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We are Divinely mandated to carry the gospel to every community in the world by every possible means and at all cost. To preach and teach Heaven consciousness among Christian believers for the earnest readiness of the suden coming of our Lord Jesus!

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Nov 26, 2011

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BIBLE TEXT: MATTHEW 6:24-33; 13:18-23

MEMORABLE VERSE: ''These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.'' – Matthew 6:32-33 [NLT].

INTRODUCTION: In our contemporary world today, material and financial possession have became so enticing to the extend of being an object of distraction to so many christians. This has made so many christians to lose the ultimate goal of christianity, which is to make heaven and rule with Christ in His kingdom. Nowadays, just like unbelievers, the heartbeat of so many christians are on the pursuit of abundant financial and material possessions of this world. Worldly possessions of abundant riches and materialism have become the basis of determining success. However, it will be wise to consider the teachings of our Lord Jesus concerning the riches of this world.

1. God knows our need and He is more concern in providing us our needs (Matthew 6:23-33)

2. Every True Regenerated Christian is a child of God (John 1:12); and is most valuable and precious before God above all things. Therefore God is committed to providing our needs (Isaiah 43:1-5Matthew 6:26).

3. It is not our duty to worry about our tomorrow, rather God is committed in making provision for our tomorrow (Matthew 6:27-30). Our future is ultimately in the hands of God, if we can trust Him, He will guide us to the destination of our destiny.

4. Our worry about things of this world is evidence of our unbelief in God's provision. Those who don't believe God are those who don't know God, those who don't know God are those who never accept Him in their Life. Until we accept Christ as our Lordship, we will never be entitled to God's hairs; and only those who are God's hairs are entitled to His provisions on this earth (Matthew 6:32).

5. The worrying about the things of this world will become a heavy burden on us and make us very heavy in our heavenly race, and will inevitably weighed us down in our heaven focus and pursuit: ''Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.'' – Hebrew 12:1 [NLT]

6. God has offered us the grace to bear our earthly burden, so that we can be very focus towards heaven and run lightly without any distraction and distortion; and He promise us to supply all our needs here on earth as we keep faithful in running our heaven race. Thus God is partnering with us in the eternal battles of this world with the devil:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 [NIV]

7. This world is a temporary place to live, hell fire and heaven is the two permanent place awaiting souls of men. Hell fire is a place of eternal destructive agony, anguish, sorrow and pains for those that disobeyed God; while heaven is a place of eternal glorious rest for saints who accept and profess the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ and who diligently keep the words of His instructions. Hence, heaven is the most important goal to pursue here on earth. (Matthew 6:33).

8. Heaven is a difficulty place to enter, while hell fire is very easy to enter. Not all that accept and believe Christ will be able to enter heaven (Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23).

What Shall We Do To Enter Heaven?

If we must make heaven, we must be determined in our heart to pursue heaven in the following ways:

1. Realise and believe that hell and heaven is real. Careful study of the teachings of our Lord Jesus reveals this truth.

2. We must accept Jesus as our Lord and saviour and be born again and born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3-5).

3. We must focus on seeking and loving things of God and His kingdom, while hating things of this world: '' Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.'' – 1John 2:15-17 [NIV]. We can not love and crave for the things of this world at the same time claiming to love God.

4. We must accept the truth of our Lord Jesus teachings that the riches and materialism of this world is capable of denying us eternal life in Heaven, especially when we pursue it outside God's will for our life (Matthew 13:18 -22; 19:23; Mark 4:19; 1Timothy 6:9-10 ).

5. We must diligently seek what is God's will for our life in every situation, condition and endeavours of our life. This is because without a vision from God, His provisions will result in the abuse of His commission: ''Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.'' – Romans 12:2 [NLT].

6. Live a prayerful life style. Our Lord Jesus knew well that it takes only supernatural empowerment to live above the natural demands of this life. This Divine supernatural abilities can only be receive through prayer. Prayer is our petition, intercessory, and invitation of God's ability to act on our behalf here on earth. This includes inviting God to fight every battles of our life here on earth. That is why our Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to pray that they may not fall into temptations (Luke 22:40).

7. Make every effort to live and walk in the Spirit of God. This will be evidence in the amount of the fruit of the Holy Spirit you will be bearing on daily basis. (Gal 5:22-24)

In conclusion, no matter what we are passing through in any form of challenges: financially, economically, maritally, spiritually, and in various aspect of our life that seem to be too stormy for our bearing. One thing we must always remember is that our Lord Jesus command and demand that any one who want to follow Him, even to His kingdom must carry his/her cross and follow Him; and He also said in Matt 7: 13-14 that the road to eternal rest – heaven is narrow and difficulty. So the reason why we are passing through challenges may be that God is making effort to lead us through the road to our eternal rest; if only we can endure in obedient to His divine guiding. He said we should focus on entering His kingdom – heaven, while He will focus on meeting our needs here on earth. He knows that we don't need a burden that will weigh us down in this eternal heavenly race; even the burdens of the deceptive enticement of this world. What we don't enjoy in this world am most convinced we will surely enjoy, if we can get to heaven. Therefore, the most important about our life is not how much materialism and riches we achieved here on earth, but how much we fulfilled in God's purpose for your life; and how ready we are for the sudden soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! This is what I believe God considered to be prosperous and successful life on earth.

My prayer for you is that God will grant you the grace to be zealously focus to eternity in heaven. And may God supply all your needs and satisfy all your good desires in Jesus name, amen!