Grief – (Grieving Is Emotionally Painful) Part 2

 

GOD’S JOY IS AVAILABLE!

There is always “HOPE” in the Lord! For our Lord is available 24/7 wherever you may be. God’s joy is not contingent upon the approval of others or on our situation. God is omnipotent therefore He is more than able. It is written: “Draw nigh to GOD and HE will draw nigh to you!”  James 4 We can always and forever  depend upon God and His Word. “And you shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set you FREE!” John 8 Always remember; GOD IS THE “SPIRIT OF TRUTH!”

 

You can experience GOD’S  JOY!

 

Joy runs deep when you know that God is your source of strength. Joy is a by product of focusing on God which will or can give you a wonderful peaceful sense of well-being. When you spend time daily in prayer, praising and studying God’s Word I guarantee you, you will experience great joy! It will give you a different perspective in your time of need.

 

You can overcome any adversity

The Apostle Paul endured many adversities. Yet he chose to use those adversities to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord. Paul did not seek to be elevated by a title although he had every right to pull rank on the religious hierarchy. God’s grace was fully sufficient for Paul. Paul grasped something that few people ever really understand or attain. Paul delighted and found joy in the Lord regardless of what was going on about him. From an outward appearance this was not always apparent to his onlookers. Paul and Silas together sang and prayed so fervently that even the doors to prison were opened for them. This is one of the many examples of the difference God makes when we invite HIM into our lives.

 

We serve an Omnipresent Almighty GOD!

God’s presence and comfort is near and dear. God is never far from any of us. Believing, knowing and actually applying God’s Word will transform your mind to think spiritually when faced with grief or any trial or situation that comes into your life.   Now this does not mean being in denial; quite the contrary. Knowing the Truth is so very powerful. It increases your discernment!

 

Man looks on the outside. God looks at the heart. According to God’s Word spiritual things can not be understood by the natural or carnal man. There are those who think so carnally you have to proceed with caution. There is a reason why the Word says; “lay your hands on no man suddenly…” There is a spiritual transference when laying on hands. Be careful who you let lay hands on you. Anger begats anger & Peace begats peace. The Laying on of hands is NOT for show. The power of suggestion is real and some will respond simply because they are easily led.

 

It is so very important to KNOW GOD & HIS WORD for yourself! Seeking the Truth brings Light into our lives. Quickly release the things that are not true. This also allows less room for any darkness to penetrate the Spiritual Armor. Allow God’s Light to shine in your heart, mind and soul in the midst of grief.  Know that the The Kingdom of God resides within the committed believer. Luke 17  Therefore regularly take some time to;  “Be still and know!”  Let God direct and comfort you. His Holy Spirit is the Awesome Comforter. God’s Word will be a Light unto your path in every situation. Through Christ Jesus we have been blessed with the opportunity to overcome life as we live to please God.

 

It is written;

God’s Word says; “Now this I say, brethren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has out 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…” Revelation 15: 50-55.

 

CHRIST JESUS conquered life, sin, death and the grave!

Yes we all will experience grief to some extent within our lifetime.  But remember when a believer dies he/she goes to Heaven. As a believer although it is an enemy, death is not to be feared. Nor is it  something anyone should choose as an option.  Our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus conquered life, sin, death, and the grave for us.  He sacrificed His life and atoned for the sins of the world.  We are to reach to HIM! We have been given the gift of “Eternal Life.”   We who truly believe and have  accepted Jesus into our hearts have been blessed.  We will  transition this  earth to live with God in Heaven throughout eternity.  Romans 8 emphatically teaches us, there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God, not even death. God is awesome!

 

We will never fully understand many things. There are daily many world wide tragedies about us. God said that before the end of time many will be deceived and believe a lie. That many would take pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

The Perilous Days are upon  us

In these “Latter Days” the Scriptures are being fulfilled. Many all throughout the world are grieving the loss of love ones daily.  Due to the Coronavirus and other pestilences and plagues,  death, diseases, suicide, violence, crime, terrorist attacks, war, hurricanes, floods, fierce monsoon rains and furious tsunamis. Millions have died.

 

Just imagine what the original flood was like. God is speaking. WE all must ge better at listening.  Keep in mind we know through God’s Word that the end of time as we know it will not be via water. It will be by fire!

 

God sets the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of His promise. He reminds us by this that He will not destroy the world again with a flood. We also know that God is fully aware of everything that ever happens everywhere in the world. We serve a miracle working God!  He is more than able. God has promised that He would always be with us.

 

Knowing and focusing on God during your grief or any other difficult situation you may be going through will result favorably. It may not always be easy for you. But, by exercising self-control and reaching out to God it is possible. This does not mean you will not be hurt, saddened, cry or feel abandoned. It is how you feel that let’s you know you are alive.  You may even  choose to walk away from God. But please know: “God will never forsake us!”  So come what may; hold on to Him.

 

Wherever we are we can always reach out to God 

God already knows our hearts.  He is well acquainted with grief. Therefore, daily begin to partake in His spiritual fruit. The fruit of God’s Spirit are accessible. Self control will help you not to be controlled by your thinking, despair, others  or feelings. God’s Word tells us we can even be angry yet not sin. We must yearn to yield to God’s way of reacting and responding. One never knows what a day may bring. But we do know that GOD is OMNIPRESENT! We can always and forever reach out to HIM anywhere 24/7! It is in HIM lone can we always & forever find true “Security & Significance!”

 

Every Word of God is true. One must only learn how to use and properly implement it and  apply it wisely.  It is our spiritual sword that is sharper than a two edged sowrd. It cuts both ways. Wisdom comes from God.

 

I thank & Praise the Lord that we have the victory even in death. How is that? Remember; Christ Jesus has overcome death and the grave. He atoned for the sins of the world upon the cross. He was crucified, died and was buried. Then He miraculously rose with all power!

 

Begin thinking and looking at life  from a spiritual perspective. God’s children are the “apple of His eye.” God loved us so much that He allowed His only begotten Son to die for us. God is so much more than our little finite minds can imagine. God wants to walk with you through this valley of the shadow of death. He always wants us to be victorious when we are walking in TRUTH!

 

We serve an Omniscient  Almighty GOD

Nothing ever happens in any of our lives and in the world that gets by God. God our Father and Creator ultimately  always has everything under His control! Carefully read the biblical history of Job. This is why it is so very important to accept “Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!” Jesus is the only door to heaven. God’s Word tells us that there is no other name by which you can be saved.

 

“It is written;

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.

As for a man/woman his/her days are like grass, he/she flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it  and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’ s  children- with those who keeps His Covenant. and remember to obey His precepts.  The Lord has established His throne in Heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all…” PSALM 103 NIV

 

However, you must accept Jesus into your heart if you plan to spend eternity with God.  He is the only  Door to God and there is no other way to heaven. Living out loud His Word daily will give you the strength to go through this valley of the shadow of death. We can be or become confident in God’s Word!  You can learn to “Walk by Faith!” God has showed us what is good and what He requires of us.  And that it is the whole  duty of man/woman to; “Do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”  Micah 6

 

 

Grief is natural

Life here on earth is just a mere passage way to our soul’s eternal resting place. Grief is natural. You have a right to be sad. You have a right to cry and grieve.  But you do not have to live here. You can  find comfort in the Lord.  The Valley of the Shadow of death is real. But allow the Lord to take you through  your grief not stay there forever.  Stay in touch with all your feelings.  But, don’t let them rob you from embracing and reminiscing upon the precious memories  you shared with your love one.  Allow room for joy and peace. Let this motivate you to live life to its fullest in an even better way.

 

Time is precious!  Therefore moving forward it is important not to take it for granted. Yes initially there is a period of heaviness that might dwell with you.  But daily learn to give your heavy Lord over to the Lord.  Yes, you may still sometimes or annually experience this grief  as well.  Grief is experienced differently by  each individual. At times it comes in waves.  It can creep up on you. It happens randomly. But allow the precious moments in as well. 

 

 

Invite the presence of the Lord all around you

When your heart is heavy freely cry and release your emotions.  Get you a soft comfy pillow and turn on some good Gospel Music and let it rip. Let the tears go.  But, also try singing, praying, praising and or giving thanks to God. Try just being still.   Don’t run! Invite the presence of the Lord around you.  Now take some time and  meditate upon  the Word.

 

Now you are ready to freely dwell upon the great moments and happy times you have shared with your love one. People do not belong to us they are not ours to keep. When the appointed time comes to transition this life we must release them back to the Lord. Remember how God has blessed you. Be Patient. Know with the Lord there will always be more time with them who believe in Him on the other side of Heaven. There will be a ” Sweet Heavenly Reunion.” They are in fact; ” absent from the body, but present with the Lord.”  But know; This is only true  if they accepted Christ Jesus into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.

 

If your love one did not believe grieve and intercede for their soul perhaps in those lasts moments they actually accepted Christ Jesus into their heart.  You  never know how your life impacted their life.  This will also help you to stay focus on Him instead of your grief or situation at hand as you place them in the Lord’s hand. Your security and significance must rely upon God who is the amazing incredible  “Solid Rock Foundation!” For He is greater than anything that will ever happen within our lives.

 

We never know what each day may bring. We are living in perilous times and some of everything is happening and will happen. Living for God is not just a Sunday thing. It is a daily lifestyle. We the people are His Church. Our body is the Temple where HIS HOLY SPIRIT  resides. We are supposed to live each day as though we are really expecting our Lord to return. Daily welcome His infilling presence within you and all around you!

 

Salvation is truly God’s wonderful plan for us. God extends salvation to all that sincerely accept Jesus Christ into their hearts as Savior and Lord.  One must truly believe, for Jesus Christ is the “Door ” to heaven.   “JESUS saith unto him, I am the WAY the TRUTH ad the LIFE: no man cometh unto the FATHER; but by ME.”  John 14  This is key to unlocking your faith & trust in the Lord.   For this secures our heavenly residence with the Lord. He can give us hope in the midst of grief, death, persecution and longsuffering. Truly deliverance from all evil is possible.  YES LORD! THANK YOU FATHER GOD FOR YOUR  PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT!

 

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, but beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you to salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Thessalonians 2: 13-14.

 

 

GOD WILL GET YOU THROUGH THIS!

This is why His Word says in everything give thanks. God di not say that life would always be easy.  Regardless how things look; there is always & forever HOPE in the LORD!  GOD is strong, sovereign and mighty.  Above HIM there is no other. GOD CAN bring you through this. Lean on the Lord and keep believing and trusting in Him.  Let Him lead you upon the Path of Righteousness for His Name sake.  For He is more than able. Again do invite the presence of the Lord all around you.  Spend time with the Lord in His Word. FOR ONLY GOD CAN GIVE YOU HIS PEACE THAT SURPASSES THE UNDERSTANDING of Man/Woman.

 

GOD IS HOLY! HE IS A GREAT GOD.  “PRAY WITHOUT CEASING” all throughout your day. This helps you learn how to keep your focus upon GOD.   CALL UPON JESUS &  YES EVERYDAY; PRAISE HIM & BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!


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God wants His Grace to be with us

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God is an omnipotent, gracious, kind & loving God. It is through His grace and compassion that He created this world for us to live in that we inhabit. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, it is His elegant extravagant divine kindness extended toward us. God always loves us because He is love and God wants His grace to be with us! Truly God is the Most High God above Him is no other! He is the Great “I AM!”

The Hebrew word for grace is hased. It is derived from the word hesad which means to be good or kind. The Greek word for grace is charis it is derived from the word char which means wellbeing pleasant or delightful. God’s grace has been bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ. “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; Grace & Truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1 The Word teaches us that we are saved by the Grace of God. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith — and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift from God – not by works, so that no one can boast, less anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2.

If you ever wonder how life on earth began take some time and study the Book of Genesis. Genesis means beginning or origin. It contains an authentic record of creation. It is by God’s graciousness that He created this world for us to live in. He created mankind for His Glory. “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1

It is clear that God existed before anything else. God is omnipresent He is everywhere at the same time, He is infinitely immeasurable. Our infinitesimal minds cannot comprehend the totality of God who is limitless. He created the Heavens and the earth through His Word Jesus Christ who had not yet manifested within a body of sinless flesh, yet He was with the Father from the beginning in Spirit. This is an amazing truth that we believe through the Faith He has instilled within us who embrace His infallible Word! There is absolutely nothing that has ever happened or will happen in Heaven or earth that God is not totally aware of. He is omniscient He knows everything that has happened, is happening and will happen. It is God’s desire that we draw closer to Him daily!

Everything that God made was good! God wants us to experience the goodness of His grace. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God‘s Grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And made known the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in Heaven and on earth together under One Head, even Christ!” Ephesians 1

God created and provided everything for Adam & Eve that was needed or necessary for them to live a rich full abundant carefree spiritual, emotional and physical life in His presence. He created Adam in His own image, who was the first man. He created them as one. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1 God made Adam from the dust of the ground. He then placed Adam into a deep sleep, and took one of his rib bones. From the rib bone that was taken from Adam God miraculously created him a companion wife to be by his side! They both were as one, God named them Adam. Marriage was created by God. God’s grace was upon them. It was not until after they had disobeyed and sinned that Adam named his wife Eve. Adam & Eve was the first couple and they lived in harmony with the Lord until they disobeyed. From Peter we learn that the Lord extends His grace to us in marriage. It is important that God is or becomes the center of your marriage. “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them in understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1Peter 3

God’s Grace was with Adam & Eve from the very beginning.

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