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For What Are You Preparing Yourself?

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For What Are You Preparing Yourself?

So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. (Exodus 3:8—NIV)

Two different lands of promise are being presented today. The first is Heaven. The second is the earth. One is not the scriptural land of promise, the other is. We must prepare ourselves to enter and possess the scriptural land of promise.

The traditional land of promise is Heaven. Even secular society views the Christian religion as the attempt of people to avoid Hell and enter Heaven. Jewish people talk about going to Heaven even though their Bible does not point to Heaven as the goal of redemption, as far as I know. They have joined us Gentiles. I think the Muslims also believe Heaven to be the goal of salvation, the land of promise.

Our idea of Heaven follows pretty well what was true of the Garden of Eden. The setting will be one of great natural beauty. There will be flowers, grass, trees. Children will be playing. Perhaps there will be animals. Some think so.

One preacher stated that when we are caught up to Heaven our pets will be caught up along with us. Our family dog will appreciate this because she had been taught that dogs would not be permitted to enter the city. She is a kelpie and wants to be close to us at all times.

One of the main blessings of Heaven will be peace, rest, joy, and an abundance of love. We certainly look forward to freedom from dread.

Many of us hope to be rejoined with deceased loved ones.

It is our belief there will be no pain in Heaven. Even though we may have suffered much in this life, may have died in the midst of suffering, there will be no suffering once we get to Heaven. C. S. Lewis raised a question about this in his book, A Grief Observed. Lewis said there really is no Bible proof we will not continue to suffer in Heaven. He knows for sure now.

Some believe we will be playing harps in the Presence of God. How are you on the harp? I am a pianist myself. Maybe the angels will teach us how to play the harp.

I never found the time to learn Chopin's Nocturne, No. 2 in E flat Major, a piece I enjoy. I love to hear it performed. Maybe you can play it. I am not certain where Chopin went after he died but I am pretty sure Bach and other great musicians are there, and one of them can teach me.

Mansions are an important part of our belief. We look for a splendid home, perhaps several stories high and free from dust. (Let all the sisters say "Hallelujah!") It has been mentioned that we may have diamonds in our backyard, though I don't think most Christians are excited about the prospect of having diamonds on their property. Diamonds are hard on your feet. What people want is love, joy, peace, contentment, freedom from pain, worry, a deep sense of security.

To be continued. For What Are You Preparing Yourself? 2