Monday, October 25, 2010

Where is Your Treasure?

Jesus said, "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt. 6:20-21). Our hearts and our treasure are tied together. Notice that He did not say, "Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also." That would seem to make more sense. Instead, He reversed it and said "where your treasure is, there your heart will be." Why did He emphasize the treasure?

Here's why. Some people say that they love God, but they never worship Him by giving their money in offerings. They are deceiving themselves. Although we can't see inside a person's heart, we can see where his money goes. To show us where a person's heart is, Jesus points us to where his treasure is invested. Look for the treasure and you will find the heart. Follow the money. People always invest their money in what they love the most. A person who loves golf has no problem spending his cash on golf clubs, golf carts, and country club fees.

My uncle graduated from Georgia Tech. He had Georgia Tech window stickers, rugs, mugs, and a host of other items with the school emblem. He even showed me a plaque that he received from Tech in recognition of his giving $50,000 to the school. How do I know he loved Tech? He gave 50 Grand to the institution. His treasure went to Georgia Tech, and that's where his heart was.

When we cheerfully give our offerings to the Lord, we are laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven. If our treasure is there, our hearts will be also. How much are you investing in eternity? To hear the entire message on how to lay up treasure in heaven, go to:
"Pay Day in Heaven"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Final Exam

When author Rick Howard was attending college, he walked into his classroom after skipping class for nearly 2 weeks. He was ten minutes early for class, and his heart skipped a beat when he saw every student seated with books open, cramming for a test. He nervously asked his friend, "What's happening here today, Jim?" Jim said, "On, nothing special, Rick. Just the mid-semester exam, that's all."

"You've got to be kidding!" Rick responded with a look of horror on his face. "Oh, no," Jim replied. "You ought to come around here more often." Rick knew he wasn't prepared, so he approached his instructor and asked if he would consider postponing the test for him.

His professor said, "Mr. Howard, I can't punish you for missing class for 2 weeks, but you are responsible for everything that goes on here. You must take the exam or you'll receive an automatic failure on the test." Rick's heart sank to his stomach as he stared at the exam, not knowing how to answer the questions.

Are you ready for your "Final Exam"? Judgment Day is not an unannounced test. It is coming. "For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10). Do you realize you are reading about yourself in this verse? What will this exam be like?

If you are a Christian, God has already taken care of your sins through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This judgment will be a GOOD judgment, to examine your life to determine your rewards in heaven. The bad things we have done will be burned up, but everything we have done to please the Lord will be rewarded with something magnificent, better than we can even imagine (see 1 Cor. 3:10-15 for more on this judgment).
To hear the entire message on this subject, go to
http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and
click on "The Final Exam"

Monday, October 11, 2010

Life After Death

One day your heart will stop beating. At that moment, your soul will leave your body (James 2:26) and you will spend the rest of your never-ending existence in the next world. What happens to you in the next life will have already been determined in this life. The decisions you make during your life on Earth will determine two things in the next world: Your eternal destination and your eternal occupation (if you are saved).

Your eternal DESTINATION. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your eternal destination will be heaven. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God" (John 1:12).

Your eternal OCCUPATION. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one thinks about what we will be doing there for millions and millions of years. Your faithfulness in serving God after you have been saved will determine your POSITION in heaven, your REWARDS in heaven, and your JOB ASSIGNMENTS in heaven.

We will "serve Him" forever (Rev. 7:15, 22:3), which means we will have job assignments. These will be privileges, like eternal hobbies, and not like work on Earth.

We will have different ranks in heaven because "many who are first shall be last, and the last, first" (Matt. 19:30). Some who are generals in this life will be privates in the next life. Some who are privates in this life will be generals in the next life. These positions will be determined by humility and faithful service. Which will you be?

If we are faithful in handling our money on Earth, we will be put in charge of something called "true riches" in heaven (Luke 16:11). This isn't figurative language. There really is treasure in heaven and the most faithful stewards on Earth will get to manage it in eternity.

How can you make your life count for eternity? By living to please the Lord in all that you do. To hear the entire message on this subject, go to:
http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on "The Next World"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Near Death Experience--testimony of a man who died and went to heaven

In 1982, Ian McCormack was an atheist who didn't believe in the afterlife. He was stung by 5 deadly box jellyfish while scuba diving, and as he was being taken to the hospital, he called out to Jesus to save him in the ambulance. He passed away in the hospital and was dead for 15 minutes. What he saw on the other side is one of the most amazing testimonies you will ever hear! Ian was sent back into his body and is currently serving the Lord as a pastor in England.

Ian's testimony is in 10 short videoclips. I highly recommend that you listen to parts 1-4, which tells how he got stung and how he desperately tried to get to the hospital. Parts 5-10 tells what happens after he died.
Click here to start with part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgF_iwUNqFU
Click here to start with part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-AXSHLZCPg