When Speaking About the Dead … No Corrupt Communication, Please

I had to speak at a funeral for a relative this past weekend. I don’t like sad funerals, even though it is a sad occasion. I believe a funeral should portray the heart of the person when they were living.

As I was meditating and studying God’s word today, it really dawned on me that the dead can do nothing about what is said about them at a funeral. However, most people do avoid saying something negative.  De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] (“Of the dead, nothing [spoken] unless good.”), comes to mind.

I began to ponder when did the tradition of speaking no ill will of the dead begin? Then I began to think about evil people like Hitler, Idi Amin, Yakubu Gowon, Pol Pot, Isabella I of Spain, Ilse Koch, and others. What good could have been said at their funeral? I still did not have an answer until I was preparing a newsletter about the fire power of the tongue. Isn’t the Holy Spirit amazing? Here’s the answer received-

James 4:11-12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

ministering graceDo you know what else the Holy Spirit revealed to me? Ephesians 4:29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. In other words beloved, the dead cannot hear what anyone says about them. Therefore it is in the best interest of the speaker to edify those hearers in attendance. Why take a chance on running off those that need to hear about God’s saving grace? Sometimes attending a funeral is the only time some step foot inside a church.

The moment I began speaking, the Holy Spirit guided my speech. Luke 12:12 comes to mind- “For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” Grace was ministered to those in hearing distance of my voice. To my surprise, the opening scriptures and prayer by the first pastor and the eulogy delivered by another pastor fell in line with the scriptures and words I had used. This confirmed to me, that the Holy Spirit was in control. The pastor that delivered the eulogy told me after the funeral -“You opened it up for the Spirit to minister to those not saved, brought some peace to the family. You preached well about his character. You really put laughter into the hearts of many, and you brought me on out to bring home the message while the Holy Spirit closed it on out. You brought it out! That’s all God.”

I shared this not to brag on self, nor others, but to brag on the Holy Spirit working through us all to deliver one message. No corrupt communication, please. Corrupt communication does not edify its hearers nor does it glorify God. (TYHS) Let me tell, you, there is no greater feeling than knowing that God is glorified through the things we say about others and that others lost learn about God’s saving grace. Allow me to share with you my closing words for the hearers:

We have lost a brother, though he had problems; was still a strong-willed and VERY intelligent person. We all have problems. A brother who was unable to deal with those problems- because of crouching sin-but you know what God told Cain in Genesis 4:7- “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Sin is crouching at everyone’s door, that’s a problem for each and everyone in this world, everyone in these pews and on this platform so don’t ever think one soul is holier than the other. _________ was unable to rule over that crouching sin, But God knew his heart and his struggles. There is nothing in our lives that is hidden from God. From here on, God is in control of ____ rest. We have the memories.
To everyone within the range of my voice, hear what the Holy Spirit says- never become blind or deaf to those that need the Lord; that need your help; that need your prayers. Contrary to what we may think, or what we think we know, everybody doesn’t know how to or know when to call upon the Lord. That’s when the children of God step in for the Lord to do His will. We stop letting mammon’s (cars, money, houses, jobs) rule over our life. God did not breathe life into us for us to worship things, nor to let things rule over us. We are here to serve the Lord and the Lord only. (ok, so it got quiet when I said that… so quiet that you would have been able to hear the church mouse eating cheese back in the fellowship hall)  🙂dora awkward silence
Be that light for those you see hurting, especially those who are quietly hurting that need your help. Serving the Lord comes first. Christians have been given authority to teach others to obey what Jesus has commanded. That means serving and helping those who are lost, those who are struggling with addictions, sickness, with financial or mental issues. Sin is crouching at your door too. No thing and no one can replace a loved one that no longer breathes in our midst. There is nothing anyone living can do for the dead, no one but the Lord.
And for those who have not given themselves to Christ, now is the time for you to come to Him. It’s not enough just to be labeled a “good person” or even think yourself as a “good person.” Death and sin have no preferences. Death and sin DOES NOT care whether you are good, broken, rich, poor, pretty or ugly. Jesus does care- giving over your life to Jesus will guarantee eternal life in His kingdom-that’s God’s preference. Come to him, because He will be coming at any moment for you too. Prepare yourself, for He will be with you always even when death and sin is crouching at your door.
My brother, may he rest in peace. Lord, have mercy on his soul. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Amen

Thank you for stopping by and may you be blessed.

