Introduction: In a generation that is surrounded by chaos, murder, disasters, grief, and death; many can become discouraged by the wickedness around them and within them. Is this it? Or do we have something to look forward to? As Christians the Bible states that we do have something to look forward to. Christ will soon return for His bride and bring judgment to Satan along with those who rejected Him. In addition, to Christ’s return our God will create a new place, where He will be with His people in an intimate and personal way. Where His children will not experience grief or death, a place where the children of God are united with those who trusted Christ. However, does the bible give any encouragement or insight to this Eternal state? What will this place look like? Who will be there? What will people do? In the book of Revelation chapter 21-22 the Apostle John gives a description of this final Eternal state with the creation of a new heaven, a new earth, a New Jerusalem and its River of Life.
- The New Heaven & Earth
* Note: That all has Passed at the Entrance of the Great White Throne of God, (Rev. 20:11)
- This new place will allow us to have intimacy and oneness with God. (Rev.21:3)
- God dwells with man, (Rev: 21:3;22, 22:3 a)
- Nothing will separate us from his presence, (Verse, 22:4)
- Know every little detail, (Verse 22:4 b)
*Note: As a Father knows his Children.
- This is a place where of the memory of past is erased forever: (Rev. 21:4,5)
- Replacing Hurt through Love, (Verse a)
- Replacing Curse with Blessing, (Verse b)
- Replacing with Peace, Happiness, Joy & Security, (Verse c)
- This is a place that belongs to the Children of God: (Rev. 21:6-8) *Note: God the Father’s declaration. King of Kings
- God gives the Invitation: To come to His Family to be with Him
- Conquerors: This is our birthright as Family Members
- Unbelievers: Their Home is the Lake of Fire forever.The New Jerusalem
- This is a perfect place of order: (Rev. 9-21) *Note: bright cube like structure, exemplifying the glory of God; bright and clear as a diamond
- Hand Work of God: Details
i. Foundations: consisted of 12 different kinds of jewels upon which the Apostles names were inscribed, (Rev. 21:14; 18)
- High Walls: Like Jasper with 12 gates with 12 angel’s positioning themselves around them
- Gates: 12 great pearls that never shut, with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel, (Rev. 21: 12; 21; 25)
- Size: Its total size would be estimated to be about 1400-1500 hundred miles on its sides or total of all four sides
- Roads: describe as pure gold that are clear as glass, (21:21)
- River of Life: Pure clean coming from the throne of God, (Rev. 22:1-2)
- Tree of Life: 12 fruits of seasons, and healing nations.(Rev. 22:2-3)
- It Is a different way of Living: (Rev: 21:22-27)
- In previous ways of structure
i. No Temple: God the Father & Lamb, (Vs. 22)
ii. No Sun or Moon: God’s glory and Lamb’s lamp, (Vs.23, Rev. 22:5)
- In interaction with God
iii. Possible live in earth: Nations and Kings will bring glory into it: ,(Vs. 24-26)
- Possible to who made it through millennium
- Probably in Temple?
- The Church, Tribulation Saints, Old Testament Saints
- Unbeliever’s have no part, (Vs.27)
Conclusion: The Eternal state in summery through the culmination of Revelation 21-22 has provided many interesting facts in which the Children of God will experience. For example, in the new heaven and the new earth there is intimacy and a oneness that is found between God and His children. God is with His people erasing old things and creating new things with a new world. Within the New Jerusalem, order is expressed in the perfection of creation of the city of God. Every detail is covered with beauty in words that were limited to the first century Apostle. The New Jerusalem will need no temple for its temple is God Himself; providing light for His humanity to walk in. In its compounds the river of life flows from the throne of God with the trees of life that provide their unique properties. God’s Children are characterized as peaceful, secure, united with their loved ones who placed their faith in Christ, and worshiping the God forever.
Proposition: We must not loss heart in our present circumstances for our Eternal future is secure in our almighty God.
Though, this world is filled with chaos, murder, disasters, grief, and the death; Christians can be encouraged with the fact that they have a God who is in complete control. Their Lives are not just a series of events filled with endless pain. Rather, their lives can rest with confidence that their souls will at one day be at rest and experience a relationship with God that surpasses human rationalism. In the closing of the Chapter of Revelation Christ states that he is coming quickly. May God’s people be ready and strive to help others be ready by following the command that was given to John: And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near, (Rev. 22:10, E.S.V).
