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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:53:35 -0800 (PST)
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Straight to the Cross

Richard Mansel goes to the Bible to answer ... "The
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Surviving life and making it to heaven
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor
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Life is an assault on our patience. Problems exist in
every corner. Their sheer volume can overwhelm us if we
do not develop strategies to combat them.

As Christians, we should find a way to endure the
temptations and tragedies we face, so we are not
sidetracked on our path to heaven (Hebrews 6:4-6). On
this journey, we must never lose sight of our spiritual
destination.

The Apostle Paul called us to delineate between the
fleshly and the spiritual. We are to "seek those things
which are above" (Colossians 3:1, NKJV), rather than
those things that come from the "lust of the flesh"
(Galatians 5:16).

Our spiritual existence is the only part of us that is
eternal (Colossians 3:1-7). Everything else will be
destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-11). We must shun those things
that carry the filth of this world and hold on to that
which is holy (1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 1:5).

We must choose heaven and develop a robust
determination to reach that destination. We immerse
ourselves in the Word and in prayer to bolster our
courage and resolve by faith. As a result of the
knowledge gained, we develop strategies to persevere
against Satan (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8).

Humans live in the moment, so we inflate the importance
of individual problems. We lose our focus and we are
easily led away by temptation.

With a long-term view in mind, we see past the daily
attacks (Matthew 6:34). We know the origin of the
threats and we dismiss them as a part of the larger
spiritual war (Ephesians 6:10-17).

God has an eternal mindset where time is meaningless (2
Peter 3:8). He never loses sight of his eternal goals.

Likewise, we should become singularly focused and not
allow anything to distract us. We must get out of the
moment and keep heaven before our eyes. Nothing is more
important than heaven.

If we traveled to see a cherished loved one, we would
not stop until we got there. Traffic annoyances or rude
people at stores would not dissuade us. The silliness
along the journey would pale in comparison to our
ultimate purpose.

As Christians, our "citizenship is in heaven"
(Philippians 3:20). So, we should fight with every
ounce of our being to make it there because that is
where our loved ones are (Revelation 21:4; Ephesians
2:19).

Will we be courageous enough to make it through Christ?
(Revelation 2:10).

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