Surviving life and making it to heaven

Life is an assault on our patience. Problems exist in every corner. Their sheer volume can overwhelm us if we do not develop strategies to combat them.

As Christians, we should find a way to endure the temptations and tragedies we face, so we are not sidetracked on our path to heaven (Hebrews 6:4-6). On this journey, we must never lose sight of our spiritual destination.

The Apostle Paul called us to delineate between the fleshly and the spiritual. We are to “seek those things which are above” (Colossians 3:1, NKJV), rather than those things that come from the “lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

Our spiritual existence is the only part of us that is eternal (Colossians 3:1-7). Everything else will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-11). We must shun those things that carry the filth of this world and hold on to that which is holy (1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 1:5).

We must choose heaven and develop a robust determination to reach that destination. We immerse ourselves in the Word and in prayer to bolster our courage and resolve by faith. As a result of the knowledge gained, we develop strategies to persevere against Satan (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8).

Humans live in the moment, so we inflate the importance of individual problems. We lose our focus and we are easily led away by temptation.

With a long-term view in mind, we see past the daily attacks (Matthew 6:34). We know the origin of the threats and we dismiss them as a part of the larger spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-17).

God has an eternal mindset where time is meaningless (2 Peter 3:8). He never loses sight of his eternal goals.

Likewise, we should become singularly focused and not allow anything to distract us. We must get out of the moment and keep heaven before our eyes. Nothing is more important than heaven.

If we traveled to see a cherished loved one, we would not stop until we got there. Traffic annoyances or rude people at stores would not dissuade us. The silliness along the journey would pale in comparison to our ultimate purpose.

As Christians, our “citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). So, we should fight with every ounce of our being to make it there because that is where our loved ones are (Revelation 21:4; Ephesians 2:19).

Will we be courageous enough to make it through Christ? (Revelation 2:10).

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