by: Carole L. Haines
One of the things that was prayed during our Prayer time at Church this Sunday was “On earth as it is in Heaven.” My heart has been aching for home lately, wanting to be with Jesus. As I reached out to Him during this prayer time, I yearned for heaven saying, “Lord, You know where my heart lies, I want to be with You.” But what I sensed Him speak back to my heart was, “How about if I bring more heaven to earth for you. It’s not time for you yet, to come to Me here. I will bring Heaven to earth for you. There is still work for you to do on earth.”
I was so blessed that God would care enough for my desire to be with Him to speak to my heart, as He often does. His kindness, mercy and love are so amazing. Some of the ways He brings more heaven on Earth are good, strong and reliable relationships with other believers. Fellowship that is pure and beautiful, is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. We had a discussion this past week about Purity in a small group I attend, and I remembered the Beatitudes.
Matthew 5 (NASB)
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Truly, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Being transparent with God is one of our greatest ways to maintain purity and when we maintain purity, we see God more. So Precious ones, let’s bring more of Heaven to earth today by being pure and transparent with each other. None of us is perfect, all of us are flawed. Forgiveness, letting go of past hurts and moving on in Christ is one of our privileges as believers.
More of Heaven on Earth, yes Lord, let me be one of those whom You use to bless others in this way. Amen!