While Men Slept… ( by Fenny West)

 

While Men Slept…

While Men Slept…
in they crept.
Fiends infiltrated,
Highly camouflaged,
Sowed lawlessness,
Legalised trespass.

Awake, thou sleepest!
See the great evil tempest
See the writing on the wall
Smell the coffee – you all.
Your freedoms are gone
Your dignity is gone.
You can be trampled on
You can be spied on
You can be spirited away.
It is such an Evil Day
Because men slept.

Awake and fight-
Fight the good fight.
Sound the alarm
Of the great harm
Coming to society
Coming to community.
They have come with impunity
Aligned with principalities
Aligned with dignitaries
Aligned with wickedness
And powers In high places

We war not against humans
But against wicked spirits behind them.
We cast down anti-Christ schemes
We cast down humanistic imaginations
We refuse any satanic dress rehearsals
We bar any manifestation while we’re here.
We remind you, the Restraining force is here.
You shall not appear before your time.
We decree it shall not stand in Jesus’ Name
We stand our ground with our face like a flint.
We put on the whole armour of God.
We wield the sword of the spirit – the Word of God.
We repel the powers of darkness and their cohorts.
O Church of God, rise up! Press on and tower.
Satanic forces must back down and cower.

14   Therefore He says: ” Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

Walk in Wisdom

15   See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

16   redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17   Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephe5:14-17

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that
formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh
all [things;] that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that
spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; {44:25} That
frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad;
that turneth wise [men] backward, and maketh their
knowledge foolish; {44:26} That confirmeth the word of his
servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that
saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities
Isa44 :24-26
The counsel of Ahitophel shall be turned into foolishness
2Sam 15 :31-37

 

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24   Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;

25   but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

Matt 13:24-25

Without the Cross… (by Fenny West)

Without the Cross..


A crown is a curse.
The cross is a bridge to glory
The cross is Conception awaiting the New Birth,

New Creation, New Life, Being Born Again.
Without the crucifixion, there will be no resurrection.
Without the sacrifice, there will be no remission, no justification,

no sanctification, no reconciliation, no peace with God or peace of God; no fellowship with God.
The Cross brought healing and health.
The cross is an indispensable process for our prosperity and victory.

Yes, it was gruesome, but it brought wholeness.
That was why “it pleased the Father to bruise Him. “
The Cross is a ladder, a step, to the throne.
The Cross is a prelude to reigning.
We suffer with Him as to reign with Him.
Little wonder the Master said, “If anyone wants to follow Me,

let him take up his cross and follow Me.

And whoever puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom.
When I see the blood, I will pass over.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.

They overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb and

by the Word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives unto death.
Behold, the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.

 

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

He dramatised His crucifixion and resurrection
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matt16:2125

Isaiah saw it over 700 years ago before it happened

Isa52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;

And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked — But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

It was the Father’s will and Pleasure

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

John-the Baptist acknowledged Him as the LAMB…

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John1:29

David not only echoed His very words on the Cross but gave us a graphic description of the crucifixion scene and what He suffered 100s of years before He came and died.

1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? 6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
19 But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.
Ps22:1

Even from the beginning the Father foreshadowed the cross

15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

The innocent animal that was killed to clothe Adam and Eve pointed to the Savior Who would be our substitute for a sin offering and salvation

21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Gen3:15,21

Through His blood He purified us: made us acceptable

22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Heb9:22

The deliverance, protection and salvation of the Israelites in Egypt all pointed to Jesus that was to come

“…And when I see the blood, I will pass over you;…” Ex12:13

The scapegoat on whom the sin of the people was yearly confessed and sent away into the wilderness pointed to Jesus

8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering.
10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness. Lev16:8-10

©Fenny West

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Seeing Death through God’s Eyes (by C.H. Spurgeon)

Seeing Death through God’s Eyes

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“That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death.”—Hebrews 2:14.

child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home—a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long shall that soul be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land. Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.