Are Ya Stuck In Stench? Cast, Closed, Compassed & Corrupt? God Has Mercy – Jonah 2

Jonah 2 (KJV)
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

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KJV Dictionary
CAST, v.t. pret. And pp. cast.- To throw, fling or send; that is, to drive from, by force, as from the hand, or from an engine.
CLOSED, pp.- Shut; made fast; ended; concluded.
COMPASSED, pp.- Embraced; surrounded; inclosed; obtained; imagined.
CORRUPTION, n. L.- The act of corrupting, or state of being corrupt or putrid; the destruction of the natural form of bodies, by the separation of the component parts, or by disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; a changing from good to bad.
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The words listed above are the words that were focused on during my journey through Jonah 2. Folk’s we’re about to get out of this wet journey with Jonah and on to dry land at the end of this blog.  

When we are put in time-out by God or stuck in our stench, have nowhere to go, or no one to turn to, we as humans either cry out to other gods or the one true living God because of our affliction. When we who are Christians cry out to the Lord with our heart, He does hear us. Even those who are like the passengers that were on the ship with Jonah will eventually call out to our Lord God when they become stuck in a stench. What’s that revelry call when a bar or club is about to close…”last call for alcohol”?

When the Lord God Almighty makes His revelry call, will you still be stuck in a stench?

Who else is able to hear the silent cries of your heart? Many people can see when you are hurting and many people think that they know your heart. The reality of it all is that they really don’t know the depth of your heart’s pain or desires.  It was St. Augustine  that said …”if the heavens and earth could speak they would cry out, “We did not make ourselves, we were made by him who abides for eternity.”  When it comes to others, we think we can read between the lines in a minute flat, but God reads the line before the line is made in your mind.  Your actions may be seen by many. However, it is only God who knows why the heart truly prompts one to do what it does. It is God, no one else that gives you the desires of your heart per King David in Psalm 37:4.  In the OT, Pharaoh took delight in seeing what God could do, but not delight in God.

Who has the power to cast, close, compass, and give you over to your own corruption? Yes corruption, who gave Pharaoh over to a hardened heart and men over to their sinful desires?   From the beginning of time in my mind, I have always wondered why God allows His people to endure hardships, i.e. stuck in stench.  Here comes the Holy Spirit moment of insight. He reminds me… think from the beginning to the end, the people of God, the heart of people corrupts and the heart of God compasses (embraces). The Creator has never forced Himself on anyone, even though it is He who gives life and rules over death. God informed us through the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 18: 4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (TYHS)
***Lesson LearnedJonah had a heart problem even though he feared and loved God. His heart was disobedient to God’s will. We, you and I as Christians have the same… a heart problem even though we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  ***

It’s the TRUTH.  The heart problem is manifested in every country, every city, every county, and in every state as racism, hatred, idolatry, division in the Body of Christ, and disobedience. There is a heart problem in every school system, every church, and every place of employment. Now I really SEE and have experienced what happens when the heart is not rendered over to God. When the weeds are wrapped around your head and you are sinking down so far in your hell, that your soul faints, will you too remember the Lord as Jonah did? Will you “rend your heart” to let your prayer come “in unto thee, into thine Holy temple?” or will you forsake the mercy of God?

Ezekiel 18:31 tells us- Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  My beloved darlings, we will have to cast ourselves away from all of those things that have us stuck in a stench, you know… pride, greed, backbiting, jealousy, anger, slander, bigotry, sexual immorality, hypocrisy, lust, impurities, leading sheep astray, etc., not just one transgression, but “cast away from all your transgressions.”  We have to stop letting closed hearts to God put us in a compassed position of corruption.

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 Daniel, Benaiah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were stuck in normal situations per say, during their time and triumphed because of God’s mercy. Even today in various areas on this Earth, someone somewhere is being thrown into a den full of lions, thrown in a furnace, and fighting off lions and other beasts they so happen to come across. Now, Jonah’s event was not the norm for that time or any other time, nor were the events about Jesus’ three days and three nights. Those two events are very important messages about God’s love and His mercy for His people. Yet to this day, there are still skeptics concerning both events. (TYHS) Why? Because there are still quite a few people that refuse to believe and are unaware that “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9, Psalms 37:39)

I am here to tell you that if you are Stuck in Stench, God Has Mercy. If you have been Cast, Closed, Compassed, and Corrupt, rend your heart to God for He will have mercy. Follow in Jonah’s footsteps when he was cast upon dry land. We too must “sacrifice unto the Lord with the voice of thanksgiving.”

