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March 12, 2021 7:00 am
When can we expect heaven to be like listen to Adrian Rogers, J what heaven is going to be like.
Are you ready for this frame is going to be the presence of all that is good and the absence of all that is a map satisfied with something else is going to be all God can conceive and the omnipotent hand of God can prepare welcome to the word find it of the devil's deceitful and counterfeit drills never last.
In fact, our enemy always gives his best first and the worst last of the country every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before and even still, he saved the best for last.
As we just heard from pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers. Heaven is the presence of all that is good in the absence of all that is evil.
We really do have a lot to look forward to have your Bible turn to Psalm 23.
Look at verse six is Adrian Rogers reveals how to make the rest of your life the best of your life about Harris almost tall about the house of the Lord is saying. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I will tell you three things about the house of the Lord that came to my heart as I contemplated and thought about this and prayed over it may many things we could talk about when we talk about heaven. The very first thing is we think about the house of the Lord that I want to lay on your heart and help you get excited about is what I want to call the certainty of it. The certainty of look at that herself I will dwell in the house of the Lord. You see, it shall hire will dwell in the house of the Lord know is and sandbox about it. It's a sure thing.
One of the sweetest passages in all of the Bible is that passage in John chapter 14, where the Lord Jesus Christ reiterated and underscored and ramified. What David said when Jesus said in John 14 verse one let not your hearts be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house is talk about the same place that David was talking about in my father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would've told you to let me just pause right then say this Jesus Christ was truth incarnate, he never lie, always told the truth and he said if it were not so, I would have told you Jesus Christ would not let the hope of heaven go breeding within the human bosom. If it were simply a lie, a superstition, a fun delusion. He said if it were not so I would've told I don't repair a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you and myself, that where I am there. He may be also. So let me say this about the certainty of it that this place called heaven is just that it is a radio place.
It is not merely a state of mind. It is not a condition it is a place that is so real that Jesus is there, in a literal resurrected body. I mean he is there and a body that is a body in this place called heaven. It is his resurrected body. Heaven is a place called God's man and when a Christian dies, he stepped from Wyoming into heaven when the days of his life come to an end, all the days of my life soon. Peter, the days of your life are going to in and then immediately you going to step into heaven if you know the Lord listen. Heaven is a present place something else about it.
Oh my dear friend it is a perfect place. It is a perfect place. Revelation 21 verse four.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there should be no more death, neither sorrow and her crying new shall he be any more pain for the former things are passed away. No more sin no more sorrow no more suffering no more death no more disease, no more dying no more doubts, no more pain, no more grown no more moan. These things are drawn they are pass away now.
Sometimes people ask a question about heaven and they say when I don't really want to go to be like we don't have bands or we'll sleep on bed what we call my hair.
Will we eat, how will we be what will we do all of these kind of question folks.
I don't know but I didn't bother me you don't know and nobody knows. And so don't pretend you do know the Bible says it is not yet appear what we shall be like you have to no limit to what heaven is going to be like. Are you ready for this frame is going to be the presence of all that is good and the absence of all that is evil that satisfied you. Let me give you something else is going to be this dear Frank is going to be all the loving heart of God can conceive and all that the hand of God can prepare that my friend is what heaven is going to be poets of the present place. It is a perfect place and bless God it is a purposeful place. Don't get the idea that when you go to heaven you're going to get will erode the rusty halo you going to sit around fluffy cloud and for all eternity. That's not what heaven is how you get that idea from the word of God.
The Bible teaches in Revelation chapter 7 in verse 15, his service shall serve him. Paul how all of us who love the Lord Jesus Christ desire to serve them better than we do.
Every time I breathe, I wish I'd done better.
Every time we pray we say Lord God. Why minimal power in my prayer. I suppose every singer that ever has.
Some would wish that they could sing power with more tears and with more functioning with more beauty to give God the glory.
But we have this old sin, no flesh that that holds us down.
One of these days one of these days we're going to serve him like remember serving before my friends house of the Lord is a present place of perfect place purposeful place. Think of the certainty of it. This is what he says my and prepare a place for you, I will dwell way I will dwell in the house of the Lord. The second thing. Secondly, not only of the certainty of it. But think of the company and it will accompany you notice what he says I will dwell in my house will now what he means house of the Lord.
He doesn't mean the building of God.
