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Stepping Stones: Why Aren’t I in Heaven Now?

Stepping Stones: Why Aren’t I in Heaven Now?
September 21, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
We live in a world filled with heartache, sin and despair. Even God’s people are finding the difficulties of life a daily struggle. But the truth is that God never intended the lives of His children to be anything but happy. Our misery is self-induced. In fact, God’s plan is that whatever our circumstances in this life may be, we can have perfect happiness, peace and stability in an unstable world. This is one way that we glorify God. He has provided everything we need to accomplish His plan. Just think, when He saved us from the death sentence of sin, (“for the wages of sin is death”) the ideal next step (in our plan) would have been to immediately transport us to heaven and bypass life on this earth. But that is not His plan. His plan is to “grow us” from babes in Christ to mature Christians, refined by the fiery trials of life and brought forth as pure gold, demonstrating to an unbelieving world that He is an all sufficient God.
Today, if you are weary and worn from the pressures of life today, and think God made a mistake keeping you here on Earth, read Psalm 23. Identify what you are afraid of and why…because that blocks you from enjoying His promised peace and comfort. Click here to comment on this 3 day series on suffering, the peace He gives you, or what you think blocks His peace.

Prayer
Father, thank You for Your precious Word that stabilizes my soul and removes the doubts and fears that come from my difficulty applying my head knowledge to my everyday belief system. It is more precious than silver or gold, or anything that this weary world has to offer. You do not owe me a single thing Father, yet You faithfully keep blessing and keeping me through the storms of life. I can never begin to thank You enough for all You have done for me. Great is Thy faithfulness! The old hymn says it so beautifully:
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Lord unto me.

The Truth
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord the God…”

Psalm 43:2-3
before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.
Psalm 43:10-11

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