God's promises are sure and never ending.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2: 20.
We are all born into sin caused by Satan in the first instance, tempting Eve with a lie and then Adam, who was with her also, eventually fell to the same lie by eating what Eve offered him and he was then faced with a serious dilemma because of his love for Eve, which is a very powerful emotion - should he turn her away or join her in her violation. And even though they disobeyed God’s command, not to eat of that tree, I often wonder if they weren’t so naïve and innocent, and being the very first humans, would they have fallen if they weren’t so childlike? They certainly weren't 'street wise' by any stretch of the imagination but they still disobeyed a command. And I suppose that’s irrelevant now but I think we should be more hard on Satan than Eve. He knew exactly what he was doing and he has much more to answer for. So because of that transgression, sin entered man and has been passed down through Adam to everyone in every generation since. And we can see from this story just how much Satan hated Adam and Eve and then us because God considers all of us as His children. Satan was so jealous of us in the extreme - he knows God loves us and being consumed in his hatred, he also knows his end and has only one thought toward us - if I can't have it, neither can you. And he still believes he has a chance of defeating God if he can turn more of us away from Him.
And this is why, 4000 years later, the virgin birth of Jesus was necessary so that He wasn't tainted with a sin nature. Jesus didn't have a human father, so the sin nature wasn't passed down to Him. But since He had a human mother who also carried the sin nature, He was fully human but without the sin nature because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. In Luke 4: 1 - 13, it tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days and nights and He was weakened by hunger, after which, the devil came to tempt Him. In verse 13 it says: And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season. And by saying all it is clearly saying He was tempted of every sin that is common to man and if He failed in just one test, it would have negated His saving work on the cross. Could any of us have done what He did through His love for us? You need to remember that it is God who made us so we are not 'our own' by any means and it is to Him we belong. When we die our body returns to dust from where it came but our spirit, which only God can destroy is very sobering, Matthew 10: 28. It is only a believer's spirit that returns to Him but an unbeliever's spirit goes to a very different place to await judgement and after that judgement, the unbelievers spirit is cast into the lake of fire - for eternity.
And that is not to say a believer won't face judgement, we all will. 2nd Corinthians 5: 10 says: For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. At this point upon death a believer’s spirit is given an interim body, which is only temporary.
But an unbeliever's fate is already determined if they don't change by repenting before their death. And the second death is the worst we could ever experience – Revelation 20: 11 - 15 is very convicting and I’ll write it here: And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead, which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead, which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
God’s word clearly teaches that all people — whether saved or not, will stand before Jesus on a day to be judged. Believers will answer for their deeds at the judgment seat of Christ and will escape condemnation, Romans 8: 1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. In Matthew 12: 31, 32 Jesus is saying in these verses, that there is one sin that isn't forgiven, which describe the unbelievers who refuse to change but believers who are careful of scripture won't fall to that sin, thereby escaping it. And the lost will face Him in judgement at the great white throne to receive their fate. And the tender mercy that God is still offering to everyone before death, simply by changing direction and coming to Him, should never be thrown away. The reason believers will have escaped condemnation is as explained and also because they didn't fall away after believing, they continued. And the following verses that Paul says in Romans 11: 22, 23 are truly, a great comfort and benefit to all: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide, not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. Looking again at the words if thou continue, they have a very strong meaning in these verses, which simply means to persevere under all adversities and continue appears 334 times throughout the Bible. And continue is preceded with if thou - or if you, which is not quite a command but it is a strong directive that we all should obey. So we can now see that the word continue is an encouragement and is something we all must do. I think these verses in Romans are a beautiful inspiration and also a kind forgiveness to all who are struggling in whatever, that while there is life, there is also hope. I also like what it says with the same words in part in Colossians 1: 23: If ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard. Even every unbeliever’s life can soon be turned around if they just give in and let Him have control. It is also a very tender exhortation to the sinner, if we come to Him broken to be mended. If we just come to Him, child-like in our sins, and confess those sins - even if we think those sins are too much to forgive, He will heal us. Is there a greater mercy? And scripture tells us in Ephesians 2: 8, 9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
In 1835, Charlotte Elliot on her death bed penned a well known hymn, which is credited with turning many hearts to the Lord. She was sadly thinking, as so many do, that God wouldn't accept her in her sins but a preacher who visited her said, "You have nothing of merit to bring to God, you must come just as you are". And so the hymn Just as I am was born. There are many who put off coming to Him hoping to disentangle themselves from their sins in time and if you are in that situation, it is a very dangerous hope because you might not even make it through today. He already knows your sins, just come as you are, and He will heal and forgive you. Consider this: Believers are saved no matter what their sins are, if they repent and continue. Unbelievers are NOT regardless of good conduct, they didn't even begin. All they have to do for the same reward is change their direction and that doesn't mean you must attend a church to receive that promise.
