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Kingdom Pets and Animals

**Willow Looking Up

A devotion from Cheryl Zelenka’s soon to be released book of devotions FACING STORMS. Available on Amazon this October.

Most of us have had a pet at one point in life. Many of us are presently enjoying their company right now. I am a big dog lover and have lived with one or two dogs for most of my life. They are a part of my family and dearly loved.

I see dogs as lessons in unconditional love. God created them to be a help and companion for mankind. I am thankful for the amazing capacity they have to forgive and love their humans, in spite of our unkind and selfish ways. Time and time again, Willow or Frisky will forget the angry words we spoke or the lateness of their supper, and sit at our feet in complete submission, friendship, and faithfulness.

The love of a pet has comforted many of us in our time of need. Loneliness is less of an issue when there is a soft coat of fur to hug and a gentle tongue willing to lick away our tears. Sweet-tempered and sensitive, pets often seek us out when they sense our sorrow and pain.

Protection is obviously a part of a dog’s character, why else create an animal that growls and barks when danger is near? Barks of warning have saved sleeping families from burning flames, alerted parents to their children’s upcoming seizures, and told rescue workers where to search for avalanche and earthquake survivors. They bravely fight alongside our soldiers and bravely die serving their country.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NKJV)

Randy Alcorn, in his book HEAVEN, writes about the possibility of pets living with us in heaven. C.S. Lewis, the famous Christian author of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE also believed pets would go to heaven. If our God created dogs and other creatures to be companions and helpers in our life, why would He abandon them all and forbid their entrance in the heavenly realm? I don’t see this happening, especially since the Bible mentions animals in the after life. In fact, it is written in the book of Revelations that Jesus rides a white horse upon His second coming.

 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He hada name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,followed Him on white horses.” Revelations 19:11-14 (NKJV)

What a comfort and joy it is to imagine the greeting our faithful pets will lavish upon us, once we enter our eternal rest! Though they had but a short lifespan, they remain fresh in our memories while we finish our spiritual race on earth. It is beyond my ability to write and share how my pets were able to comfort and change me with their unconditional love.  I can merely say, I am blessed and thankful for every dog who has been in my life. I am thankful God created such animals for His adopted children.

MEDITATE ON THESE COMFORTING AND ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES

All creatures recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world. They praise God right alongside redeemed men.

“And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Revelation 5:13

“All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You.” Psalm 145:10 (NKJV)

“And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendantsafter you,and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.” Genesis 9:9-10 (NKJV)

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze;Their young ones shall lie down together;And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6-9 (NKJV)

“In whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” Job 12:10 (NKJV)

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 (NKJV)

No Problems in Heaven


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Work In Heaven?

No Problems in Heaven

Are you afraid to die? Is it death itself or the journey to death’s door that causes you to fear? Maybe it is the idea of living for an eternity, or maybe you fear the possible pain that will come with your travel to heaven’s door? Why not dislodge your fears by focusing on this fact. You will not die!

Believers do not die, they transcend. Our earthly passing is simply the means God has ordained to transport us into our final destination. Regarding any pain we may face on our journey home, He will supply for all our needs.

“Are you afraid to die? Remember that for a child of God, death is only a passing through to a wonderful new world.” ~Corrie ten Boom

In the book of Matthew we read, “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Indeed, we will be living spirit and flesh with new and improved bodies. These glorious and newly resurrected bodies will be magnificent.

“But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,  ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”  And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.”  Matthew 22:31-33(NKJV)

And what will life be like in heaven? Will we find ourselves bored with endless feasting and continual choir practices? Does all work end the minute we pass through those pearly gates? I really don’t think so dear one.

God created mankind for His own pleasure. He takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing! (Zephaniah 3:17) And because God is love, He wants us to enjoy all that He is and all that He has done.

Therefore, heaven is a place of revelation, exploration, and learning. Why would God impart spiritual gifts and talents, while we live out our lives on earth, and take them away once we reach paradise? Doesn’t it make more sense that we continue to improve our skills and talents in heaven and use them to magnify our Savior?

