Posted by: cindybythesea | October 25, 2015

HEAVEN BOUND

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Sometimes, it’s just time for a change. And since I am no longer technically “by the sea”, I thought it might be time for just that – a change to the name of my blog. To be honest, when I started this blog a few years back, I really could not imagine many more readers than my children, my mom and a couple of other friends. But, thanks to all of you, it has become much more than I had anticipated and I want you to know that I appreciate each and everyone of you who take time out of your busy day to stop by.

But a new name. That was a tough one. I wanted one that would describe not only me but my readers also. For this blog, if anything is a joint venture. The comments section (your opportunity to speak) as important to me as anything I might write. I know when I read other blogs that I learn from the comments section as much as I do from the original blog itself. Therefore after thinking it over, I settled on the new name of “Heaven Bound” for its application to not only me but all of you who are sharing with me in this marvelous journey by faith in Jesus Christ.

It’s interesting when you think about it. Most people, if ask would consider themselves “heaven bound“.  In other words, we all understand that our time on earth is finite – an expiration date sometime in the future for all of us. And when this physical life ends most would agree that our spirit departs the physical body and moves on to another place or another dimension (as some would describe it). But herein lies the confusion, while we are all eternity bound, we are not all heaven bound. And there is a difference. A very important difference.

You see, most people assume that if they are somewhat decent folk – no better or no worse perhaps than the next guy that heaven is in their future. That in the grand scheme of things, when the scales are weighed they will come out on the ok side. But, they couldn’t be more wrong. For heaven does not work like that at all.

The problem is we are all sinners. Yep, that old fashioned word called sin. We were born into it and continue to practice it every day.  And until that sin problem is taken care of it is an absolute impossibility for any one of us to ever share in the blessed presence of God.

And if you think you don’t sin you are only deceiving yourself for a little thing called conscience convicts us every day whether we read the Bible or not. So, when we do reach eternity (as we all will) and the scales are weighed –  with even one sin to our side of the scale, it will never weigh in our favor. And the “good” we do  – no matter how much -can never outweigh it. It is an impossibility – for sin can never dwell in the presence of the Father.

But thank God. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. He paid the price for our sin – giving his life, so that when we enter eternity the scales will always weigh favorably on our account. That is why the Bible says this:

“God made him (Jesus)  who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Friends, there is no other way to heaven but by Jesus  If you think that all paths lead to the same place, they don’t – at least not to heaven. So, if you have put your trust in any other person (religious or otherwise), thing or prescribed way of living (even churches and/or world religions), you are sadly mistaken for its not by any of those things that we are saved.

And while some may see this as exclusive – it is actually inclusive as it is an invitation which is open to all. Rich, poor, slave, free, black, white, young and old  – for God is no respecter of persons. As long as we have breath the invitation is equally open to each one of us.

I hope if you are reading this today that you have already made that decision. That you are not just eternity bound but heaven bound. That you have accepted God’s gracious invitation for forgiveness of sin, that you have made a conscious decision to turn from your sin and have made a commitment to follow Jesus wherever you may go.

For to be anywhere else is to be separated from God permanently and that is not a place that God wants you to be. In fact, he has done everything possible (with the exception of making the decision for you) to ensure that that is not the case. And because of his great love wants you (more than anyone else) to be – not just eternity bound but, heaven bound. And, because of his great love, so do I.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

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  1. Amen.


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