“and He gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When He shouted, the voices of seven thunders spoke.” Revelation 10:3
I'm excited today because this morning I sent in my third book to be published. It is called Golden Walk: Following Wisdom Into Heaven. Part of this blog includes an excerpt from Chapter 16 called Roar Like a Lion.
A missionary, who is also an author recently told me to roar like a lion when I write about what we can expect Heaven. He said when a lion roars, the ground shakes. He encouraged me to write with boldness about the treasure that awaits us in Heaven.
There are seven times in the book of Revelation when the Lord says, “To him who overcomes I will give.” He is encouraging us to overcome the trials of life by walking steady. We will have to enter Heaven through the narrow gate by walking with a narrow gait. Narrow gait? This is a person’s manner of walking. A narrow gait describes the ‘straight and narrow’ path to Heaven.
Did you know the term ‘straight and narrow’ origin comes from the Bible in Matthew 7:14: "Broad is the way that is the path of destruction but narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leads to the House of God, and only a few find it.” There is an eternity of blessings and surprises waiting for us by following Wisdom into Heaven. Golden Walk is about walking our earthly life so we finish victoriously when we enter into the presence of God.
Blessings and Surprises
When we arrive in Heaven, it will be full of continuous surprises. On a recent road trip, my wife and I seemed to have our face stuck in ‘drop jaw’ syndrome. We were blessed to spend four nights in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The winding roads full of lush forest was gluttony to the eyes of a dude from Phoenix. The peaceful nights in the calm of a cabin that seemed to be wrapped in a blanket of pine trees is beyond description. My morning walks refreshed my soul as I was full of wonder with every step. The scent of the fresh rain was an excellent appetizer for the anticipation of the day. The lake below us looked like a large skating rink I could walk on. Hmmm? . . . Here’s a thought about walking on water:
Peter was able to walk on water when he got out of the boat to go to Jesus. Much of the focus of this story is about Peter sinking into the water because he took his eyes off Jesus. Peter became afraid when he saw the waves and started to sink before he reached our Lord. We miss a great point in this story if we only consider Peter’s failure. Have you ever wondered how Peter got back into the boat? The answer is Jesus took a hold of him and Peter was able to walk back into the boat just like he had when he walked on water. Just because we failed once doesn’t mean our walk is over. Let the Lord take hold of your hand and continue walking with Him all the way to Heaven.
In His word there is a vision for each of us on how to live our earthly life. We are currently like sleeping lions. Now is the time to wake up from our slumber and roar about what awaits the one who overcomes. The promises are there for those of us who walk in a manner that shows we are a Child of the King. Jesus is waiting for us . . . Hope to see you there.
Golden Step #16 Roar like a Lion about your Faith . . . Roar so loud that the ground shakes.