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What are they saying about you in heaven?

There is a longing of heart that almost causes one to feel faint. This passionate response is part of the sense of urgency that one has when some condition just MUST absolutely be met - no if's, and's, or but's about it - there is a need and it demands to be met. It is the type of urgency that God wants us to have as it applies to him being the center of all we are and all we do. There is much we long for in life, but not all of it is truly rewarding. Not all of it will satisfy us. Not all of it will keep us going way past the point others think we will quit. Yet, there are words spoken today - words specifically designed to lift your heart, to call you close, and to encourage you to take that next step - words spoken because you have a need that must be met. Words spoken in heaven have a great influence over our lives - they are like the wind that directs the sails of the great ships of the sea!

I'm homesick—longing for your salvation; I'm waiting for your word of hope. (Psalm 119:81)

Times change all around us - making us feel like we might not keep up, or worse yet, that we are 'going under'. Our psalmist reminds us to put our hope in the Word of God - the promises and commandments that give us the certainty of a reliable foundation for our lives. We are to strain to see the promises contained therein - awaiting with constant awareness (attentiveness) that God never makes a promise he will not fulfill. These are more than words on a page - when spoken by heaven's voice deep into our hearts, they are all powerful and life-giving! Cling to the principles laid out throughout the pages of his Word - even when spiritually exhausted and overwhelmed by the course that we are on, we must learn to cling. Refuse to abandon the truths of God - holding onto them with a tenacity that just won't let go, even when the answer is delayed.

To long for something implies that we yearn for it - there is a desire for that object more than anything else we could consider. When the heart longs for something (or someone), that becomes the constant object of their attention. Both conscious and unconscious thought become consumed by the object of our longing. To cling to something implies that we will adhere to something - because there is constant contact with that which we are clinging to. No child of God can walk close to God and avoid his Word. They go hand in hand. The Words spoken to us and about us are powerful - God knows we need both! To those who will long for God, cling to him with passion, and not faint in their pursuit of him, there is a promise that his Word will stand forever. In other words, every promise contained within will stand true and certain. Whatever is established in heaven can be enforced on earth. I would like you to consider this question: What do you know for a certainty is established (spoken and agreed upon) about you in heaven?

That which is established about us in heaven can be enforced upon this earth. In other words, if God has established in heaven that we are a new creation (old things passed away, all things becoming new within us), then the fact is that we can enforce that on earth. We no longer need to be bound by the old (the past) - we are set free to pursue the newness of life that God gives. The first truth established in heaven about you is that God loves you immensely. His love is unconditional - no matter what we have done, will do, or are presently doing, his love is reaching out to us. This truth should cause us a sense of awe when we consider God's faithfulness toward us even when we were (or are) engaged in our sins. This truth is certain - God loves us. Whatever is established in heaven is certainly worth establishing on this earth, as well. Isn't it time that we begin to cling to the truths proclaimed about us in heaven? Just askin!

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