GLMX #256: You Will Live Forever Somewhere

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No one ever really dies. That statement may sound strange to you considering that we hear about death every day. Television news reports are almost a constant stream of death-related stories. You can’t look at the internet without hearing about death. Even much of our entertainment — movies, TV dramas, and books — center around death in some way. Continue reading “GLMX #256: You Will Live Forever Somewhere”

GLMX #243: “We Never Really Die”

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There is a thrilling chase scene in the movie “Lucy”, in which the main character, also named Lucy, has commandeered a police car and is driving it through Paris at high speed with a frightened police officer in the passenger seat. At one point, the police officer says to Lucy, “I’d rather be late than dead.” And, Lucy, replies, “We never really die.”

Although “Lucy” is a science fiction film, and many of the scientific claims in the film are questionable, that statement is actually true. We never really die.

Of course, you will face physical death at some point. However, your body is not all there is to your existence. The really real part of you is your soul or your spirit. That part of you will never die. Your soul or spirit is what makes you really alive. When your body falls away, you will still exist. Psalm 22:26 states, “Your heart shall live for ever.”

Perhaps you have heard stories of people who have died in car accidents and were later revived. Many of those people have reported “floating” above the scene of the accident and being able to see their body lying on the ground or on a stretcher with emergency medical personnel trying to revive them. At death, our spirits separate from our bodies. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when we die, “Then shall the dust [the body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Continue reading “GLMX #243: “We Never Really Die””

GLMX #213: Is It Well With Your Soul?

 

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When someone asks you, “How are you doing?”, you might reply, ‘I am doing fine’, or, ‘I am doing well.’ But, how true is that statement? Are you truly doing well?

For many of us today, things may not be well physically or financially or in our relationships with others. We may be sick, tight on money, or going through painful relationship drama. Our souls are troubled because of such things.

Many years ago, a man from Chicago experienced a heart-breaking tragedy. He and his family had planned a vacation in England. However, when the time of departure came, the man was delayed because of some business matters, and he sent his wife and four daughters ahead of him on the ship. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship that they were traveling on was struck by another ship. 226 people died in this accident, including the man’s four daughters. Only his wife was saved.

With his heart weighed down by grief, this man boarded a ship to sail to England to join his wife. While sailing, he crossed over the same spot where his daughters lost their lives. However, while on that journey, he wrote the words to the now-famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” The man’s name is Horatio G. Spafford, and despite the terrible tragedy that he suffered, the song he wrote is devoid of any hatred, bitterness, or resentment. Instead, it is a buoyant hymn filled with hope, love, and a message of peace. Please listen as I share it with you now.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul!

How was this man, who suffered such pain, able to express these beautiful sentiments? It is almost as though he were not bothered by what had happened to him or concerned about what would happen to him. He was content and he was at peace. Mr. Spafford was able to be this way because, although everything was not well in his life, it was well with his soul. He accepted the fact that his life, and the lives of all those around him, were in the hands of God. And, he was not afraid of death because he knew that Jesus Christ would be with him to the end and would be there to meet him on the other side.

Horatio Spafford was able to say, “it is well with my soul”, because all of his sins had been forgiven and he had given his life to Christ. He knew that he was going to Heaven when he died and he would be able to see his daughters again. How about you, dear friend? Would you like to live with the kind of peace and assurance that Mr. Spafford had? Yes, you will still face troubles and difficulties in life, but knowing that nothing can separate you from a loving Creator who cared for you enough to send His only Son to die on the cross for you, will give you the strength you need to live with hope and peace in this present world.

Mr. Spafford understood that we are all sinners. He was a sinner and you and I are sinners. We have all broken the laws of God, and our sins automatically separate us from God and destine us for eternal punishment in Hell. However, God, in His mercy and love, provided a way of salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. This way of salvation is described in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Because Mr. Spafford believed in Jesus Christ for his salvation, he had assurance about his eternal destination. He knew that he would go to Heaven when he died. As Jesus Christ said in John 5:24, “Verily, verily (or “truly, truly”) I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” It was well with his soul because he was not afraid of what the future held.

Would you like for it to be well with your soul? Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior so that you can face life without fear knowing that He will be with you through it all? And knowing that you do not have to be afraid of death because you know where you are going after you die? If so, you must admit that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and then trust Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and the consequences of your sins. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

You can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and that you want to begin a relationship with Him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

+ MUSICAL SELECTION: “It Is Well With My Soul” by Sovereign Grace Music

GLMX #191: Things That Last Forever

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We live in a world that appears to be awfully temporary. The events of each day seem bent on making us understand that we are living on borrowed time — that at any moment everything we know could come to a screeching halt. Everyday, lives are cut short by illness, car accidents, and criminal activity. Each hour serves as a reminder that we ought to be grateful for every breath we take. As the Bible says, life is just “a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then passeth away.”

Just this past week, dozens of high school students from Los Angeles were on a bus heading to northern California to visit a university. The journey was an expression of their dreams, aspirations, and plans for the future. However, it was cut short when a FedEx truck exploded into flames and crashed into the bus. Ten people on the bus were killed — their lives cut short, the dreams they had for the future forever left unfulfilled.

Despite evidence that seems to point to the contrary, death is unnatural. The cessation of a human life at any age was never meant to be. The reality is: we are eternal souls meant to live and enjoy a never-ending relationship with an eternal God. Death was not a part of the Creator’s original plan for you and me.

You may think that when you die, that will be the end of everything for you — you will simply cease to exist. But that is not the case. When your body dies, your spirit will separate from it and continue to live throughout eternity in one of two eternal locations — Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell are just as real as the city where you live. And your immaterial soul is just as real as the physical body it is held in right now.

Heaven, Hell, and your soul — these are things that last forever.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Forever” by Chris Tomlin

GLMX #175: Beyonce: It’s the Soul that Needs the Surgery

To the surprise of the music industry and the delight of her fans, multi-Grammy award-winning singer Beyonce released an entire album on iTunes on Friday, December 13th, without any previous announcement or promotions. On Friday night, both versions of the album were ranked at number 1 and number 2 on the iTunes charts. With thousands of people trying to download the album in a matter of hours, iTunes reportedly crashed under the sudden load of visitors.

According to Religion News Service, one of the songs worth listening to is titled “Pretty Hurts.” The song, which is accompanied by a video in which Beyoncé is acting as a beauty pageant competitor, addresses the critical way women are treated in the entertainment industry simply based on their outward appearance. The hook goes like this:

Pretty hurts
Shine the light on whatever’s worse
Perfection is the disease of a nation
Pretty hurts
Shine the light on whatever’s worse
Trying to fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

We live in a society that places a lot of emphasis on a person’s outward appearance. We make judgments of people based on how they look. And people work desperately to present an image of perfection when on the inside they are broken, hurt, wounded, and messed up. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of our day is the vast number of people who look alright on the outside but, in reality, it’s all a facade — a mask they put on in order to deceive the world.

As Beyonce laments, the makeup, the nice clothes, and the controlled personality, is really an attempt to fix something that you can’t see. It’s not the outside that needs a re-make. It’s the inside — the soul, the part of you that you can’t see — that needs the surgery. On the inside, people are messed up because of their own sins, failures, and faults that leave them feeling guilty, inadequate, and even unworthy of success or the finer things of life.

God does not want you to live under the pressure of constantly trying to fix your problems by fixing up your physical appearance. As Beyonce sings, “you can’t fix what you can’t see.” It’s the inside — the part of you that you can’t see — that needs to be fixed. And God is the only one who can fix a person on the inside. He can heal your soul. He already knows your sins and failures. He already knows your darkest secrets. In Jeremiah 16:17, God says, “Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” Ecclesiastes 12:14 also says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” You can’t hide anything from God.

Not only does He know all about your faults and failures, but He has done something about them. Two thousand years ago, he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and accept the punishment that you deserve for your sins, failures, and faults. Jesus Christ shed his own blood so you would not have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Today, you can bring everything in your past that you have been trying to hide from others before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person on the inside. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

+ Plus, listen to Natalie Grant singing “Perfect People”

GLMX #131: A Simple Matter

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In the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “On Stranger Tides”, a young missionary by the name of Philip Swift is taken captive aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the ship of the legendary and fearsome pirate Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard. Even though he was tortured and harassed by Blackbeard, Philip maintained his belief that every soul could be saved — even Blackbeard’s.

Once, when Blackbeard is about to kill a sailor on his ship, Philip intervenes and tells him that his problem is that he “dare not walk the path of righteousness, the way of the light.” However, Blackbeard turns and says, “No, sir, the truth of it be much simpler than all that. I am a bad man.”

Blackbeard’s simple admission is not only true for him, but for all of us. We are all bad men and bad women because we do bad things. The bad things that we do are what the Bible calls sin. And the Bible says that “all have sinned.” Yet, just as Philip believed, it is also true that every soul can be saved from eternal punishment. No matter how many bad things you have done, you can be saved. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4 that God would “have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” No sin is too great for God to forgive, and no soul is too wicked for God to save.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “Glorious Day”