Heaven on Earth
“They seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.” - Hebrews 11:14-15 It’s our human nature. We try hard to create a heaven here on earth, but are often still disappointed and unhappy. When Abraham and his wife, Sarah, set out on their great adventure, following God into the unknown (Genesis 12), their lives became devoted to seeking a spiritual homeland, where God would be at home in their hearts and they would be at home with their Lord.
In this life, true happiness comes not from arriving, but from heading in the right direction, seeking and pursuing God’s will.
Leaving the past behind and pressing ahead takes faith. Many of us don’t walk by faith because the past keeps dragging us backward. Abuse, pain, grief, childhood memories, bitterness, and false security can turn the past into an obsession.
2 Corinthians 5:17 promises us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
If you are struggling with the past, there may be one of two things you need to do: you need to forgive someone, or you need to allow yourself to be forgiven. If you need help in reaching these goals, seek wise counsel, and pray for God to help you realize that your past can be healed and washed clean by the blood of Jesus.
But don’t be afraid to move forward, seeking the homeland God has for you, and living the adventure called Life that He has in store for you!
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 3:13-14.
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