When someone we love dies, it brings a fresh accounting of eternal truths about life, death and eternity. This week, on January 24th, Dale’s mother, Joyce, left this earth and entered her heavenly home. What a joy it is to know where she is and that her departure is not an eternal separation from us but only a temporary one. “Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15. 

As followers of Jesus, we have hope and joy at the physical death of our loved ones if they also know the Lord as their personal Savior. Death for the child of God, is only a death of the physical body. The spirit and soul are eternal and never die. Because of our faith, we have been able to rejoice in her life and rejoice in her “new life” in heaven.

“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. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 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. 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. 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

“Our ONE Hope Is Jesus. If you believe Scripture and the depiction of what is ahead, you understand that only Jesus is the answer for every individual and for this world. We are promised that Jesus will bring all things under submission to Himself and we play a part.

Consider the words of David, which Luke referred to in the book of Acts. “Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption” Acts 2:26-27.

Previous to those words, in verses 24 and 25, it says, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Jesus will overthrow this evil, satanic system and bring an accounting to every being– whether human or spiritual. Jesus will reign and rule the earth. Finally… justice.

The only hope that any man has anywhere in this world, is faith in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God–the only way of entering a relationship with God and the only way to Heaven. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6.

He is coming again to reign and rule. This time He doesn’t come as a Lamb…but as Judge. As the birth pangs grow in intensity, and the world reels under the effects of spiritual battle, there will be a  divine protection for His faithful–those who fully have their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

In light of what’s happening around us today, the truth that Jesus Christ is the only answer, is more painfully obvious than ever before. We are a generation with prolific compromise and sin–even within much of the church.

We are watching this world–Satan’s kingdom–produce diseases by design that no man can heal, and  problems no man can solve. What fleeting successes we have are quickly overshadowed by new and greater crises.

All too often, that’s as true for believers as it is for unbelievers. It shouldn’t be. But it is. Churches are compromised, many have lost their first love and have become friends with the world–trying to balance an unholy, spiritually adulterous relationship with two kingdoms.

Believers are being killed by the same diseases that are devastating the rest of the world. They’re being plagued by the same problems. And many are walking around without hope—just like the unsaved world.

Why? Because the only hope that any man has is faith in Jesus Christ. And sadly, the majority of Christians don’t know how to live by faith.

Instead of being filled with the Word and with faith, they’ve been stuffed full of religious tradition and superstition. And they’re suffering. When the devil hits them with sickness and disease, with poverty or depression or divorce, they often stand by helplessly as it destroys them. They simply don’t know what else to do. The Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6).

But you have access to powerful truth. Truth that has the ability to set us free, deliver us, fill us with faith. Truth that equips us to be overcomers and leads us to victory. Truth that gives us assurance of heaven and eternal life with Jesus and the family of God. Your hope is in Jesus. Trust in Him with ALL your heart and in all circumstances. When the world rages around you, keep your focus on Him. And tell the world—that their hope is in Him too.

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41

With God nothing is impossible!

Dale & Paula Black

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