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.

You are in a battle with Satan

If you have not given your heart to Jesus then you are not in a battle with him because he already has you. Satan fights with and tries to trip up anyone who has given their heart to Jesus because he is trying to cause your witness to be meaningless. Every time you slip from following Jesus just a little bit, he knows it, and those who know you are watching to see if you walk the way you claim to. If you thought becoming a Christian would make life easier, you are wrong. When you become a Christian you have left the camp of Satan’s forces and you are fair game to his temptations.

Satan and his “fallen angels”, the demons and principalities, hate you. Especially when you have given your heart to Jesus. You have become the enemy because you are living for Jesus and when you are doing this, Satan knows all of your weaknesses and he can target your mind so intimately that you will believe almost anything he tells you. Remember, Satan convinced one-third of the angels in Heaven to follow him in his rebellion against God. He has been going against God’s purposes for thousands of years regardless of who he was tempting or causing to stumble. Unless you have learned a lot of scripture he can even use it against you by twisting God’s word into something that it isn’t.

Christians everywhere are in a battle against the world system that is controlled by Satan and his demons. His evil plan is being worked out in every area of the world and especially in churches and in every place where Christians are being persecuted. The thing about all of this is that God is allowing it. Satan can’t do anything that God doesn’t allow him to do. God knows who will resist him and his temptations and who will not be able to resist.

What is the point of telling you this? So you’ll know and hopefully, get ready for his attacks before they come. We don’t get warnings ahead of time so we have to be ready at any time. God gave us His Word and His wisdom in the Bible so that we can be ready and know His words and His Truth when Satan tries to twist scripture around. Make sure that you know Jesus and His Truth in your heart and mind so you will have a defense when Satan tries to tempt you because he will.

Doctrine and discipline

No one gains entrance into heaven by their doctrine or their discipline. The only way into heaven is by believing in Jesus as your Savior and submitting your life to Him as your Lord and following Him in your everyday life and your spiritual life daily not just once a week. Church services and the preaching you hear there are for your edification and your ability to learn from God’s Word and the preacher has been called to teach you and your church from that Word.

The grace of God is when He gives us good things that we don’t deserve. Mercy is when He saves us from the punishment or “bad things” that we do deserve. The blessings of God are when He is generous with both!

All of us who are Christians can only gain salvation through our belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior. There are not going to be sections of heaven where we are separated by our doctrine or “discipline”. You either believe in Jesus for your salvation or you don’t. There are many who will not like this news because some haven’t heard this in church…but it is true.

God sent His Son to make salvation available to us by our belief in Him and the atonement that was bought with His blood and His death on the cross. This is the only way to gain our eternity in the presence of God. Only with the righteousness of Christ by the blood of Jesus can we approach the throne of God. There are no denominations that will be preferred in heaven because the only pathway to Heaven is by belief in Jesus Christ and no other. Congregations split over small and inconsistent ideas and problems and this should not be happening but Satan comes into the church and causes it in order to split God’s people over little things. I pray that God will draw the true Christians back together as a church before it is too late.

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.

Be thankful…

God has given us the Moon and the stars and our planet with all of the diversity to keep us wondering what He was up to. For many years scientists have been trying to figure out the universe and anything else they can find to “prove” that all of this just came from a big bang or from a pool of water but they can’t. Even their computers tell them that evolution from single-cell organisms to all of the various forms of life on Earth cannot happen in the time allowed. God created all that we can see or hear or feel in this world and we should be thankful for it. If He had not created life here then we would not be here.

Be thankful for your life and each breath that you take every day because many people have trouble breathing. Some due to diseases and some because of the way they were born. God has a purpose and a plan for everything in our world today and we should be thankful for everything that we have and everything that we can experience in life. Sometimes our experiences aren’t good ones but they are not all bad. Even our bad days can be a blessing because something good will come from that day. Maybe not today or tomorrow but if you believe in God and put your trust in Him then your days, whether good or bad, will be a blessing to you or to someone you know or love.

So many days we go about our business and take so many things for granted or we don’t notice the “little” blessings that we are given at all. Like a cool breeze on a hot day or a cloud that gives you some shade on a sunny, hot day. They may not seem like much but those are blessings that God sends our way all of the time. They are not noticed much because we are so busy. We have so many thoughts and problems running through our minds that we don’t notice when we are blessed by God with our health and our ability to enjoy the day regardless of the problems that we see in it.

Give God the glory and praise Him for your health and your family tomorrow. It is His blessings that enable you and yours to enjoy the day and the fellowship of the day. Don’t allow squabbles and family problems to destroy the day and the thanksgiving meal that goes with it. Seek Him and allow Him to guide you from the point that you wake up tomorrow until you go to sleep tomorrow night.

Put your faith in Him

I know there are many things happening today and many of us have problems, medical and otherwise, that we can’t fix. But God can. Give your cares and worries to Him and He will take care of you.