Enjoying the Benefits in Eternity

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May 30, 2017 by bobet888

“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

We rarely evaluate our values or question our perceptions until we have a crisis. Once we’re in deep pain, we begin to examine what we’re basing our lives upon. Whether it’s materialism, feeling good, or looking good, we instinctively realize there has to be more.

That’s why it’s so critical that we ask ourselves — before we’re mired in pain — what’s going to last?

Our culture encourages us to do just the opposite. Our society values the here and now. Tomorrow doesn’t matter. Next year doesn’t matter. A thousand years from today doesn’t matter. Eternity and Heaven don’t matter. Live for today.

But the Bible says something different in 1 John 2:17: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).

Consider what happens when we’re tempted. Temptation isn’t just a battle between good and bad or what’s best and what’s not best.

Temptation is always a battle between now or later. Will I do what God says and enjoy the benefits later, or will I do what I want and enjoy the benefits now?

source: Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope

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