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Before the foundation of this world and the creation of mankind God had a plan. His plan has always been the same; it has never changed. In fact, God even planned around sin! God didn’t plan sin, but He knew it was coming. He knew that man would rebel against Him and yet He still loved us enough to plan our redemption through Jesus Christ.

It has always been God’s desire to dwell with His most beloved creation. It is God’s will to live amongst us just as He did in the Garden of Eden, not away from us like He must now because of sin.

God is all-knowing; there isn’t anything that is unknown or unseen by Him. His ways are perfect and so are His plans. We must first understand that this life is not all there is to God’s plan, in fact, it’s only the very beginning.

Through the Bible God has revealed to us that this earth is temporary. We are shown a world contaminated by sin, fallen from grace and doomed to destruction. We are also shown and a Savior which has come to save the earth’s inhabitance; us.

It was revealed to us that those who reject Jesus in this life will be rejected by God the Father after death. For these people, the “unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8) The ones who have rejected God’s redemptive plan will live on forever and endure the second death or hell. It’s here that God’s plan for the wicked will be fulfilled and completed.

We are also shown that those who accept Christ in this life will be accepted by God the Father in heaven. For these redeemed people await a new heaven and a new earth, both sinless and perfect; the fulfillment of God plan for those who love Him.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:1-7)

For those who humble themselves and endure the trials and tests of this life, for those who wait on the Lord and do His will, wondrous, never before seen things are prepared. “… as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) God’s plan wasn’t completed with the creation of this earth, this earth and this life are just phase one!

We are to look at this earth as a temporary dwelling place. Not just this earth but our bodies as well. The Bible refers to our bodies as “tents”. Take a look at yourself right now, look at your hands, arms, legs, and face if you have a mirror handy. Every flesh, blood and bone part of your body is only temporary! Our bodies as they are now cannot last forever because they’ve been tainted with sin. Those who trust in Christ are instantly redeemed, but not instantly (physically) transformed. Those who have put their trust in Jesus will however receive glorified bodies after death on this earth! “ … the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:20, 21)

God does not want us to act like or live as permanent residents here. We should look at our lives as though we are simply visitors. God does not want us to become a part of this world, for if we become a part of this world (and take part in the world’s sin) we shall become like the world, full of evil, and our fate shall be the same as this earth, destruction.

The main point and reason for this article is this: there are many of us that live our lives in distress because we have forgotten that this life is only the warm up to the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan. There are numerous Christians out there who’ve forgotten that “where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21 adaptation) If you have set out in this life seeking nothing but gratification, personal happiness and wealth you’re setting yourself up for destruction. If all your treasures are set upon this earth don’t expect your heart to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The most important thing we should be trying to do with our lives is please God. There are so many of us who have forgotten that God wasn’t created for us, but we we’re created for Him. We were made for God’s pleasure and God’s enjoyment. Some believe that living to please God will somehow rob us of our joy. We must understand that this is just a fear based lie fashioned by satan. People fear giving their lives to God because they fear loss. There is nothing to fear however, God doesn’t want to take anything away from you but your sin.

Living for God will satisfy soul; this satisfaction is a deep lasting satisfaction that cannot be obtained any other way. This is because when we live for God’s pleasure we are doing what we were created to do. We were created with an inbuilt desire to worship and serve God; God put it into the very fiber of our being. If people do not worship God they will worship something else; other false gods, money, or even themselves.

It is absolutely crucial that we constantly remind ourselves that this life and all that is in it is temporary. When we are able to grasp this fact, it makes it much easier to accept life’s imperfections and as we all know this life will not be completely perfect.

In this life we will not have it all. There is evil and sin in this world. Perfection cannot coexist with sin. Don’t get me wrong, it is God’s desire for us to have it all! Jesus made that possible for us.

Sin does not bring God glory however. Where there is sin there is flaw and limitation. A sin filled world cannot possibly be a perfect world and an imperfect world is a world that God did not intend to last forever.

If God “let us have it all” in this life, we would simply stop seeking Him. Who would seek Salvation in a world they were already satisfied with? The blessings of God would blind us to our own sin, and rather then seek God we would spend our time self-indulging in the things God provided for us. Therefore blessed are the poor of this world for they are rich in faith, and are heirs of the kingdom which God promised to them that love Him.

God does want us to have money, don’t think I’m saying God wants us to all be poor. God understands however that we must grow spiritually as we grow financially. There are many Christians who are too spiritually immature to handle great wealth. In other words, money would entice them into a life of sin.

Again, because of sin, we will not experience God’s full glory until we enter into His eternal kingdom. Don’t think that we weren’t made to enjoy life however! One of God’s greatest gifts to man was the ability to take pleasure in things. God gave us our five senses for a reason. Life wasn’t created to only be endured; it was made to be enjoyed. So you can enjoy your time here! Just don’t plan to stay here; this isn’t your final destination.

Commit to memory that “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:9-13)

God is a God of newness, and the new heavens and the new earth are not far away! Don't live for the 'here and now'; make each decision in your life in light of eternity. For here are now will fade away, but eternity is forever.

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