You Hold Me Now

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by Luke Kincaid

When was the last time you thought about what heaven is going to be like? While thinking through last weeks blog on living for eternity I realized that I don’t think about heaven enough. When we truly start to grasp where our future lies this can then motivate us to live fearless lives in the present. One of my favorite songs is called “You Hold me Now” by Hillsong United. Today I would like to share this song with you. You can simply read through the lyrics or listen along with the provided link:

On that day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace
 
All my fears swept away
In the light of your embrace
When Your love is all I need
And forever I am free
 
Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let these songs of heaven rise to you alone
 
No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering, You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now
 
In this life I will stand
Through my joy and my pain
Knowing there’s a greater day
There’s a hope that never fails
 
When You’re name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I’m believing for the day
When the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let these songs of heaven rise to you alone
 
No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering, You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding, You hold me now,
You hold me now
 
For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name
For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name
For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name
For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name
 
No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering, You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding, You hold me now,
You hold me now
 
Your Kingdom comes
Your will be done
In the earth as is it in heaven
Your Kingdom comes
Your will be done
In the earth as is it in heaven
Your Kingdom comes
Your will be done
In the earth as is it in heaven
Your Kingdom comes
Your will be done
In the earth as is it in heaven
 
 
Much love,
 
Luke
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Living with Our Eternity in Mind

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by Luke Kincaid

Last week we looked at the importance of living in the present and the fact that we have something unique to offer the kingdom, no matter what stage of life we find ourselves in.
 
Now, it may seem like a strange correlation but one of the ways we can live life to the fullest in the present is by living with our eternity in mind. When pondering on the infinite nature of eternity my brain eventually comes to a roadblock of understanding when trying to conceptualize what eternity may feel like.
 
Tony Evans offers the following illustration to help us gain some understanding:
 
“It’s hard to grasp that eternity is never-ending, but this little illustration may help. Imagine that we could empty the largest body of water in the world, the Pacific Ocean, and fill it with sand as tall as the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Now imagine that a bird flies by and takes one grain of sand off that sand pile once every 100 billion years. How long will it take for that sand pile to disappear? We can consider that amount of time to be equal to one second in eternity.”
 
What this means is that what we will experience after passing from this life into the next cannot even be compared to our short life on earth.
 
How should this impact our present?
 
I found the following points from Westmont Magazine so helpful in answering this question:
 
“Now, here are some implications of eternity for those inside the family of God. First, when we have our eternity with Christ settled, we can live in an overwhelming sense of peace, since our assurance of heaven is not pinned on our performance, but to the sufficiency of what Christ has done. 
 
Second, we can start looking forward to heaven a little bit. When you see enough suffering in this world, you understand why the Scripture writers look forward to the day when we can finally be together in eternity in the presence of God, where there is no more crying and no more abuse.
 
Last, when we live in the light of eternity, we develop an urgent sense of mission. What are we doing with our lives that will outlive the grave? If you read the Scriptures you’ll see that the only thing that outlasts the grave is people. Position doesn’t, possessions don’t, status doesn’t, pleasure doesn’t. So we need to orient our lives around people–touching people, feeding hungry people, ministering to people, discipling people, pointing people to Christ. So be careful not to lose your eternal perspective as you live your life today.”
 
 
Much love,

Luke

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