We’ll have many desires in Heaven, but they won’t be unholy desires. Everything we want will be good. Our desires will please God. All will be right with the world, nothing forbidden. When a father cooks steaks on the barbecue grill, he wants his family to listen to them sizzle and eagerly desire to eat them. God created our desires and every object we desire. He loves it when our mouths water for what He’s prepared for us. When we enjoy it, we’ll be enjoying him.
One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we’ll no longer have to battle our desires. They’ll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We’ll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We’ll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won’t exist.
I tried to express that in my novel Safely Home. When one of the characters reaches Heaven, he has a conversation with the King: “I feel like I’m drinking from the Source of the Stream. Does this mean I’ll feel no more longing?” The King—the Source—replies, “You will have the sweet longing of desire that can be fulfilled and shall be, again and again and again. [Heaven] is not the absence of longing but its fulfillment. Heaven is not the absence of itches; it is the satisfying scratch for every itch.” 
Not long after we finish one meal, we start looking forward to the next. When a fun ride is over, we want to go on it again. Anticipation, desire, is a big part of joy. Since we’ll be resurrected people in a resurrected universe, why would that change?
Christianity is unique in its perspective of our desires, teaching that they will be sanctified and fulfilled on the New Earth. Conversely, the Buddhist concept of deliverance teaches that one day people’s desires will be eliminated. That’s radically different. Christianity teaches that Jesus takes our sins away while redeeming our desires. Desire is an essential part of humanity, a part that God built into people before sin cast its dark shadow on earth. I’m looking forward to having my desires redeemed. (Even now, as redeemed children of God, we get tastes of that, don’t we?)
Won’t it be wonderful to be free from uncertainty about our desires? We often wonder, Is it good or bad for me to want this thing or that award or his approval or her appreciation? Sometimes I don’t know which desires are right and which aren’t. I long to be released from the uncertainty and the doubt. I long to be capable of always wanting what’s good and right.
In C. S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, his characters arrive in New Narnia. Lucy says, “I’ve a feeling we’ve got to the country where everything is allowed.” Augustine expressed a similar thought: “Love God and do as you please.”  We will love God wholeheartedly—and therefore will want to do only what pleases Him.
God placed just one restriction on Adam and Eve in Eden, and when they disregarded it, the universe unraveled. On the New Earth, that test will no longer be before us. God’s law, the expression of His attributes, will be written on our hearts (Hebrews 8:10). No rules will be needed, for our hearts will be given over to God. David said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Why? Because when we delight in God and abide in Him, whatever we want will be exactly what he wants for us.
What we should do will at last be identical with what we want to do. There will be no difference between duty and joy.
Excerpted from Randy’s book Heaven.
I hated Juvinile Hall in Los Angeles County back in 1964.
For reasons still not clear my dad had the Long Beach California police department take me away for “incorragable” at the age of 12.
It was lonely and scary. Locked up in a cell by myself I tried to reconcile how this could happen.
It hurt with a pain I can’t describe. I knew my mother was not part of it and was forced to go along against her will.
After several months they shipped me to “camp” where I was locked up another 14 months. Eventually they sent me to the California Youth Authority and state prison at Tracy California. Four and a half years later they let me go.
I was no Angel, but could never figure out WHY all this happened.
But, it did. Which is the point of this blog. People will devastate you with no reason. Leave you alone and stranded at the side of the road. People you know and love and trust. People you would never in a million years think would cast you aside like this.
But they do.
So what do you do about it?
Simple answer. Take it. Just take it. You can’t hit back. You can’t ” make sense of it”. You can’t talk yourself into feeling better about it. Just take it. There’s a REASON all this happened to you. And, contrary to what you may reason, it’s NOT all your fault. There is, in fact, a higher purpose for this. God has allowed this to happen to you. A plan and a purpose high above what you’re capable of understanding at the moment.
Why all the tears? Why all the heartache? Why all the misery?
