Read by Mark Dinsmore
The awesome sense of the greatness of God and the cosmic and eternal proportions of the work that He is doing seems largely absent from Christianity today. Could this be why so many carry the self-imposed burdens of man-made “programs” they are trying to put into effect in order to “live victorious lives” or to “advance the cause of Christ”? When we see that the task is totally beyond our capabilities, then we cease from our striving and begin to allow Him to work in and through us by His mighty power.
Many object to this heavenly/eternal perspective as “pie-in-the-sky in the sweet by-and-by” talk. There are warnings about being so “heavenly minded” that one is of “no earthly good.” We must be practical, so the argument goes, meeting first of all the earthly needs of ourselves and of others and doing our best to make this world a better place for everyone. Yet Christ himself continually turned the focus of His followers from earth to heaven.
Throughout Scripture, we are counseled to live at all times with the understanding that life on this earth is very brief and is followed by an eternal existence of either indescribable bliss in God’s presence or unbearable agony in separation from Him. Peter declares that the knowledge that “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise…[and] the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10) causes us to live godly lives. And John adds that the hope of being transformed into His likeness when He shall appear causes us to purify ourselves (1 John 3:2,3). Many would have us believe that self-love is the answer to the world’s ills. Both Christian leaders and the unsaved are teaching and preaching this lie. In fact, it is self-love that has wrought the ills of the world: greed, lust, envy, and strife. What we actually need is a passionate love for God and His Word, turning us from earthly ambitions to heavenly hope. Not even a kingdom ruled by Christ on this earth is our hope, but heaven itself.
Today’s “signs of the times” call louder than ever for a divine awakening of believers to their God-given mission on Planet Earth. Have you ever prayed, “Lord, how can I...deepen and defend my faith? Know and prove that God’s Word is true? Share Christ with confidence? Refute false religions? Truly love God as He desires? Fulfill God’s purpose for my life? ‘Rightly divide’ God’s Word? Understand Bible prophecy? Prepare for Christ’s return? Authoritatively teach Bible doctrine?” This convicting yet comforting book guides readers (and listeners) to God’s Word for the answers!
Written both for the young disciple as well as the maturing believer, this volume will arouse passion, joy, humility, reverence, and awe for the extraordinary love (and corresponding privilege of responsibility) that God has given to us. The conviction that follows will set believers on course for heaven, with all worldly anchors cast off and sails unfurled. Truly, this powerful book is a prophetic alarm for the Bride of Christ: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:14-16).
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