There is a building of God eternal member that is not what is talking about. He means the household of God. That's what Jesus meant when he said in my father's house in my father's household are many dwelling places. Many mansions that is he saying that we all of us together all of the saints of all of the ages are going to be there to gather all of our brothers and sisters in Christ all of those in the household of faith. The company of heaven, what a grand company it's going to be people say will we know our love ones and have an old matter fact that's the only place we were ever really truly know them.
Remember the story of David who had a little son who died an infant who died and David fasted and prayed and I wept and asked God to spare the life of the child while the child was sick and the child died and David got up and washed his face anointed his body and took food I'm reading here in second Samuel 12 his service set in the him one thing is this that was done without its fast and wait for the child while he was alive when the child was dead about his rise in the bread and he said, listen to this now and he said while the child was yet alive, I fasted and went for.
I said who can tell whether God will be gracious to me that the child may live, but now he is dead, wherefore should I fast can I bring him back again. I shall go in that wonderful, I shall go to him have a little baby in heaven. Joyce and I have a little baby in heaven and I'm going to see Philip, I am you call that sentimentality I: Bible truth different. You got a mom and dad stepped over on the other side we're going over there to see.
I think of every time a little baby goes to heaven so many times I think the story I heard years ago about a shepherd that brought his flock to a turbulent stream and wanted to leave the flock across the flowing stream and they were afraid of the water and why shepherd took a little lamb out of the flock. Put that lamb in his bosom and waited across that chilly stream and set the lamb down on the other side over here was that mama sheep and that copper sheet that mama sheep saw that little lamb will live aside in accomplishing Saul that lamb on the other side and mother you started through the water to get to her little lambs and here came the policy and here came the flock following behind and I think so many times God in his infinite wisdom sometimes takes a little lamb out of the flock just sets it only of the sides like you did David's little lamb and we don't understand all the mysteries of God. But we know one thing different.
On the other side of the bed is a place that has been prepared and we can go and meet our loved ones. There on the Mount of Transfiguration when the Elijah and Moses appeared with the Lord Jesus Christ there after they'd already died and had already gone to heaven, God brought them back to this world and the disciples were there. The amount of the Transfiguration and they saw Moses, and they saw Elijah and they never seen them before, but they knew them. They didn't have to be introduced.
Moses was Moses, Elijah, was Elijah yes will keep our personalities we not going to be absorbed into nothingness. Heaven is a place and real people are going to be there and we will know our loved ones when we get to heaven dear friend Moses will be there be something to talk with Moses about the wilderness wanderings and David will be there with say David Wood to play the 23rd Psalm in Singapore's will that be something that David will say to me, Adrian. You never to squeeze all the juice I let someone you priest, what changes you just sets the surface and then for two centuries.
He can tell us about the 23rd Psalm 10. The apostle Paul be there. How would you like to sit apostle Paul's fees and having to talk about our great redemption and what our God has done for us and dear friend John, the age apostle will be there and he'll open all the mysteries of the book of Revelation and we don't know is where no and see the mysteries of God is open and when the Lamb sets up on the throne and Beatles Simon Peter will be there and I still think you have a big mouth and he rose did not tell you it will be in glory, unspeakable and full of joy. We are going to be there with the saints of all the ages but that's not really what's going to make heaven heaven. Listen, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. That's what the apostle Paul meant when he said I'm willing rather to be absent from the body and resident with the Lord to see the Lord Jesus Christ to be with Christ. He said now we walk by faith and not by sight. Asked what the prophet Isaiah meant in Isaiah 33 and verse 17, line shall see that she him his beauty. That's why Jesus prayed in John 17). Father I pray for them that has given me, that they may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory, glory I had with the before the world was one of time that's going to be, but I want you to notice 1/3 thing about this place called heaven. I want you to notice not only the certainty of it. Shortly I will dwell in the house of the law and I want you to notice not only the company of the house of the Lord, but I want you to notice the constancy shall I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The constancy of this EC are nomadic railways, one and if and I'm wondering they're being led by the shepherd beside the still waters in the green pastures through the dark valleys over hill and more.
There led they don't settle down and stay in one place. The book of Hebrews talks about it. God didn't intend for us to settle down here because this world is not our home with just passing through. Hebrews 11 verse eight by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance old maid he went out. Listen, not knowing whether he went. He didn't have to know by faith he sojourned in the land of promise by notice he didn't settle. He sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling in Tabernacles. That means in attendance with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise when I listen for he loved for city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. I feel the same way all of us here just pilgrims right now is going to be a place of constancy, a place of constant joy, a place of constant service.
A place of constant praise.
