End of life

It is a fact of life that we can’t escape the sentence of death. Our lives come to an end at some point. Young or old, famous or infamous, popular or unknown to most people every person comes to that point. Sometimes it sneaks up on us and sometimes it brings our health down slowly but death comes to each of us in one way or another.

I’ve been thinking about this lately because a family member left us about a month ago and then on the news ever since then there have been shootings in local cities and in our nation. There have been some celebrities who have passed away. There have been many around the world that have been killed in wars and other “actions” in places that we don’t hear about until days later. Why am I writing about such a depressing subject as “death”? Because each of us will have to face it in one way or another one day. There is no reason to ignore it or pretend it won’t happen.

The question of the moment is: Are you ready for it? I think most of us would agree that we are never really ready for it unless we have given our hearts to Jesus and we believe that He is our Savior. If we are born again in Him then we are ready for death because it is our doorway into heaven.  If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior yet I encourage you to seek Him out as soon as possible. Why the urgency?

Because of the time that we are living in. We are living in the period just before the Tribulation mentioned in the book of Revelation. The time to seek Jesus as your Savior is today. Don’t put it off. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. Please don’t wait until the church is taken from the Earth.

The Lord goes before us

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: My reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: My flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16:7‭-‬10 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.16.7-10.KJV

God through the Holy Spirit goes with us every day so we are never truly alone. Satan tries to convince us that we are alone and that our lives mean nothing. God doesn’t call someone to become a Christian and a follower of Jesus for no reason. He calls all of us to be His feet and His disciple to take His message to those who will listen. Christians are called because God knows each of us and He knows that we can take His gospel to those who need to hear it. Following Him is the best choice in this life and I pray that He will call you who read this. Have a great and wonderful holiday season.

God is our Rock

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, And though the mountains are carried into the midst of the sea; Psalm 46:1‭-‬2 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.46.1-2.KJV

He is always near us when we have given our hearts to Him. Yet, there are many people who seem to be worried about today or tomorrow and what they might bring. Jesus told His disciples not to worry about their food or what they needed to wear because God would provide. The birds and other animals don’t know what “worry” is because they know God will provide for them. God gives us the air we breathe and every heartbeat for our lives…because He loves us.

Jesus came to Bethlehem as a baby but His coming was foretold nearly 800 years before He came. God even told Adam and Eve that “the Seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head” and this was a prophecy of His birth and victory on the cross a few thousand years before He came. He knew that Jesus would have to come to pay for the sins of humanity and that He was the only one that could pay that penalty.

Wood and nails

What symbolizes our Savior and the salvation that He bought with His blood? The crucifixion. Two pieces of wood and three nails or spikes depending on how you look at them. Our Savior was trained as a carpenter and He was very good at it I’d imagine. Considering that He built a bridge for us to get to Heaven with very little lumber, three nails, and His blood and His Life. This was no small sacrifice. His humanity allowed Him to die on the cross for our sins but it was His sinless life that paid the penalty for all of humanity’s sins. No mere human could do that.

God is the God of the impossible. Most people think that forgiveness for their sins isn’t possible but God forgives if you can forgive yourself and accept His grace and mercy for your sins. Sometimes, forgiving ourselves is the hardest part of accepting forgiveness. Sometimes, forgiving others is easier but not by much. Many times it takes humbling yourself and asking God to help you forgive yourself or others for the hurts and the pain that has been caused by sin. Regardless of how long ago it was or how deeply the hurt went, forgiveness has to be given before it is fully received.

God gives us grace and mercy, neither of which we deserve, but He gives them to us because He loves us. He has loved us since before creation began. I pray that all of you who read this will seek Him out to be your Savior. Your eternal home depends on your salvation and you can only get that by accepting Jesus as your Savior.