Forever OLS — Week One #1

This week we have begun our study in A Heart To See Forever — Embrace the Promise of the Eternal Perspective.

I wonder how you felt as you opened the pages of the book, knowing that you were about to enter the landscape of this place called Revelation. I look at books of the Bible as places where I am going to live and travel throughout my life on planet earth. We can take a walk through books of the Bible and sit in verses as we would sit on a bench and take in amazing, incredible views with all their beauty and detail.

I made an event of my beginnings in A Heart To See Forever this week. I went to one of my favorite coffee places, grabbed a hot steaming cup of coffee, and sat outside with my Forever book and my Bible. I loved the words of Tim LaHaye where he said that Revelation is “the Bible’s grand conclusion.” And so it is. And now all of us have the opportunity to live in the words of Revelation for such a time as this. We are nearer the fulfillment of the prophecies contained in Revelation than anyone else at any other time of history. Think on that and you will understand even more how relevant these words are for us.

In Part 1 of The Promise of Eternity, Week 1, Days 1-3, in A Heart To See Forever, we looked at the promise of the eternal perspective. We saw in these first three days how much we need God’s eternal perspective. We never want to forget what it really means to have the eternal perspective. It is the ability to see all of life from God’s point of view and have what we see affect how we live in the present. Let’s all memorize the definition so that when the times are difficult and seemingly impossible circumstances loom on the horizon, we can think on the eternal perspective. We can grab our Bibles, find God’s promises, and soar with wings like eagles to the heights with God.

This week I loved Hannah Whitall Smith’s words in Yield Yourself To God in Day 1:

Things look differently to us according to our point of view. Trials assume a very different aspect when looked down upon from above than when viewed from their own level. What seems like an impassable wall on its own level becomes an insignificant line to the eyes that see it from the top of a mountain; and the snares and sorrows that assume such immense proportion while we look at them on the earthly plane become insignificant little motes in the sunshine when the soul has mounted on wings to the heavenly places above them.
Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life

Don’t you love those words! There are two views — earthly and temporal or heavenly and eternal. I would rather live in the eternal perspective where impassable walls become insignificant lines as I view them from the mountaintop. Oh that we can all learn to live more and more in the eternal perspective.

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♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!


Sola Scriptura

Take some time in the Introduction and some thought in writing your letter to the Lord. What was your favorite verse, quote, thought or insight this week?
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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
A Heart To See Forever has been an incredible study. … God has given me so much to ponder and the time to meander through His Word. … I find that Catherine’s studies are so thought-provoking and give me the opportunity to spend time with the Lord in ways that I have never done before. There are so many places within each day’s session where I can stop, ponder, pray, journal and return to or go on ahead. For the first time, I actually want to do a study over again.
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A Heart to See Forever was my first real Bible study. Studying the revelation of the glorious new heaven and new earth motivated me to turn back to Genesis and begin an in depth study from there. With this perspective, I can see every book [of the Bible] through the lens of eternity.
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