Of course, our primary goal in life should be to enter with the gates of Heaven so that we might be with God for all eternity.  We should long for and desire to be a part of that better country.  However, how God is preparing that place for not just everyone.  It is special people, a peculiar people that get to partake of the joys of heaven.  These people, whom he calls his children, have certain qualities about them.  Certain attitudes that can be easily seen in their daily lives.  Below you will find a list of 7 qualities the saved will have.  Do these describe you? 
Lie Down for Spiritual Rest.  Life can keep us busy.  We have jobs, our hobbies, our kids extracurricular activities, worship services and a variety of other church functions.  With all that is going on, it can wear us out.  As such, we need to remember to lie down for spiritual rest.  We often get to busy and we forget to rest as Jesus did.  On numerous occasions we find him going off into the wilderness to pray as he took time to rest from his work.
Prayer is one of the most essential parts of the Christian life.  I have often said that the strength of one’s faith is directly related to how much one prays.
Although there are different times and occasions for prayer (at services, meal times, etc.), the private prayer, which is the most important, is often the one most neglected.  We may not know how long Christ would pray when he went into the wilderness, but, when he was in the garden he prayed long enough for his disciples to fall asleep (Luke 22:40-45).  Do we ever take that kind of time to devote ourselves to prayer?
Sit Down for Instruction.  Paul told Timothy,
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine (I Tim. 4:13).”  This reading is often thought to be the public reading of scripture.  We have to remember that in the NT times only the very privileged had copies of the scriptures in their home.  The rest had to attend services to hear the scriptures.  The Lord had even commanded the Jews to keep this practice (Deut. 31:12).  Do we take time to learn what the will of the Lord is?
There was a time in this country when members of the Lord’s church knew the Bible better than anything else.  What happened?  Are we too busy?  Are we ashamed of the Lord?  Are we too lazy?
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed (II Tim. 2:15).”  We ought to be ashamed if we do not know what the Bible says. 
Stand Up for Warfare.  Are we active soldiers in the Lord’s army?  Have we girded ourselves with His armor (Eph. 6:14-17)?”  It is sad to think that the Lord’s people have become ashamed of Him and refuse to stand!  Perhaps you think you are not ashamed.  Do you make the most of every opportunity?  Do you preach to the lost?  Are you working in the vineyard?
The Lord told Joshua
“Be Strong and Courageous.” He said that because Joshua’s task would need it.  It took strength and courage to lead God’s people.  Yet, later in that chapter,  (Josh. 1) we see the Lord’s people stating that they too had to be strong and courageous.  Paul reiterated that to the Corinthians (I Cor. 16:13).
Walk for Fellowship.  John wrote,
“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another (I John 1:7).”  James in a like passage wrote, “Draw near to God (James 4:8).”  As we walk in the light and draw near to God we will all be of the same mind.  But, to get there, we have to get up and walk.  Fellowship does not come accidentally.  It takes active work with one another to achieve it.  It is your job!  Note what Paul wrote in Eph. 4 concerning fellowship.  “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Eph. 4:16).”
Run for Progress.  We need to run the race set before us (Heb. 12:1).  How will you run it?  As the hare, or as the tortoise?  I tell you unless we run to win we will not receive the prize (I Cor. 9:24).  Rekindle that zeal within you and begin today running anew.
Leap for Ecstasy.  Before everyone accuses me of being a charismatic, listen to what I AM saying.  There is a sad trend in the churches today to not look like the charismatic that we have taken a knee jerk reaction.  We therefore have removed all forms of emotion from our worship to the Lord.  Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice (Phil. 4:4).”  Christ said that we were going to have a joy that could not be removed (John 16:22).  I am not saying we need to leap in the aisles.  I am saying we need to worship with our heart!  Should we be singing songs like Sing and Be Happy and Halleluiah Praise Jehovah depressingly?
Mount Up for Exaltation.  What do I mean?  Keep yourself humble.  God opposes the proud (James 4:6) and exalts the humble (James 4:10).  Let the Lord lift you up.  You just be the meek and humble spirit that inherits the earth.                           -WTK

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