I Don’t Live There Anymore

07/27/2006

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.
It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

“I don’t live there anymore.” It’s not a location, we’re talking about, it’s an emotion. It’s a deep, dark valley of brokenness that can hold us captive at times…a journey through devastation that can seem to be without end…a loss that is unfathomable and a heart-wrenching pain that is beyond what words can express. It’s a long valley, but one that can lead to a land promised by God to His children--a land full of Hope and Joy and Peace.

When we “don’t live there anymore,” it fades into the background of our memory, of our emotions, and where we “live now” can be very different and more hope-filled!

When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity. Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:34b-36 (NLT)

Accidents? Coincidences? Or the hand of God on all circumstances in life? When we “Believe,” it is a word that will bring us along on the journey through brokenness and beyond. It’s the “flashlight” through the dark valley of muck and mire. We must believe Heaven to be true with all our heart, or our heart will faint and wither and die…God will not let that happen if we will continue to believe!! We have to know more than ever that what lies ahead in the New Earth for all who believe is not more than we can imagine, but exactly what we should be imagining and setting our minds on every single day we live! We won’t be floating on a cloud somewhere playing a harp in Heaven…it won’t be boring…we won’t be spirits without bodies…or be turning into angels when we die…it will be a life redeemed, a new body resurrected, and a New Earth that God tells our enemy, Satan, he can’t have! It’s not his! It never was! Victory is God’s and ours forever!!

Through it all, God is saying, “With patient endurance, the old will pass away, the tears will be dried, the pain will be no more, and I will create something new, something better, something that I had planned all along before you could see it as you walked through this life by faith--but I want you to not only imagine it, I want you to learn about it, to grab hold of it, to talk about it and to look forward to it!”

If we’ll take the time to see what God’s Word really has to say about the New Heaven and the New Earth that is to come, we will see that when all these things are restored, renewed, redeemed, resurrected…we won’t be leaving the best behind--we’ll simply be enjoying what God’s original design was all about, in an even greater way. God wants us to be thrilled with all that He has planned for us! Isn’t it time for us to figure out just what that might be, and live this life truly believing all that God has promised—being excited about the Heaven that awaits all who will believe?