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This month we'll be focusing in on what's really most important, here at FAST. Kind of a refresher and refocus month. In light of that, I decided to repost one of my all-time favorite Monday Memos. It is a great reminder of why we must live our lives as an agent for God...



Over the last few weeks I have been re-studying the Gospel of John--and I've noticed a theme. The Bible makes it clear, no one can really speak of heavenly things unless they have seen heaven. John mentioned it in his prologue (John 1:18No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.). It is in the conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus (John 3:11-1311 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.). And it is in his message to the crowds that followed Him (John 6:44,46No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. . . . Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.). You'll find it elsewhere as well.

But that doesn't mean we can't discern the things of heaven by faith. While it is true that "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him", the next verse says "but God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit" (I Corinthians 2:9-109 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.). If we could pull back the veil to the spiritual realm, we would see powerful angels locked in mortal combat, in a great battle between good and evil.

“Learning to discern the heavenly realm is essential to us as Christians.”

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Learning to discern this heavenly realm is essential to us as Christians. The great men and women of faith in Hebrews 11 all died "not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them" (Hebrews 11:13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.). In particular, they lived their lives in pursuit of "a better country, that is, an heavenly". Like Moses, they endured by "seeing him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.).

We too must learn to "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)). The "light affliction" of this world works for us "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory", but only "while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen" (II Corinthians 4:17-1817 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.).

Truths About Heaven

In my personal contemplation of the grand mysteries of Scripture, three truths about heaven have proved especially inspiring. I try to incorporate a few moments reflecting on these each day into my morning devotions. It's my prayer you will find these just as motivating for you as they are for me:

1) There Are Unfallen Worlds
We exist in a universe of unfallen worlds. Earth was not the first world created. In fact, representatives from these worlds gathered together to watch and celebrate the creation of our planet. Job describes both angels ("morning stars") and representatives from other worlds ("sons of God") shouting for joy when God laid the foundations of this world (Job 38:4-74 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?). Evidently, these beings meet on a somewhat regular basis (Job 1:6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them., Job 2:1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.).

These worlds were all created by Jesus, of course (Hebrews 1:2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;), but earlier in time, and they never fell. The beings on these world are all pure, and holy, worshiping God to this day (Revelation 5:13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.). Our poor world is the one lost sheep. These unfallen worlds are the remaining 99 who stayed loyal to God (Luke 15:4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?). While we cannot see them, they are watching earth with intense interest. "We are made a spectacle unto the world [Gr: kosmos], and to angels, and to men" (I Corinthians 4:9For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.).

Recognizing we live in a universe of intelligent, thinking creatures, observing all we say and do in an effort to understand the mysteries of iniquity and of godliness, inspires me to live a life that reveals God's redeeming glory, "unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places" (Ephesians 3:10,21To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, . . . Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.).

2) Sin Will Not Rise Again
The terrible pain and suffering of this world will one day come to an end. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.).

Sin will be completely consumed. Peter tells us that even "the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (II Peter 3:10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.). Nahum puts it this way: "he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:9What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.).

One reason sin will never arise again, will be the testimony of the redeemed. Our experience will be such that no intelligent being would ever want to experiment with sin again. We will be antibodies to the universe that serve to prevent a second infection with the virus of sin.

I can't wait, by the grace of God, to be able one day to travel to these unfallen worlds and tell my story, as an official representative of heaven's central government. Not only are we "ambassadors for Christ" here and now, I believe we will have the privilege to serve as ambassadors there and then. In all places, and through eternal ages.

3) Agents of Heaven Now
Our life in this world is in many ways a preparation for the world to come. Our experience here is but a training ground for a larger and more important work there. It's the undergraduate program preceding our graduate school. Or more accurately, our kindergarten to multiple post doctoral projects. We have an exciting future ahead!

But that does not mean our time here is not important. It is. Every small step, growing in discipline, commitment, and perseverance contributes to a character that fits us for our future work. We are officers in an alliance of unfallen worlds right now. And if faithful, in time, we will be promoted to the position of ambassador to the universe.

Furthermore, our efforts in this training school count! Not only is the battle around us real, but the destinies of friends and family often hang in the balance. Our personal example, combined with personal effort, may just make an eternal difference.

