Greetings in the name of our Heavenly Father and His majestic Son, our Lord Jesus. To have a Father in heaven who loves us so much is wonderful. Some of us have more than one father there in heaven, whether they are natural or spiritual fathers. With my understanding of the Word of God, they are as much aware of us being here as we are of them being there.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. —Hebrews 12:1
The verses before this Scripture are sometimes called the “Faith Hall of Fame.” It speaks of all the good things God has done in the lives of many believers who have gone on before us. These believers are many in number and somehow encompass around us. Their observations must be with their spiritual vision, for they certainly are not here physically because we know that to be absent of the body is to be in the presence of the Lord (II Cor. 5:8). Do not be deceived into believing that your loved ones come to visit you in order to guide you or comfort you. The Heavenly Father has given us the Holy Spirit for these purposes (John 14:16, 16:7, 13). Any occasions of this type of visitation can easily be demonic spirits trying to impersonate something godly and good.
On this earth, the eyes of our fleshly bodies and even our spiritual eyes see spiritual things through a haze. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (I Cor. 13:12). The time referred to as “then” is the time when we are in His very presence. Now, however, we see some spiritual things, but those who have gone on before us in Christ see all things clearly.
It is wonderful having a clear vision to see the needs of your loved ones still fighting the good fight of faith on earth. Remember, there are no tears in heaven, so they are not crying for you or participating in any pity parties you may throw. They see you as God sees you, which is victorious! They are rooting you onto the finish line that they have already crossed, knowing you’re going to make it with Jesus inside of you.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
—I Corinthians 12:27
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
The Scriptures above let us know that when we accept Jesus, He not only comes to live inside of us, but we also become a part of Him. By being in Him and a part of Him, we are called to do the things Jesus did and is doing. Jesus tells us we shall do the works that He does and even greater (John 14:12). Jesus has not ceased all His work. He continues to intercede for us at the throne of the Father (I John 2:1; Heb. 3:1). When interceding, He communicates with the Father on your behalf. He declares your words (when they are harmonious with His) and assures the Father that He has paid for all your sins, and you are one with Them.
As members of the Body of Christ, when we go to heaven, we join in on times of prayer. Each member has their own job and perfect supply in heaven for those of us on earth.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
When you have patience, you don’t worry about getting the job done—you just do it! Patience comes from obedience and the faith of Jesus. The first is up to us, and the second is a free gift! However, when you receive the faith of Jesus, you must use it, or it will die. Paul tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
Our works follow us into heaven; however, they will not be laborious or hard. Everyone in heaven is pleasing to God. Therefore, those in heaven must be using their faith, for it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6). As we start to pray in faith on the earth, not seeing clearly, our prayers continue when in heaven where all can be seen. So, we have our Heavenly Father and others, including mothers, praying for us. Nothing makes a father happier than to see his children do well.
This past month we had one of our partners slip into heaven, Dr. Bill Hughes. Bill is a fellow minister and was good friends with my spiritual father, Dr. Hilton Sutton. Ever since Dr. Sutton went to heaven, Bill was a great encouragement to this ministry. We rejoice in his arrival to heaven and mourn (not as others) for our loss on earth. He was a spiritual father to many ministers along with always putting his natural children first.
How wonderful it is to know that he continues in his works and still prays for his family and this ministry’s advancement. Good friends and fathers are always missed.
We are thankful for all of you who give into this ministry, and we pray for you. Without your prayers and financial support, I could not do what I do for the kingdom of God. If you are not a part of this ministry, I encourage you to become a part, for there is much to do in these Last Days.
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