If you are presently a gifted composer and your music pleases God, why wouldn’t you continue to hone your talent in heaven? Surely in heaven you will have a greater understanding of sound and a more excellent ability to create with you new heavenly resources. Why would music stop in paradise? I see no reason why those with musical abilities would cease from creating, learning, producing, and performing, as it would all be for His praise and glory. Think of our human design. God values music, otherwise He would not have designed our bodies as living instruments.

I see our time on earth as one spent in a gigantic classroom. Each person and experience we encounter has been planned and foreseen by God, and is being used to train us for our future heavenly labors. Yes, I said work. But this work will fill us with joy and great satisfaction. To serve God will be our fulfillment and pleasure.

And since God designed us with the need for fellowship, there will be times of worship, feasting, working side-by-side, and playing. Yes, fun games and entertainment… so long as it glorifies God. Can you imagine climbing the mountains in heaven? What would a game of football look like up there? Imagine saints inventing new sports for the glory of God and for everyone’s good pleasure.

Heaven, I do believe, will be a place of endless learning, laughter, joy, fellowship, praise, and labor. However, our labor will give us great enjoyment. I love to garden, so maybe I will work the soil in one of God’s magnificent gardens. Maybe you like to design and build, imagine the new buildings you could create for His glory! If you like to explore, God could ask you to search out new realms of His kingdom and bring back stories and resources. You may then attend a feast and share your stories with friends who are gifted writers. They might even write down your adventures for enjoyment of others and the King of Kings.

Heaven is a destination we should all dream about and never fear. I pray I see you there!

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:3-5 (NKJV)

“In the dark dreary nights, when the storm is at its most fierce, the lighthouse burns bright so the sailors can find their way home again. In life the same light burns. This light is fueled with love, faith, and hope. And through life’s most fierce storms these three burn their brightest so we also can find our way home again.” ~Unknown


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OUR GREATEST MOTIVATION


by Neil Anderson

July 5

Proverbs 1:7 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
 
To worship God is to acknowledge His divine attributes. He doesn’t need us to tell Him who He is. We need to keep our minds renewed to the reality of His presence. Notice how this is brought out in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11: “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.”
 
Realizing that God knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, we should be motivated to live our lives to please Him. Someday we’re going to stand before Him and give an account. The judgment that Paul is talking about in this passage is not for punishment, but for rewards. We don’t fear God because of the possibility of punishment: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love” (l John 4:18). We have already been judged as to where we will spend eternity. But how we spend eternity depends on how we respond to God in this lifetime.
 
I personally don’t want to limp into heaven and have Him say, “Well, okay, come on in.” I want to stand before God someday and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” That’s the greatest motivation in my life. As a child I didn’t fear the spanking of my father nearly as much as I feared being accountable to him and facing his disappointment.
 
I’m not disappointed with God and I sure don’t want Him disappointed with me.
 
Prayer: Lord, may the reality of my eternal salvation motivate me to wholehearted, grateful obedience today.


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The Word of God

The word of God…how important is it really? It’s just another collection of words meant to teach us something right?

Wrong! Regardless of how much time you do or do not spend in the Word, it is other than God Himself THE most important thing in existence. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Even this very earth and the heavens will fade away to be replaced anew…Matthew 24:35 (Jesus speaking) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Time spent in the Word of God is the single most greatest investment you will ever make.


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Totally Alive

By Neil Anderson

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October 11
 
2 Corinthians 4:16 
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
 
You are comprised of at least two major parts: your material self and your immaterial self. The outer man is your physical body, and the inner man is your soul/spirit which includes the ability to think, to feel, to choose (mind, emotions and will are often collectively identified as the soul), and to relate to God (spirit). Your body is in union with your soul/spirit, and that makes you physically alive. As a Christian, your soul/spirit is in union with God as a result of your conversion, and that makes you spiritually alive.
 
When God created Adam, he was totally alive–physically and spiritually. But because of Adam’s sin and subsequent spiritual death, every person who comes into the world is born physically alive but spiritually dead. Being separated from God, you lacked the presence and wisdom of God in your life, so you learned to live independently of God, centering your interests on yourself. This learned independence from God is characteristic of the flesh or the old nature.
 
