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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Get ready to die!

The inevitability of death lies before us at all times. We have to face it, one day we will all die. That doesn't mean that we should want to jump on that boat right away, but we must face the "death" scenario. Jesus came that we might have life, and that more abundantly. Jesus died on a cruel cross so that we can have life eternal.
I guess I am weird in some ways, but since my early childhood, I have though about death. My first "death poem" I wrote at seventeen on the night of my graduation. Suffering and loss come to one and all. God kept me sheltered for many years, but there comes a time when it just seems to strike. Death has no favorites, and it usually comes at very inopportune times.
We will all die, so what is the big deal. We will spend eternity in either Heaven with Jesus, or in hell with the devil. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone who cries "Lord, Lord" will enter into the gates of Heaven. That is no my opinion, it is in the BOOK - the Bible. Many people want to get to Heaven their own way, by good works. Many people say they know Jesus, but the problem is that HE does not know them. Many will come to Him in that day and say "Lord, we cast out demons, we healed the sick, we raised the dead, and He will say "I never knew you!"
When I was growing up in the church, a good sermon was determined by how much it made one cry, or by the decibel level. The content wasn't nearly as important as the emotional response. Salvation in church is often like marriage, it is easy to say "I do" but it a totally different thing to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. I heard someone say the directions to Heaven were "turn right and go straight." If it were only that simple.
As we get older, sometimes life gets in the way. Business, schedules, work, pleasure, and a plethora of other things want to push Christ out of the picture. The Word will reign supremely in your life by choice and determination, or the world will push it out. Loving God is like loving a woman, it is done by choice and by commitment. Once the beginning stages of love and the winds begin to blow, like Peter we often take our eyes off of Jesus and we begin to sink. In His love, He lifts us up. It is not about us, it is all about Jesus. On the other hand, we have our part. He doesn't live for us.
Death will come to one and to all. When is not necessarily the issue, but "are you ready?" or "will you be ready when it comes?" We can rest in the love of the Father if we have given everything to Him. Jesus wants to be Lord of all, or He does not want to be Lord at all. It is everything or nothing with Him.
Are you ready for Death? If not, now is the time, today is the day of salvation. There will be no repentance after death, and there is no purgatory!!! You can pray for dead people all day long and it will do no good. That is not opinion, that is a Divine fact. If we are to live for Him, we must do so according to what He says, not by what we think or by what we feel. We need not be perfect. Noone can live under that kind of pressure, I know.
If we suffer with Him, we will also reign with Him. "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these thy brethren, you have done it unto me."_Jesus
One day we will stand around the Throne singing and crying "Holy, Holy, Holy!!!" We can do that now. Sing for your Papa. We have received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry "ABBA" Father. Let us give Him our all, then we can rest in peace - both now and forevermore!

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