As agents of heaven now, we can check in daily with headquarters through prayer and the study of Scripture. And if Spirit-led, we'll be sure to get daily communication back: instruction and training, assignments and objectives. And we can spend our lives in the thrill of fulfilling those missions. Each day we can go on God's errands, happy to be a member of the winning team.

Conclusion

As you reflect on your life, refuse to be caught up in the day to day details that that bog us down. We were not created for a mundane, pointless existence. No, we were called to a life of adventure. A life of mission and purpose. We are heroes on a daring and difficult journey. A journey in discipleshp. We're chasing after a glorious destiny.

“We were not created for a mundane, pointless existence. No, we were called to a life of adventure.”

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Reflect on these powerful truths now and then. Allow them to seep into your identity, to shape your reality, to transform your life. We are called to be valiant champions (Psalms 60:12Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.). Mighty men and women, that "know their God", who are "strong, and do exploits," teaching many (Daniel 11:32-3332 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. 33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.). Through Christ, we can be, and must be, "more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.).

May these truths inspire you to climb higher in your walk with God!



Comments

Do the grand mysteries of the Bible motivate and inspire you? What do you do to weave these themes into your daily life? What role does heaven play in your life here and now? Share a comment below.

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Posted by Laurie Wissink on 04/11/24 - Coach
Amen.
Posted by Verna Peters on 04/11/24
Laurie, it’s nice to think about.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 04/11/24 - Coach
Nice thought there Verna! As I think of all the beautiful photographs from the Hubble Telescope, I can only imagine how beautiful the journey will be.
Posted by Verna Peters on 04/10/24
I also wonder what it will feel like to be caught up into the clouds or just flying direct. I don’t know how it’s going to be, but it will surely be exciting, as we wend our way to heaven. I think Mrs. White says it will take us seven days to get there. Wouldn’t you think then that we would be visiting other planets on the way?
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/09/24 - Coach
Amen Brenda, Verna. I think about heaven all the time too. Even have plans drawn up for my house there. It would blow your mind! :)

When I first became a Christian especially, and was really struggling to overcome things from my former life, the thought of heaven was a great inspiration to me...
Posted by Brenda Thomas on 04/08/24
I think of heaven all the time. I will be so happy to see Jesus and all his glory. I can only imagine what heaven will be like. I know it’s much more than what I think of it. I also look forward to all the love, the animals, and beauty of the world but I can only imagine.
Posted by Verna Peters on 04/08/24
I always like to think about how the angels interact in my life, and, of course, to let my mind go heavenward and to envision what it is going to be like. What is it going to be like to meet Jesus—one on one—giving us a chance to personally thank Him for the fact that we are even there. Oh, the glory of it. What blessings will be ours! Lord Jesus, come quickly!
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 04/08/24 - Coach
The three truths about heaven (above) could be called three good reasons to live a life of glory.

I'm glad you're part of this community Tracy. The Lord is working on all of us! :-)
Posted by Tracy Conway on 04/08/24
The Bible does motivate me. The Lord is still working with me, to weave His themes into my daily life. Thinking about heaven encourages me. Times in the past were harder, yet easier in some ways, there was more going on in my life. Now my life is boring, I don't go out much and when I do, it is to the same places. The Lord is still working with me.
Posted by Dan Vis on 04/08/24 - Coach
Interesting thought Colette! I know some churches have board meetings and things on Sabbath. I've never felt comfortable with that because often these meetings deal with mundane kind of things. But it's possible this was a praise meeting or something!
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 04/08/24 - Coach
Dan, I once heard a young man say that based on his study of the book of Job, it would appear that the regular meeting day of the leadership council of the universe was the Sabbath day! That thought struck e was quite plausible, knowing that the Sabbath will continue throughout eternity. Isaiah 66:22,23For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. . . . And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD..

I incorporate the "no more sin and death" theme into my daily experience when sharing with people who have lost a loved one. Sharing Bible promises of blessed hope of the Second Coming is comforting and reassuring on several levels.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 04/07/24 - Coach
Amen Rebecca.
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 04/06/24 - Coach
Meditating on God’s purpose for my life can sustain my imagination for a long time. It helps satisfy the longings of my heart.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 01/14/24 - Coach
Becca, how blessed you were to have a mother who taught you about heaven! :) I agree with you about needing to use all the "spokes" of discipleship. I thought of the oil I just applied to a lock combination because the gears got stuck when I read the last sentence. "The Spirit is like oil that keeps the gears running smoothly and in balance." As soon as the oil got in the gears everything worked smoothly again.
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 01/14/24 - Coach
Also, allowing God’s Spirit to ingrain His precious word in my heart, helps me in weaving these themes into my daily life by prayer, Bible Study, Obedience, and witnessing. The Spirit is like oil that keeps the gears running smoothly and in balance.
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 01/14/24 - Coach
My mom would often talk about heaven with me and my brother and sister. Those were the most precious moments of my life. It is such pure joy to think on what it might be like.

Yes, God’s word truly inspires and empowers me. I am so grateful for it!
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 01/06/24 - Coach
Rebecca What a good idea to work on balancing out the disciple wheel spokes in your goals for the year. I can see how that would be inspiring!
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 01/06/24 - Coach
Laurie It is inspiring to try to balance out the disciple’s wheel as I have been working on Rocket goals.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 12/05/23 - Coach
"Do the grand mysteries of the Bible motivate and inspire you?" Absolutely. I guess the best answer to question #2 "What do you do to weave these themes into your daily life?", would have to be the disciples wheel. Paying attention to every spoke and trying to balance it out so that the word is being lived out...
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 12/04/23 - Coach
Laurie Praise God :)
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 12/04/23 - Coach
Rebecca, I enjoyed reading your list of blessings in heaven.
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 12/03/23 - Coach
Heaven seems to have a remedy to all our problems here (which is one of the most inspiring reasons I think about heaven often)

1. Sickness is treated with the leaves of the tree of life. (Revelation 22:2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.)
2. Tears will be wiped away (or in other words there will come a time when we won’t need to cry). (Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.)
3. No more death so we can live and love the life of all creatures and creation.
4. No more parting so we can be with each other eternally. (Matthew 8:11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.)
5. We can fellowship and follow Jesus wherever He leads (Revelation 14:4These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.)
6. One of the most exciting things is that the angels and Jesus won’t be veiled anymore. We’ll get to see them with our eyes. (Matthew 22:30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.)

I don’t understand all the beauty and wonders of heaven, but there is enough info in the Bible to inspire me to think of it on a regular basis.
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 11/17/23 - Coach
Another inspiring memo Dan.

Amen Becca!
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 11/16/23 - Coach
Heaven in my heart is pure joy!
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/28/23 - Coach
I'm sorry for your loss of your parents Carlota, but thankful you could be there to help them both. I've done a fair bit of traveling as a speaker, and am actually glad to be more settled now. But I too long for that great 7 day journey to heaven!!!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 03/28/23
Pastor Dan, I’m praying and looking forward to seeing Jesus face to face. I pray that we all would be inspired by your message to continue on and not give up on this journey to heaven that awaits us.
One of my adventures after I retired, was to travel with my mom for one year to different states, well, that didn’t happen, my dad got sick, so I was the one to get Mom back and forth to visit Dad, and one thing led to another; they’re both resting now. I’ve not done much travel as I would like to, but I have a made up mind that I’m going to make it heaven and travel the King’s highways some day soon.
“When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/16/23 - Coach
I love your enthusiasm and your creative imagination Sam. I feel the same way. And can't wait to discover all the wonderful things God has created on all these different worlds. It is going to be amazing!

But first we have the Hero's Journey we have to pass through. So let's be faithful, to the end!
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 03/16/23
I am called to be a hero... WOW! We are being watched as if we are the actors of a television show. Every act, every choice we make. And some people think they do things in secret! LOL! I can just imagine all of the sons of God from different planets. Is each son made in the image of God, or are we the only ones? If not, then are they all different, like the different species I saw on this show called the magicians. It showed the magicians travelling to different planets and each one had like half man/ half rabbit or something like that. I wish I had been born on a planet that didn't fall. I hate all the evil and wickedness of this world. I love reading the Bible and finding stories that just flow and capture me. I love getting lost in the story and not realizing how much I have read. The role it plays in my life here and now is the determination I have to see Heaven. The curiosity about those unfallen worlds and making friends with angels. Sitting at the feet of Jesus with everyone who made it, Singing praise and worship songs on Sabbath with people from different planets and the angels!
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/22/23 - Coach
Amen Merilyn! Years later this article still thrills me. And this memo comes from a sermon many years prior. It never gets old...
Posted by Merilyn Aveling-Rowe on 02/21/23
They do! Inspire me. Wow. A life of adventure. Promised not just for me, but all who believe!
Agents of Heaven: yes!
Shepherds for lost sheep: yes!

Thanks Dan. Holly yes, it is a thrilling post!
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/12/23 - Coach
This sort of background picture does add a lot of excitement to my outlook on life. Appreciated your comment Teverly.

Great cross-reference Holly. I think sometimes we live like Paul with scales on our eyes. When they fall off, everything becomes amazing, beautiful and new...
Posted by Holly Dilts on 02/11/23
No wonder this is an all-time favorite Pastor Dan. It truly is a thrilling post! May we all keep our eyes on the big picture and may we also have our eyes opened II Kings 6:17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. to the spiritual world all around us.
Posted by Tev Gray on 02/11/23
What an exciting picture you paint Dan ! It paints a picture of how much God loves us. John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sooooo love the world....
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/26/23 - Coach
Yes, let's be excited while we wait, and may the wait not be all that long. :) Nice post Carlota!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 01/26/23
Yes! They do inspire me to look forward to that grand day when I/we’ll be commissioned to be Ambassadors in God’s true Agency! Be able to travel the world made new. Lord help us all to keep our eyes on You! May we be excited while we wait for Your soon return, to tell others about You! As we prepare may we reach the point of readiness before too long!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/24/23 - Coach
Amen!
Posted by Zewdi Isaac Enbom on 01/24/23
Dan That is true, without the challenge we wouldn't have understood the necessity to be steadfast in our journey.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/23/23 - Coach
Well put Zewdi. It all starts with that surrender of the will which says I'm going to pursue whatever adventures You have for me Lord. It is not going to be smooth as you said, but the challenge is part of what makes it worthwhile!
Posted by Zewdi Isaac Enbom on 01/22/23
Dan As soon as we totally surrender our heart and mind to be His agent, here on earth, the Holy Spirit starts to mould us to to be fit for Heaven. The ride is not going to be smooth, but we shouldn't despair, it is part of the fierce spiritual warfare. We should just stay focused on our journey, feeding on His Word, day after day without losing heart. Praying: Ephesians 3:16,20That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; . . . Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/20/23 - Coach
Great verse Barbara. I've memorized it before but somehow let it slip. I'm reclaiming it now. It is easy to lose site of eternal realities, and really need to keep our spiritual vision sharp.

Amen Linda! "We are in a great war, but no need to fear, as we keep Him near, for our Captain is the Lord God Almighty."

I appreciate so much your desire to share Sam. And the fact you refuse to be deterred. It can be discouraging when we don't see much interest, but it will come at the right time if we just stay patient, and keep showing the change in our own life. My advice is to find one or two others and invest in their life. Then there will be 2-3 of you sharing, and in the mouth of 2-3 witnesses, your word will be established...
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 01/20/23
Before this course I would get bogged down with day to day distractions. I am excited to be learning and growing to be an ambassador for Christ! My days lately have been filled with studying God's word- not just reading it- and passing on the information about FAST and the glorious lessons I have been learning. Yesterday, I was amazed at how many people rejected the "Free class" without even looking at the card- but due to COVID- I can try to understand that people don't want to be around other people- (I think I may have to stress that it is an online class & Bible study right at the beginning) But never the less, I know that there are hungry souls out there and I wont be deterred- (everyone needs FAST and these lessons!) To be constantly reminded that unfallen worlds are watching us-(like the way I used to watch TV)- hoping we get it right... Rocket goals and morning watch- prayer journals and daily to do lists- learning the pitchfork and bike- the wheel-and most importantly Scripture Memorization- and to weave these themes into daily worship! Its just too important not to share!
Posted by Linda Johnson on 01/19/23
"Through it all we have come to trust in Jesus; we have come to trust in God," as the song goes. As Paul states it in Romans 8:37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. "We are more than conquerors in Him who loves us," and gave His life for us. We are in a great war, but no need to fear, as we keep Him near, for our Captain is the Lord God Almighty.
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 01/19/23
Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that we are in a cosmic war. I just get caught up into the day to day tasks. But sometimes things happen in our lives or the lives of those around us or the news and immediately you are thrown into the reality that this world is full of sin and sinners. We’re all in this, not by choice, like it or not. I’m thankful for the Bible giving us pictures of what is to come and how sun will never rise up again. Nahum 1:9What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. is a verse I’ve been memorizing and am so thankful for. I pray that Hod will help me to not be caught up in the mundane life a pointless existence. I want to be called to a life of mission one that is filled with adventure. Let me be an agent for Jesus.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/19/23 - Coach
That's what I look forward to also Annalise, to one day be promoted to the position of ambassador to the stars! Can't wait...
Posted by Annalise Felkel on 01/19/23
I want to be faithful now as an Agent and Ambassador of Heaven, so that I can also one day be God's Ambassador to unfallen world's.

I pray that God will help my family to be inspired to check out FAST Missions.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/18/23 - Coach
I'm ready for this experiment to come to a close too Doug! Though there are positive experiments going on too.

In II Corinthians 9:13Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; for example, we read how God is running an experiment to demonstrate He can support His work around the world through the generosity of His people. Every time we give, we provide lab data. Powerful thought, really...
Posted by Ann-Marie Scott on 01/17/23 - Coach
Love these verses Doug, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Doug Schoch on 01/16/23 - Coach
Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Revelation 22:20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. KJV He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Hebrews 11:10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. KJV For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Looking for the end of this sin experiment. Waiting for the very soon coming of our Lord.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/11/22 - Coach
Glad that was encouraging to you Cyndie. Eternal life, and with it, a great life adventure, does begin here and now. It continues in heaven, but it doesn't start there.
Posted by Cyndie Park on 12/11/22
Louise great analogy! I appreciate this article and learn new things everyday. It is so very easy to get bogged down with “worries” or “ busyness” of the day to day tasks. I pray that we will spend more time with God and less time in our heads fretting about what, how or why we do what we do. Instead, live our adventure with Jesus at the helm.
Also eternal life starts when we believe, not far into the future. Knowing Jesus is life eternal. John 17:3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.. We have it by knowing Him. Praise God!
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/10/22 - Coach
Nice point Louise. Of course, I was thinking antibodies in terms of preventing reinfection. We're right in the middle of a pretty bad outbreak right now, but I guess that takes antibodies too...
Posted by Louise P on 12/10/22
‘We will be antibodies to the universe that serve to prevent a second infection with the virus of sin.’ I’d like to be an antibody on earth right now!
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/08/22 - Coach
This is one of my favorite articles actually. Love that way it just inspires and motivates me. Glad it did the same for you Barbara.

Your last sentence about this being a heavy weight reminded me of II Corinthians 4:17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;, which describes our calling as "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory". How cool is that?
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 12/08/22
I have been really blessed my this post. I’m going to the library today to print it. I’m doing everything on my phone and have no printer.    But I always enjoyed reading about heaven in Revelation chapter 22:1-5. Notice it’s at the end of the Bible and we’re at the end of this worlds history. I think it’s there to help us in this battle and to encourage us. Then verse 14 says Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Then if you go back to verse 6 he says, .....These sayings are faithful and true.....
Pastor Dan, thank you for pointing out to us how we need those divine appointments with Jesus everyday to get our marching orders and strength and wisdom to fulfill those orders. I’m thankful that I no longer have to live a mundane life but instead I am blessed with being a part of saving others before it is forever to late. Wow! Now there’s some marching orders and it’s heavy.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/01/22 - Coach
Amen! I agree completely Deanne. Thinking about heaven, and that we can live linked with the hosts of heaven here in the world is an amazing thought. Definitely brings great gladness to me!
Posted by Deanne Reinke on 11/30/22
makes me think of the text: we are not citizens here.Philippians 3:20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ::
Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly await for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
to keep HEAVEN in my thoughts gives me a GREAT HOPE! something wonderful to look forward to. It keeps me SURE that the troubles of this world are worth the REWARD!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/01/20 - Coach
Me too! :)
Posted by Jeanie Stivers on 10/01/20
I am so looking forward to Heaven!
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/06/20 - Coach
Amen Valerie! Definitely agree that that's a really cool way to think about our devotions. It really puts the emphasis on truly listening with a view toward application. And it adds meaning and purpose to everything we do as a result. This is a core part of my mission statement and devotional exercises pretty much every day. :)
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 08/06/20 - Coach
Dan,
I enjoyed re-reading this Memo. What struck me this time was that I am an Agent for Heaven who check into “headquarters” daily through prayer. It’s true and what a very cool way to think of it. Then as the Holy Spirit leads, we receive daily instructions for how to live out our “assignments”. This is exciting news. What a privilege to represent the living Christ in our lives each day.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/05/20 - Coach
I love the enthusiasm in your post JoAnn. That's exactly how I feel every time I dwell on these truths. My heart just sings out with excitement! So important to reflect on this as often as we can!
Posted by JoAnn Moon on 08/04/20
Thank you for reminding me that we are on a grand adventure. I realize I have been looking at challenges as burdensome, but when I remember that I am a mighty soldier of God and in His power I will have victory I feel encouraged and excited to live this adventure with God. Romans 8:32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? God has freely given us all things.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/22/20 - Coach
Amen Frances! I know I can't wait for heaven! Can't come soon enough. :)
Posted by Frances E. Jamison on 05/19/20
Heaven is a real and exciting place that I look forward to. What will it be to be in the presences of God , to praise Him and to learn all the things He has to teach us. What we think of as heaven is surely a poor example of what is to be.
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/16/20 - Coach
Personally, I think that's probably my favorite part of the whole memo. Maybe my favorite part of the whole Christian life! Thanks for highlighting that Thea!
Posted by Thea Bayangos on 02/16/20
Thank you for the many nuggets of truth here Pastor Dan!
Loved this one specially - "As agents of heaven now, we can check in daily with headquarters through prayer and the study of Scripture. And if Spirit-led, we'll be sure to get daily communication back: instruction and training, assignments and objectives. And we can spend our lives in the thrill of fulfilling those missions. Each day we can go on God's errands, happy to be a member of the winning team".

Such a great reminder of the importance of dwelling on the unseen world. Blessings everyone!
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/11/20 - Coach
I pray God gives you special wisdom Jeannie to know how to work with your church leaders in a positive and supportive way, and be a rich blessing there. Sounds like a difficult situation. A reminder we live in difficult times. So important to press together.

Hi Georgia! Thanks so much for the emphasis on application. That is definitely a core value here at FAST. And the part about checking in with headquarters, that's what turns devotions as duty into devotions as an adventure! Thanks for the quote, too. A good one to keep in mind...
Posted by Georgia Kenny on 02/10/20
One of the things I am most grateful for FAST for is pointing out the importance of application, and how to gain applications by finding principles in an "we should ...x..." statement. I did not know how to make REAL applications before! So by God's grace I pray to grow in 'hearing back from headquarters' for my directions each day. While I very very rarely miss devotions I definitely need growth in carrying out God's plans for the day.
It is good to keep heaven's perspective. I recently was challenged with a quote that fits just right with this theme: ARE THE THINGS YOU ARE LIVING FOR WORTH CHRIST DYING FOR?
Posted by Jeannie Marcoux on 02/10/20 - Coach
Recently, the elders and their wives (includes me) have been engaged in active spiritual warfare regarding a situation at church. It has required nights of prayer, many hours of writing and engaging together for wisdom and seeking God together for what to do. Time has been spent studying the Word and writing letters, sending out emails to counter lies regarding false teaching, and phone calls to warn our members.   The great controversy has been up close and personal, and tiring. Yet the Lord is empowering us with energy and is raising a banner through our efforts against the flood of the enemy.   It has brought our members closer together.

I am struck after reading this memo of the work of angels that often we do not see, as they fight in constant spiritual warfare.    Their work profits us with an atmosphere of joy and peace. Unfortunately, we often feel complacent in our peace, and not alert to the reality of the snares Satan is setting up for our feet. I am so thankful for the angels who are working tirelessly on our behalf, and for the Word of God that preps us ahead of time for any of Satan’s traps. Prayer opens channels of light and wisdom from the throne of God to guide us in every emergency. And in unity with one another, we gain strength and counsel.

Thank you for Psalms 60:12Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies., it is going into my verse pack today.

“Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.”
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/08/19 - Coach
Amen!
Posted by Cathy Albert on 09/08/19
Heaven is a constant reminder that my daily struggles will one day be vanished, and God Himself will wipe away tears and no more pain. It is a constant reminder how big and powerful my God is. Jesus said when He left his deciple, he said He will go and prepare a place us.
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/31/19 - Coach
Great! Thanks Cathy.
Posted by Cathy Albert on 08/31/19
I like the information.
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/30/19 - Coach
Agreed Michael. It's an amazing theme to inspire poets and speakers though! :)
Posted by Michael Polski on 08/27/19
Heaven cannot be adequately described by the most eloquent, poetic, or accomplished speaker or researcher.   It is so far beyond human mortal imaginations!
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/27/19 - Coach
Yes Carole, good old Enoch was definitely an agent of heaven, wasn't he? :)

Yes, I'm sure it is a struggle Cathy. Many of us have such busy lives. But it's key to being that agent of heaven, isn't it? May God give you special grace!
Posted by Cathy Albert on 08/27/19
I struggle daily for my time for the Lord. My day consumes with my daily activities that leaves me little time to study God’s words. I have a group that I am doing bible study with them and going through rough time studying the lessons before bible study. I pray for this struggle daily. Spiritual I want to spend time in God’s word.. but flesh. I struggle with this problem so please I ask for your prayers.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 08/26/19
More and more, I am wanting to walk as Enoch walked. I have alot of growing to do. I want my time each day to be used in a way that pleases God. Who do I see today. Who do I reach out to. Time is precious, what am I doing with it, for Him and others.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/26/19 - Coach
Glad this encouraged you Emmanuel! And yes, let's all keep encouraging each other!

So true Marion. We too have so many friends struggling in different ways. Can't wait for Jesus to come...
Posted by Marion Coppock on 08/26/19
I am praying more throughout the day as there are so many people and other issues to pray for. It seems that we are seeing more people falling asleep in Jesus our pastor for many years just passed away a few days ago also a dear friend is suffering with pain.
These things just make me desire for this old world to pass away and we can go home. Jesus come quickly.
Posted by Emmanuel Ajiroghene on 08/26/19
I must say, this piece is amazing and so inspiring. I look forward to that time when sin will come to end. But for now, keep inspiring us to inspire others.

May God bless your ministry richly.
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/26/19 - Coach
I agree with you Carole. The Bible is an unceasing amazement!

Thank you Denice for your kind words. It's that picture of God that keeps me motivated! :)

Good thoughts Deanna. The part about it "each choice having a direct impact" and it being a "whole package deal" were two phrases that really stood out to me.

Yes, definitely Elma Lou! You are very welcome. :)
Posted by Elma Lou Carter on 08/26/19
Great mysteries in the Bible when divinely discerned are motivations for my further study and earnest prayer to stay awake from spiritual lethargy. Daily submission, dying to self and living for Jesus is my motto. Looking to Jesus who is the author and the finisher of our faith. Heaven is our goal and may we all be use as channel of blessings to our families/church/and community. Thank for all the inspiration.
Posted by Deanna Dekle on 08/26/19
The truth that my connection with God makes an important influence on others, especially my children, is a real motivation. Truly desiring God’s help and knowing my need of Him direct my choices in life. Each choice has a direct impact on how I will be able to connect with God. I need a good diet and regular exercise, sleep. Etc. it’s a whole package deal to have my health and mind to serve God and be able for God to use me.
Posted by Denice on 05/06/19
Dan thank you for that inspiring article. Such an amazing picture of what God has for His people.
I look forward to continually growing into the person who God has made me to be. A Reflection of Jesus.
We certainly live in an increasingly evil world, but our Saviour has made provision to help us continue to grow into His likeness and triumph over Satan and his evil angels.
All praise and honour goes to our Great and Mighty God.
Blessings Dan, thank you so much for the mighty work you are doing to make a difference to so many folk.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 05/06/19
The Bible always inspires me. We never can feel we have arrived. We are in a process, with the Holy Spirit. I pray that I will be the example God would have me to be. HE is my strength. Jesus is coming soon, we must be ready for our eternal home. Only in Jesus can we be prepared. To God be the Glory.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/06/19 - Coach
I think once we see the glories of the heavenly realm and compare it to the heartache of this dark realm, we will feel exactly the same way Valerie!
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 05/06/19 - Coach
Dan Vis,
What an inspiring post. “We will be antibodies to the universe that serve to prevent a second infection with the virus of sin.” You mention also that no intelligent being would want to sin again. This point is true now or needs to be because the consequences of sin are so awful and so far from what God and Christ ordained for us from eternity, one has to be quite mad to go back to sin. God, help us!
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/30/18 - Coach
Good to know sermons get through to people every once in a while! :)
Posted by Qing Ling on 12/30/18 - Coach
Dan the "eternity starts now" comment came from a sermon in church a few weeks ago and has stayed in my mind because when I heard it, it jolted me too, to remember that heavenly behavior shouldn't be shelved to only start at the resurrection. I have a responsibility to aim higher, expect more power from the Holy Spirit, to live more victoriously....right now. something about the we shall all be changed in a twinkling of an eye thing tends to send my mind into default chillax mode whilst in "this life".
I like how you put it: living NOW in the light of various eternal realities
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/29/18 - Coach
That's one of the key concepts in my personal life purpose statement: the idea of living NOW in the light of various eternal realities. It does shape every aspect of our life. Your comment, Qing, was a bit of a jolt to me because it captures where I'm at personally quite closely...
Posted by Qing Ling on 12/29/18 - Coach
it's been said that life is all about perspective. regularly reminding ourselves that eternity starts NOW, that we are already NOW citizens of Heaven with a job to do- glorify and defend God's character by the testimony of our own life - this gives a certain seriousness to our moment by moment choices, doesn't it?
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/25/18 - Coach
Glad this was helpful Robert Baillie, and loving hearing how sweet your devotions are alongside your wife. Let's do keep praying for all our families. We know many will be coming in at the last moment, but it would be nice to see them come in quicker, wouldn't it?
Posted by Robert Baillie on 12/25/18
A very encouraging and uplifting message brother Dan, I really needed to hear that this morning as I’ve been so busy with family and other activities, like medical appointments etc which all take time! But I still love my times of devotions with my wife and moments when we do read the word together Ijust have to concentrate more on my FAST programs! Please could everyone pray for both Laurian and I and our families. We need our children and grandchildren under God’s wing too before Jesus comes!!🤔😊
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/05/18 - Coach
I feel that same excitement Nancy! It IS a privilege, and honor--esp as we can learn to keep our thoughts running in right lines. Glad this post could bring a bit of inspiration to your day!
Posted by Nancy on 12/04/18
It is truly exciting to be used of God,in any capacity " for such a time as this" in earth's history. What a privilege and honor to do service for the King of the Universe. I need to keep elevating my thoughts heavenward. As i look to heaven, it motivates me to continue to share my faith, that my testimony may encourage another to accept salvation. To be saved for eternity. Looking to Jesus soon coming, when we will be reunited with those loved ones who have fallen asleep in Jesus. Powerful Dan, your thoughts in this message were inspiring and uplifting..Thank you..
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/04/18 - Coach
Glad you enjoyed this Carole! I like the way you talked about looking horizontally rather than vertically. And you're right, that we don't think about angels enough, or other intelligent inhabitants of the universe for that matter. Good post!
Posted by Carole Bliss on 12/03/18
What a wonderful message! Lately I have been trying to look at the big picture, in everyday life.
All too often we look too long horizontally when we need to look up, and behold our God. Just thinking a out His Angels, and the great work they are sent to do, is so amazing. I believe we are to meet our assigned Angel one day.
So thankful to know, God has a whole universe watching over us, and yes, may we live right for all who see us and know us, especially our family and friends. They need to see Him more clearly through us. This is our mission. He alone will fill it in us. Blessings, Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/03/18 - Coach
Great! Just want to make sure Shirl. :)
Posted by Shirley Phillips on 12/03/18
Those were tears of joy and gratitude in what a beautiful adventure we are on with our Creator:)
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/03/18 - Coach
Hi Shirl! Hope those are tears of joy. :) We miss you and everyone back in Illinois. Please say hi to Paul and the rest.
Posted by Shirley Phillips on 12/03/18
Dan, I am sobbing because we are being drawn closer and closer to God, through His Word. How exciting that you have these revelations and share them with us. Thank You! And God Bless Fast Missions:)
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/03/18 - Coach
That's great Ann! Learning to dwell on this unseen world is so important. And the reality of angels is an important part of that. Appreciate your post!
Posted by Ann Lavenburg on 12/03/18
I often think of the unseen world around us, the 4th dimension, and I like to cultivate a sense of the angels that protect and guide us through life. As I age I need more of their assistance especially when driving on a rainy night. AND a constant prayer is for help with how I use my gift of speech. I need angel help! Psalms 141:3Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips., Matthew 12:36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment., Ephesians 4:29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers..   


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