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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Home (01/09/06)

TITLE: A Heavenly Dwelling
By Michael Hurd


therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
- Genesis 3: 23&24 (RSV)

Adam was driven from the place God created because of not doing what God told him to do. Therefore, Adam and Eve lost their identity and their responsibility, in a sense they left a perfect world, to have to deal the elements of a place that was full of evil and deception, having to work against the works of darkness.

God gave us the same assignment, to overcome evil with good, we were created before the foundation of the earth, we are not citizens here on earth, but in heaven.
God gave up a part of Himself, His only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus, to do what the first Adam could not do, destroy the enemy.
God gave us the weapons to have the power to overcome the things of this world, to fight, in His might, against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

To put on whole armor of God.

1. The helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, this is the word of God.

2. To put on the breastplate of righteousness.

3. To shoe your feet, with the equipment of the gospel of peace.

4. To put on the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.

5. Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

This does not mean that we do not become tired or spiritual depressed

There is a time that we, as children of God, come to a place that we empty ourselves from all desires, from all hopes, from all existence from this earth. Longing for freedom, for redemption, to be clothed with immortality.
To be stripped form all the cares of this life, to be transformed in the fullness of Christ’s image. Our spirits cry out “Abba, Father!” We, like Jesus, cry out to God that he take the cup from us.

We earnestly want Him, more than life itself.

This brings us to a dimension, to a higher level, of our purpose and meaning as I have been studying in The Purpose Driven Life, this challenge has become a reality its pain, its heartache, creates turmoil, to adjust to the responsibilities that we have to God, to ourselves, and to others.

It is my hope that others would talk about this because this is a subject rarely discussed, that needs to be addressed in the body of Christ, for we all will experience this testing, being tried, sanctified, and perfected.

This process will create uncertainties, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, resentment, inferiority, fear, and shape up either in a positive way or a negative way.

- 2 Corinthians 4: 18(RSV)

We, as children of God, must discern the truth that Paul wrote about in Philippians 1: 21-25 –

“For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires. Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live. I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith” (RSV)

Nevertheless, God has also given to us the Spirit as a guarantee.

1. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

3. So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.

4. For we walk by faith, not by sight

5. We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

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