I love it when a plan comes together.

Did you ever watch The A-Team?  Not the most recent movie remake but the real deal A-Team that used to come on TV in the 80s.  And at some when things starting to fall into place in righting some injustice Hannibal, equipped with a cigar and a smile, would say “I love it when a plan comes together.”

And here lately watching God, I find I’m right steady saying the same thing…well except without the cigar.  And of course minus the whole soldier of fortune accused of a crime I didn’t commit part.

Anyway.

Isn’t it the coolest when God takes one particular thing and continues to teach it to you from a bunch of different places?  That’s when you know for sure it’s Him.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’ve been studying the book of Daniel with my Wednesday morning ladies.  We just finished up this past Wednesday and let me tell you…what an amazing time it has been!  I learned so much about Daniel and his resolve to live a Godly life right smack in the middle of Babylon.  Certainly an appropriate study for this day and age, do you think?  And then the second half of the book of Daniel is very prophetic and gives us much information about what we can expect as the end of the age draws nearer and nearer. 

Also, not that long ago, I re-ran across a Gateway song I’d heard in the not too distant past called Heaven’s Song.  (Click here to give it a listen.)  I just love this song!  It’s absolutely beautiful.

And I’m also participating in another read along with my sweet friend Mary Kathryn, this time on Rob Bell’s book Love Wins.  (Come on over and join us!)  In this book, Bell talks much about his thoughts on heaven, hell and who will be where when it’s all said and done.

AND this past week, my pastor just began a sermon series on what the Bible says about heaven. 

Am I the only one seeing a pattern here?  Because I’m seeing a pattern here.

I guess I should go ahead and clear the air here about something.  When I think about going to heaven, whether by death or by rapture, sometimes it still scares me.  Sometimes that old doubt will creep in. You know the one I mean.  That thought, no matter how fleeting, that says that there is a chance that I might not make it to heaven.  That my faith wasn’t good enough or that somehow I didn’t I say all the salvation steps or do all the right things and managed to disqualify myself from spending eternity with my Savior.  Utter insanity, I tell ya.  But I’d be lying if I said that the thought never crossed my mind.

And I’m pretty sure God’s trying to bring all this to my attention.  You remember a few posts ago that I told you that Jesus had reached into my heart and removed the fear there?  When Jesus heals and sets free, He heals and sets free.  It’s done.  Where the problem comes in is when WE chose to not walk in that freedom – to continue to live in our loosed bondage, carry around our unlocked chains.  And then from there we start to second guess…second guess our healing, second guess ourselves and well quite honestly at times second guess God and His intentions.

I can live with being afraid of mice and spiders but the last thing I want to harbor any fear about is heaven and spending eternity there with Jesus.  No second guessing.  No apprehension.  No fear. 

Only anticipation.

Only longing.

 Only joy.

And I think God’s telling me that we’re gonna keep talking about this thing and working through it until it falls to the floor and is trampled under our feet.  And this is just one more part of the whole of fear.  It’s really crazy sometimes the layers and layers of lies we live with.  And although the root is dead, for some of us we can only shed one layer of it at the time.  But God’s not giving up.  He’s not going to be satisfied with just the surface.  He wants it all gone.

Gosh I feel like I’m rambling a bit.  At any rate, I’ll be sharing here and there what I’m learning over the next few weeks as God and I work through this layer by way of prayer, scripture, sermons, and whatever else He leads me to.  I hope that some of what I learn will bless you and by the time we’re done with this concentrated look at heaven (or maybe more specifically, um actually getting there), we’ll both be doing the happy dance EVERY TIME we think about it.  No more uncertainty.  No more fear.

Just anticipation.

Just longing.

Just joy.

Do you have fears or apprehension about what’s to come?  Does the thought of going to heaven bring joy or fear?  Do you ever doubt or question your salvation?  Let’s explore this thing together…

Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
         Incline your heart to understanding;

For if you cry for discernment,
         Lift your voice for understanding;

If you seek her as silver
         And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
         And discover the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom;
         From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:2-6

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5 thoughts on “I love it when a plan comes together.

  1. Hi Jenny,

    Have you read *Heaven* by Randy Alcorn? He is my all-time favorite author. It was exciting to see and hear him in person last weekend at Worldview Weekend in Branson, MO. Randy’s books are awesome; he uses so much Scripture!

    Be blessed!
    Juanita

  2. One of the big things I’ve been learning spiritually, mostly in the form of reading The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (an absolute must-read for every Western-influenced Christian), is that Heaven does start after we die. We are called to live Heaven out on this Earth, as new works in Christ, today. Certainly, the full manifestation of Heaven isn’t revealed until after we are united with Christ after we pass from this life into the next, but the idea is, would you rather have a car that runs now, or good insurance on one that doesn’t? Why not both? The way he takes common biblical misconceptions and turns them into fully understandable, applicable aspects of kingdom living is amazing.

    I think it was in one of my old Facebook statuses that I said, “If you are concerned with how much you MUST do to get into heaven, that is when you should be concerned that you might not make it. If you are concerned with how much you CAN do to further the Kingdom of Heaven now, that is when you ought not be concerned with whether you’ll make it or not.”

    Just food for thought.

    -AT

    • Totally agree. It’s in essence about kingdom living NOW and later, not just later. And if you’re living to further the kingdom now, the rest will sort of fall into place on it’s own. But I also think, especially after having heard a couple of messages at church and also having begun reading Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven (which is very interesting so far), I think that we must have at least a general understanding and expectation of Heaven. We have such a misconception of what it will be like and I think that for some, the idea of floating around on clouds playing harps and singing all day forever (which is certainly far from truth) doesn’t sound very appealing. We should think on Heaven with anticipation.

      I think it was Martin Luther who said that there were only two days on his calendar that he concerned himself with…today and that day. Love that…to have that sort of frame of mind covers it all! We live today with that day in mind.

      Still working through Divine Conspiracy. It’s pretty deep huh?

      J

      • I took a break from it for a while because I simply wasn’t ready for it. I’m still not sure I am. I can only digest so much of it at a time, because if I read it too fast, I miss entire sections. Something about having spiritual A.D.D… I do really recommend it, though.

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