And who can afford not to accept such a beautiful promise?
Now after Adam, we are all formed indirectly through natural procreation, not directly, by instant creation as He formed Adam. And the order of the body is formed first and on birth, the life-giving spirit, which is the ‘breath of life’, is imparted at that point by God – exactly the same as He did to Adam. And Adam was formed first from clay, then God breathed life into him after, and so he became a living soul – He didn’t create man around a spirit – man is earthly and to the earth his body will return. After Adam, it was decreed by God for man to reproduce by a biological process, which is procreation but not yet possessing a spirit. When you think about it, humans don’t have the power to impart a spirit by that process, only God has that power, He alone is the giver of life. God placed a spirit in everyone at birth, which makes us alive and if we understand this, without a spirit we would just be a mechanical entity – a robot.
And robots don’t have the power to reason spiritually.
Everyone at some point, has wondered – what is it that makes me 'alive'? It’s our spirit, which is the life within us, and is who we are and our physical body is just the vehicle that carries it around. You can also think of our spirit as an entity, which by definition is something that exists apart from other things, having it's own independent existence. And that's about as far as most can understand, we 'know' that we're alive and by thinking further, all of us can understand this 'life' that is within us can only be from God - where else did it come from, there is no other reasonable explanation. As this point is often debated by many, you might think about this: From conception, the body grows with all the parts, including the heart and blood and everything else, so then, for all intents and purposes it is ‘live’ i.e. it has movement and continues to develop until it is ready to be born. But it is not yet “alive” so to speak, simply because the spirit is only installed at birth. And of course, no-one knows just how He does that, He can do it in any way He chooses - I can only think of the words in Genesis 18: 14, Is any thing too hard for the Lord? And leave it at that. Zechariah 12: 1 says: The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretched forth the heavens, and layeth the foundations of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him. The text above this verse and below is just how I interpret His meaning in how He gave life to Adam and then to us in the same way and this verse would indicate that to be true. But I am aware and also know, this verse can be taken two ways and many will argue the other way but remember, many verses are veiled, it could also refer to the birth of Jesus.
The following paragraph explains in medical terms the process of birth after conception. And we see that Adam, until God breathed into him, he was still just clay - and like Adam, so it is with the human form. The biological process of the baby being delivered into the world, where it takes its first breath, would follow on exactly as God did to Adam. And if you think about it completely, just as Adam became a living soul with his first breath – so it is with us.
"Babies don’t breathe in the womb as we understand breathing. Instead, they rely on their mother’s breathing to receive oxygen to their developing organs through the umbilical cord. Within a few moments after birth, the baby will take a sharp inhale and breathe for the first time on its own. This inflation of the lungs brings oxygen into the baby’s bloodstream without the mother’s help for the first time". I think this medical explanation is also a good analogy of our spirit being imparted only at birth.
Just another thought, as a baby grows in the mother until it is ready to be born, the spirit that God imparts must be fed in order to grow and the way it is fed is by you and I reading God’s words as early and as much as possible. And it's not only our spirit that grows and benefits from reading God's words, it's our mind as well. That doesn’t happen in the mother, it happens outside the mother only after we are born, so it would seem to me that God imparts our spirit at birth - for more than one reason. I’m quite sure that if our spirit was ‘fully grown or mature’ so to speak, then it wouldn’t need to grow as we do so it must be a 'baby' as well. Think of how we thought as an infant - we had childlike thoughts, hence the need for God’s words to help us grow. Just think about that for a minute - the spirit that God imparts to us is already an empty vessel, just as we are, until we believe and receive the Holy Spirit, after which, we fill that vessel and ourselves with God's words - which is why it needs to be fed in order for both of us to grow. Of course, until we make that choice to follow Jesus, we are just filling it with everyday life matters. As mentioned above, it's our spirit that was given by God that makes us alive and if it wasn't an empty vessel, that is, if it was already 'spiritually full' would we continue to sin? And if it was already full would there be a need to read God's words? It's an interesting question and it's the very reason we are are all given a free choice, simply because that vessel IS empty, so we either accept and follow Him, which results in salvation and eternal life, or reject Him. And it's up to you what you fill that vessel with so let the Spirit have control to help you fill that vessel. Thinking further, there are many who say they don't believe, yet if you ask them why don't they believe, no matter what answer they give, most haven't an acceptable or reasonable answer, just following others who say it without giving any serious thought as to why, which, is really rebelliousness and I can only think that 'empty vessel' has never been filled - even partly with God's words, therefore they reject it in ignorance and is a sad thing. And there are those who will deliberately reject it for whatever reason. Just as sheep will follow their shepherd, goats only follow each other. I'm sure everyone can understand that analogy.
