5-26-19 NO TEARS THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 5-26-19



LESSON TITLE: "NO TEARS"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR GOD. WON'T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO GOD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE TO GOD, FOR GOD, AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET'S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO HIM WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD A FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND THANK YOU FATHER FOR THE GREAT BLESSINGS, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL, FOR FATHER WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU, FOR YOU ARE A GREAT AND A LOVING GOD. BUT MOST OF ALL WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT OF JESUS, THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE ON THE CROSS, HIS BURIAL, AND HIS RESURRECTION FOR BY THESE WE KNOW THAT THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY WE MIGHT BE FOUND JUSTIFIED AND BE RECIPIENTS OF ETERNAL REWARDS. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS NAME, AMEN.

OUR GOD DOES SO MUCH FOR US ON A DAILY BASIS, I THINK WE OFTEN TEND TO TAKE IT ALL FOR GRANTED! HOWEVER, THE REALITY IS, FROM TIME TO TIME WE DO NEED TO STOP AND REALIZE ALL GOD HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND WILL DO IN OUR LIVES. THEN WE NEED TO SHOW HIM THE PROPER THANKFULNESS, HONOR AND RESPECT FOR ALL THESE THINGS. THIS MORNING, OUR FIRST SONG DEALS WITH ONE OF THESE VERY BLESSING IN THE FACT THAT GOD IS WILLING TO DELIVER US FROM THE EVILS OF THIS WORLD. SO, PLEASE PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, "HE IS ABLE TO DELIVER THEE!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



NOW LET ME ASK YOU AGAIN, HOW OFTEN DO WE EACH FORGET ALL THE GREAT AND WONDROUS THINGS GOD DOES FOR US? FURTHERMORE, HOW OFTEN DO WE FORGET THAT HE DOES THESE THINGS FOR US ON A DAILY BASIS? WE JUST SANG THE BEAUTIFUL OLD SONG, "COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE." OH, HOW TRUE IT IS THAT WE WOULD BE A MUCH HAPPIER PEOPLE OF GOD, IF WE BUT REMEMBER THIS SIMPLE CONCEPT. NOW LET ME ASK YOU, TO WHAT EXTENT DOES GOD PROVIDE FOR US AND HELP US IN THIS LIFE? WELL, THE ANSWER IS GIVEN VERY BEAUTIFULLY IN EPHESIANS 3:20, WHERE PAUL SAID, "NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US." THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE! HOW DOES GOD ANSWER OUR PRAYERS? HOW DOES GOD RESPOND TO THE NEEDS WE HAVE IN THIS LIFE? WELL, THIS VERSE SAYS THAT HE DOES EVEN MORE THAN WE ASK OR EVEN THINK OF! WHAT A MIGHTY AND LOVING GOD WE SERVE.

OH, IF WE GO DOWN TO THE NEXT VERSE, WHICH IS VERSE 21 AND READ THROUGH EPHESIANS CHAPTER FOUR, AND VERSE ONE, WE FIND OUT ABOUT OUR PART IN THE EQUATION. THERE IT SAYS, "TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS TO ALL GENERATIONS, FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN. I, THEREFORE, THE PRISONER OF THE LORD, BESEECH YOU TO WALK WORTHY OF THE CALLING WITH WHICH YOU WERE CALLED. YOU SEE, OUR PART IS THAT WE MUST GIVE GLORY TO GOD THE GIVER AND PROVIDER OF ALL. HOW LONG MUST WE DO THIS? THE VERSE HERE SAYS FOREVER AND EVER. THE FINAL VERSE ANSWERS HOW WE GIVE THIS GLORY TO GOD WHEN IT SAID THAT WE MUST, "WALK WORTHY OF THE CALLING." OUR JOB THEN IS TO GLORIFY GOD BY WALKING IN HIS WILL ACCORDING TO HOW WE ARE CALLED IN JESUS CHRIST. WE MUST ALL DO THE WORK OF THE LORD AND IN THIS WE PRAISE AND GLORIFY HIS HOLY NAME.

ONE WRITER SUMMED IT UP LIKE THIS, WHEN HE SAID, WHEN WE, "ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD, WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM HIM. OH, HOW TRUE THIS STATEMENT IS, BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAID THAT THE MORE WE DO FOR HIM THE MORE WE WILL RECEIVE. SO, ARE YOU GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH YOUR LABORS IN HIS SERVICE. IF YOU ARE, THEN REMEMBER THAT HIS PROMISE IS THAT HE WILL DO MORE FOR US THAN WE EVER ASK OR THINK. OUR GOD IS GREAT!

THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR SERIES TOGETHER ENTITLED, "MINDFUL OF YOUR TEARS." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY WILL COVER WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT, "NO TEARS." SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG I WILL LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE APPRECIATE YOU CONTINUING WITH US TODAY AS WE BEGAN OUR LESSON OF THE MORNING. IF YOU'LL BEGIN WITH ME, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT ISAIAH CHAPTER 25. AS ISAIAH THERE IS ENCOURAGING AND CHALLENGING THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEIR GOD IS ABLE TO, NOT ONLY DELIVER THEM, BUT TO GIVE THEM GREAT AND WONDROUS BLESSINGS, NOT ONLY NOW BUT ETERNALLY, AND IF YOU'LL LOOK SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THAT TEXT VERSE ONE SAYS, "O LORD, YOU ARE MY GOD. I WILL EXALT YOU AND I WILL PRAISE YOUR NAME." AS YOU GO ON DOWN THROUGH HERE YOU'LL SEE ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE, THE STRENGTH THAT HE HAS GIVEN HIS PEOPLE, THE DELIVERANCE, THE ABILITY TO EVEN OVERCOME THEIR ENEMIES, AND AS WE KEEP MOVING ON DOWN THROUGH THE TEXT IT TALKS ABOUT THOSE HE WILL DESTROY THAT HAVE COME AGAINST THEM. AND THEN IN VERSE EIGHT HE SAYS THIS AND, "HE WILL SWALLOW UP DEATH FOREVER, AND THE LORD GOD WILL WIPE AWAY TEARS FROM ALL FACES; THE REBUKE OF HIS PEOPLE HE WILL TAKE AWAY FROM ALL THE EARTH; FOR THE LORD HAS SPOKEN." WHAT IS GOD ABLE TO DO? WHAT DOES GOD WANT TO DO? WHAT IS HIS DESIRE? THAT THERE BE NO TEARS. AND OBVIOUSLY THROUGHOUT OUR SERIES WE'VE LOOKED AT MANY THINGS THAT DESCRIBE THE TEARS OF GOD. THEY REALLY EXPRESSED TO US WHAT TEARS ARE ALL ABOUT AND WILL BRING ABOUT TEARS OF A FLESHLY SENSE AND EVEN A SPIRITUAL SENSE THROUGHOUT OUR SERIES. BUT WHAT WE TALK ABOUT TODAY IS THE FACT THAT REALLY WHAT GOD WANTS IS THAT WE NEVER CRY, THAT WE NEVER SORROW, THAT WE NEVER HAVE THESE HEARTACHES BECAUSE WHAT GOD WANTS IS WHAT ANY PARENT WANTS. WHAT ANY FATHER WOULD WANT FOR HIS CHILDREN OR FOR HIS WIFE OR FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEAREST AND DEAREST TO HIM, THAT THEY WOULD NEVER SORROW OR BE UNHAPPY OR HAVE DIFFICULTIES AND TRIALS IN LIFE TO BRING ABOUT THOSE SORROWS AND EVEN BRING ABOUT THOSE TEARS. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT ESPECIALLY AS A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT. WHENEVER YOU HAVE SEEN MAYBE YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN, YOUR WIFE OR THOSE WHO YOU LOVE SO MUCH IN DISTRESS AND TRIAL, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO TAKE AWAY THOSE TEARS? THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO FOR YOU AND FOR ME, TO REMOVE THOSE TEARS, TO WIPE AWAY ALL THE TEARS FROM THE EYES OF THOSE WHO ARE HIS CHILDREN.

