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Do you believe there is a heaven? - James C. Bell

I was talking with a young Army officer at the Airport the other day, and as I shared with her how God loved her, I asked a very important question: I said; Now we know this won't happen, but just suppose you died tonight and you stood before God and He asked you --"Why should I let you into my heaven?"

She thought for a moment and then said: "I'm not a religious person, actually I don't believe there is a heaven."

I've heard this answer a number of times and it always makes me feel sorry for anyone who has missed this great truth. This lady had the rank of major and told me earlier she expected to be promoted in a few months to Lieutenant Colonel -- a very high and responsible rank in our armed forces.

I knew she had to be a college graduate and a very knowledgeable person, but, somehow, she had not come to the place where God had intervened in her life, nor convicted her of her sin.

The Bible says: "Faith comes from hearing the message (Word) and the message is heard through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17. She either had not heard, or refused to believe God's Word.

I tried to continue telling her how she could know heaven was a real place, but she said she didn't want to hear any more. I always tell anyone who says they don't believe, to read the book of John in the New Testament and consider carefully what it says.

I talked with another major that same day, and he believed in God and prayed the sinner's prayer with me. This man was from New York City and was battle-hardened, but gladly received the Word of God.

One would think a young lady would be more inclined to believe in the Lord than a tough, battle-hardened soldier, but the Lord works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.

We are not to prejudge anyone, but gladly share the truth of God with them. The Holy Spirit will do the rest!

In Psalm 42, the Bible says, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." In this day and age, many are preoccupied with the things of this world and they tend to ignore God until a tragedy happens in their life. Then, they realize they need the Lord and begin to seek Him.

The Psalmist had discovered what most people realize, sooner or later, even if they refuse to admit it: The things of this world can never satisfy the longings of our souls. Only God can meet our deepest needs and yearnings. Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in the great God of this universe.

Is something crowding out your thirst for the living God? Don't let anyone or anything come between you and God. He wants you to know Him in a personal way, and He has made this possible through His Son, Jesus Christ.

He loves you and He will give you His peace. Jesus said in John 14:1-2: "Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father's house (Heaven) are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you."

Jesus said it and I believe it! What about you?