Because God is going to USE IT for His own good purpose. For OTHER PEOPLE.
Look at (Take your pick) Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Job, John, and countless others. ALL of them suffered untold sorrow grief misery and pain for God’s purpose. But look at the end result.
Did you think you’re special and will get around God’s plan for YOU to suffer? To meet his good purpose for You? Uhm, NOPE.
Ain’t gonna happen. You will suffer. You will hurt. It will be ugly. It will be THE LAST THING ON EARTH you’ll want to happen. But it WILL happen. How you manage it is the biggest question.
Will remain true to Him? Or will you slink off to take care of it on your own?
People WILL hurt you. And they’ll hurt you BAD , where you really feel it.
I say to you beloved reader, trust God for relief. Trust God to deliver you out of it.
Paul said, I reckon these present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.
I’ll see you on the other side.
With great affection
Facing Fear. Some good surprises in facing fear. I have been flying ultralights for about 15 years and it’s a blast, but starting out it rated about an 11 on the fear factor from 1 to 10. But, a funny thing happened. As scared or terrified as I was, the more I flew the more I realized several good things. One, God is in control. Flying like many things creates irrational thoughts that can be completely overcome. And, discovering who you really are. Overcoming fear helps us to see ourselves from God’s perspective. If you see yourself like God sees you, you’ll feel pretty good about yourself. Truth is, you’re pretty cool. You can handle wayyyy more than you think. Like the bible says, “perfect love casts out all fear”. And I have found it to be true.
Have only had this little blog up for a short time and have met a few wonderful people. I think this post is mainly for them. I have taken so much from others and left little to nothing on the table myself. Well, here’s sumthin from me. Be it so feeble.
Yeah, I got to thinking about fear and and how (at the time) utterly frightened I was and thought, this would be a good subject for a blog. Another great thing about facing your fear is it forces you to understand just how vulnerable you are. which in turn makes you cry out for help.
Have had six forced landings in 15 years and each time it strengthened not only my piloting skills, but more importantly my ability to discern real danger from perceived danger. What do they say? 98% of what people fear never comes to pass? All of the photos are at an altitude of approximately 350 feet AGL – with an airspeed of about 45 mph. Open cockpit – wind in your face. No cabin walls to block the view. Breathtaking. I apologize for “slapping this blog up”, but I wanted to get something out right away. Couple of shout outs to my new and dear special friends who have been so kind to me. If you want to see a REAL blog, go to beautybeyondbones.com reading her blogs is equivalent to going to church and seeing a personal counselor and being touched by God all at the same time. Check her out. you will not be disappointed.
Likewise my friend at Christinas Corner a deep thinker and awesome writer. Always puts out a burner of a blog. This gal will make you think! And finally, an incredible little writer named Lea (Faith) who is way old for her years. Check out her 17 things I’ve learned in 17 years.
Well, this is my first blog I put up completely by myself and as time goes on I’ll get better at it. Sorry for the slim pickings today, but hang around, I’ll do better.
Face your fear. Good WILL come from it if you trust in Christ. Embrace it!
As ridiculous as it sounds I have discovered the biggest most self defeating cause of most of the problems I’ve ever experienced is…”fighting” with God.
A subtle almost impercievable resisting and rebelling against God in the most passive way.
Let me explain further. If God didn’t give what I asked for I’d say within myself…..”okay, but since you won’t do for ME I won’t do for YOU. In my case it was usually over a woman. No WIFE of my dreams from you? Well, no obedience from me. And on it went. Year after rebellious year.
No woman for me? After I’ve been good and followed the rules? Okay, I’ll help myself to all the illegal drugs and alcohol I can get my hands on. Years turned to decades, decades turned to a lifetime. Till one day I rolled out of bed at 65 and discovered God didn’t “owe me anything, rather I owed HIM everything. It was not until I was able through the grace of God my eyes were opened and I woke up and found….its not about ME but it’s all about Him. Since this discovery I’ve made the proper corrections and at peace with God.