And I close with a few quotes from St. Augustine
“God knows all things before they happen; yet, persons act by choice in all those things where you feel and know that you cannot act otherwise than willingly.”
”Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?”

The Mentality and Emotions of A Temporal (Time-Based) Life and Death

Opening-

Genesis 1:26-27(KJV) – The Plan

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  Genesis 2:7(KJV)- The Plan In Fruition

 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 Genesis 3:16-19(NKJV)- The Plan’s Temporal Result

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

The day of birth sets our life in motion unto death. Even if we think it’s unfair, death must come, whether it be by a spiritual or a physical death. Is it not a written or given law since the demise of Adam?  All things, humans, plants, and animals alike that are given life will eventually die…. excluding God’s hand- picked few.  When we read the word of God, we know that both life and death are temporal events until He sends His son Jesus back to lay a final claim on those cemented in Him, to give us another life eternal, not life temporal, and no death.

Proverbs 14:12(NKJV) There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (NKJV)- For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.

We come into the world prepared for life unto (not for) death. We are equipped to deal circumspectly via our mentality and emotions with both events during our life stage.  We are even caught off guard in some cases as well of both events, namely unplanned pregnancies, terminal illnesses, incarcerated death sentences, suicide, and accidental deaths. Still we are equipped to deal with those things in our own way. Thank You Heavenly Father! You know, I was thinking profoundly that neither of these events, life nor death, are physical choices we as the person make. Question Point –  Did you make the choice to be born just so you could die?  I think not!

Life is our opening and Death is our closing on this earth. Thank you Adam! God is our Alpha and Omega. Upon His return, Jesus is and will be THE ONLY WAY to get Life eternally since, Death will cease to exist. Thank you Jesus! Do we fully grasp THAT belief with our mentality and emotions?  Jesus IS the ONLY WAY. We will be equipped for death via salvation IF we leave this earthly place with our mind, our heart and our soul fortified in Jesus. In Him, we will never be put to shame.  Read Romans 10:9-13, in your bibles please. This post is long enough already.

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When you look at the fatality rates on the world’s most dangerous mountains, you’ll see that most decrease as time goes on. One notable exception is Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Death rates have reached as high as 22% in recent years, a reflection of the avalanche and weather hazards that plague this dangerous mountain.  Trekking the Mt. Kangchenjunga Circuit in Nepal. Read more at http://matadornetwork.com/trips/11-most-dangerous-mountains-in-the-world-for-climbers/#GhHqFXwETybPFLBm.99
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Hiking now! When a baby is born, most everyone (family and friends) involved in the newborn’s life have a natural feeling of elation, joy, happiness, excitement, hugs, kisses, nice compliments, laughter, and genuine smiles. It is a grand display of our mentality and emotions. LOVE! It’s a natural temperament, even amongst animals. Animals lick and cuddle their newborns.  In most lives of the newborn animal, several females assist in the caring of for a specified time. Have you ever seen a cheetah smile?  

LOVE! A newborn is also welcomed into the world with open arms and open hearts from most people who come into contact with him or her. Our countenance is that of joy and happiness. This grand display of mentality and emotions are also natural feelings for the life of a newborn that even come from strangers outside of the family and friends realm, i.e. doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and others when you’re out and about with a newborn. Everyone, even those born with “disabilities” or become disabled, celebrates life throughout its various stages due to their mentality and emotions. Some of us are envious of the way others live their life.  Some of us are happy with how we live our life. Some of us are dissatisfied with the life we live. We are full of emotions. Did I not say earlier, we are equipped to deal with life? I don’t know, did I? Anyway, our mentality and emotions are our equipment. The equipment source is, yep, you guessed it!  Our Heart! At least that is my thought.  In life, we are able to use the source to guide us in the life making decision process, be it bad or good.

Hmm, prepared to death? I’m sure I said that earlier too. In death, there is nothing according to Koheleth.  Have you figured out who he is yet? The normal celebratory ritual for death is mourning.  Our countenance differs from that of when one is born. We don’t feel elated, nor do we experience laughter and joy when a person dies. We are left in such sorrow, especially if it is a child of ours. There is clearly no excitement stage. Though we (some of us) are not mentally and emotionally prepared to die, nor prepared to see others close to us die, we are still equipped to deal with the death of others and self. How so? Because we KNOW in our hearts that death is coming. It is the curse of Adam set in motion for the preparation for our new bodies to come.  Death is just another prepared mountain we’ll have to climb for those who are in Christ to receive our glorified bodies.

