In the book, Mere Christianity the writer C.S Lewis talks about hope. And when we begin to gaze and marvel at the idea of Heaven we find Hope.
C.S Lewis says, “ Hope is one of the theological virtues. This means that continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. "
In other words “Hope” is an art form or a learned behavior.
When one has the ability to imagine the Kingdom of God and its glory,
and brings it down to REALITY
and CAN LIVE FROM that place.
When I begin to entertain the kingdom of God things in my life change;
It’s like the fog clears and the sun begins to shine.
Things happen when you entertain the kingdom of God.
YOU BECOME self-forgetful.
Insecurities, character defects, and limitations begin to fall off of you.
and you begin to walk in something new
what God originally DESIGNED YOU TO WALK IN!
Relationships begin to flourish
LIFE begins to happen,
and HOPE begins to fill your heart.
But what about when we don't gaze on Heaven...
And our eyes begin to wander and we put our hope in somethings else...
or when we long for a relationship and were not satisfied.
or that drug or that drink and we still fill empty...
MAYBE it's because WE were designed in the image of God,
The CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, PUT US TOGETHER.
hand crafted each one us DIFFERENTLY
AND PLACED A PART OF HEAVEN inside of each one us.
AND were TRYING TO FILL THAT COMPARTMENT OF HEAVEN WITH THE THINGS OF THE WORLD.
it's like trying to meet a heavenly need, with a worldly supply
it just doesn't work that way...
When our focus is not on the things of God
We render ourselves powerless or ineffective.
AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NOT DISPLAYED IN OUR LIVES. and were not living to our full potential.
C.S Lewis affirms this idea when he says, “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.
In other words, pursue the things of God
And watch everything else come to life. I can remember being in Teen Challenge just beginning to learn about the presence of God.
NOT KNOWING HOW TO PRAY
not knowing how to read my bible
but EXPERIENCING SOMETHING SO REAL AND GENUINE
IT WAS DEEP
IT WAS RAW
IT WAS INTIMATE
I was in awe of God.
It was unreal.
That the creator of the universe.
The God that breathed dust into man.
The God that placed the northern lights in the sky.
The God that designed us for the relationship.
Wanted to spend time with ME. it was unreal.
I didn't get it, it didn't make sense.
God began to deposit ideas and dreams into my heart.
That I would be part of a movement that would
“recreate the culture.”
A culture that would display the kingdom of God.
That would spread the love of Christ to the nations through all different forms of creative arts and evangelism.
It would be called “Art of the Covenant.”
5 years later.
has become part of my reality.
That seed of Hope has now grown into an incredible ministry.
I can also remember being in God's presence and being flooded with visions of beings on stages ministering to thousands of people.
Since then I've been all around the world to share the Gospel. India, Philippines, San Salvador, Africa, and Now Brazil in June.
What once was a vision
is now a part of my testimony.
I don't say all that to boast. I say all that to show you. That GOD IS FAITHFUL.
That the ideas, dreams, visions that God has placed in your heart can become a reality.
WHEN you keep your EYES ON HIM.
lives are changed.
Be hopeful, be encouraged. God is writing your destiny in this moment. You didn't GET TO WHERE YOUR AT BY CHANCE.
GOD HAS A CALLING ON YOUR LIFE.
He has placed a dream...
A DESTINY INSIDE OF YOU.
and He only reveals that destiny when you spend time in His presence.
Spend Time in Gods Presence and experience the Kingdom of Heaven in your life.