Romans 8 is a good study for all - there are so many good verses for thought there and too many to single out any one verse.
And you know who will fill our mind with worthless matter if we don't fill it with spiritual matter. 1st Corinthians 10: 13, is written for understanding, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it. And many might wonder how and the answer is in James 4: 7, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Submission being the key to it, then more in verse 8, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. It's just being aware that Satan WILL attack you and then training yourself to recognise when he does so as quickly as you can and stamp on it before it gets a hold. The longer you entertain whatever he puts before you, the harder it is to escape. And it's simple to do but not many do it. Who can fathom the mercy of God.
So because it is a two-part operation, in which we do the physical part, God does the spiritual part, and all at the right time. On that point, it’s easy to think that we would seem to be ‘the givers of life’ through a biological process but we are told that it is God who gives life and not us. It’s the spirit that is given by God at our birth, which is the ‘life’ within us and on our death it’s just the body that dies, not the spirit, as it returns to God. Ecclesiastes 12: 7 says: Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Our body and our spirit, although connected, are two separate entities – one is of the earth, the other is spiritual, which explains the above verse. And just think, if our bodies consist of two separate entities as mentioned, and God breathed the spirit of life into Adam, who was a lifeless form until then and clay became a living soul at that point. And so too, man became a living soul thereafter by procreation but without a spirit until God gives it.
Then knowing that, we must also conclude that God knew our spirit before He gave it and Psalms 139: 13 - 16 affirms it: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame is not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
And Jeremiah says in part in 1: 5, Before I formed thee in the womb I knew thee; and the rest of this verse tells us about God calling Jeremiah even before he was born. And just as God knew Jeremiah and called him for a special purpose, it also confirms that He knew everyone else and He has a specific purpose for each of us as well - and once that purpose has been revealed to you, no matter how difficult or insignificant it seems, do it to the best of your ability. Some may think, how will I know His will for me? And that could be the start of the Spirit working in you with a prompt and you will just 'know' so don't ignore it and let it grow. If the desire is there the Spirit will reveal it and prayer will help. And as you grow by filling your mind and spirit with God's words, gradually you will learn to recognise whichever way he speaks.
And He does everything in the same manner so that He doesn’t create confusion or division. He first formed Adam from dust, and knowing our body comprises about 60% water, it’s possible He mixed water with dust to form clay. (Just my thoughts.) He then breathed ‘the spirit of life’ into him after – not the other way round, which some wrongly think that life begins at conception – that is just the initial biological mechanics of it. God let the rest of the growing process proceed in the mother but leaving the spirit until birth. So looking at the verses in scripture above, it is clear that there is much more to it than thinking life begins at conception – it does not.
And now you know how everyone’s name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. Everything was and is all done in its rightful order. Not only that, we know the date and time of our birth and we also know how long we’ve already lived, yet we don’t know the day of our departure – but God does, our days are established and numbered by Him.
And as it was through procreation that our bodies were created by our parents, who disciplined us as necessary and we obeyed them, shouldn’t we all the more submit ourselves to the Father of our spirit and live? Hebrews 12: 9. That is obedience too but on a higher level.
Our own spirit was imparted by God so that we can communicate with Him at any time. And as our body has its own specific functions, only our spirit has the ability to converse with Him. You can think of that as a thought process, which by definition is the act of using your mind to consider or think about something. And by conversing or praying, we are doing that in a spiritual sense, that is, from your heart through your mind. There are many verses in scripture that speak about this and John 4: 23, 24 being one of the most important, I should write them here: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father requireth even such to worship Him. God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. Everything about God and His dear Son is done in spirit.