Home is Heaven ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Home Is Heaven

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“Arise, and depart.” Micah 2:10

The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all–“Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey.” And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called “Death.” God bids us cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh? What wonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveller has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowing that God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we need fear no evil. We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but we shall be going to our Father’s house–to our Father’s home, where Jesus is–to that royal “city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” This shall be our last removal, to dwell forever with him we love, in the midst of his people, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help thee to press on, and to forget the toil of the way. This vale of tears is but the pathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to a world of bliss.

“Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,

For thy bright courts on high;

Then bid our spirits rise, and join

The chorus of the sky.”

I Will Laugh at Death ( by Fenny West)

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I Will Laugh at Death-

Pre-mature death

I will laugh at debt

I will laugh at dearth

I will laugh at defeat

I will laugh at dirt

I will laugh at disease.

 

Yes, I will laugh at destruction

I will laugh at damnation

I will laugh at depression

I will laugh at division

I will laugh at deception

I will laugh at derogation

I will laugh at discrimination

 

I will laugh at demons

I will laugh at danger

I will laugh at disaster

I will laugh at demise

I will laugh at dishonour

I will laugh at disgrace

I will laugh at dread.

 

 

Yes, I will laugh at divide-and-rule-spirits

I will laugh at diabolical spirits

I will laugh at derangement

I will laugh at disunity

I will laugh at debacles

I will laugh at doom

I will laugh at dead dreams.

 

54   So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55   ” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

56   The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57   But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Cor15:54-57

4     Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Ps23:4-6

7     And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18   I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Rev:1:17-18

8     We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

2Cor5:8

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

 13   But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

14   For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15   For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

16   For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17   Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

18   Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1Thess4:13-18

 

Thanks Be to God

Thanks be to God
Who leads us in His triumph
Thanks be to God
Who’s got the victory. X2

We have overcome the world
By the blood of the lamb
And loving not our lives
Even unto death

The word of our testimony
Tells the world about his love
As we shout unto the nations
He is coming back!
Oh, he is coming back!

CH: Thanks be to God
Who leads us in His triumph
Thanks be to God
Who’s got the victory. X2

Through the blood Of Our Saviour
We are set free from the curse
Jesus is the One and only
Lasting sacrifice

He has conquered satan’s power
No more shall we be ashamed
Just as he defeated death
We shall never die
No, we shall never die

CH: Thanks be to God
Who leads us in His triumph
Thanks be to God
Who’s got the victory. X2

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor.15:57

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DEBBIE RUSSELL ( By Bob Gas)

DEBBIE RUSSELL

 

Word for Today

‘These   were all commended for their faith…’ Hebrews 11:39

Debbie, a radiant thirty-seven-year-old   who worked at The Word For You Today in Atlanta, died after battling cancer.   People everywhere prayed for her healing, including the elders at Northpoint   Church. Some of those who attended her funeral wondered, ‘Why?’ The truth is,   sometimes God heals us in response to the prayer of faith (James 5:14), other   times He takes us to heaven, which Paul describes as ‘far better’   (Philippians 1:23). This raises the question: ‘Why are some people   healed in response to prayer and others not?’ The answer is: ‘We don’t know, and God   doesn’t tell us!’ Paul, who wrote half the New Testament, had a ministry so   miraculous that the dead were raised, yet he confessed, ‘We know in part’   (1Corinthians13:9). Pastor James Bradley sheds light on this difficult   subject. He points out that in Hebrews   chapter eleven, some ‘escaped the edge of the sword’ (Hebrews 11:34 NIV),   while others ‘were put to death by the sword’ (Hebrews 11:37 NIV). But   notice in verse 39, ‘These were all commended for their faith.’ Bradley writes: ‘It   seems clear that we can’t always measure faith by results. Faith is a virtue   and value on its own merit. Our faith is not based on what we get, it’s based   on who we trust.’ Speaking of Debbie’s death, he wrote: ‘She did not fail her faith   and her faith did not fail her. She was, and is, a wonderful example of   trusting God in the most difficult of life’s challenges. She’s a champion of   faith, and I was inspired by her unshakeable trust and love for the Lord.’

God’s Time is Best ( C. H. Spurgeon)

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C.H. Spurgeon

 

 

John 17:15

I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world.

