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Prayer Meeting - December 26, 2018

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

IN heaven we shall be freed from the in-being of evil, and be delivered from
the tyranny of corruption. Sin, now our thrall, our torment, and our burden, will
then enslave, distress, and oppress us no more. The chain which now binds
us to the dead, loathsome body of our humiliation will be broken, and we shall
be forever free! To you who cry, “O wretched man that I am!” who know the
inward plague, and feel that there is not one moment of the day in which you
do not come short of the Divine glory—whose heaviest burden, whose
bitterest sorrow, whose deepest humiliation springs from the consciousness
of sin—what a glorious prospect is this! “It does not yet appear what we shall
be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall
see Him as He is.” The absence of all evil, and the presence of all good,
constitute elements of the heavenly state, which place its blessedness
beyond the conception of the human mind. Assure me that in glory all the
effects and consequences of the curse are done away—that the heart bleeds
no more, that the spirit grieves no more, that temptation assails no more, that
sickness and bereavement, separation and disappointment, are forms of
suffering forever unknown—and let the Spirit bear His witness with my spirit,
that I am a child of God, and a door is open to me in heaven, through which a
tide of “joy unspeakable and full of glory” rushes in upon my soul. And this is
heaven.

But heaven is not a place of negative blessedness merely. There is the
positive presence of all good. “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your
right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” The soul is with Christ, in the
presence of God, and in the complete enjoyment of all that He has from
eternity prepared for those who love Him. All soul, all intellect, all purity, all
love—“eye has not seen, nor ear heard” the inconceivable blessedness in the
full ocean of which it now rejoices. Its society is genial, its employments are
delightful, its joys are ever new. How deeply does it now drink of God’s
everlasting love, with what wondering delight it now surveys the glory of
Immanuel, how clearly it reads the mysterious volume of all the Divine
conduct below, and how loud its deep songs of praise, as each new page
unfolds the “height, and depth, and length, and breadth of the love of Christ,”
which even then “passes knowledge”! Truly we may call upon the “saints to
be joyful in glory.” Sing aloud, for you are now with Christ, you see God, and
are beyond the region of sin, of pain, of tears, of death—“forever with the
Lord.” But we cannot conceive, still less describe, the glorious prospects of
believers; for “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
We shall soon go home, and experience it all. Then the eye will have seen,
and the ear will have heard, and the heart will have realized, the things which
from eternity God has laid up in Jesus, and prepared in the everlasting
covenant for the poorest, meanest, feeblest child, whose heart faintly, yet
sincerely, thrilled in a response of holy love to His. - Octavius Winslow