And the moment we believe in Jesus, His Spirit enters ours, which is indwelling. And what I mean is, there are two spirits at work here - our own spirit, already installed by God at our birth and the Holy Spirit upon believing, a combining, or intertwining of the two so to speak and that is how the Holy Spirit communicates with us, through our spirit. Just a little further from that, we are told in scripture to pray to God directly and not to the Holy Spirit, Philippians 4: 6, asking what you will in Jesus' name. It is the Spirit who relays our prayers to God and you only have to think about how many times you feel unable or unworthy to pray to realise that - Romans 8: 26.
And, if you are receptive to that, the Holy Spirit who was made manifest at Pentecost – Acts 2: 1 – 4, will come to you and he is in all who believe. Prior to that, the Spirit was on them but not yet in them – Numbers 11: 17. There are many believers who haven’t yet heard the Spirit’s still soft voice, they know they’ve received it when they first believed but haven’t yet experienced it – and in reality in most cases, they are just lukewarm. That’s a spiritual condition they must overcome if they desire it. You know the antidote for being lukewarm – pick up His book. If you really think about it, you know it's the truth.
Thinking about this, we are the custodians of our spirit and God wants us to be mindful of it and do the very best we can so that we can return it in a suitable condition that is acceptable to Him. As mentioned above, without a spirit we're just a robot - so our spirit is on loan to us and He wants it back better than He gave it. In the next paragraph I'll write a little of the talents, which will explain what I've just said. He will help us if we only allow Him to. And if you think about that, we really have only one purpose in this life and that is to come to Jesus, as long as it is called today, that is, before it’s too late and do what is required of us, which is helping others if they will allow us, so that when we stand before Jesus, we will hear Him say: Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Matthew 25: 14 - 25, the parable of the talents is good to observe and understand. To 'fast forward' it's basically about the gifts that are given to all believers, some more than others. This story is an example of what all believers are required to do in helping others - and is describing a wealthy man who went on a far journey, entrusting his servants with his possessions in his absence. One was given 5 talents, one was given 2, and one was given only 1 - to every man according to his several ability. That is, the Master knew what each man was capable of and distributed the talents accordingly. After which, the Master returned and the one who received 5 talents used his ability and doubled it. Likewise, the one who received 2 also doubled it. But the one who received 1 was fearful of losing it and so he buried it in a field so that he could at least return what was given. He was just lazy. He didn't use the given gift to increase for the Master and we can all do the increase in one way or another.
Thinking about the gifts that everyone is given to help others and once we've recognised what our gift is we can then use it for Him. And they are many and varied. 1st Corinthians 12: 1 - 11 tells us what they are and it doesn't take long, the Spirit will reveal it in time. This parable in Matthew 5: 14 - 16 is another good example and instruction: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good work and glorify your Father in heaven.
Similarly, Matthew 20: 1 - 16 is also good to understand. Again, to fast forward, this story is about a man who owned a vineyard and he needed labourers to work in the harvest, so he went and hired some and agreed with them a fair price - a penny a day. By a certain time, he saw that more labourers were needed, so again he went and found some and said: Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And at a later hour, he saw there were still not enough labourers and again he did the same, saying the same to the 'latecomers'. At the end of the day, he paid each labourer a penny - the last the same as the first. But the first were angry thinking that their wages were in fact, much less than the latecomers who only worked for a certain time. This is how it is for some today, who don't really understand the mercy and patience of God - even so many could be considered latecomers in this era of Laodicea - but as long as we just come before it's too late.
And thinking about it in our spiritual life, God will not differentiate between those who come early or those who come late. The reward of salvation and eternal life is the same, whether you come early or late - just so long as you come. Think about when Jesus was on the cross along with two others - one mocked Him and the other was repentant, right at the 'eleventh hour' and he received a fitting reward. I can only think if the one who mocked Him was repentant as well, he too would have received the same forgiveness and reward. But of course, like that unrepentant thief, we should be aware of what can happen if you leave it too late. And isn't that a perfect example for everyone today?
Take the example of the prodigal son, Luke 15: 11 - 31, who wanted everything that life could give him before serving the lord. There are many of us who can say a similar story in our own lives and any person may be just like the prodigal - I want everything now, serving God can wait. And we all know where that can lead and fortunately, that story has a good ending. But think about it in our own lives today - perhaps a young boy or girl with a different mindset, wanting to live for God and Jesus, if they continue in their belief all their life, trying their best to stay away from sin, the reward is salvation - and by doing so they will live a better, fulfilled life, free of later heartache. And their reasoning could be, it's best to start now and continue - just in case it ends badly, early. And like the prodigal, a thoughtless person in their younger years may want everything life could offer but late in life, decide that salvation offers more - and I am one of those. This is why He said, the last shall be first and the first last, which is the same in these parables.
