Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Word of the Day... May 14, 2014...



Four Things We Should Know
He has planted eternity in the human heart.  —Ecclesiastes 3:11

There are four things we should know about every person on earth. No matter how successful or unsuccessful they are, how famous or obscure they are, or how attractive or unattractive they may be, everyone shares these four traits.

One, there is an essential emptiness in every person who hasn't yet come to Christ. Everyone is essentially empty. No matter how much money or prestige someone has, he or she has to deal with that emptiness. Scripture says that God made His creation subject to vanity, or emptiness, meaning there is a void, a hole if you will, inside every man, woman, and child.

Two, people are lonely. We can assume there is a sense of loneliness in every individual. Albert Einstein once wrote, "It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely." People are lonely. We need to know that.

Three, people have a sense of guilt. They may try to mask it with alcohol or have a psychologist or psychiatrist tell them it is not there. But they have to deal with their guilt over the things they have done wrong. The head of a mental institution in London said, "I could release half of my patients if I could find a way to relieve them of their sense of guilt."

Four, people are afraid to die. Some may strut around and say, "Not me. I'm not afraid to die." But they are.

So don't be so intimidated by the facades that people hide behind and assume they don't want to hear what you have to say about your faith in Christ. Remember, you used to be one of those people. I used to be one of those people. We responded to the gospel. And so will they.

This devotional from Pastor Greg really hit home with me today.  Yesterday I received a call from a very close friend of mine and she told me that her husband’s lung cancer had returned with a vengeance.  That he was in the hospital on a drug induced coma and he would not live long. 

 This was the man who gave me away at my wedding and one of my husband’s very best friends from childhood.  When we arrived there after a few minutes of talking, crying hugging each other I asked his wife if I could pray for him.  You see even in a coma people can hear and I believe strongly that the Lord was leading me to pray the sinners prayer with him to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  I told him that he could accept Jesus right where he was and if the Lord took him that he would be in paradise with Jesus that same night. 

 After the prayer my husband told him to just go to Jesus and not to be afraid because He loves us so much.  He called out to him and said “David I love you!” it was right then that he opened his eyes and I could see his lips moving even though he had a respirator in his mouth.  He was trying to speak to my husband and then the nurse came in and sedated him. 

 I like to think that this was the Lord’s way of letting us know that David had prayed and asked Jesus into his heart and that we would see him again one day very soon.  Death for the unbeliever is sad and very scary.  But for the child of God it is a homecoming.  The Bible tells us that to be absent from the body is to be home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).  If you would like to be sure of where you are going when you die, I would be happy to pray that same prayer with you.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  Welcome to the family and I Hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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