DEVOTIONAL FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD
 
Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Life in the kingdom”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
 
Our thought for today: “Everyone knows there is more than just this life.”
 
In the introduction to his book “Heaven” author Randy Alcorn observes, “The sense that we will live forever somewhere has shaped every civilization in human history … the unifying testimony of the human heart throughout history is belief in life after death. Anthropological evidence suggests that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal – that this world is not all there is.”
 
That’s what Solomon was saying in Ecclesiastes 3:11. God created human beings with an innate awareness of eternity and the deep understanding that this life is not all there is. That’s why all cultures throughout history bear evidence of belief in the supernatural and of some kind of spiritual existence for us that continues once this life ends.
 
As Christians we share a common belief in life after death with our fellow humans. The difference is that while so much of the rest of the human race relies on superstitions, folklore, and clearly fraudulent holy books, we have the Bible. The Bible is the divinely revealed eternal truth given to us by the Creator Himself so all people can know the truth about eternity. No piece of literature, no system of beliefs, no folklore or superstition that has ever been embraced and promoted by any culture or society, has the verifiable legitimacy that the Bible has been proven to possess.
 
We can use our shared belief in the afterlife, and the sure promises of the Bible, to help others understand the truth about eternity. People are interested, they are searching and yearning for understanding, it’s an innate part of how they were created. And, what God reveals about eternity in the Bible is pretty compelling stuff. Why, it’s enough to move a person to place their faith in Jesus!
 
To help us better understand the eternal kingdom of God, and what it is that’s waiting for all those who trust in His Son Jesus, I want to spend the next few days exploring what the Bible reveals to us about heaven. You may be surprised.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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