Things of Heaven

Think about the THINGS OF HEAVEN, not the things of earth.

Life is a gift to be born here on this earth. The God who created us desires that we would worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Our purpose is to glorify God here on earth in this life, however, the distractions and struggles of life are real to accomplish this task. We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world.

The Apostle Paul writes that we died to this life. Does he mean a literal physical death? No. He is speaking to believers who were dead in trespasses and sin.

Note, “were” past tense, because our lives are now hidden in Jesus Christ who died for sins of humanity. It is the cross of Christ that places us in right standing with God the Father by faith as we solely trust in the finished and complete work of Christ forgiveness.

When Paul writes ‘we died’, he means we died to this flesh nailing it to the cross. We must ‘die daily’ of our own selfish, stubborn, sinful ways, and lay the old nature at the foot of the cross.

In a nutshell God wants to prepare us for heaven because earth is a temporary home and is fading away. Heaven is an eternal home found in Christ. The reality is that the tighter we hold onto this world the more we miss out on the gems God wants to bless us with in eternity.

Heaven is not a fairy tale but a reality to share in the abiding presence of a loving eternal God forever. Do you know what the greek word for forever is? Forever! Infinity and beyond! This is our hope.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Colossians 3:2‭-‬4 NLT

My friend no matter where you are at with God, He is there waiting for you and He will listen. He will never fail you. Walk softly before him this coming week and beyond.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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