Sunday Morning 6-2-2013

Posted by Sherry


THE NEGATIVES OF HEAVEN
Revelation 7:16
CBC 6/2/2013 SM

INTRO: We’ve always thought of heaven as a very positive place. 
I’m here to tell you there are a bunch of NEGATIVES.
We don’t have time to discuss them all, but here are a few...
NO HUNGER, THIRST OR SCORCHING HEAT 
  • 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat.
    • hunger for food
      • increasing in america 
      • feeding 37 million Americans (9 million children)
      • 1 in 8 rely on help for food
      • 36% of households helped has at least one person working
      • daily choice between food, rent, utilities & medical care
      • number of children in need has increased by 50% since 2006
    • hunger for lust of the eye
      • desire to possess what we see
      • to have those things which have visual appeal
      • guys more visually stimulated than women
      • these physical things do not last, they change & pass away
      • avenue of temptation 
      • Satan tempted Eve when she “looked” @ forbidden fruit & saw it was “pleasing to the eye
      • Satan showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world & tempted Him w/ power
    • hunger for lust of the flesh
      • love of beauty w/out a corresponding love of righteousness
      • people don’t ordinarily desire ugly things
      • created in God’s image & He desires “beauty”
      • remember, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
      • beauty is term for things that have power to create DESIRE in us
      • w/out righteousness we will break God’s laws to obtain what we hold as beautiful (Adam & Eve)...us (nut doesn’t fall far from the tree)
      • Beauty
        • delightful to the senses
        • gratifying
        • evokes admiration & excitement 
      • Adam & Eve suffered great loss b/c they didn’t love RIGHTEOUSNESS
      • RESULT - beauty was taken away from them...
      • lust of the flesh—
        • sexual gratification, 
        • gluttony, 
        • excessive alcohol consumption, and 
        • drugs, both legal and illegal, as well as the 
        • “deeds of the flesh” about which Paul warned the Galatians,
        • “sexual immorality, 
        • impurity, 
        • sensuality, 
        • idolatry, 
        • sorcery, 
        • enmity, 
        • strife, 
        • jealousy, 
        • fits of anger, 
        • rivalries, 
        • dissensions, 
        • divisions, 
        • envy, 
        • drunkenness, 
        • orgies, 
        • and things like these” (Galatians 5:19-21)
    • hunger for pride of life
      • anything that leads to...
        • arrogance
        • ostentation
        • pride in self
        • presumption
        • boasting
      • pride is produced by a LOVE FOR THE WORLD
      • “if anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
      • our nature to desire to be exalted above our station
      • our nature to desire god-like qualities
      • the very sin that got Satan expelled from heaven
      • he desired to “be” God, not the servant of God
      • elevate self above others
      • fulfill all personal desires
        • Jesus said for us to take up our cross & follow others
        • Jesus said we are to deny our flesh
        • Jesus said to love our neighbor as ourself
1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
GREAT NEWS
  • in heaven - no hunger, thirst or scorching heat
    • inhabitants of heaven don’t have to choose between food or utility bills
    • no night
    • no candles
    • no curse
    • no sun (1 trip to Dermatologist will make you thankful for that...)
    • no death
    • no second death
    • no guile in people’s mouth
    • no time (keeping)
    • no evil
    • no Satan or his host of demons
INV:
Have you made your preparations?
A real relationship with Jesus is the only way to experience heaven.
Posers won’t get there...
Jesus said, “Depart from me ye that work iniquity, for I never knew you”
I would love to help you get it right...

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