Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Surviving The Last Days-One Foot on Earth and One Foot in Heaven

Surviving The Last Days-One Foot on Earth and One Foot in Heaven

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The end times are perilous times and according to Bible Prophecy they are going to get worse.

 There is not one family that is somehow not effected or harmed by someone's sin.  These sins are increasing in their terribleness just as Jesus warned in the Gospels would be the sign of His coming and the start of the Tribulation.

The way to survive these end times is to have one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.  This world is not our home and neither is it suppose to be and we  are to store up our treasures in heaven.

As believers  we should live with one foot on earth and one in heaven.   We do not want to be too attached to anything in this world.   Especially a world where sin of all kinds is increasing.

We are the final generation that is right before the Tribulation and according to Bible Prophecy the days are going to be PERILOUS. 

We should not be living for out time on earth and should only have a foot here but not our soul or spirit.   We are not going to be bringing any of our belongings of the things we live for on earth with us to the afterlife.

When my mother was alive she kept all of her children’s cards and special gifts to her. When she died, family members separated it all and gave it all back to each member who gave the saved gift or card to her.  Do these mementos mean an anything to her now? No.   
I went in my mother’s closet and looked over her clothing and her favorite items, she did not bring one of her belongings with her.

Job 1: 21 states: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.

I think of a family member who died a different death than my mom.   Both were born again Christians only the other descended into alcoholism.  I felt the wonderful presence of Jesus at the moment of my mother’s death.   I felt the amazing spiritual presence that came into the room.   My mother was so fixated on it that nothing was going to hold her back from it. In contrast of this other family member whose life ended when he didn’t expect the Lord to come for Him and who was in the midst of great and grievous sin.     My mother exited this world in glory and the other family member in shame.

All that matters is what we have done for Jesus, if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and what we have done for Him on this earth. 

What counts are those treasures we have stored up in heaven.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves beak I and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Mom’s belongings will eventually decay, but her treasures in heaven are eternal.   As for this other family member his death was a depiction of the parable of the wicked servant who believes that his master delay’s coming and begins to drink and get drunk and beat his servants.  The master comes when he least suspects. Luke 12:42-48.

Both lessons and especially the pain of both losses has showed me just how important it is to build our heavenly treasure house.   Nothing drives home how unhappy this life can really be than after the loss of loved ones.   It not only causes great pain but also emphasizes the importance of the afterlife.

While these lessons have driven me further to God, the awesomeness of the Lord has also caused me to have one foot in heaven and one foot on earth.  Hebrews 11: 13 states…and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Verse 14 continues, For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. Verse 16 adds, But they now desire a better, that is a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God. He has prepared a city for them. 

If we were not in the end times we would still be facing harsh difficulties in this life because of sin, sickness and death. In the end times, all of these woes are magnified  because sin will abound.

 All of our lives have someone been effected by the degree of sin in the last days and the remedy is Jesus Christ, and not living for this world and keeping one foot on earth and the other in heaven.