In an instant!

Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.   James 4:14

 

I learned today that the Pastor’s nephew passed away very unexpectedly yesterday. He was almost 10 years younger than me and I have known the family most of my life and I am filled with sorrow for them as they go through such a shocking loss of a family member. The parents are dealing with something horrible to deal with, the loss of a child. I cannot even begin to imagine, nor do I want to imagine losing a child. Even the thought of the possibility hurts terribly. His wife and children, his sisters and brothers. The rest of the family mourning a loss on Easter Sunday. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and my most heartfelt prayers go to God that they seek comfort in Christ for He is the only one that can truly give the comfort that they need.

While the family mourns the loss of this man on earth, they are also rejoicing because they know he is now living with Christ and I know that helps give them comfort and cause to rejoice for him.

The thought of how suddenly something can happen and we or someone we know will pass away with no chance to prepare. This tragedy shows us that we must always be ready to meet God. In an instant we are of the earth and without warning can be standing awaiting judgement for our lives.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  Matthew 24:44

No one knows when his time will come to an end on Earth and not being ready every moment risks losing life eternal with God and Jesus but instead spending eternity in Hell. Instead of rejoicing with our Heavenly Father those not ready will instead be tortured until the end of time.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:36

Thankfully, this man was saved and served God faithfully and is even now enjoying the rewards God has for Him.

Those who do not know Christ need to seriously reevaluate their lives and go to Him and beg forgiveness of their sins. Confess their sins to Jesus and believe in Him as the Son of God and they can know they are ready for their time to face eternal judgement.

While we can be facing God in an instant and if not serving Him before death, face eternal suffering and pain; we can also, in an instant, know the deliverance from sin and death by reaching out to Christ for salvation.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

If you are not living the life you should, not living in a manner that is pleasing to God or a life that helps you live maximally for Jesus then you need to seek Him and ask Him to show you how to live a life of the type that glorifies Jesus. He will lead your walk if you let Him. He will put you on the path He plans for you if you give God control.

I have, at many times, not lived a life pleasing to Christ. I have lived a life that even while serving Him I still was not able to serve Him as He wishes me to serve God. I am asking Him for His hand in my life and heart that He help me have the heart and mind of Jesus and that He guide my steps to get onto the path so I can be where He wants me to be the best servant possibly be for Him.

 

For this man’s family, my most heartfelt condolences and I remind them of what they know, despite the pain they feel, there is greater cause for rejoicing as he now sits on High with the Lord. But, also that as they mourn, Christ will comfort them.

Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.         Matthew 5:4

 

Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made that we may all, one day, experience Your Glory if we are saved. I thank You for my deliverance and salvation through Christ’s death and His defeat of death when He was resurrected.

I pray for comfort for this man’s family, that You wrap Your loving arms around them and calm the hurt they feel in their hearts. Help them rejoice in their loved one’s salvation and that he now is rejoicing in Heaven. Be their Rock and Fortress as they deal with the loss. Fill their hearts with love, joy and peace.

Lord, I pray also that anyone who is not saved come to know you. That any who know You but are not walking in the path You wish for them would see clearly what You plan. For those with no apparent way out of whatever difficult situation they are in, that You unlock and open doors to make it simple for them to follow Your lead. I pray Lord, that You work in me that I know better the heart and mind of Christ and be a light for Him in this dark world that I may reflect His Glory.

In Jesus Name.

Amen.

 

Thank you all for you time today. I hope all are blessed, and are able to be a blessing to others as well.

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Making amends?

I was recently contacted by someone who said they thought I and another individual should make amends as we had once been close. However, that is something I cannot do. Not because I have not forgiven the person because the person not only did wrong to me and remains unapologetic; no, I have forgiven for the wrong done to me. It is because they continued to repeatedly attack me, not physically but with their words, repeatedly by calling me names, sometimes directly, other times indirectly. I initially tried to have some sort of conversation with them despite being falsely accused of many things and called horrible names, but all those attempts resulted in escalated insults and accusations. I realized the futility in that and even though they had been told that they were not right to treat me as they were the treatment not only continued but, as I said, increased. Due to that I stopped trying to have any dialogue other than to respond to the attacks by telling them I would pray for them. And, despite this person’s claims of Christianity I was told that they did not want my prayers and they persisted in the attacks. I still responded, I will pray for you which prompted the response from them that my prayers meant nothing he did not need prayers. I continued, regardless of what was said to answer that I would pray for them. No other response would have been met with anything more than more insults and even the statement that I would pray for them it generated other insults.

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Matthew 18:15-17

I had someone ask me why don’t I just block their phone number so they cannot contact me again and given the person’s efforts to harass me, it is unlikely that would be beneficial as they would find other ways to contact me. Already they had made new facebook and email accounts after I had blocked them from the initial accounts and given that, I expect they would continue in the same behavior. I explained that despite that behavior that I still had hope that they would repent. That isn’t the case yet, but I continue to pray for the person because they continue in their ways and are unrepentant. I pray that God works in his life and he will see his sins and stop the sinning and seek the Lord’s forgiveness.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:26-27

No, I cannot make amends with the person, but still pray for them that God work in their life, show him his sins that he will confess to God, repent and seek God’s forgiveness. That has not yet happened and he persists in his same behavior and attempts to cover his sins, but he doesn’t cover the sins from God.

Lord, I praise Your holy name and worship You for all you are and do. I pray that You work on the person and show him Your truths and he understand what he should do to please You Lord. I pray that You draw us all to You and show us all Your truths and Your true plans for us that none perish but have life with You and Christ in Heaven for eternity.

Amen

 

Thanks for your time, Have a great weekend and please, try to be a blessing to someone else today.

 

Happy Birthday Mother!

Bday heaven

 

I mentioned that June is a trying month for me. Loss of my father and other things, one of which is my Mother’s birthday, just 5 days after mine. Just thinking about her, happy thoughts, sad thoughts, times I upset her and times I made her proud. Also thoughts of due to her wishes, she was Mother. Not mom, mommy, ma, or whatever other name, MOTHER! I didn’t understand the rationale, I still don’t, but I was raised to respect my parents, partly from church and partly from knowing failure to respect would mean a paddling. My mother definitely believed in spanking and despite what so many seem to say nowadays, I don’t feel I was abused, I didn’t abuse my kids, I like to think all in all that I came out pretty good. Of course, that’s due to God and my parents.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

 

I praise God and thank Him for many things. Two of the most valuable after Him and my salvation are my parents. They raised me right. Even though at times I didn’t do right. I thank God for a praying Mother and Father who held onto their believes and concerns for me. And never stopped believing that God would take care of me and bring me back to Him. Her prayer were not wasted. I thank God everyday that she had to love and dedication to not give up.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

Lord, I praise You for all Your majesty and Grace. I thank You for the many gifts You give me, my salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ, Your continued work in my life and teaching me so much, and my mother and father without whom I would not have grown up knowing You at all. I pray in Jesus Name that I have been able to teach my children the valuable things that my parents taught me and that You help me know teach them what they need to know. I ask that You continue to help me have the love of Christ and that You help me know and serve You better. I pray for my loved ones that they be drawn to You and learn Your will and Your way for them. Help me better understand Your plan for my life and help me be sensitive to Your guidance.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day. Remember Your mothers and take time to call or visit often. It will bless you and her both.