It is a sweet and blessed event which will occur to all believers in God’s own time-the going home to be with Jesus. In a few more years the Lord’s soldiers, who are now fighting “the good fight of faith” will have done with conflict, and have entered into the joy of their Lord. But although Christ prays that His people may eventually be with Him where He is, He does not ask that they may be taken at once away from this world to heaven. He wishes them to stay here. Yet how frequently does the wearied pilgrim put up the prayer, “O that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest;” but Christ does not pray like that, He leaves us in His Father’s hands, until, like shocks of corn fully ripe, we shall each be gathered into our Master’s garner. Jesus does not plead for our instant removal by death, for to abide in the flesh is needful for others if not profitable for ourselves. He asks that we may be kept from evil, but He never asks for us to be admitted to the inheritance in glory till we are of full age. Christians often want to die when they have any trouble. Ask them why, and they tell you, “Because we would be with the Lord.” We fear it is not so much because they are longing to be with the Lord, as because they desire to get rid of their troubles; else they would feel the same wish to die at other times when not under the pressure of trial. They want to go home, not so much for the Saviour’s company, as to be at rest. Now it is quite right to desire to depart if we can do it in the same spirit that Paul did, because to be with Christ is far better, but the wish to escape from trouble is a selfish one. Rather let your care and wish be to glorify God by your life here as long as He pleases, even though it be in the midst of toil, and conflict, and suffering, and leave Him to say when “it is enough.”

Walking in the Light

God is lightWalking in the light

Is the way of Life.

Does not come by might

But through surrender

To the Word of Life.

Walking in the night

Will surely bring death,

And what a great plight!

Oh, what a plunder!

Darkness deals sure death.

So let’s walk in Love;

Walk in obedience

Like light from above

Then comes His presence

With fullness of Joy.

The Test of Knowing Him

3     Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4     He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5     But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

6     He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

7     Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.

8     Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9     He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

10   He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

11   But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

1John2:5-11

©Fenny West2013

 

 

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Peace, Perfect Peace

Peace, Perfect Peace

 

Peace, perfect peace

From the Prince of Peace

Be your portion

In every deliberation

And celebration.

Peace, perfect peace

Love one another

Upholding each other

As He had loved you

And still loves you.

 

Peace, perfect peace

Let joy never cease

To flow and increase

And may His presence

And essence never cease.

27            Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John14:27

   8           We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

2Cor5:8

In Loving Memory of Princess Egedeba Green Bob-Manuel

October 5th 1938- 17th May 2012

Rest in the bosom of your Lord

We will fly your flag

And never let it sag

Until we meet again

In heaven’s joyous train.

 

Fear of Dying? Not Allowed (Joe McKreever)

Fear of Dying? Not Allowed by Joe McKreever

I’m sorry, followers of Jesus Christ. The one thing you are not allowed in this life – and certainly not the next – is fear of death. It’s verboten, off limits, taboo.

Fearing death ranks first as the ultimate insult to the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is unbelief of the first order.

Death was the biggest gun in Satan’s arsenal when the enemy’s forces trotted it out on that Passover Eve on a hill outside Jerusalem’s walls. This Jesus Person would be dispensed with once and for all.

For a few awful hours, it appeared the diabolical plan had succeeded.

Jesus was dead. Really dead.

Then, on that never-to-be-forgotten Lord’s Day morning, the tomb was found to be empty and reports began popping up that Jesus was appearing to His followers. The disciples, who had been ready to give up and go home and deal with their dashed hopes and the Galilean’s embarrassing claims, suddenly were energized and “shot from cannons” as they blanketed the world with the news: Jesus is alive!

If He was alive, everything else had changed for all time.

That was the point.

Opponents and critics, eager to find holes and loopholes and potholes in the Christian message, rush to inform us that one man’s death and even His resurrection, if indeed there was one, changes little.

They miss the point.

In those three days that changed everything, the Lord Jesus absorbed death by His death on Calvary and defeated it by His resurrection the following Sunday morning.

The disciples of a long-discredited Indian guru once scoffed at my question, “What do you do with the resurrection of Jesus?” They looked down at me as though from their throne on high and said condescendingly, “Sir, we do not believe anything that happened 2,000 years ago has any possible meaning for us today.”

