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CELEBRATE THE LOST!

CELEBRATE THE LOST!

“At birth, we start our journey towards death, one day at a time.”

” To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn , and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to go rend, and a time to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace”    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“A time to be born and a time to die.”  Is one of the most well-known statements of this era, that has literally worried some folks to death. 

As some of us know, the bible gives us instructions on how to handle death. We talked about that in “Death is Life Everlasting.”  As far as I know we have no remembrance of our birth, and I believe the reason is because we are void of knowledge. Which has often caused me to wonder why do the young think the elderly are without wisdom?

At an early age, I was taught some things about death, by listening to the teachings of my grandmother. I learned death could be endured. As my grandmother was preparing to meet her maker, she told me she wanted me to be happy, and she said; “when I leave this old world, there will be more tears, for me; and understand baby, we are to cry when one is born and rejoice when one is gone.”                            

I was young, and I thought since she was elderly, she had the whole cry and laugh thing backward.

After my grandmother’s death, and I had returned to work; I was in a hospital finishing sheetrock when one morning a doctor entered an adjacent room; separated by a sheet of heavy clear plastic, I saw he was carrying a newborn baby. I had stopped to check out the scene when I hear him say to the child, as he pierced it with a needle; “Welcome to the world of pain.” The baby cried and so did I.

A short time later, while in church, I found Revelations 21:4-5   “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away: And he that sat upon the throne said; Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

This is my story and I am sticking with it.

My grandmother told me when she passes away, she wanted me to look for the smile on her face. I was too “Celebrate the Lost;” I did see that smile, and I understood the intent. She wanted to try to prepare me to “look death in the face;” for there is no getting around it, or any other way other than to do it.

“All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”    Ecclesiastes 3:20

“Like it or not,” she said, “you are the eldest sibling and will probably be responsible for the burial of your parents, maybe some others as well; I pray no child should leave before their parents. It’s a hard job, and you need to know what it entails. So make your peace, try to understand death is not a sentence; abide by the will of God so you can have life everlasting, after death, as God promised.”

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”   2nd Corinthians 5:8

There are some so deeply immersed in the Devil that, if they died, we might want to “celebrate the loss  “A Celebration for the relief of some, from sickness, etc.; or others that are just plain evil; praying they have been redeemed by God’s mercy, again. What good is life without quality; being racked with pain and or being chased by demons; this is not the way to live or die. We need our Savior, which is in heaven.

Most don’t want to die because, we are afraid, selfish, and want to live, forever and ever. We want it all.  Steven Write asked; “Where would you put it?” 

We are afraid of the unknown, so some are willing to endure any angst, to not die. Angst: a strong feeling of worry, dread, anxiety, or anguish, etc.  Some angst is caused by man’s awareness of death. Shouldn’t we be afraid of the known? I don’t know about you, but I find this world a bit freighting.

With the help of my grandmother, and surviving Cancer, I don’t worry too much about death. Oh, now don’t get me wrong, it’s just not at the top of my list, anymore. I want to live as long as possible. I stopped brooding over the fact that it is going to happen and wondering when. I decided to start living under the real fact that; “Thy Will Be Done.”

I felt the presence of God when I thought I was at death’s door. I felt the joy of lost fears when I gave my woes to Christ.

“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out her dead.’   Isaiah 26:19

I can’t say I saw a “white light,” but I can say I saw a “bright future,” after I came face to face with what I thought might be my demise. I found, what I thought was my time, was not. I was wasting time being obsessed with death.

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even vapors that appear for a little time, and then vanish away.”   James 4:14

I retained most of what my grandmother told me all those years ago, and I try not to beat me down about the lost of a loved one to death. We all have to live with death, and we all will have to die. But while we are here, we should not fear death, but live to serve the Lord; so when it is our time, we will not regret anything. (Life)

We may not wake up to know there is a tomorrow, so praise God now and live for todayCelebrate the Lost,” of those gone home; for they have awakened on the right-hand side of God Almighty.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”  Ecclesiastes 12:7

Let God’s people rejoice. Amen

Thank you, grandma!

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WHAT MAKES SENSE TO ME, NOW!

What makes sense to me now; is like an alien invasion of others.

I believe there is a reason for every action, inaction, or reaction large and small, and I believe Deja vu is one of those that’s there to remind us “We have passed this way before;”  And our Hearts and Spirit, need to be engaged with Christ to realize that.

We know that Deja vu is a feeling, or an awareness that something has happened before, and we know our Spirit is to guide us in all matters, so we won’t get caught up in the “same ole same ole.”  The Spirit is our inner self, and this gives us strength, guidance, and our own personal connection with the Lord.  But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; Deja vu could be telling us we need to change a Constance and our Spirit is telling us how to achieve it.