AND WITH THAT IN MIND, THEN I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE SAME GOD THAT WE SERVE TODAY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT GOD HAS ALWAYS WANTED FOR HIS PEOPLE THAT THEY WOULD NOT WEEP BUT THAT HE WOULD TAKE AWAY THEIR WEEPING AND THEIR SORROW REPLACING IT WITH THEREFORE CONFIDENCE AND JOY AND SECURITY AND DELIVERANCE AND GOD HAS PROMISED US THE SAME. AND PERHAPS ONE OF THE BOOKS THAT HELPS US TO SEE THAT MORE THAN ANY OTHER IS FOUND OVER IN THE FINAL BOOK OF THE BIBLE. THE FINAL BOOK OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND IN FACT THE BOOK OF REVELATION. AND IF YOU'LL TURN THERE WITH ME WHAT YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME IS AN EVENT THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE VERY THRONE ROOM OF GOD. AND AS WE SEE THE CROWN DESCRIBED IN THE FATHER THERE AND THE SON EARLIER IN CHAPTERS WHEN WE ARRIVE IN CHAPTER SEVEN THERE IS AN EVENT THAT HAPPENS WHERE THE EARTH IS ABOUT TO BE PUNISHED. THE EARTH IS ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED. AND AS THE ANGELS HAVE COME TO DESTROY IT, IT SAYS THAT GOD HOLDS THEM BACK. AND THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL COMES OUT AS THE WINDS OF DESTRUCTION OR HELD BACK BY THESE MIGHTY ANGELS. THE VOICE OF ONE ANGEL SAYS THIS IN VERSE TWO, "THEN I SAW ANOTHER ANGEL ASCENDING FROM THE EAST, HAVING THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. AND HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE TO THE FOUR ANGELS TO WHOM IT WAS GRANTED TO HARM THE EARTH AND SEA." AND WHAT DID HE TELL THE OTHER ANGELS? HE TOLD THEM DO NOT HARM THE EARTH. DO NOT HARM THE SEA. DO NOT HARM THE TREES UNTIL THE SERVANTS OF GOD HAVE BEEN SEALED. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THAT CONCEPT BECAUSE IT REMINDS US THAT GOD KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS. HE KNOWS WHO THE FAITHFUL ARE. AND IT THEN DESCRIBES THE FAITHFULL OF ISRAEL. IN FACT, THE NUMBER IS GIVEN OF 144,000 OF ISRAEL, THE FAITHFUL THAT ARE SEALED WITH THE SEAL OF WHAT? OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE. IN THE SAME TEXT, IT TALKS ABOUT OTHERS WHO MEET THE STANDARD OR OTHERS WHO ARE SEALED AS WE WELL UNDERSTAND ACCORDING TO THE NEW COVENANT.

IN FACT, VERSE NINE SAYS AND "AFTER THESE THINGS I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A GREAT MULTITUDE WHICH NO ONE COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, TRIBES, PEOPLES, AND TONGUES, STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE AND BEFORE THE LAMB, CLOTHED WITH WHITE ROBES." WHO ARE THESE FAITHFUL? THE MARTYRS. WHO WERE THESE FAITHFUL? NOT JUST THE JEWS WHO HAD PROVEN THEMSELVES OF THE 12 TRIBES BUT THE FAITHFUL OF ALL NATIONS AND ALL TONGUES AND ALL PEOPLES. AND WHAT DO WE LEARN ABOUT THEM? WE LEARN ABOUT THE CARE OF GOD. THE CARE OF GOD THROUGH THE DIFFICULTY THEY ENDURED ON EARTH THROUGH THE MARTYRDOM THAT THEY OVERCOME AND HAD OVERCAME BY BEING GIVEN THE GIFT OF HEAVEN. BUT THEN NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 17. THAT SAME LAMB, THAT SAME COMFORTER, THAT SAME DELIVERER. IT SAYS THERE WHO WAS IN THE MIDST OF THE THRONE, THE THRONE OF GOD WILL SHEPHERD THEM AND LEAD THEM TO LIVING FOUNTAINS OF WATER. AND THEN IT SAYS, "AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES." THE LIVING FOUNTAINS OF WATER. WHERE ARE THE LIVING FOUNTAINS OF WATER? COMING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD ITSELF IN REVELATION CHAPTER 22 AND HE SHOWED ME A PURE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE CLEAR AS CRYSTAL PROCEEDING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD AND THE LAMB. ISN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT? THEY HAD ACCESS TO WHAT? THE FAITHFUL HAD ACCESS TO THE WATER OF LIFE, LIFE GIVING WATER. A LIFE GIVING TREE IN VERSE TWO OF REVELATION 22. AND YET WHAT WAS THE CONCEPT? WHAT IS THE BEAUTY DESCRIBED OF HEAVEN? THE IDEA OF NO TEARS. NO TEARS AT ALL. AND I ACTUALLY LIKE THE WAY THAT IT WORDS IN HERE IN CONTRAST TO ISAIAH. BECAUSE ISAIAH SAYS THAT GOD WILL WIPE AWAY ALL THE TEARS. THAT INDICATES A PLURAL CONCEPT. ALL THE TEARS AND THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY TEARS REMAINING. GOD CAN REMOVE ALL ANGUISH, ALL SORROW, ALL TRIALS, ALL PROBLEMS. BUT WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WHAT IS SAID HERE IN CHAPTER SEVEN OF REVELATION 17 IS HE SAYS THAT GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THE EYE. AND IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE OTHER STANDPOINT, WHAT WOULD THAT INDICATE? HOW INTERESTED IS GOD IN EACH AND EVERY TRIAL.