Proposition 2: The time is short: We must share the Gospel of Christ while there is still time.
Maturity and Immaturity- Pastor Randy Hernandez
Ecc 1: 17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
Before we begin to understand immaturity we need to understand folly, folly is defined as silliness and at other times silliness in a morally or perverse way. Also defined as overtly simple: minor distractions, or something that distracts you from God’s best: major moral problems. Folly is a word that is used quite often with verses in the book of Proverbs referring to the simple and fool.
Here are some examples of folly found in Scripture:
- Prov. 13:16: A fool does not recognize the stupidly of his ways.
- Prov. 14:8: Blinds Him or Her to the truth.
- Prov. 15:21: To the unwise, folly seems like fun.
- Ecc. 2:13: After all wisdom is everything that is right and folly is opposite.
How does folly show itself in life?
Prov. 5:23: Folly leads us away from what is right.
Ask yourself this question: What is it that gets you off track? Is it Sports, career dreams, Education, hobbies, Impurity, friends, books, or a video game? There are times in our life when we can be lead astray by all these distractions; hopefully you come to point where you leave your distractions and can get on track with God’s grace.
Phil: 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
What you like today you may not like tomorrow. Our selfish desire lead us to dead ends, gets our hopes up and drop you hard, playing with your emotions. Our God gives us gifts and talents and we should be asking what would you want me to do rather than this is what I want to do.
2 Tim. 1: 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather faith to act in spite of fear.
A young lady comes to me and tells me that my family hates me and they don’t want me, I young man came up to me never knowing his father full of insecurity, seeing his mother with various men moving from house to house. Another: a woman full of anger and resentment because of the damage that she received through her son being abused. Sons, daughters, Husbands and mothers full of pain because there closest ones have died or dying feeling completely hopeless and lost. These are just snapshots of the many hours and hours that a Pastor and his wife minister to on a daily basis. Hurt is real. It is undeserved, it is appalling, and it is unthinkable. But it doesn’t need to wreck your life. Your past may be littered and scarred with some type of abuse, pain or regret. But your future does not have to be.
Our God does not delight in seeing His people suffer, or the innocent falling victims into the hands of those who abused them. We live, in a world that is full of countless manifestations of wickedness that is within the hearts of all creation. What we are seeing, what we are experiencing is a world, a people going a direction that God never attended. In rejecting God with our Father Adam we have open the door up to a revolting wickedness that desires to destroy the very one that it dwells. As God’s children when we bring what has been done to us, we bring our inner most being to our Creator. All of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, tears, nightmares, questions and regrets telling our God that we trust Him and believe Him to bring justice. (This may not be a onetime thing but a moment by moment).
But don’t forget this, Justice will come, whether in this life through authorities and powers of law or when they stand before the Great white throne of the Almighty, the Great and Magnificent God. Justice was fully paid and placed upon our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Christ took every single blow that was rightfully ours. He paid the great and unbearable pain of Hell; He became an outcast, and was rejected so that we can be accepted. So even for the vilest, wicked, perverse, God hating, God denying person, Christ has His arms open for them when they recognize there sin, repent and accept Jesus Christ as there Saviour. This does not mean that all may go back to like nothing ever happen in this world. Or that they may not have to still pay for what they done to the laws of the land. God deals with all according to His plan. They may not be accepted by everyone in this world, but they will be accepted by the most important one in all creation the Great I’ AM.
Here are some truths for you to remember today:
- I am saved- I am on my way to heaven through Christ!
- I’m highly valuable, wanted, and important to God!
- God has a great plan for my future!
- God will give me strength for today if I ask for it!
- I will honor God and all those around me!
- God, please be my best friend today!
- God, give me grace today!
Maturity Part 4- Pastor Randy Hernandez
You are Special to God.
Text: Jeremiah 24; 29
Proposition: In the Mist of your Difficulties, Chastisements, or Apathy attitudes God is actively pursuing you: Cast your burdens, return to the one who loves you and wake up.
Question: How do we do this?
