I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Heaven Now.” I have experienced a lot of spiritual struggles and fought many temptations over the last 24 years of following Jesus Christ. I’ve discovered in studying Scripture that the Bible is full of glimpses into what heaven will be like. I believe the Holy Spirit is asking us to press into what it can look like when Jesus’ Church practices a heaven now culture, where we live today as if what will be is already here.
Peaceful Eternity > “They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 65:22-25 NIV)
Eternity in heaven will be peaceful. In our times, we hear about a lot of violence and death, but not in heaven. In our times, we experience a lot of division and confusion, but not in heaven. We will live forever in peace, and predators will no longer hunt and kill.
Prayer > Father, thank you for creating a beautiful place for us in the future where death can never touch us. In this age, we are surrounded by pain, suffering, and sorrow. In your kingdom to come, we see perfected life and perpetual joy. Please help us Holy Spirit to be the first people of peace in our communities, and to share with our neighbors and all nations about the righteous paradise where we will dwell with you in tranquility forever.
Blessing Culture > Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons and daughters of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:3-10 CSB)
We will live forever in a place of total blessing immersion. Our experiences here in this life are cascading waves of blessings and curses, but not in heaven. The kingdom of heaven is a place free of temptation and sin. World peace will no longer be just a toast.
Prayer > Father, as we gaze into this holy blessing culture, we see very quickly how we fall short of your design for humanity. By the power and presence of your Holy Spirit, you have made a way for us to pursue and practice these blessings now. Please help each of us to be poor in spirit and mourn our sinfulness, to be humble and to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful and pure of heart, to be peacemakers and be prepared for persecution of our faith by our enemies. We are not afraid; we worship you, Jesus.
Immanuel’s City > Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing with water clear as crystal, continuously pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations. And every curse will be broken and no longer exist, for the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there in the city. His loving servants will serve him; they will always see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They will never need the light of the sun or a lamp, because the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever! (Revelation 22:1-5 TPT)
We know that through Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. He is always speaking to us about Jesus’ revelations from heaven. As we delight in him and listen, we perceive what he says and follow his guidance and counsel. But in heaven, we will see Jesus’ face, and we will fully experience the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together with all the heavenly hosts in a holy, royal society. What if we walked in the Holy Spirit now as Jesus’ designed this relationship to be from the beginning: delighting in God all day every day, and enjoying unceasing fellowship with our Creator through the Holy Spirit?
Prayer > Father, thank you for revealing to us our destiny to once again eat of the Tree of Life’s fruit, the fruit we lost access to when we listened to the devil and decided we would be make better gods than you. Thank you for sending the Lamb of Heaven for us to crucify, so that his death would pay our debt and crush our curse, and his resurrection would restore us to your family and open the door for the Holy Spirit to live within us. Father, all we desire and all we will ever need is you. Thank you for loving us, in Jesus’ name, amen. We are ready for you, Messiah King Jesus!
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