Come to Me you broken-hearted.

I know it is very had to deal with first hand but, families do fall away from us because of Christ our Savior, Because we have the light of Christ it shows us and them that they do not want to come to Him. The so-called offense is in them. They can’t or won’t see the reason why. Only God can open their eyes. We can’t live like they do anymore. It is not of ourselves. We live for for Jesus only. What does light have to do with darkness, nothing? Yes, we all were in the dark away from God. We think we know Him but, we are not able to see because of our fallen nature. Anything less than living your life for Him is not acceptable. It is a fact that if you are born again, saved, your life is changed forever. That Christ will change you to who he wants you to be. We have no part in that, except obeying. It’s called being sanctified to His likeness. It is irresistible grace. We are not sovereign He is. How can you have any control over God, your creator?

Every time I think I understand, I am in another trial. That is so we learn to pray and do His will not ours. I think of my brother being with the Lord and wish I was also. I get upset and try to fix the not fixable and it goes on and on. Then I learn why did I do this. It is because of our fallen nature (flesh) that is still wanting control. I cannot control what will be. I have not helped things by anything I have done. I have to let it go, because I am a sinner that knows the truth. All I want is for my other brother to belong to the Lord. I feel like Jonah because I don’t want his wife to also. That is wrong but, it is in my head. I see my brother in denial blaming me. I could not even be there when my brother died because he sees red when I am around. For what? Because he feels guilty about his actions. I do think he is being convicted. I did all the Lord had me do. Yes, I have issues and get set off at times. I cried and released it during stages of grief before he passed. That was good for me as I now see. Anyway it is not of me to change anything it belongs to God’s .

My brother did fight the good fight. He sees how he was enabled to do so now. It was through our one Mediator, Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ. I am hurt and probably will always be. I know the Lord will work all these hurts out according to his will. It’s because it is Him they reject not me. What does light have to with darkness, nothing? I see that in my family. Instead of pulling together we are farther apart than ever. Only those chosen of God can come to the light….. We have the Lord what shall we need. When we get into trials we are learning but, we should reach upward and move through it more quickly. Lord help me to do so. Without you nothing is possible. With you all is possible.

Everywhere you see evil taking over. All of us in the world see it. Are you going to stand up and give your life to Christ only? If not, it could be that you will never be able to. If you are able, you should do it now. Because God has plans for your tomorrow either with or without him.

God blesses those who confess Him as their Savior to the world.

Matthew 7:21-23 New King James able. Version (NKJV)

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!

Matthew 11:28 [Full Chapter]

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

God bless!

A testimony of complete surrender to God’s will.

 
 Cheryl,

 
I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing.  I know that the past couple months have been very hard for you especially as you have had to bear the burden of discord in your family.  I am glad to hear that you are trusting the Lord through all this.  We have been praying for you and will continue to do so. As I think about Mark and our correspondence the past year I am reminded of what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
 
Mark certainly had a difficult fight in his last days, not only a physical battle with cancer, but also a tremendous battle emotionally and spiritually.  But his testimony in the end was that he was going to trust the Lord to the end.  And today he is with the Lord ready to receive that crown of righteousness!
 

Cheryl and Family,

 
There is no greater hope and desire that a Pastor can have in serving God’s people during the time of death than to bring honor and glory to the Name of God by being a source of comfort and encouragement to those who are grieving.  I pray that this has been the case in my interaction with your family over the past couple of weeks especially at Mark’s Memorial Service.  It was a great privilege to give testimony to Mark’s faith in Jesus Christ and I pray that it was a comfort to you all.
 
Below is a copy of the email from which I read at the memorial service.  I pray that it will go on as a source of comfort and encouragement as you read it and remember Mark’s faith.
 
Pastor Mark,
 
Good to hear from you.  Thank you for the verses too.  Everyday is a struggle as you can well imagine with cancer.  I was almost ready to throw in the towel this week but managed to get through it again.  I am having issues sleeping and this week I was extremely bloated and could not eat.  I have since ceased taking all medications except for diabetes medication as I believe that is the current issue. Hopefully I will be able to function without them.  
 
My biggest struggle is trying to understand what God is trying to show me with this illness.  The Bible says that God uses all things for our good for His purposes. Even though we may never understand them while on this earth, I still try to do so.  I know we live in a fallen world and that all creation is cursed as a result, but I guess I always hoped God would protect His beloved.  We are certainly protected from losing our salvation but our physical health is just our body which is passing away anyway. I totally trust God and absolutely know that He cannot do evil and believe that His ways are so far beyond me so whatever is happening to me, He is in control. It’s just hard when you know and understand God is also a healing God as well.
 
I am trying an alternate cancer treatment that I have high hopes will work to cure the cancer but again, it’s really up to God whether it will work or not.  God continues to show me more about His truth everyday, especially things that are so often glossed over by the churches of today.  I’m reading A. W. Pink’s “The Doctrine of Election” which is mind blowing”.  He has so many profound thoughts which he has written in the book but here’s one of my favorites:
 
“It is one of the marks of the regenerate that they set to their seal that God is true. Nor do they pick and choose, as will religious hypocrites: once they perceive a truth is clearly taught in the Word, even though it be utterly opposed to their own reason and inclinations, they humbly bow to it and implicitly receive it, and would do so though not another person in the whole world believed it.”
 
I’ve had to do this many times with God’s Word but it is now no longer difficult or as difficult. I am so happy for His truth in coming into my life and will always never understand how God could pick such a sinner as me, but I’m so thankful that He did.
 
Mark