Life & Death Beyond the Casket

While it is an uncomfortable thing to think about because we know that one day it will be us inside of a box/ urn (or whatever choice is made as to where our body will lay) , while flashbacks come to the front of our minds of a loved one leaving us, while tears and heartache choke us up…….

Life and death are occurring every day right here on earth. A spiritual life and death to be exact.

Choices

Which will we choose? People are dying a spiritual death around the globe near and far.

Have our thoughts become synonymous to seeing a lifeless body in a casket while going through the ritual of saying our goodbyes all the while not thinking that one day it will be our turn and that our eternity will be in heaven or hell?

I don’t mean to come off as being insensitive. Believe me because I have had my share of mourning loved ones. I have a heart for people in general and it hurts me to the core when I see and hear about what’s going on in the world knowing that innocent people are dying.

But for those of us that are still alive and breathing we are at times unknowingly walking around the dead. Those that are spiritually dead. And if we belong to Christ we need to ask ourselves what are we doing to help others go from death to life.

This is such a sensitive topic. Death. But it must be talked about. It must be acted upon. Even through the hardest circumstances I can’t help but wonder if a person has salvation. I can’t help but wonder and literally pray that they have received Jesus Christ into their lives.

None of us know the day or hour that we will leave this earth. Question remains is will we be ready to go? One way or another we will be leaving this temporary dwelling.

Earth is just a pit stop for me. My eternal address and home is up in heaven. I pray that yours is too as well as your loved ones. I pray this for the entire world of mankind. I don’t know you but I am praying for you. I am praying for your life while it’s still here on this side.

You may or may not believe in the One True God, you may or may not choose to receive the love and freedom in Christ Jesus but believe me when I tell you that there is no in between. There is no other way to heaven except through Jesus. There is no reincarnation, there are no levels you must pass to receive enlightenment, empowerment or whatever you have come to believe. These are lies of the devil. I’m not sorry to say it. He is the father of lies and will use anyone and anything to trick you. Do know this. Satan believes in God and he knows that he is only a little god. With that said he loses in the end. Actually he has already lost but will continue to do what he does to grab as many lost souls as he can before his time is up.

Forgive my rant. I just can’t stand him. I can’t sit by without speaking the Truth (Jesus) to you in love. If you have a relationship with Him , if you have accepted Him into your life through the gift of salvation I encourage you to keep pressing on and don’t stop. We have a call on our lives to go into the world and make disciples.

If you do not have salvation in your life and have welcomed Jesus into your heart know that it’s not too late. Today is your day. Tomorrow is not promised. Make up in your mind if you want true life in Christ beyond the physical body which will perish one day. Jesus can and will give it to you. Just ask Him!

Overall my message to you is that we need to see beyond the natural eye and the routine that we do of sending a loved one away at a funeral to truly realize that it’s time to get our lives in order, to stop playing Russian roulette with time because we have no control of when we leave this body. Only God has time in His hands and we all have an appointment. Each of us have been given an appointed time of living. May we do our best to live it in Him and not in vain.

Until the sweet day that I will stand before my Lord I will keep praying for you. I will keep praying for myself and this dark world we live in. Times won’t get any better so we need to live it in love and in Christ Jesus until He comes back.

Choose wisely for life and death stands before us all. God bless you dear heart. From my heart to yours I pray you receive what has been written in love and truth for the sake of winning souls for the Kingdom. In Christ we can do all things for it is He who sustains us day to day helping to getting through the ups and downs that life will bring.

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”

‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭2:1-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

http://bible.com/114/1ti.2.1-7.nkjv

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Nothing Else Matters

When we look over our lives and the things we have attained……Nothing else matters. 


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Success of having a house, the glorious career, increase in wealth, college degrees, where you stand amongst your colleagues, and peers, spouse and children do not matter if you don’t have Jesus. The same applies even when we have less or not at all.

 

Above all else having Christ Jesus is the greatest, most treasured and valuable asset you could ever have in your life and He should matter the most. What we attain beyond having Him are just additional blessings.

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15‭-‬18 NKJV


We live here on this side of heaven temporarily. It’s not our permanent dwelling nor the treasures that we store up and collect here on Earth. Do we truly realize the importance of how we place people and possessions in relation to our lives? Greatest to the least.

 

It’s something to think about and process. Dare I say that the order of what we think is most important in our lives should be switched around? Indeed I do.

 

Believe me when I say that I love my husband and children and all that the Lord has given me but I am nothing without Him. All mankind will perish (unless you’re swept up when He comes back) and every treasure rotted out or forgotten but our relationship with the One who saved us from perishing is eternal.