We can start by realizing being in a leadership position do not make us powerful, or a good fit. We talked before about “Some People in High Places!”  When we consider ourselves to be the master over others, coupled with a position that can make or break the success of another if used incorrectly, is not power, it’s corruption; specially prepared, just for you, by the Devil.  But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; sometimes it’s not the position we are in, it is how we treat it. Including what we say, who we say it too, and what it was about. Keeping in mind, if we wish to gain respect and be considered a fair person, honest, and trustworthy, THAT WHO WE MUST BE.  Those are the things that make us truly powerful, and not resented.

As far as most of us are concerned, success is the salt of the earth, and most want to climb high on the latter that leads to money, fame, the ability to take care of our families, etc… But, this can cause some to do things that are beneath us, or so we say; and it can hinder us from living a Christ filled life. But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; sometimes we fall hard from Grace, and we dig in deeper on the way down, but the greatest achievement is we can perform when we hit the bottom, is to forgive ourselves, as well as others, get a grip and get up.

I often question the motives of others, especially if I suspect they may be trying to play me, or it could just be my vain imagination, but come on now, you know what we are talking about.  If not; When we are receiving kudos and accepting praise that we don’t deserve.   Another trick of the Devil.

This is an attempt to keep us thinking we are the cats meow. Building a big head in our character that blinds us from the truth; at times causing us to fail in front of our peers.  As large or small as that may be.                                                                                 

What makes sense to me now is; we have to get out of our own better than thou self, and we need to get rid of “I take what I want,” or trick you out of yours, mentally, coupled with learning how to recognize a person or persons that covet (want) our life and or things. This is trouble if you’re only about you because you won’t recognize the danger.

We must protect ourselves by recognizing the Devil when we see him, even when he is, Us.  Having the ability to see past ourselves is not an easy thing to do, but who better than you and God know, if you deserve the praise, or not?   Proverbs 10:20-22 tells us;

“The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth. (vs. 21) “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” (vs.22) “The blessing of the Lord makes it right, and he adds no sorrow with it.”

THANK YOU, LORD.  But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; The decisions we make will in most part determine the life we live, and how we will handle events in general. Will we be just or unfair, transparent or hiding a dark entity? Whatever the situation and the reason we choose in making a decision, it should be properly grounded in Christ. 

Making a decision based on what we want and not need, overlooking the well-being and wishes of others, is not guaranteed to provide us with the health, wealth and happiness we are seeking, just because we kept all the blessings for ourselves. Remember, the Devil gives gifts too, and often take them back. Favor from the Lord is what we should be seeking, and to get it we must make amends.  Proverbs 8:35 tells us;

“For whoso finds me finds life and shall obtain the favor of the Lord.”   But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; The people we set ourselves up against, or the ones we align ourselves to, will determine which team we are on. The Carnal (world) or the Kingdom (of God), is what’s at stake. Decisions and choices we will all have to make; believing in God or not. I suggest we look to our Hearts, where the Spirit lives, and we may find the right reason to make the correct decision. 

“Reasons are the playmakers, for decisions.”  

We are often reminded, when things pertain us, that we will have to make a decision. We have to pick one or the other, in or out, up or down, good or bad, this or that. Not, in my opinion, I say we already know, because our minds are made up; even when we know we are wrong.   Matthew 6:21 say;

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will hold the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”  (money)     Matthew 6:24

We place ourselves, in the view of others, we think can take us down the “yellow brick road, to see the  Wizard;”  (the devil)  At a price, so we can be happy, etc. God don’t charge. By putting Him first we may not need tricks to achieve happiness. We put too much stock in some. Wake up, we are all humans, and full of flaws.                                             

We have all types of flaws, vanity is one of them; being concerned only with what we can do for ourselves.  When it comes to things, a good example is our appearance; the items we place on our back, and or in our homes, some believe make us who we are. When in truth it is only a showing of who we want others to think we are; causing some to strut around like peacocks. Now, there is nothing wrong with having nice things, wanting them, or looking the part. But wait; there’s more.                         

What makes sense to me now is; all things belong to God and as a good parent would, He sometimes rewards us. God wants us to have a comfortable life and He knows we are in need of and desires some things. 1st Corinthians 9:11 say;

“If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?”

“What is for you is for you.”

Some wealth and knowledge might not have come honestly, and we are trying to cash in on things that are not for us, about us, or who we represent ourselves to be, serving man and things of his, instead of God, and He only wants our Love. We must decide now who we will serve. But wait; there’s more.

What makes sense to me now is; Joshua 24:15

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

“Understand, ye brutish among the people; and, ye fools, when will ye be wise?”  Psalms 94:11

“You Have Been Warned,” and you know what I am talking about; Don’t be the one that grew old, and never learned anything.That has never made sense to me.

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