Forever OLS — Week Nine

Forever with the Lord.

Those are the words that give us great hope.

Paul said, “And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18). Steve Green calls heaven his passion and prize, the goal on which he firmly fixes his eyes. Oh friend, today, as I write this final post for our study, A Heart To See Forever, I want to share the wonder and beauty of the place of eternity — heaven.

In Week 9 of A Heart To See Forever, The Place of Eternity, we studied the magnificent promises of heaven. We learned that heaven is a new place, a new relationship, a new experience, and a new responsibility. Jesus promised that He was going to prepare a place for us and that where He is, we will be also (John 14:1-3). Everything will be new. And for those of us who may be resistant to change, this newness will be one change you will love. As Paul shared, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered into the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The newness of forever is a great hope — every tear is wiped from our eyes, there is no longer any death, and no more mourning or crying or pain. Oh the wonder of a place where everything is beautiful, blissful, and blessed forever!

Friend, I don’t know what you are facing today, but I pray that the Lord will give you a heart that can see beyond the here and now all the way to forever. Forever means there is no longer any curse. No evil. All is light. A then there is the Lord — you are always with Him — loving Him, serving Him, and delighting in Him (Revelation 22:3-4). You will see His face and you will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:4-5).

Anne R. Cousin, 1824-1906

The sands of time are sinking, the dawn of heaven breaks
The summer morn I’ve sighed for, the fair sweet morn awakes;
Dark had been the midnight, but dayspring is at hand
And glory — glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

The King there in His beauty, without a veil, is seen;
It were a well-spent journey, though seven deaths lay between.
The Lamb, with His fair army, doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory — glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

Oh Christ He is the fountain, the deep sweet well of love!
The streams on earth I’ve tasted, more deep I’ll drink above;
There, to an ocean fullness, His mercy doth expand,
And glory — glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

The bride eyes not her garment, but her dear bridegroom’s face,
I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of Grace;
Not at the crown He giveth, but on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s Land.

And now, the final promise from the Lord as He closes the book of Revelation: “Yes, I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22:20). This final yes from the Lord is one that fuels those hearts that see forever. They know the time is short until they will see their Lord. And so they say, “Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” Friend, every day, look in to the Word of God and rest in His promises. Then, look up, fixing your eyes on Jesus, and walk with a heart that sees forever until He comes.

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

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

When you finish Week 9, think about all you have learned this week in Revelation 21-22. How does what you’ve studied help you stand strong in your current challenges in life? How is God using this study to help you have a heart to see forever?
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