Sunday, November 9, 2008

Why Just 90 Minutes?

The New York Times bestseller, Ninety Minutes in Heaven, is a sham. Why concern yourself in this life with someone else's time in heaven when you, Christian, can go there ANYTIME YOU WANT? Don't let the myths and assumptions of this world confuse you. The truth from God's Word is this:

There is NO SUCH THING as life after death. You were created an eternal soul. The death of the body is irrelevant. Eternal life for the Christian starts at the moment of salvation. That life is a life guaranteed with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in heaven. Eternal life for the unbeliever starts at the moment of conception. If they are never saved and upon the moment of their physical death, their soul goes on living in the eternal damnation of hell.

Eternal life in heaven is not something any Christian has to wait for to experience. You don't have to wait until physical death to go to heaven. It was not an exclusive experience for Paul as he described in II Corinthians 12:2. You can go there anytime you want.

Ephesians 2:6, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"

Whenever we pray, and we are right with God, we are at the throne of God. That is where He hears us ans speaks to us. No matter where your physical body is when you pray, your spirit is in heaven. That's where Jesus is now. That's where the Father is now. That's where you go.

Prayer starts in heaven. Prayer is not getting what we want, but getting hold of what God wants and then doing it in His power here on earth.

Romans 11:36, "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."

Ephesians 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"

Do you know the happiness (blessing) in your spirit like this? Then perhaps you have never really prayed before. Perhaps you are not saved. Or, perhaps you simply don't know the truth.

I shared this truth with a friend a few months ago. He was going through a very difficult time. Beyond tears, he needed Jesus in a personal way. He's been a Christian for more than twenty-five years and is what most folks would consider mature in the faith. Yet he had never been been "blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."

The next day he came to me and shared something extraordinary. "For the first time in my life I know that I actually talked to God in His presence and He talked to me personally." It was real.

Christian, start praying this way now. Don't do it for the blessing. That's a by-product. Do it just to be with your Savior and seek Him with your whole heart.