This week during mid-week service I encountered person after person who was exhausted from their busy workweek, family responsibilities, and depleted of physical energy. Weariness showed on a people’s faces, even when they tried to hide their exhaustion behind a smile. However, when we started to sing, Your Presence is Heaven to Me, God’s supernatural strength began to give the weakened heart and spirit power to not only endure, but to thrive. We entered from an earthly place of physical limitations, to heavenly places, where nothing is impossible.

Who is like You Lord in all the earth?
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry

Your presence is heaven to me (x4)

Written by: Israel Houghton, Micah Massey

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

In heaven there will be no tears, no sickness, no sorrow, pain, or death.

Your Kingdom Come

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10.

You do not have to wait until we get to heaven to receive strength, comfort, healing, and deliverance. You can experience all of those things here on earth.

My prayer is, “Lord, let your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Lord bring healing on earth as it is in heaven. I pray that you will bring comfort and wipe away our tears, as you will in heaven. Your word declares that You are our healer, I pray that You would heal us completely of every physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments. Let Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

Yes, heaven will be amazing—it is beyond our understanding. But, we have an opportunity to experience heaven on earth today.

Jesus gives and open invitation in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You can find rest in His presence today and When you enter into God’s presence, you can enter into heavenly places (Eph. 2:6–8).

Romans 2:7

He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.

I have two young children, and as a parent I carry a huge responsibility and burden for raising them in this day and age.

It seems like anything that is moral is being torn apart and reduced to ashes by people who want to live their own life, their own way. People are fuelled by hate and anger. Sin is running rampant.

I am so thankful though for the hope of eternity. I absolutely cannot imagine living life thinking that this is all there is. Our world may be crumbling around us, but we have a future with our Mighty King!

Imagine a place with no sorrow? No sin, no disaster, no sickness. We have never known perfection, so it’s difficult for us to try and imagine what heaven will be like, but all I can see is beauty.

Have hope today! There is so much more to life than this!

Jesus, I am so thankful that we have a future beyond this earth. Help me to prepare for that day when you sound the trumpet and we go to be with you.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14, English Standard Version).

We live in a very mobile society. Statistics say on average Americans move slightly more than eleven times during their lifetimes. Europeans average about four moves. Reasons we move vary—job relocations, changes in the family, renting to ownership, moving up or scaling down. If you’re like me, you don’t really enjoy all the sorting and packing, but you’ve probably done it several times already and more moves may be in your future.

Various articles describe the best and worst places in which to live. A little research before the big move helps us know what to expect. Where are the best neighborhoods with the best schools? What cultural events and entertainment is available? What recreational sites are nearby? What type employment opportunities are available? The list of things to consider goes on. We desire to live in a pleasing and safe environment.

“I’ll Show You Where”  -God

I’m not sure how well I would have fared had God spoken to me as he did Abraham in Genesis 12. His instructions were basically, “Pack up and go. I’ll show you where.” Abraham wasn’t given any census statistics, a list of cultural events, a map showing the best neighborhoods—nothing. Not even the ultimate destination. Yet Hebrews 11:8 tells us, By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going(Christian Standard Bible).

Abraham may not have known where he was going, but God made some promises to him. That was enough. Hebrews 11:10 says Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

A Better Place

We may or may not move as many times as statistics indicate, but we also have been given some wonderful promises from God of a better place to live. I’m looking forward to that move. (No boxes needed!) It’s going to be better than any place I’ve ever lived. “But they now desire a better place ​— ​a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16, CSB).

“I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband . . . and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away” (Revelation 21:2-4, CSB).

The city God has prepared for us is indeed splendid, and His promises are enticing. Who would want to miss living in such a place? Have you prepared yourself for the move?

Prayer: Lord, You have prepared a wonderful future for us and have called us to follow You to a city You built as our eternal inheritance. We will no longer experience pain and suffering, and there will be no death within its boundaries. It is unlike any city I could choose to live in on earth.