They missed it too.

The death of Jesus was all about His payment for our sins; His resurrection was all about God’s confirmation of what He had done, everything He had claimed, all He had taught, and the Lord He had personified.

If Jesus is alive, everything has changed for all time. This is why serious seekers and honest questioners will want to look into the resurrection, called one of the most dependable historical realities by countless historians and millions of disciples. As Paul told King Agrippa, “This (the death and resurrection of Jesus) was not done in a corner” (Acts 26:26).

Check it out. Seekers have nothing to lose and believers have nothing to fear.

They call fear “false evidence appearing real.” Until something better comes along, that definition will serve us well.

For 2,000 years, believers have delighted in the characterization of death by the Apostle Paul. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:55-57)

Paul scoffs at death. He taunts it. He rubs its nose in its defeat. He laughs, he brags, he overflows with joy.

When facing his own approaching death, Paul said, “In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (II Timothy 4:8).

Sounds pretty confident, doesn’t he?

Oh yeah.

Earlier–same epistle–he had dealt with the matter of fear: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).

Think of that triplet in this way:

No fear of people, but a spirit of love.

–No fear of the devil (and all his forces, including death), but a spirit of power.

–No fear of the unknown, but a spirit of a sound mind.

Why fear a defeated, cowering, bully of an enemy?

My mother is approaching her 96th birthday, although if she makes that milestone, she’ll never know. Her mind and body are gradually shutting down after nearly a century of strong and active service for her God and her family. We count the days good when she recognizes us. And, though we will grieve and miss her something awful, we will count as a very good day when the Father takes her to Heaven.

This precious lady–Lois Jane Kilgore McKeever–did not struggle with faith as some of us have. Throughout her life, from infancy on, hers was the simple, pure trust of a child. She read her Bible and believed it. She listened to sermons and obeyed them. She prayed and trusted the Lord to answer however He chose. Hers was a hard life, particularly in the early decades of her nearly 74-year marriage to our dad. But she never wavered.

Mom hardly noticed as the years piled up and she grew elderly. She and my dad, who lived into his 96th year also, would joke that they just never thought about getting old. Yet they did it with a flourish.

She will die soon. But fear will have no role in her homegoing.

Why fear leaving a body that is shutting down and inheriting a glorious one not subject to pain and grief? (I Corinthians 15:42-44)

Why fear leaving this humble earthly abode for “a kingdom prepared for (us) from the foundation of the world?” (Matthew 25:34)

Why fear departing from a life of decay to receive one which is “glorious beyond all comparison?” (II Corinthians 4:16-17)

Why fear dwelling “in the House of the Lord forever?” (Psalm 23:6)

Why fear the absence of tears and mourning and pain, an enchanted land where “the former things have passed away?” (Revelation 21:4)

Why fear “beholding (His) face in righteousness” and “being satisfied with (His) likeness when (we) awaken?” (Psalm 17:15)

I have a suggestion.

Let’s decide not to fear death.

Let’s make up our minds that when the fear of dying begins to creep up on us, we will laugh at it and call it the impostor it is, then rejoice in the Lord.

Let’s decide to live boldly and to make no decisions from fear.

Let us laugh and dance and sing while we stake our claims for the reality of the risen Christ with everything that involves.

I think about my own dying. Just last night when my wife and I were discussing some decisions regarding expensive dental work which was one of the choices I was facing, she put it all into perspective. “Joe, you’re 72 years old. Why spend all that money for something you’re just going to leave in the ground?” (How’s that for perspective! smiley-face goes here.)

If I have a choice, my family will be gathered in the house at my homegoing. Some will filter in and out of my room. Tears will be all right, although I will love one of my sons telling me a joke or something funny they heard. And to a grandchild whose tears are flowing, I want to say, “Honey, it’s just fine. After all….

Five minutes after they close my eyes here, I will be laughing up there.”

I want her to believe that, but not because I said it. It’s the proper attitude of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

No fear allowed. Just laughter.

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/joe-mckeever/fear-of-dying-not-allowed.html

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5712-fear-of-dying-not-allowed#11023