If only others would come to the same conclusion as I did, before it's too late. And I can assure anyone in the same situation as I was, it's far better to receive this peace early rather than late, agonising over it. And I understand this mindset, 'I don't want to miss out on anything'. Well, there's more to gain than there is to miss. And it's best to realise that sooner, rather than too late. Just give in.
And it's NEVER too early to begin because no-one knows the day of our departure. Just a little more on that, there are many like I was, coming to God at the 'eleventh hour' but there are also those who lost at the eleventh hour too, even before. Remember the unrepentant thief I've mentioned above. And what I'm saying here is, it's the last battle, or perhaps the last battles that count and you don't know when that is, don't give up at any time, much less the end.
To digress a little and thinking about the adversities that we face in our lives, some so much more than others and we often wonder why, life seems so cruel at times. Yet they pale in comparison when you think about the adversity that Jesus faced from His birth and up to His death. From the beginning Herod of Judea sought to kill Him because he had heard from 'the three wise men' that a King was to be born in Bethlehem and he feared that the baby Jesus would be a rival. And Herod being afraid, sent soldiers into Bethlehem and surrounding areas to kill every male child under the age of two in his wroth. The Holy Spirit came to Joseph and warned him about Herod and told him to take the child and His mother into Egypt and they were there until Herod's death. And after Herod's death the Spirit told Joseph to return to Israel. And then later, the Pharisees and Sadducees and Sanhedrin sects being corrupt, joined forces seeking ways to condemn Jesus, even to kill Him, which eventually resulted in His crucifixion, along with two others. And whenever I think on this, my mind is filled with horror, and He willingly allowed this to happen for one reason only - that you and I might live.
We are washed clean by His blood. How can we not love Him.
After thinking about the beginnings, that is, our birth and life it would be remiss not to think about the opposite end, that is, the brevity of life and finally death.
With birth and life, we can see that the beginning is a beautiful thing and like flowers in a field, they show so much promise yet how quickly they fade and die. In 1st Peter 1: 24 it says: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. And it’s really only when you advance in years that you even begin to think about how short life is, and when we were younger, that same thought rarely, if ever, crossed our mind. But the very young as well as the old are quickly taken at times and because of that, we should never fall to that human thinking or ailment that is common to all – 'it won’t happen to me'. The fact that life at best is very short, we ALL should adopt the attitude; I want salvation and do something about it before it’s too late. And it’s simple to do – if more would understand the true and simple meaning of the strait gate verses and link them with the verses in John 4: 23, 24 which I’ve already written above – those verses are connected. But so many still can’t see it. If they would only realise that Satan has them bound in rebelliousness.
If we are living for Jesus then death in the natural sense holds no fear for us, for we know that the end of our lives is just the beginning of something much better than we could anticipate. It’s those who won’t come to Him while His hand is still outstretched in mercy who won’t know these promises. Their life is more important than sacrifice of any sort. By sacrifice I'm meaning to throw away the things that mean nothing and think of how Jesus paid the ultimate price for our redemption, with His own life so that we may have life. Those living for today place no importance or significance on the spiritual death that lies beyond the physical death and they fear losing their lives, all of which is unknowingly brought about by disbelief and not ever knowing what could have been. And that is a sad thing.
Consider the story of the rich man and Lazarus, it’s very relevant today. Luke 16: 19 - 31.
Another thought crossed my mind that is only mentioned once - Ecclesiastes 12: 6, which says in part: Or ever the silver cord be loosed. This is clearly speaking about a spiritual connection and there are many interpretations and this is how I think of it in simple terms. The silver cord is the spiritual connection between us and God, which is severed from our body at death. I've already written above the very next verse, 12: 7 and I'll include it again here for understanding - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. I can only think when I read both verses together, that is how we are connected spiritually to Him and on death the silver cord is loosed or broken from our bodies and our spirit returns to Him. It's what we've done before that point that determines the outcome when we all stand before Him.
Those verses, as well as the ones below speak to me of the brevity of life, which will catch up with all of us sooner or later and cannot be ignored and need to be carefully thought about.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, the perfect will of God. Romans 12: 2.
