October 13

Today's Bible Reading
     I Kings 16
     Colossians 3
     Ezekiel 46
     Psalms 102
''Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2)
            One of the prominent teachings of the New Testament is that believers do not have to wait for Heaven in order to experience Heaven. Our life for Christ on this earth is to be Heaven on earth. We know that Heaven is a place prepared for the saints of God (a prepared place for a prepared people).We need to also understand that the saint of God is a person prepared for Heaven.  A saint is one who, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, has been spiritually born into the Family of God.  (Galatians 3:26)  We become saints when the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. At the same time, the blood of Jesus sanctifies us; that is, sets the believer apart for His purpose.
            As Paul wrote to the Colossian church, he said to them, ''If, then, you are raised with Christ''. . .Seek those (heavenly) things, which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand  of God. Christ, after His Resurrection, entered into Heaven Himself, “now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24) We can now enter the holiest (Heaven) (Hebrews 10:19) and enjoy Heaven now.
            Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (vs. 2) Earthly things are temporal, but heavenly things are eternal. James warns the saints of God not to be double-minded. He said, “a doubter is a double­ minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8) Jesus declared “noman can serve two masters.” So it is clear that you cannot serve Heaven 's. King and be an earth dweller who fits the culture of our day.
            In His mind, Jesus was heavenly, humble, holy, and obedient to His undeserved death on the Cross. (Hebrews 12:2) He took the form of the servant to do the willof the Father that led Him to Calvary. He came down to this earth to please the Father, not Himself. His mind was a lowly mind. In Gethsemane, He prayed, “Oh, My Father, if this cup cannot pass from me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Everysaint can have the lowly, heavenly mind of Christ, and Paul tells us that is exactly what we need to have.
            “For you died, and your life is hidden in Christ with God.” (vs. 3) Before you became a saint, you were dead to God in sin. Now, you are a saint, dead to sin in God. As saints in God, we are to regard ourselves as “dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Count it so because it is according to the Scriptures.
            Now consider the saint's heavenly safety.  The saint's life is hidden with Christ, and that is the greatest of safety.  The saint's life is hidden with Christ in God, and that is double safety.  Thirdly, the saint is sealed with the Holy Spirit of Christ. This is triple safety.  The believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit, hidden with Christ with God.  This is holy safety in the holy trinity.
            “When Christ who is our life appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.” (vs. 4) The saints will bask in the glory of God forever and ever. We will move, whether by biological death or by the Rapture of the church from Heaven on earth to the eternal place God has prepared for His children. Because Heaven is to come for us, we need to live as Heaven's children, and not as earth dwellers in this world.           ,
            As you continue to focus your prayers on the big cities, pray for the urban poor, the biggest single challenge. Vast slums and squatter camps are mushrooming throughout Latin America, Africa, and many parts of Asia. Appalling conditions and squalor make any Christian ministry difficult and complex. Wisdom is needed in knowing how to combine evangelism and social betterment without creating dependency on churches. Pray for the countless urban poor, and for God's guidance as to how to work most effectively among them.
         I was recently with Moncy Daniel, one of our RHEMA graduates who serves The Lord in the slums of Delhi India.  In our brief visit we saw many of those Hindu slum dwellers commit their lives to Jesus because of the faithful ministry of Moncy and Susan Daniels. Pray for their ministry and others who serve The Lord in these difficult places.