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A Life of Anticipation
Living in the hope God Offers
Various Scriptures
November 16, 2003


Today we finish our look at what it takes to have a life lived in the peace of God.

Weíve focused on three strategies for living in the peace of God. First, we said we need to understand the control, or sovereignty of God. Then we looked at how to develop a biblical mindset, and last week we talked about making wise plans for the future.

This morning I want to visit with you about living a life of anticipation.

Do you look forward to heaven? How about tomorrow? When you get up in the morning do you have a sense of excitement, wondering what God has in store for you?

Me neither, a lot of times! But Iím here to help you and me get to a point where anticipation is a major part of our lives.

And in doing that I want to give you two facts regarding anticipation, and then tell you just how to make anticipation a real part of your life.

My hope is that you will leave here today convinced that a life of anticipation is a life worth living.

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Two facts regarding a life of anticipation:

1. God made you to anticipate heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:19 is one of my favorite Scriptures. Hereís what it says:

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

The late Keith Green, one of the best songwriters in the history of Christian music has a great song, entitled, ďI Canít Wait to Get to Heaven,Ē in which he describes his anticipation of meeting Jesus.

And in the introduction to the song, he says this:

ďYou know, I look around at the world and I see all the beauty that God made. I see the forest and the trees and all the things. And says in the Bible that He made them in six days and I donít know if theyíre a literal six days or not. Scientists would say no, some theologians would say yes. But I know that Jesus Christ has been preparing a home for me and for some of you, for two thousand years. And if the world took six days and that home two thousand years, hey man, this is like living in a garbage can compared to whatís going on up there.Ē

Allow me to read you the lyrics of the song. I had hoped to play the song for you, but when I found the CD, I also found that the CD case was empty, so youíll have to just listen to the lyrics for a minute.

Seaside sunset, silver linings round the clouds,

Birds fly, singing, making such a joyful sound.

Thoughts of heaven somehow seem to fill my mind,

But I canít even imagine, what it is Iím gonna find.

I canít wait to get to Heaven, when youíll wipe away all my fears.

In six days you created everything,

but youíve been working on Heaven two thousand years.

Deep green forests, mountains reaching for the sky,

Grasslands and deserts, your creation fills my eye.

Thank you, thank you Jesus, though this beauty is just a taste,

Of all your glory Iíll see when I pass through