 

How wonderful that is to know and live out. Our hope, faith, joy and fulfillment is found in God alone. It does not matter how much we try to build, grasp, achieve and succeed at if He is not the center of it all. Every hole that’s empty we will always try to fill up to make us feel better and bring a sense of completion and yet we are not ever full. This is how we humans are. Never full, never satisfied UNTIL we come into realization that we have it all, we have EVERYTHING we could ever need once we place the King of kings and the Lord of lords first and foremost in our lives.

 

May today’s thoughts and God’s truths speak volumes into your life. Ask Him to help you prioritize the order of your living for you cannot fail. What you will be is full, satisfied and successful in Him. Stay in the Holy Word, prayed up, extending a helping hand and loving others all of your breathing days.

 
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. II Corinthians 9:8 NKJV

Nothing Else Matters But Jesus 



Living Simply in Abundance 

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Me. Jesus. Prayer. Green Tea.

Living Simply in Abundance with the Lord. Nothing complicated at all. Cast your cares aside and share some much needed time with Him.

Watch, listen tentatively and be still.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Ps 143:8 NKJV

Exhale right now… everything else will still be there. Quiet the busyness spinning through your head.

At the end of the day (or your time set aside to spend with Him) you will realize that you actually had all that you needed to get your day started. Every little thing after that will just fit into your day as planned when He’s put first on the schedule.

Have a wonderful day in Jesus from my heart to yours,

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Friday Praise! Jesus Gave the Best for Me

 

Happy Blessed Friday Beloveds!

Let us worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) on this day that has been given to us! Aren’t you excited that Jesus lives and that He gave His best for you and me?!!

May the hand of the Lord rest upon you and your loved ones. Sing praises and take delight in the Holy One for His mercy and grace are poured out daily. Hallelujah!

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. – Psalms 98:4-6 NKJV

Through it all….I Worship You

Words can’t seem to describe the thankfulness that is running through me. Its really hard to do it but I want to allow others to feel what I feel to the best of my ability.

The wonder, the love, the power, the gentleness, endless mercy and grace, peace, joy even through hard times I know that I know that the Lord Almighty goes before me and is a keeper of His word.

He can do all things BUT fail.

I worship You Lord not just for blessing and protecting me but because of Who You are and who I am not. I am nothing without you. I cannot sustain day to day without You. When hard knocks come, when the wind blows extremely harsh in my life it seems and I feel as if I will topple over …You O Lord, my Rock and sure Foundation keep my foot from slipping.

I worship You! I worship You with all that I have within me…. I bless You Lord. Hallelujah!

When I have yet to hear a word back from You I know that I am heard because my faith tells me so. When I fail You time and time and again You continue to love and encourage me. I am not worthy of nothing but You give me your best and that alone brings tears to my eyes O giver of Life. My Creator, Father God, Abba my soul cries out with a heart of thanksgiving.

My life is Yours dear Lord. Please help me to live my days with great love and sincerity as a reflection of my love for You. You are worthy of all of our praise. Not just today but everyday. Glory to God!

Dear beloved as you read my words, I would like for you to reflect on the goodness of the Lord in your life and of your loved ones. He has been quite generous to us all. We do not deserve anything but because of His unfailing love and His remarkable ability to see us past all of our faults He is worthy of  a dance, a shout, a Hallelujah, Glory to God and whatever else you feel led to say and do. A God Who does not love conditionally but unconditionally, a Father and Creator who saw me and called us His own before we were even formed within the womb of our mothers. The Lord saw us in all our mess and still chose us. He has called us His people. I bless Him this day and I desire for my relationship to go nowhere but deeper and more intimate. I pray that you do as well.

Give glory and honor to Him brothers and sisters even when your day is not going it’s best. Sometimes your praise will turn your outlook around. I know this for myself. Hallelujah!

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord , all the earth. Sing to the Lord , bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord , O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Psalms 96:1‭-‬9 NKJV

 

Are you Available?

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I know that the Lord is speaking to me. Prayers that I have lifted up to Him are being answered. My life should first and foremost be about living for God and walking His Word out in my life.

If you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the ladies for minute. (though this applies to the Body of Christ as a whole)

Ladies, may we not be complacent. There is so much out in this world that we can be doing. We have influence to use for all the right reasons. As godly women will we just sit back or become the active hands, feet and mouthpieces for Christ ? Pray and ask the Lord to stir up the desires that may be dormant in your heart, to wash away any thoughts that tell you that you are not capable of doing a certain task.

If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

The Word tells us:

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So…………..Are you available?

Today Is It’s Name for a Reason

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We can never get today back so I pray we make the best of it. Worrying won’t change a thing. Lord knows I’m talking to self before anyone else. Love, Peace and Hope are ours today….

Be blessed and encouraged dear hearts for the Lord has seen fit for us to be alive on this green earth one more sweet day for reason and a purpose.

The Lord tells us:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34