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Heaven Only Through Death

 

(Philippians 1:21) “For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain.”

(Philippians 2:7) “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”

(John 3:30) “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

(John 12:24-25) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

 

 

Everyone is waiting for death in order to experience Heaven. However, this is not Biblical. Heaven and all its glory is not something we have to wait for until after we die, but it is actually what we had as humans on earth before man sinned and separated himself from God’s presence. Jesus experienced death on the cross on our behalf so that we might experience life eternal with God starting now.

Yes, without death there is no heaven, and that is why Christ gave us an example and died to his own heavenly authority and his own will while on earth and submitted completely to the will of the father. We will only experience heaven and complete oneness with God after we also, die to ourselves. Die to our dreams, personal desires, and way of thinking.  If you cannot die to your identity, your understanding of all things, and your achievements, you will hinder your experience of heaven right now.

God can only truly use you for great works when you completely bring death to all those things that gave you any value before you knew Jesus as your personal savior. That is why Christ said that we have to be born again in order to enter heaven. Common sense and what the world normally teaches us contradict this concept of putting yourself last instead of first in order to prosper in life. The Bible is very clear about dying to self in order to achieve eternal life in God’s presence.

(“The three Hebrew children of God could say ‘no’ to the king because they placed no importance on their personal survival. The widow in 1 King 17 was willing to give her ‘only’, her ‘last’, and her ‘all’ to Elijah, because she didn’t have a ‘survival mentality’. Nelson Mandela said, ‘I’d gladly go back to that island prison again, if it meant setting my people free’”-Bob Gass)

 

 

We call ourselves Born Again Christians because we have first died to our natural desires and have been resurrected with Christ in the Spiritual.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are Jehovah Ropheca, The Lord our physician, the one that heals us, Jehovah Hoseenu, The Lord our maker, and Jehovah Eloheenu, The Lord our God.
• Thank You Lord that you are not a distant God, but one that is close to us.
• Thank You for making heaven available to anyone that is willing to die to themselves right now.
• We desire to experience heaven on earth right now through the power of the Holy Spirit.
• Teach us how to desire and walk constantly in Your presence.
• Forgive us for holding on to our wisdom, our understanding and our common sense, instead of surrendering to Your Word.
• Help us to die to ourselves, and to understand that to die is to gain Christ.
• Teach us how to decrease so that Christ may increase in our lives.
• We deeply desire to live the supernatural life that you have prepared for us as we continue to hold Your hand and surrender to Your will.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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