E100: 090 | I Can Only Imagine

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"Today’s reading in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 13 to chapter 5 verse 11 Paul describes the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul’s central message is to be ready at all times as the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. Instead of trying to determine exactly when it will happen, we should focus on being alert and self-controlled so that no matter when it does happen, we’ll be ready." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; | (ESV)

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine ...

Above are the lyrics from a song by Bart Millard of the group MercyMe. Millard said this about his song.
The song is not about crossing our fingers and hoping that God is out there somewhere, but it's about resting easier at night knowing that there is one true, living God who is crazy in love with us so much so that he desires us to spend eternity with him."
More on Bart Millard's song and glimpses of the coming Kingdom - heaven - in this message at Valley View Community Church by Bruce Carter in a series titled "The Dream Fulfilled: Glimpses of the Kingdom."

In his book Heaven Randy C. Alcorn wrote this about imagining heaven.
We cannot anticipate or desire what we cannot imagine. That's why, I believe, God has given us glimpses of Heaven in the Bible -to fire up our imagination and kindle a desire for Heaven in our hearts. ... Rather than ignore our imagination, I believe we should fuel it with Scripture, allowing it to step through the doors that Scripture opens.
What do you imagine Heaven will be like?

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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Here is a music video of the song:

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