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Death to life

  • 1st Corinthians 15:54-55:But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?"


    When we experience a loss of a loved one, we can often go through trying times, questioning a lot of things in our own lives. Grief of loss in any situation, can bring about an internal inventory of ourselves, focusing on things like regret, fear, even questioning our own mortality.
    When that happens, we take our eyes off of what counts and that is Jesus Christ. You see with Jesus at the center of all things, it leaves no room for us to focus on ourselves, or the negative in situations. We certainly can grieve the loss of another human being, and we should. It is important to do so, so that we may recognize the meaning of our relationships that are rooted in love and caring.
    But with the death of something, brings new life and we have proof of that in Jesus Himself. After enduring the torture and wounds that brought the promise of healing for us (Isaiah 53:5), He was humiliated in death. Yet, three days later, He arose to eternal glory, and so it is with this we have hope in the death of things, that life comes in abundance even after the death of something as glorious as our savior.
    When we see a death in our life, and whether that is a relationship, a job, or even a loved one, there is an eternal truth through Jesus that something new and glorious will come.
    Letting go of the loss, after giving it the proper respect it deserves is paramount in our growth as children of God. He has more for us than our present situation, and since we have this hope in Jesus, we only have to trust in the truth of who He is in our lives.
    Sometimes, we can grow bitter and angry over a loss, and that can be the natural way in this world, but as children of God, we know another way, and that is to walk in the truth that is laid before us. When we make the decision to walk forward despite our hurt, anger, and resentment, we are saying, God, I trust You. I may not like this situation, but I know you have more for me.
    If we get bogged down in our hurt, anger, and resentment, we can be stuck in that place, thinking the way out is shrinking by the second. If we find ourselves in that place, we look for ways to manage our situation and stop looking toward the freedom of Jesus Christ. Even if we are believers in Him, when we focus on ourselves, we can shrink our view of what His power is in our lives.
    Jesus did for whoever asked, exactly what they believed He could do for them. If we believe that He will liberate us from anger, He will do so. If we believe that He will heal us of disease, He will do so. We put the limits on Jesus, nobody else. He is our pathway to freedom in any situation. Believe, and trust in the fact that He has more for us all.


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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetakedited: February 5, 2016 I so agree with sentence, "We put the limits on Jesus, nobody else."  I tend to find myself starting to get upset or throwing a tantrum, then I brake myself. I need to remember who actually is in control and knowing that he will always be by my side no matter what. I think that at times i have blinders on to prevent me from seeing these things. I am just so thankful, knowing that he is forgiving.
February 5, 2016
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Deleted Member I thank you for this message, it is coming up on March 1st when my Mammy passed away, she was like a second Mom to me and somedays its so hard to imagine that she will never be in my life on this earth, but I pray that I will live close enough to Jesus that I can go see her one day in Heaven. After her passing, I sometimes felt, oh how I wish I had of done more, said more, or called her on the phone more, even though I know in my heart, that I did all that I could humanly possible, but at sometimes it just feels like it wasn't enough. But I know from the bottom of my heart she is in Heave and she wouldn't want to come back to this earth again and I surely wouldn't want her to have to suffer all the pain and agony she had at the end of her precious life. Thank you so much for reminding me its okay to be sad and grieve, but that its also okay to be able to remember the good times and she would want me to go on and be happy. God bless you.
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