When you were born again, your soul/spirit was united with God and you came alive spiritually, as alive as Adam was in the garden before he sinned. As the epistle of Epheisans repeatedly declares, you are now in Christ, and Christ is in you. Since Christ who is in you is eternal, the spiritual life you have received from Him is eternal. You don’t have to wait until you die to get eternal life; you possess it right now!
 
Our hope does not lie in the preservation of the outer man. It lies in the developing nature of the inner man. Our soul is in union with God and we are being renewed day by day. We will eventually lose our physical life, but not our spiritual life. Our emphasis should be on what is eternal, not on what is temporal.
 
Prayer: Lord, I won’t lose heart over the setback in my life today because my hope lies in my eternal union with You.


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Live For God….Let His Spirit Shine!

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Live for God

Commentary by: Gordon King

Hello folks!  May God bless you and fill you with his wisdom, courage and strength.  For we are living in trying times, the times of the end of an age.  This is a time for Christians around the world to wake up, take a stand and live for Christ.  That’s what it means to be a Christian.  We are the temple of God, therefore we must let God work through us with his Holy Spirit.

God loves us all so very much.  He is our provider, counselor, healer and savior.   We are his children.  Together we form his church, his bride.  We in turn must show our love for him.  We must give him all of the glory and praise.  Only he is worthy.

He has chosen us to be faithful.  To live for him in love, truth, kindness, mercy and forgiveness.  For the time is quickly coming when we will be riding on white horses, clothed in snow-white linens with Jesus in the clouds.  Riding from heaven to earth to fight the enemies of God Almighty.  He needs faithful and true servants to follow him into glory.  

Stand up and proclaim the message of God.  Spread the Word, the truth and the light.  This is our command and our commission from God.  This is the reason for our being.  To spread God’s love and mercy in a lost world.

I know that I keep saying this, but time is so very short and the evil in our world is increasing daily.  This is true.  The return of Christ is close at hand.  Let us awake from our slumber and serve our God.  If you have walked away from God, then the time is now to turn around and run back to him with open arms.  Run!  Don’t walk…Run!  He will embrace you with his love, forgiveness and in celebration!

Let us drink from living water, eat from the bread of life and rest our souls under the wings of the Lord.  He is our shelter and our protector.     He is always with us and will never forsake us. 

The closer we get to God, the more the enemy will try to stop us.  Stay strong and know that God is with you.  Have faith in his power and words.  For his words have life and his Spirit is strong.  Keep the faith, put on the full armor of God.  Be prepared for battle with the enemy.

We must expose the evil in the world, shine our light into the darkness!  Spread the truth, the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Share the Spirit of God with all you meet.  Give to the poor, feed the hungry, give water to those that thirst, comfort those in pain, visit the lonely, help the lame and infirm, bring peace to conflict.   Show the fruit of the Spirit of God, share his love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, peace, joy, gentleness and self-control.

We as Christians are the “Children of God”.  We are the children of the “Creator of the Universe”.  How awesome is that?!  Think about that for a moment.  We are made higher than angels.  We shall judge angels!  We will spend eternity with God Almighty!  I cannot even imagine it, because I know that my mind cannot even comprehend what such a time, place or situation will be like.  I think about it often, but it will be so much more wonderful, beautiful and magnificent then I could ever imagine!  The overwhelming of love, joy, and peace.  Incredible!

So be faithful to the one who has given you life.  The one who has given you eternal life and everything that you have ever had or will have.  God Almighty, Jesus Christ!  My love pours out to you Lord.  I know the love that the Lord has for us.  I have felt it before.  Overwhelming love, joy, peace and comfort.  I have been anointed by God.  I know what he means when he says that he is living water.  I have felt that living water rushing through my entire being.  It is better than words can even say.  It must feel so much better when we are in heaven with him.

→Love God. Praise God. Worship God. Follow God. Trust God. Believe God. Live for God.

Love God.  Praise God.  Worship God.  Follow God.  Trust God.  Believe God.  Live for God.

                                                       God Bless!      :-)

If you are not yet saved, please read the prayer below and accept Jesus now!