I thought about that. I will dwell in the house of the Lord, for how long. Forever. Forever. Have you ever thought about eternity never thought about eternity. My friend the length of eternity used to be a great preacher. The priest over Arkansas. His name was Joe Henry Hank mighty preacher wept when he preached he pastored in Texas before went Arkansas and Texas.
Upon occasion he had a woman who gave her heart to Christ was going to be baptized Sunday night in the church. She was married to a businessman Joe Henry Hankins went by to see that businessman on Saturday to try to lead him to Christ. The man, it had no time for God. No time for Jesus. No time for church, but Joe Henry Hankins would buy the house and played with this man presented the plan of salvation and make this man to give his heart to Christ and to be baptized along with his wife, the man listen to the preachers earnestly and then he said this to the preacher. He said preacher what you said is right. I do need to give my heart to Christ.
I do need to be saved, and I promise you tomorrow morning when invitation is given I will come down that aisle. I will accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior and I will be baptized with my wife.
The preacher said as in praise God, and he left the house.
As he started out he put his hand on the doorknob and the Holy Spirit, said to him there's something not right about that is something not right. He went back to this businessman. He said listen, if you're going to do that. Anyway, let's get a settlement you give your heart to Jesus.
Now and then you come tomorrow morning and make it public and then get baptized tomorrow night but let's get his settle. Now this businessman said preacher I got a reputation in this world for keeping my word.
I'm an honest businessman and if I say that I'll do tomorrow morning you'll have to worry about it.
I will do it. You have my word so all right. Thank you. Praise God start out and again the Holy Spirit stopped him and said go back and talk to that man Joe Henry Hankins went back the third time he took with him this time.
His Bible and he opened the second printing 62 that says behold, now is the accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. Put it under his nose and said you read that read it. He said not that that's God's word, Satan says tomorrow. But God says today you going to listen to and he said well preacher I've been listening to Satan for a long time and is never brought me anything but misery on the listen to God and he got down on his knees with that preacher and gave his part to Jesus Christ. He said tomorrow. I'll be there to make it public and get baptized.
The next morning when Joe Henry Hankins was standing on the front steps of his church. Grading the people as they were coming in acts Matthew came up and said preacher uncle Pat has had a heart attack in the night and he's at home and he told me to tell you. He's so sorry he couldn't be here. He intended to be here but is sick and the doctor will let them come that known. When Joe Henry Hankins was sitting at his noon meal eating the phone rang and it was about that sister-in-law. She called and said preacher you need to know Pat has had another heart attack is much worse than the first one and the doctor says that it doesn't seem to be any hope Johanna Rankin symptoms that will finish my meal and go right over there. But before he could get up from the table, the phone ring the third time it was the sister-in-law again and she said preacher don't hurry Pat has died.
He's already gone, but he said to tell you thank you and tell the preacher I'm sure glad I took God's way, rather than Satan's way. I'm so glad I settled it to patients to for causing me to say yes to Jesus, my friend.
I won't tell you.
Eternity is a long time. Eternity is a long time and when you die and I didn't have an opportunity then to get saved loved ones will weep for my silent face dear ones will class me and sad embrace darkness and shadows will fill the place five minutes after I die, faces sorrow, I will not see voices that murmur will not reach me, but where where will my spirit be five minutes after I die, not to repair the good eye line fixed to the goal of my chosen tryto repent.
No turning back five minutes after I die mated forever with my chosen throng long is it eternity oh so long.
There will always be there for my soul be wrong. Five minutes after I die. Jane you say is my shepherd, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever shall I wear are you sure you died right you go to heaven. Woe is me of my soul be wrong.
Five minutes after I die. Behold, now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation and precious friend. If you want the Lord Jesus, let me help you to pray and ask Christ in the heart, may I disquiet your heart now turn your heart toward God. He loves you. He wants to save you. Would you pray this prayer dear God, thank you for loving me. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me, Lord Jesus. I believe that you are the son of God. I believe that you died on the cross to pay my send it. Thank you Lord Jesus for doing that larger set if I would trust you. You would save me. I do trust you, Lord Jesus, would you tell them that I do trust you, Lord Jesus. Right now this moment with all of my heart come into my heart Lord Jesus, forgive my sin save me Jesus save me now and then pray this way.
Thank you for saving me. Jesus. I receive it by faith and then pray this, Lord Jesus, I will acknowledge you as my Lord and Savior in your name I pray, amen. If you prayed to receive Jesus Christ. We want to celebrate with you and invite you to our discovery, Jesus page on the website.
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