Tag: Believer

The Wilderness Of Heaven

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The Promised Land is a shadow of heaven. When we speak about going home, crossing the Jordan, or coming to the Promised Land, we’re often speaking about going to heaven. The wilderness is a symbol of the journey to the Promised Land, which is this life right now. The Hebrews journeyed through the wilderness, crossed over, and went into the Promised Land. But actually, there was wilderness within the Promised Land itself. The Wilderness of Judea, the Arabah, the Negev – all these were inside the Promised Land.

So for you as a believer, it means that heaven and this life are closer together than you could imagine. Even in the wilderness, you can live a heavenly life. Even in the dry times, the hard times, and in times of sorrow, you can find heaven. Whatever you’re going through in this journey, God is going through it with you, and that makes it heaven. So learn to live in the heavenlies now. Learn to see the good in all things and to bless at all times. For the Promised Land also encompasses the wilderness and heaven is also in your life right now.

Today’s Mission – Are you in the wilderness today? See God’s Promised Land encompassing you and live according to the heavenly life.

by Jonathan Cahn

Inheriting Heaven or Hell

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

“[God] caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet. 1:3).

Everyone receives an eternal inheritance—either Heaven or Hell.

We have seen several aspects of the believer’s inheritance, and will see more in future days. But realize that unbelievers also will receive an inheritance, for Jesus will say to them, “Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:41, 46).

Only Christians have eternal life and a royal inheritance. When you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you became a new creation in Christ and your life began to center on Him rather than yourself. The Holy Spirit indwelt you and began to transform your attitudes and actions. That’s the new birth! It’s like starting all over again, only this time you’re pursuing God’s glory rather than worldly pleasures or goals.

Also, when you were saved you became an heir of God and a fellow heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). So the new birth was the means of your salvation and your eternal inheritance.

Having said that, I must admonish you, just as Paul admonished the Corinthians, to “test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5). You never want to be deluded about your relationship with Christ. When you trust in the living Lord, you have a living hope and a glorious eternal inheritance. Anything less results in an inheritance of eternal damnation.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies” (John 11:25). Be sure your faith is firmly fixed on Him.

by John MacArthur