Sinner's Prayer


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A Real Place

By Greg Laurie

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

 

  “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
 

 

The word “hell” is one of the most commonly used words in the English language, yet it is one of the least-discussed topics.

There is actually a place called Hell in the state of Michigan. The town got its name in 1841, when George Reeves, an early settler in the low, swampy place, was asked what he thought the town should be named. He said, “I don’t care, you can name it Hell for all I care.” So they did, and the name remains to this day.

But hell really is no laughing matter. According to the Bible, it is a real place. And most people don’t think they are going there. For every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they are going to heaven. So it appears that we believe in hell for some people, but certainly not for ourselves.

However, that is in direct contradiction to what Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).

Most of the biblical teaching on the topic of hell came from Christ Himself. Of all the parables that Jesus told, more than half of them relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners. So we cannot go to the Bible and pick and choose things that personally appeal to us and throw the others aside.

As one theologian has pointed out, an endless hell can no more be removed from the New Testament than an endless heaven can.

So if you want an endless heaven, then you have to also accept an endless hell.


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I wish…

 

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I wish there was no more war

I wish all people would learn to get along with each other

I wish love were not used as a word that means nothing

I wish Christ was revered by all people not some of them

I wish babies were never aborted

I wish the truth were always spoken in love

I wish churches focused on Christ first, everything else second

I wish all people understood worship is about God, not us

I wish families stayed together

I wish there was no abuse in the world

I wish love of others always came before love of self

I wish everyone would come to Jesus

I wish the Bible spoke to all, and that all would have ears to hear

I wish evil would perish

I wish Satan were a child’s tale

I wish the Truth were accepted

I wish that violence were not a solution

I wish that drugs and alcohol were not self-medications

I wish all the hurting rest and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ

I wish we all possessed faith like a child

I wish all sin were a thing of the past

I wish everyone possessed the peace of Christ

I wish there would be no more killing

 

I wish for all of these things knowing they will not happen. True complete peace and wellness shall not come until our Lord and Savior comes. So many are lost, and many will remain lost. I cannot begin to imagine a world without suffering and loss, but the Word of God promises just that, so it will happen. One day we will all be in eternity together with the Lord of life…those who believe anyway.

It is my prayer that the hurting would find rest and peace in the only true source of healing…Jesus. It is also my prayer that the lost would be found and brought into the fold.

Imagine if you will the worst Believer on earth, a true believer in Jesus but not one who lives the faith well at all. Now imagine the best, the least sinful person on earth…but this person does not know Jesus. Now realize that the believer is going to heaven, and the sinner who may very well be a better person than the Believer is going to hell because he/she does not know Jesus.

I wish all would come to know Jesus…a life is a terrible thing to waste.


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Rapture and Tribulation

What is the rapture?

The rapture is when Christ will come back to take His Church, as he promised. He will the take the Church into Heaven. What is His “Church”, exactly? It’s every person on the earth that is saved, and every child too young to make that important decision.
The most common mistake is thinking of the rapture as something that is going to happen in a couple hundred years or more. Although this may very well be the case, since, in 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV), we see that “…with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day”. So it’s impossible to say whether the rapture will occur in five minutes, in five years, or in five hundred years. However, I sincerely doubt the last one.

 

This is a great article concerning the rapture of Christ’s church written by christrocks from The Teen Theme. This is well written and an interesting post. I think it is worth reading even if you do not agree with everything in this article.

To finish reading this article, please head over to http://theteentheme.wordpress.com/rapture-and-tribulation/ While you are there why not check out the rest of her site and let christrocks know that something she wrote blessed you.


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When we go to heaven

When we go to heaven will you dance with me
will you finally see the shelter you provided
the love you showed for me in time
your hand in mine so freely wide

This is a short poem by Betty over at Just My Poems Plus My Heart. Lots of short poems here on this site. If you enjoy poetry, this site is sure to please! While you are there, why not check out the rest of Betty’s site? Let her know you were there and enjoyed something she wrote.

To finish reading this poem, please head over to https://justmywritings.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/when-we-go-to-heaven/

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