Are you fighting with God now?
Is there unsurrendered territory in your heart and life. Are you quietly moving forward with that not so invisible chip on your shoulder? Do you feel deep down inside you need to fully turn it over to God? That job promotion?
That family member who you just refuse to forgive? That relationship you seek and can’t achieve? What are you fighting God over? Seek God FIRST…..then these other things will be added to you.
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Hi. I need you to stand with me for just a minute. Please be patient. This may seem like a big downer of a testimony. And it is. In some respects, it’s a great downer. But stick with me a little bit because it’s gonna end up really good.
My story is a simple story of the faithfulness of God. When you feel like you can’t go another day, another hour, or even another minute, and you just don’t know what to do or how to do it, where to turn… I want you to know that Christ is as close as your lips
on your face. Simply call out to Christ and He will answer you. And He will save you if you ask Him to. So, stick with me. Here we go.
Well, I’m old now. I’m 68. I’ve been a Christian for a little over 50 years. I came to know the Lord in a Foursquare church when I was 12 years old. I went to a church camp and received Christ as my personal Savior, and was filled with His Spirit. That lasted about two weeks. Then I proceeded to go out and pretty much live like the devil off and on for the better part of 40 years. I was involved in all kinds of bad things. There was alcoholism, drug abuse, and illegal, unethical, immoral behavior as bad as anyone you’ve ever heard. And, somehow, out of it all God remained true to me and waited patiently. Like the Bible says, it’s the goodness of God that draws men to repentance. That’s what it is. And He is good. And I have personally found Him to be good.
Why do I believe in Christ? Well, I will tell you. I believe in Christ because I believe the Word of God. I’ve investigated the Word of God, chronologically, going back to Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, and how the information was passed along down through the centuries and down through the millennia.
I found there are over 5,000 copies of the New Testament that have been found in antiquity, which is a far greater number than the few copies of Homer’s ILLIAD that have been found. The Bible was written by 40 men, over seven continents, over a 500-year period of time. And I’ve found it to be absolutely accurate. In fact, if you look at Psalm 19, it talks about the sky, and clouds, and the sun. And it says, the sky and the clouds and the sun don’t speak words, but they say a great deal. If you just look up at the sky, and look at the sun, and look at your own body, and think with your own mind, if there’s a creation, is there not a creator? If there’s a design – and there certainly is – was there not a designer? In fact, in Romans it says that God put it into our heart instinctively, intuitively, to know that He exists. And you can see the tokens of His handiwork all around you. For detailed information about the authenticity of the Word of God and to do your own investigation, read Lee Strobel’s THE CASE FOR CHRIST. The book has also been made into a major motion picture. Once you understand The Bible is TRUE, you’ll make the right choice to surrender your heart and mind and body and soul to Him who loved you so much He died for you.
So you can see there will be no excuse if you reject, neglect, and put off His free gift of salvation. But salvation from what? Salvation from sin – from missing the mark, from failing God. The Bible says we’ve all missed the mark. We’ve all failed. We’ve all sinned. And He saves us from it, if we accept it. There’s nothing that we can do to earn, nothing that we muster up, nothing that we can buy, nothing that we can create within ourselves. We have only to receive His free gift. And that’s what this is all about – to compel you to come to Christ as you are and receive God’s free gift of salvation for your sins. I hope this website helps to guide you in this direction.
I hope that you’ll write me some day. Roland@iwantchrist.com
I hope you’ll check out the rest of the website and find the resources to get answers, call Mission Viejo Christian Church and ask for Pastor Mike Maiolo or one of the other pastors there. Whatever you might need, they can help. You might need a job. You might be on the edge of a divorce. You might have a drug problem. You might have a boredom problem. You might have a lonely problem. You might have an I don’t have enough money problem. You may have health problems. Whatever your problem, God is faithful. God is faithful. That is for you. Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last. Your eternal destination will be determined by your choice to receive or reject Christ. Choose life.