You need to understand that God is in control of even the smallest things in your life. (Jer. 24. 1-10)
Here is a little background of the text: God permitting others as tools of Punishment. Israel was located in the midst of super powers; God would constantly use other countries even super powers to show Israel that they were doing wrong. In the midst of this punishment and utter rebellion, God was still reaching out to His people. No matter what you are doing, or not doing for God, whether you are following God or are in complete rebellion to His love, God constantly pursues His people regardless of their pursuit of Him. God wanted to bring them to a more full loving relationship with Him (Jer. 24: 6-7). Even though His people did not want a more full loving relationship with their Creator, this can at times be done through hard times or trials. God knows how to get your attention and maybe you are going through a hard time like the Israelites who were under the punishment of God, remember God’s bigger purpose in the whole process: God wants to bring you into a more full relationship with Him. The tugging on your heart, the stretching of your time, energy, sleep and relationships may bring fear in your heart. Don’t be afraid, this is all a part of God’s master plan to shape you into a worshipper who has a healthy relationship with their Heavenly Father. Are you really pursuing God, or is God pursing you? You may be thinking “God doesn’t love me because I am going through a hard time”, or you may be thinking in your heart “God, how dare you do this to me, or God how could you let this happen to me?” but a better question in the midst of all this stuff is: “God how are you making me a better: worshipper, leader, son, daughter, pastor and friend? God what are you showing me through this time.”
God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way, He wants you to be more like Jesus. Adrian Rogers
God was punishing them in order to teach them: God was trying to warn them about not confiding in Him (Jer. 24: 8-10). Have you ever been in a situation where you needed amazing counsel, have you ever felt: alone, abused, confused, or that your heart is ready to explode with all the pressures by people that are in your life, have you ever felt lost even when people around you seem to know exactly where they are going, have you ever got frustrated or even angry because you have no one you could go to? I have and just because you’ve been a Christian for 20 days or 20 years we all have moments like this. But there is good news; there is Someone who wants to hear and to guide your life. There is a Savior who cares, a God who intervenes in your daily life. A God that wants you to confide in Him, an easy way to remember confide is like this: “confide means to trust God with even the darkest, depressing, and hidden things in our past and present life.” The second that you start trusting and confiding, is the moment God steps in. Everything is different. Everything is new. God wanted His people to trust Him with even the things we don’t think God knows about…here is a word of advice…God already knows. Take a break from reading this, find a quiet place and start asking the Holy Spirit to be your close confidant. God knows all who are His, and will protect and deliver them whatever may come. Understand and trust that God is in control and start doing this today. “We find God right where we left Him.”
Did you know that God actively thinks about you of you every moment of your life (Jer. 29:1-7)? Imagine you pick up a pile of sand in your hands. Could you even imagine counting every grain that you have? It would be almost impossible right? Think about that; now multiply all that by an eternity. That’s a lot of sand, so what’s the point? God thinks about you more than all the sands of all the ocean shores on this planet. If that doesn’t blow your mind, try to understand that God knew you by name even before the world was created…God knows, cares, loves, and thinks about you. Here are God’s people in the midst of all their problems, and God comforts them by telling them that “I’m in control”.
Isn’t it strange how personal our God is with us? Did you know God shares his most personal thoughts with us (Jer. 29:11-14)? When God thinks about us He thinks thoughts of love, of peace, of tenderness, not evil, not an unexpected end but an expected end, at home with Him and a future by His side. When you live a life that is never satisfied, really examine yourself to see if you are in tune with God and His thoughts for you. So often we don’t understand this, we do our own thing, and we live our lives like atheists all week and come to church to make ourselves feel better, and we don’t really live like we understand God’s thoughts for us. I can tell you the joy, the peace, the contentment, the fullness of what it is to have a relationship with God, but until you start to understand that God actually loves you and thinks about you, and wants you to be with Him and walk, talk and fellowship with Him until you get that nothing will change in your life. We often use God as the handyman of our lives we call on Him only when we want things fixed and once things are okay for us we push Him out of our lives and live the way we want to. Jesus wants an actual relationship with you, He wants to know you even though you rebel and at times in your life want nothing to do with Him. God is faithful even when we are not so please start to embrace a relationship with your Creator, for you are always on His mind.