. We go to our church picnic for the food, fun and fellowship.

The point is that we usually go some place because of what is there. And Jesus states in our memory verse that he will be with us in heaven. To be with Jesus is certainly a good reason to get excited about going to heaven. What also really gets my adrenaline pumping when I think of going to heaven is what is NOT going to be there.

Revelation 21:4 (NLT) — 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Revelation 21:8 (NLT) — 8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Revelation 21:23 (NLT) — 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.   No Sunburn!

Revelation 21:25 (NLT) — 25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there.  NO Darkness!

Revelation 21:27 (NLT) — 27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Revelation 22:3 (NLT) — 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.  NO CURSES!

There will be no fruit of our sinful nature there!

Galatians 5:19–21 (NLT) — 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

There will be no anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language (Col 3:8).

There will be no selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. (2 Co 12:20)

No more dropped calls, no more waiting in line, sorry your coupon has expired, the item you have chosen is no longer in stock, and no more road construction!

I am really, really, really looking forward to my new room in heaven because of what is not going to be there.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    One of the desires of my heart is to see the face of Jesus. When I get to my room Jesus will be there and I will finally get to see His face.

  2. I loved the last few days…weeks. Food for thought is endless. Giving us a whole paragraph over three weeks time was good for my mind. So hard to imagine that there’s really a place so pure for us to live forever when we constantly deal with the world in our face. It would be fun to jot down some of the annoyances one has in a weeks time just to be able to laugh in the face of adversity and praise and thank God for own room…and Jesus for a roommate!