By saying be not conformed, Paul is saying if we conform to the world, we agree with it and walk in its ways but anything that is not of God is of the world. Loving what IS of God that happens to be in the world is different from loving the world itself. And by saying be ye transformed, he is meaning to be converted from what we once were to what we are now, simply by accepting and acknowledging that Jesus is our Lord and saviour, and that is by His grace. So live each day as if it was our last, continuing to renew our minds by what we read and the more we read and try to live a Godly life, the Spirit will eventually come to us. And live not in the sense of taking what you can from life but being more mindful of what comes after death. There are only two options and you have the free choice of one or the other.
It’s easy to think when we are young that we are invincible but as we get older we see the reality of it, which is in sharp contrast to our younger thinking. And thinking it won’t happen to me is just not accepting that it could. Unfortunately, we all suffer this ailment or denial to some extent, some more than others.
Psalm 39: 4 - 6 says: Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
These verses show that David was aware of his frailty and by saying make me to know mine end, what it is he is very conscious of his weaknesses in his own sin – and we are all like that, more often than not, at times not even considering it. Most pushing it away, refusing even to accept the very truth of it. At least David realised it and was convicted of it, knowing this earthly tent won't last forever. He mentions a handbreadth, a very short measurement when you relate it to time. He recognises that age isn’t even considered in God’s view of us, and if we lived to be the same age as Noah, it wouldn’t mean anything to Him. If you think about that in a spiritual sense it becomes clear - God has already lived forever and will forever do so but in comparison, we are here only one minute in time and we're gone the next, so it's easy to understand that. Wisdom doesn't always come with age - some never get wisdom no matter what age they reach and sometimes the young are wise but the old are lacking. So many aspire to amass wealth – all in ego or vanity and many achieve it but no-one can take it with them when this life ends for them. Someone else will gather what they have heaped up. In reality they are poor, naked and blind. And there is more, much more to acquire in life than amassing riches. It is more often than not, the poor are really the wealthy if they have Jesus in their life. And just remember, whilst you may be poor, Jesus was poorer. Matthew 8: 20 says, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.
James 4: 14 says: we are nothing but a vapour. And how quickly does a vapour disappear, think of steam as it rises from a boiling kettle – it’s visible for a few seconds, then it’s gone. And isn’t that a perfect analogy of the brevity of life?
SALVATION IS THE ONLY THING THAT REALLY MATTERS.
I once heard of an old gravestone that read:
Friend, pause as you pass me by - As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, you too, soon shall be - Prepare for death and follow me.
And someone wrote the following under it:
To follow you I am not content - Until I know which way you went.
Which bids the question - Where will you spend Eternity?
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- The Strait And Narrow Way - Not Many Really Understand These Verses, Do You?
So many put their faith in the church system, tying it to salvation but are blind to the perfect way that Jesus made available for all who would earnestly seek it. Nothing that is of man is the strait and narrow way.
- Chronological Timeline of the Events in Tribulation
AND SO THE END BEGINS . . . .
- Read Your Bible - Doing So Leads to Life.
There are so many today who sadly, don't read the Bible and have no idea of the beauty it contains.
- THE RAPTURE PRINCIPLE: Is It Before, During, or After?
Many have differing views on this and I think the reason they believe something is because they heard it from someone else and most people believe the first thing they hear if it seems to be true. But you should examine it yourself before you agree.
- A Short Essay On Faith
Faith is not a thing that you see in people at first glance but you can see the evidence of it in them by their actions. And faith is a given trait that should never be hidden so don't be afraid to show it. By your actions someone else may benefit.
- SIN - The Wages Of Sin Is Death.
Sin is a subject not many are willing to address, thinking I've still got time to fix but no-one knows the hour of their departure. The past is where you learnt the lesson, the future is where you apply the lesson, don't give up in the present.
- The Workings of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit is a gentle thing and he will come to all who earnestly seek him.
- Do You Know What Time it REALLY is?
So many are just drifting in this world on a windswept ocean without a thought of the rocks ahead that are so close. And with so little time to alter course and steer a safe passage - now is high time to think about salvation.
- This Is My Commandment That Ye Love One-Another As I Have Loved You.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- END OF DAYS - Just How Close Is Tribulation, Have You Any Idea?
It is so sad that so many are completely unaware of the days we are living in and of what is coming in just a few short years. And even worse, much less care. Was it Jesus who coined the term 'If they only knew'.
- The Genesis Gap.
Was there a world in existence before the flood of Noah? Look a bit closer, scripture will reveal it.
- ETERNITY - Have You Ever Wondered, Where Will You Spend Eternity?
If you lived in the Sydney area in the 50's & 60's there's a very good chance you saw this word in yellow chalk on street corners. It was also seen in Newcastle and Wollongong.