When anyone or anything (pet and plants included) we love or care deeply for dies, like it or not, our mentality and emotions kick in again. These too are natural feelings that the living have when someone or something dies. It is also a natural feeling when some famous person dies we care about, that we’ve never spoken to or have seen face to face.  It is by far a rarity amongst us that a living person would want to take the place of a loved or unloved one who is dying. Jesus did it for us all. Thank you God! Here lies the difference in our current life and death versus Jesus’ life and death. God prepared Jesus for both life and death and Jesus knew that both had to happen. We knew not when we were going to be given life before we were born, but rest assuredly at some point in our life we all learn that we are going to die.

When we die, our equipment  source dies with us. We can no longer use this source in death. We lose our mentality and emotions. The Good News! But, and it’s a faithful “but”, the equipment source, our heart will beat again in a perfect life with a new body as incorruptible. We will become immortal through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I speak only of those who are in Christ Jesus.  Once we go through this death coming, we… you and I, will receive a perfected mentality and have perfected emotions prepared for us, never to be caught off guard again. Pure Love! Just thinking about it makes my heart smile….Pure Love for God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, One Another, and Self! Jesus said, He has prepared a place for us, and I will always believe so. Since He has prepared it, we know it will be the perfect place. Do you believe?

 Amen.

 

Closing –

1 Corinthians 15:51-57(NKJV) – The Plan’s Destination  🙂

 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”    “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18(NKJV)

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Now wasn’t that was a nice hike up and down Mt. Kangchenjunga? We made it! Our present mentality and emotions in this temporal life need lots of work. Folks, we’ve got more mountains to climb. We need to be prepared for Jesus’ return, by getting our old mentality and emotions focused solely on and in Him, so that we can receive eternal life through and in Him. Come Lord Jesus so that we may shine in our glorious bodies.

 


 

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A Place Called Life- A Place Called Death- My Thoughts

These past two months back to back, week to week, I’ve experienced once again on a personal level death among several close family members and friends. Allow me to refresh our memories with definitions.

 Life-(n)- (1)the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally. (2) a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.
 Death-(n)-(1)the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. (2) extinction; destruction

While practically living at the hospital and nursing home these past months, I was reminded of several things. There are lots of women, young and older bringing children into the world without the male parent present. Life is funny, they obviously where there during the seeding.  😦   There are lots of elderly or disabled people lying in hospital beds, nursing homes and even their homes, without family members being present or any family at all. While the birth of my two grand gifts (grandkids)in January and April brought joy, it also brought sadness because I know of the heartache and pain they will eventually experience right along with others who have been given a place in life.

I think I cried for most of April because I just felt the sadness, disappointment, and pain of others. I cry when people do wrong even after I’ve spoken my peace.(not piece)  I cry when I am overblown with anger of wrongdoing to others. This is why sometimes I try hard to stay away from people because I get tuned into their spirit. It’s draining and it’s weird sometimes, because I can’t prevent them from experiencing heartaches and death and can’t make them heed advice. I can only give of self and time and pray for a healing for all, and even that at times becomes draining. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Holy Spirit!

When my aunt’s days in this place of life were dwindling down and she was hospitalized, family members started telling me a whole lot of things I was not prepared to hear and expected me to put people in their place. I made sure they knew it was not my job and that I was not God, and reminded them that God knows it all and He will take care of the issues. It was very saddening to hear a lot of those things. All I can say is this…if you have parent(s) that have been a true parent to you, don’t ever neglect them or show disrespect towards them while they have been given a place in life.

It was saddening to me to find out that there are elderly and disabled people that receive care and visits only from staffed members. I was in awe, to learn that even family members did not spend quality time visiting with their relatives in the hospital and nursing homes. Where oh where have we gone wrong in this world, in this place of Life, with compassion, respect, and love for others? Let me be honest, it actually made me more angry than sad.

