Daily Devotions

Heaven Waits

A while back I heard a man singing “Heaven waits for me. I am looking forward to going there” and it was difficult to understand his next lyrics because of all the shouting and jumping around. I don’t ever recall reading a scripture in the Bible that actually says “heaven” is waiting for us, wanting us to come there. BUT I do remember reading a scripture that says CREATION is waiting for us. Creation is not waiting for sons/daughters to be removed from present chaos but the Bible actually says that creation is groaning (Rom.8) for sons/daughters, with the likeness of their redeeming Lord (Jn.20:21), to be revealed in the earth through redemptive action and redemptive words of life (Acts1:8). Where I have been lately across the U.S. and outside this nation, that groan is getting louder and louder, more desperate and more pleading—some even pled with me to let them video me with their phone while I prophesied and prayed so that they might take them and play them for others in desperation. They did not ask me to tell them about heaven. They asked me how God’s power might help them and their families and their nation in the present chaos.
What heaven IS waiting for is sons/daughters of God through whom it may come into the earth. Perhaps it would be more Biblically accurate to say that what heaven is waiting for is for sons/daughters of God Almighty to receive Holy Spirit in such a way that they receive outpouring from heaven and reveal the Christ of glory in this present earth. Would that when this subject was sung or preached that the shouting of those being revealed in the earth would be so great that the singer/preacher would have to pause before going on.
The Holy Spirit brings what exists in the realm of heaven into history. Jesus was in heaven but He was brought into history by Holy Spirit. When Mary asked, “How shall this be?” Gabriel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you” (Lk 1:35). Paul says that Holy Spirit has a groan He wants to groan through us and that it will answer the groan in creation: “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words; (Rom 8:26, NAS)
The groaning of creation for the sons of God to be revealed (v.19) is met with the power of Holy Spirit in bringing the realm of heaven into history. The answer to the groan of the creature (v.20-21) is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4) brings the power that is beyond what we can produce or accomplish in ourselves (Acts1:8,TPT “…and you will be seized with power.”) The fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-25) manifests in this earth the conduct and relationships of heaven. We must get the relationships of heaven into the earth. The gifts of the Spirit (1Co.12:7-11) manifest in this age the power of heaven over our limitations — over what we do not know and cannot do. We must get the power and benefits of heaven into this earth, “Salvation does not mean flight and escape from the lower material world to a higher spiritual world; it means the redemption of the realm of human history by the invasion of the spiritual realm of God, so that the historical realm is lifted to a new and higher level of existence (G.E. Ladd, Theology of the New Testament, p.489).”

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