YOU KNOW SOMETIMES THINGS SEEM TRIVIAL TO US. AND MAYBE I LOOK AT SOMEONE ELSE AND I SEE THEIR PROBLEMS AS VERY TRIVIAL AND YET THEY'RE SO UPSET ABOUT SILLY AND TRIVIAL THINGS. YOU KNOW, LIKE WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ARE DATING SOMEONE AND THEY BREAK UP AS IF IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD WHEN THEY PROBABLY WILL HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE MANY TIMES IN LIFE. GOD IS INTERESTED IN EVERY TEAR, EVERY TEAR! NOT JUST ALL THE TEARS BUT EVERY TEAR IS PRECIOUS TO HIM. YOU KNOW THAT'S THE IDEA THOUGH OF HEAVEN. GOD WILL REMOVE THOSE. THAT'S WHY WE SHOULD LONG FOR A BETTER HOME. WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND AS PETER SAID THAT WE ARE JUST PILGRIMS AND SOJOURNERS. WE ARE PASSING THROUGH THIS WORLD BUT WE'RE GOING TO A PLACE OF PERFECTION WHERE OUR FATHER IS GOING TO BE THERE TO WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS AND EACH TEAR FROM OUR EYES. NOW THAT CONCEPT AGAIN IS SEEN IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION JUST BEFORE CHAPTER 22 WHEN WE SEE THAT RIVER OF WATER, THAT CLEAR, CRYSTAL, BEAUTIFUL WATER OF LIFE THAT FLOWS FROM THE THRONE IN CHAPTER 21. WE BEGIN TO HAVE THAT SAME DEPICTION, THAT SAME PROMISE OF WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE. AND HE GIVES IT TO US IN AN EARTHLY WAY, AN EARTHLY TERM THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT MAYBE UNDERSTAND AT LEAST IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE SPIRITUAL THINGS THAT REALLY ARE BEYOND MAN. AND HE BEGINS TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WELL AS I WOULD BELIEVE YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE AIR TO BREATHE. YOU STILL HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WALK AROUND. YOU'VE GOTTA HAVE DIRT TO LIVE ON. YOU'VE GOTTA HAVE A CITY TO DWELL IN. SO IF YOU SAY WELL, THINGS ARE SPIRITUAL AND EVERYTHING IS GONNA PASS AWAY AS IT WILL AND EVERY THING WILL BE BURNED UP AS IT WILL, IT BECOMES CONFUSING TO US. AND WE SAY, WELL, WHAT THEN DOES THAT MEAN?

WELL THEN THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, JESUS RECORDS THROUGH JOHN THESE WORDS. HE SAYS, THERE'S GOING TO BE A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH. OBVIOUSLY OF A SPIRITUAL NATURE ACCORDING WHAT FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 INDICATES THAT FLESH AND BLOOD DOES NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. IT IS NOT FOCUSED ON SPIRITUAL THINGS. BUT WE LEARN HERE IS THERE IS A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH. WHY? THE FIRST HAVE PASSED AWAY. THOSE WERE CAUGHT UP IN EVIL THINGS AND WICKED THINGS. NOT ONLY THAT BUT A HOLY CITY, A NEW CITY (VERSE 2) THE NEW JERUSALEM ITSELF. THE PERFECT CITY. THE PERFECT EARTH. THE PERFECT HEAVEN IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT HE GOES ON TO SAY ABOUT WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THAT CITY. AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IT SAYS, "I HEARD A LOUD VOICE (VERSE 3) FROM HEAVEN SAYING, 'BEHOLD, THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN, AND HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, AND THEY SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE. GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM AND BE THEIR GOD.'" GOD WITH THEM, THEY WITH GOD, THE FAITHFUL HOW LONG ETERNALLY IN A NEW PERFECT PLACE. PARADISE, AS IT SOMETIMES IS DESCRIBED. AND WHAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR US IN THAT PERFECT PLACE? VERSE 4, "AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES." NOT ALL THE TEARS BUT HE WILL AND CAN. BUT EVERY TEAR. NO MATTER WHETHER IT IS RELATED TO WHAT? DEATH. WILL HOW MANY TEARS HAVE WE SHED AT THE DEATH OF OUR LOVED ONES? EVEN WHEN THEY ARE FAITHFUL BECAUSE WE WILL MISS THEM AND WE LONG FOR THEM. GOD WILL WIPE WHAT? WIPE AWAY THAT TEAR OF DEATH. THAT GOD WILL WIPE AWAY THAT TEAR OF SORROW. HOW MANY SORROWS HAVE YOU ENDURED IN LIFE? OH SO MANY SORROWS! SO MANY TRIALS! SO MANY HEARTACHES! SO MANY HARDSHIPS! AND NOT ONLY THAT BUT HE WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR THAT IS FROM CRYING. AND USUALLY THE IDEA OF CRYING IS NOT A SINGULAR TEAR BUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE SO DISTRAUGHT THAT WE ARE IN TEARS AS DAVID SPOKE ABOUT. THE TEARS THAT WOULD DRENCH THE COUCH THAT WE'RE SO UPSET ABOUT SUCH THINGS.

