by Kerry Shook

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Heavenly Relationships (2 of 3)
Series: Glimpse - Experiencing Heaven on Earth
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• 1 Cor. 3:11-15 (NIV)

Every relationship goes through…

• The fire of culture

• The fire of change

• The fire of failure

• 1 Cor. 13:13 (NLT)


• 1 Cor. 3:11 (NLT)

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We are in this series that I'm calling "Glimpse, Experiencing Heaven On Earth", because even though we live in a broken and imperfect world, God wants us to get constant glimpses of heaven in our lives here on earth, and today we are talking about heavenly relationships, because God wants you to get a glimpse of heaven in your relationships. I know some of you are probably already thinking, Kerry that sounds real spiritual 'heavenly relationships', but right now it feels like all hell is breaking loose in my life. Well, sometimes a relationship has to go through hell to find heaven. Love at last sight relationships always go through the refiner's fire, and when you are going through the fire and the heat is on in your life and relationships, what you need most is to get a glimpse of what the relationship can become, to be able to look past what's happening in the present to see that the future can be different. What you need is to see what the relationship can be so you can look past the problems and the pressures and the stresses, because for some of you right now, probably for most of us, we can think of one or two of our most important relationships that aren't what we want them to be, that really aren't heavenly relationships right night. What used to be a great source of joy is now really a source of pain and stress. The refiner's fire is something God allows every relationship to go through so that it can be a relationship that lasts the test of time. There's just no other way around it. In the Old Testament there's a story where the Aramean army encircles Elisha the prophet's home, and the next morning when Elisha's servant goes out he sees the whole army, thousands of Aramean's, surrounding their little house, and he's freaked out. He runs back into Elisha and he says, "We're doomed. The whole enemy army is surrounding us.", and Elisha just calmly prays, "Lord open his eyes so he can really see.". When he goes back out he sees an army of angles with flaming swords standing between the enemy army and their house, and he's comforted, knowing God's gonna win the battle. And so really, that's my prayer for you today. If you are going through the refiner's fire in your life, in a relationship, that you would be able to have eyes that truly see, so you can see not what's going on right now, but you can see what it can become. There's a foundry in Houston that I find very interesting.
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