For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 4:13-15
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Advent is an ancient celebration designed to help prepare the heart for the anniversary of Jesus’ birth. German worshippers introduced the advent wreath in the 16th century. Each of the four candles on the Advent wreath symbolizes a special meaning. The first candle is the candle of hope while the other three symbolize love, joy and peace. Therefore, our focus will be on the biblical meaning of hope. As Christians, we have every reason to be hopeful about our future, despite COVID, doomed businesses and anything else the world might throw our way.
We may worry about what we will eat, but God has given us life, and we fail to thank The LORD for it. We may worry about what we will wear, but God has given us a healthy body, and we do not think to thank Him for it. We should not overlook the good gifts God has given us for the lack of some other necessity, which The LORD will provide in His time and way.
I thank You, Lord God, for life and health and all of the needs You have provided for me in the past and still do today. I have no right to take anything for granted, and You have the right to take or give as You see fit. But seeing how greatly You have blessed me, I cannot help but praise You! I need You Father, heal my soul, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” “For there is not a just man upon Earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
There is no question that our physical bodies need sleep in order to function properly on the earth. God created our bodies to need the sleep-wake cycle for optimum health, matching the natural rhythms of day and night. But what happens when we leave this earth? Will our bodies need sleep once we are in heaven?
Heaven exists within a spiritual realm, beyond the known earth and universe, and our earthly bodies are not built for a heavenly existence (1 Corinthians 15:50). During our season in heaven between death and resurrection, we may have different “bodies” than our earthly bodies now. Our souls and spirits will be living, but it is unlikely that the bodies we have will need sleep—they may not even be capable of sleep. If the examples of heavenly beings are safe for us to follow, we will be exalting the Lord day and night (Revelation 4:6–11; 7:11).
When Jesus establishes the new heaven and new earth, all things will be restored (Acts 3:21). As Christ followers, our resurrection consists of our heavenly spirits that have been with Christ being reunited with our newly restored human bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; Isaiah 65:17). The new earth will be illuminated by the glory of the Lord, and there will be no night (Revelation 21:25), which could lead us to conclude that there will be no designated time for sleeping and it may therefore not be an option.
Throughout eternity, we may be able to do normal human things, such as eating and sleeping, but it is unknown if we will need to do those things as we do now. When Jesus was on earth in His resurrected body, He still consumed food (Luke 24:41–42). Really, the Bible doesn’t offer enough information for us to say with one hundred percent certainty whether or not we will sleep during eternity, but what we do know, is that once we are there, sleep will not be anywhere close to a top priority.
God Loved us so much, when we were still sinners, that He decided to give up His Son so that we could be saved. Jesus Christ endured all the pain and the suffering, so that we could be redeemed from our sins. Jesus had every single person, past, present and future, in mind when He chose to make that sacrifice. This is why we are able to identify as children of God. This is why we have eternal life.
And we pray:
Dear God, I thank You for Your Son – Jesus Christ, and the fact that He is the reason I have been saved from eternal damnation. Thank You, Father, that I am justified and redeemed thanks to Your Son. Were it not for Your great act of Love, Lord, I fear to think of where I would be. Thank You, Lord, that that is a future I do not need to worry about. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.