Posts Tagged ‘Devotion’

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Death has a very good way of putting everything in perspective. As a believer, I can rest in the fact that after I die, I will go to be with my Savior, Jesus in heaven, not because of any good in me but because I have repented of my sins and trusted in the atoning work of Christ on the cross.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers (born again Christians) , about those who are asleep (dead), that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thess 4:13-15)

Lately, for some reason, I seem to be surrounded by death in one form or another and I have been thinking a lot about death and how we as christians should respond to it, especially to unbelievers. The bible says that we should ‘mourn with those who mourn’.

When we see the pain caused by death, I believe that our first response should not to get into a theological debate about where that person has gone but to have compassion and mourn with those who have been affected. It is such a difficult time for all involved and to see this first hand makes you look at life differently and makes you treasure the small things in life and not take anything for granted

But at the same time, if a person does approach you and asks questions pertaining to the afterlife, we have to be ready to give them an answer.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience – 1 Peter 3:15 (my emphasis added)

I think it would also be wrong to give a person false hope that the person who has died has gone ‘to a better place’ because the fact of the matter is that we dont know. In fact, a lot of ministers profess that the person who has died and ‘gone to be with Jesus’, not taking into account how they lived their life on earth.

I like this verse in Da Truths song ‘Go’

Sometimes it’s beautiful
Other times I’m fuming
When I go to a funeral- why
Because the preacher that’s ruling
The pulpit is fooling them
Pulling the wool over their eyes
So now what’s a man to think
When in every single case
The preacher boldly exclaims
Though he never claimed to be saved
And he died from aids
That he’s still in a better place
Now I leave confused
And the people leave confused
And the family is comforted, but
It’s under the false pretense
That once a weekend
Is all that Jesus wants
So you know that it’s our job
To open up their eyes
With the truth that’s found in the script
So we can’t afford to hide, the treasure that’s inside
Let’s bless the world with this wonderful gift
Let’s give it to them

This is a hard pill to swallow but the fact is, Jesus said that most people who die DO NOT go to a better place but to a worse place because they have not taken The Narrow Road but instead prefer the broad road.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Only God knows what has happened before the deceased’s final breath and we can only hope that they have repented before that happens but as stated before, we as believers need to be loving, compassionate, sensitive and understanding. Let us also ask God for wisdom as each situation will be unique.

And let us all remember that we are all part of the ultimate statistic. 10 out of 10 people die. We all will die one day and none of us know when that day will be. For some of us, it will be sooner rather than later as life can be so unpredictable so don’t take the risk and play Russian roulette with your soul. The bible says that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

If you are not a Christian, please click here. It may be the most important mouse click you have done on the internet

If for any reason, you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, I STRONGLY urge you to look at this link called ‘Death is not dying’.

Jesus said…., “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies

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You may have seen the shocking youth message that Paul Washer preached a few years ago doing its round on the internet but you may not know WHY he preached it. Below is an interview which will give you the background as to why he preached this message.

And if you havent heard the message, then please listen to it below. Youth leaders especially, please take note.

Rachel’s story is not unlike what thousands of women around the world have experienced. A diagnosis that changes a woman’s life and inevitably takes from her what we consider to be most precious.

After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, the 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

But for Rachel the essence of life is found in her relationship with God through Jesus. And that’s why Rachel is convinced that death is not dying.

Rachel testimony is very touching and I strongly recommend listening/watching it. You can listen to/download the audio by clicking here or you can watch the video here

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Rachel Barkey (nee Sawer) went home to her Lord on July 2, 2009 at 37 years of age. Rachel is survived by her husband Neil and her children Quinn and Kate, parents Ben and Cathy Sawer, brother David (Johanna) Sawer and sister Andrea Sawer.

These are the questions that I have been asking over the past few months. A feel like a miniature Job where there seems to be one thing happening in my life after another. I mentioned my burglary some time back. On top of that, I am still having problems with my relationship my daughter which is somewhat strained. Then on top of that, as I touched on in my previous post, my neighbour broke into my house a few weeks back thinking that I was not in. What triggered this off is that I had suspected him from stealing my post so I wrote inside a self addressed envelope ‘so you have been stealing my post as well’ and he bit the bait. The police arrested him, but not before he threatened the police with a knife and put the same knife to his own chest and throat. Then when he was in the court, he tried to harm himself and he has now been banned for possessing a dog for 5 years. He is now remanded in police custody until the beginning of December. Believe me when I say that this is the edited version of events.

Earlier on in my christian life, I would have asked “Lord, why are you allowing me to go through through this” Now I ask “Lord what do you want me to learn through this?”

Well here is a few things that I have learnt/am learning or been reminded about:

  • My devotion to God via studying his word and prayer is very circumstantial. Both of these have nose dived in recent weeks and I have had to repent. I look at Daniel as an example who even though there was a decree from the king so that nobody could make a petition to anyone except the King or be thrown into the lions Den, Daniel….

….in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

  • I have been reminded again that apart from Christ, I am nothing and hopeless. I am totally at God’s mercy.
  • Just because I am a christian, does not excuse me from ANY trial. In fact, I should expect it because that is what has been promised to believers (2 Tim 3:2)
  • Whatever temptation or trial I am going through, I have to make sure that I am blameless in God’s eyes (Phillipians 1:10, 2:15). This was apparent when claiming off my insurance for the burglary (the temptation was to bump up my claim), when dealing with my neighbour (the temptation was to go into the flesh and have a fight when he kicked my door down with me in it) amongst other things. If I do go in the flesh, I cannot just expect God to ‘bless over’ my disobedience

I’m sure there are more lessons for me to learn from this but on a positive note, I have found a new house and will be moving into it by the end of the month so will be away from ‘the neighbour from hell’ when he is released from prison