How do I know this you may ask? I’m nosey when I see a need not being met or an absence of love being felt. Most of the times, I just feel the presence. Whenever I would walk down the halls of the hospital or nursing home, I’d see patients just lying there in their beds looking lifeless or their mind seems to be elsewhere and they were lying there or eating alone. I started praying as I walked the halls and peeping in rooms for the Holy Spirit to be with and help these people. I don’t know what wrong they may have done to others during their life and I don’t and didn’t care. What mattered each time I saw this, was that the individuals needed prayer and to be shown someone cared and to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives me great insight into the pain and need of others and boy did it hurt. The biggest thing I felt inside is that though these people are breathing, they are actually dead in a sense in the place of  life and most  are awaiting death without any hope or faith. It’s so sad. Some were under the delusion that somebody in their family was “coming to get me” and “coming to see me”.  😦  😦
These things reminded me of something I read in the Book of Isaiah 43: 7-13 and Ephesians 2: 7-13 about why we are given or have life. This is just my thought, you may think otherwise.

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Isaiah
 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

Ephesians
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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And now, with that being my scriptural documentation and belief, let me almost finish this up. We, even us who call ourselves Christians, have bouts of forgetfulness of what God requires of us. We either don’t have time or make time, we don’t know or don’t want to know about the lack of love and care given to others, we don’t want to take on the burdens of others when it is clear they have family available, we have lost the true meaning of compassion and what it means to truly and wholeheartedly give to others via the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus and might I add, in the eyes of God in this place we call Life.

Since the Holy Spirit lives within us as Christians as our Helper and Comforter, whom the Father sent to us in Jesus’ place for a set time in this place called life,  should we not share and give of that help and comfort to others?

The church of today which is the Body of Christ that includes you and I as a Christian, place way too much focus on financial stewardship via financial giving so much so, that members are forgetting that giving of time and self to others is hiding and buried under the last row of pews in the church crying to be heard and done. We forget that giving of self, time, and helping others is also a form of stewardship. Wake Up! What did the verse above in Ephesians say?
WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.

I ask self and I ask you…Are we as Christians really walking in the way that God ordained that we should walk in this place called life? Jesus was given life by God to live on this earth for a set time. Per our bible studies, what is the one thing that stands out about Jesus’ life to you and God? We are also given a set time on this earth, what is the one thing that stands out to others, self and God about our being? If we call ourselves Christians, Followers of Christ Jesus, and/or Children of God…Folks we KNOW, without a doubt what should be or could be done to walk in His ways. We have been given a place in life to do such. We have been created for His glory. God said so. When we are in the place of death, we can do NOTHING in His ways.

Let us be reminded, we are God’s witnesses per Isaiah’s verse above. He and only He is our Deliverer. Satan has NO power over your place in life or in death. He is not the deliverer of your soul of the place in death, nor is he the one who has given you a place in life. See how weak he is? God is ALWAYS in control and in charge in the place of life and death.
Recognize and Remember..…GOD IS….He told Moses in the Book of Exodus 3:14, so Moses told us via the scriptures,

I AM WHO I AM, tell them I AM sent you”. He also told Moses that “I AM” is his name to be “called from generation to generation.”
 So the next time somebody try to shut you down, do wrong against others or self, or speak ill will, you tell them – The God who is I AM is listening and watching everything you say and do.
He told John in the Book of Revelation to relay the message to us in the first chapter, after the introduction “I AM THE ALPHA AND OMEGA, SAYS THE LORD GOD, WHO IS, AND WHO WAS, AND WHO IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.” And if that wasn’t enough as a reminder, He reminds us again in Revelation 22, the final chapter of the bible.

Lookie Here Folks!

Lookie Here Folks!

 I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END.”

Doesn’t that prove He and only He is over the place of life and the place of death?
And then there is the place called Death. What can we do in the place called Death? We can’t reach out to others. We can’t cry for others. We can’t give to or love others. We can’t show good works in the place called Death. We can’t even gossip anymore in this place.  We can’t even go shopping.  🙂  Everything we need to do as children of God should be done in the place called Life. Jesus took care of and paid for our biggest burden through His place in death.  The least we can do is partake of this same act (easing a burden) for those who are in this place called life in His name before we are given over to the place called death.

I don’t recall who said “find a hurt and heal it”, but I beg of you all to find one and began the healing process for yourself and for others. Don’t fret over end times and signs, be watchful, believe in the Lord and have faith in His will as the Lord says, but do not fret. It is my opinion, that if you fret, you lose sight of His will and eventually lose faith in Him. We know the outcome. Those who are in Christ will overcome. Stay in Christ while in this place called Life. Do what needs to be done in the name of Jesus while we are in this place called Life before being given over to the place called Death.
His will shall be and will be done regardless. Be absolutely sure that you have done well for and with others in the name of Jesus in the place called Life before reaching the place called Death. Thank You Holy Spirit!

 

 

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