trACker number367 Your Concrete Demonstration of Heaven Is Your Faith
by Dudley Anderson 7/15/2011 / Devotionals
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15 July 2011
Dear God Tracker
Your Concrete Demonstration of Heaven Is Your Faith
I was listening to a well known radio station as I pulled into my office car park. "Many religious groups teach their children about heaven and hell," came a woman's voice over the airways, "but neither can be proven. We should not quell our children's fear of death by giving them the hope of heaven," she said and then boldly added: "Heaven is a fairy tale that cannot be concretely demonstrated." This woman went on to describe that dying is simply a termination of life and all that remains is darkness in the grave. How sad; how hopeless.
Later that evening I was watching a documentary on television about Israel and the 6-day war. After Israel had occupied the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan heights in 1967 Egypt and Syria launched an aggressive conspired effort to regain this land again in 1973. However, despite a massive supply of weapons from the Soviet Union, both Egypt and Syria were unsuccessful in their bid to regain the land and push the Jews into the sea. As I watched I found myself asking the question, "Why has the Lord always protected Israel and guarded her interests?" Then it was as though the God of Israel himself by his Holy Spirit whispered into my heart: "It's because of my promise to my servant Abraham. I never violate my promises or my righteousness."
I then realised that the same God who had made a promise to Abraham that his descendents would occupy the land of Canaan (modern day Israel), is the God who has promised me eternal life. You see, Abraham believed God's word and his faith in God's promise had made him righteous. Now Abraham is the father of all who believe, which means that if you have faith in the death and resurrection of Christ and confess him as Lord you are saved from sin, death and hell. The scripture says that by God's grace, through faith, we have the hope of heaven. Faith was the substance of Abraham's success. Faith is the substance of things he hoped for. Faith accredited Abraham with righteousness, because he believed God's promise. Likewise, your faith has credited you with God's righteousness, because of Jesus (look up 2 Corinthians 5:21). As I watched the TV I realised that the reason God so protects Israel and guards her interests is because of his word his promise to Abraham. So if Abraham, whose descendents still occupy Canaan, received righteousness and eternal promise through faith then we too have righteousness and the promise of heaven through the same substance faith! Therefore, your concrete demonstration of heaven is your faith.
Our hope is that, by sharing experiences in tracking the will of God, we will draw closer to him and discover the awesome value of walking with God. Let us know what you think by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org God knows the plans he has for you. So go ahead and track them!
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Verse of the Week
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"God wants us to have the audacity of faith that dares to believe for all that is set forth in the Word." --- Smith Wigglesworth
Don't Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Your Promises to Me are Yes and Amen in Jesus
2 Corinthians 1:20
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.
"Father God, thank you for the example of Abraham and for teaching me to have faith in you. Thank you that faith in Jesus' death and resurrection has given me concrete hope of heaven. I admit that I can't yet see the things I hope for (including Heaven) but I have total faith that you are faithful and true to your word, always. So I praise you for heaven and I praise you for your blessings here on earth. Praise you, Lord, that you will meet my needs according to your amazing riches in Jesus. Thank you that I can lean on you even though I can't see you. Thank you that all your promises to me are yes and amen in Jesus. Today I say an affirmative 'Amen' to your glory!"
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk