Set Heaven Singing

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've got some amazing little friends. They're all under the age of eight and follow me into the kitchen after our meeting at church in the morning for a sweet from the tin I usually keep well stocked. The oldest one is just tall enough to open the wall cupboard where they are kept. Thankfully he can't reach where they are kept ... yet!   :-)

It's a lovely opportunity to chat with them about their week and the things important to them. Occasionally I get the opportunity to speak with them about the Lord Jesus. They ask questions and I answer to the best of my ability.

We have all been in anticipation this last couple of weeks because a baby has been due to arrive. Just a few evenings ago we learned the wonderful news little Alice arrived safely to the delight of her mum and dad and three older siblings.

Needless to say that there was much rejoicing the next time we were all gathered together for our usual meeting on Sunday.

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While thinking on this joyous event I couldn't help but think about the joy that there is in heaven every time someone is 'born again'. This was news that fascinated me when I first trusted in the Lord Jesus. It was my grandfather that showed me from the Word of God that heaven was rejoicing because I had just got saved.

In Luke ch15 the Lord Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees about a shepherd that lost one of his sheep. He went out and searched for it until he found it. When he brought it back to the fold he called for everyone to "Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." (:6.) He then spoke about a woman who had ten coins and lost one. She searched her house until she found it, then called her friends and loved ones to rejoice with her because she had found the piece she had lost. (:9.)

He taught them these things to illustrate to them that souls are valuable to Him but without His intervention we are all lost in our sins and need to be rescued. We are all helpless on our own but thankfully we have our Bibles to teach us that Jesus died on the cross to save us from the sin that separates us from the living God. But God requires us to repent of our sin and trust in His Son who has done everything for us and when we reach that time in our life when we sincerely do as He requires we 'set heaven singing', as it were. Jesus said:

"I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence
of the angels of God
over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 15: 10

What an amazing thing this is that if and when you trusted in Christ as your Lord and Saviour there was rejoicing in heaven over your salvation. And if you are still lost and in your sins, you too can come in true repentance and trust in God's lovely Son. In doing so you will be allowing God to come in and make you one of His children - safe and secure forever, and angelic hosts will rejoice over you also.

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How about it? Don't waste a moment longer. Today, and right now is the very best time to begin a journey that will last forever. Even though you and I can't see the One whom God wants you to trust in, that will not hinder you from knowing that heavenly joy in your own souls also for;

"Jesus Christ,
Whom having not seen,
ye love; in whom,
though now ye see him not,
yet believing,
ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 7-9


O, By the Way ...

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