BUT THEN HE ALSO SAYS AND, "THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN, FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY." YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IS TO BE WITH GOD ETERNALLY. TO BE WITH GOD THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A PERFECT PLACE. THE NEW HEAVEN. THE NEW EARTH IN THE NEW CITY. THESE SPIRITUAL DESCRIPTIONS TO GIVE US COMFORT AND JOY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO BE FAR BEYOND ANYTHING THAT THIS EARTH COULD EVER OFFER US. BUT THEN HE SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE NO TEARS. WHY? BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO REMOVE ALL OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD BRING FORTH A TEAR. DOESN'T THAT SOUND GREAT! TO LIVE A LIFE OF JOY AND HAPPINESS! TO FILL LOVED AND TO BE LOVED AND TO NEVER HAVE ANYTHING NEGATIVE THAT WOULD HAPPEN OR BE SAID TO US OR ANY NEGATIVE EMOTION SHOWN TOWARDS US! TO BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT IS DONE AND SAID IS A PART OF THE PERFECT PLAN OF GOD AND THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BASK IN THE PRESENCE OF A CREATOR WHO HAS LOVED US ENOUGH TO REMOVE ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD EVER HINDER US OR HURT US IN ANY WAY BECAUSE HE LOVES US. THE VERY SAME THING THAT I TRY TO DO AS A FATHER EACH AND EVERY DAY, TO REMOVE THOSE TRIALS, TO REMOVE THOSE TEARS. WHAT I WOULDN'T DO TO TAKE EACH TEAR AWAY FROM THE EYES OF MY CHILDREN AND THOSE WHOM I LOVE.

YOU SEE BRETHREN, WE ARE BLESSED! WE ARE BLESSED NOW BECAUSE WE CAN STILL FIND THE COMFORT! THE HELP IN TIMES OF NEED NOW, BUT WE ARE BLESSED ETERNALLY BECAUSE GOD HAS PROMISED US SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY FULLY CAN'T COMPREHEND BUT WE SOMEDAY WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH HIM IN A PLACE OF PERFECTION WHERE NOTHING NEGATIVE OR EVIL OR WRONG OR SINFUL EXISTS, BUT A PLACE WHERE EVERY TEAR AND ALL TEARS HAVE BEEN REMOVED SO THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIM ETERNALLY BEFORE HIS THRONE FOR EVER AND EVER IN A WAY THAT CERTAINLY WILL NOT ONLY BE BENEFICIAL FOR US BUT OUR GOD AS WE DWELL WITH OUR CREATOR ACCORDING TO HIS ETERNAL PURPOSE ENJOYING THE WONDERS AND THE BLESSINGS AND PROMISES OF A GOD WHO'S PROVEN IT THROUGH HIS LOVE.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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WHAT A GREAT JOY AND BLESSING IT IS TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE LEAVE THIS OLD WORLD AND ITS STRUGGLES WE WILL GO TO A PLACE OF BEAUTY AND PERFECT. TRULY AS THE BIBLE SAYS, THERE WILL BE NO TEARS IN HEAVEN. MAY WE LEAVE EVERY DAY WITH THE GOAL IS SIGHT OF BEING WITH OUR GOD FOR ALL ETERNITY.