What if you knew your destiny? What if we knew when we were going to die and how? Would you want to know, when and how? I don’t think I would want to know. Then we could possibly change the outcome? I don’t want to know the date I’m going to pass away. I would be more focused on that date than living my life. Would it change the way you’re living if you knew your destiny?
We should live our lives to the best of our abilities like today is the last because tomorrow is not guaranteed to us. I believe each day is a gift from God and if you’re not living the way you should, we may not live a long and fruitful life. On the flip side of that, is it so bad to die? I mean the ultimate goal is to live a life pleasing to God and to go to Heaven, through our belief in Jesus Christ and God’s grace. However, I will feel sad for the people that I leave behind that love me, my wife, my children and loved ones.
I believe we should shine our lights and try to sow seeds with unbelievers, so they can have what we have, everlasting life. I think that if you are not trying to expand God’s Kingdom, we may not live a long and fruitful life. If you have everlasting life and you’re not worried about dying, or what happens when you die, then you can focus on living your best life and spreading the good news about Jesus and telling people that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins so we don’t have to worry about dying and going to a Devil’s Hell, which wasn’t even created for us, therefore we do know our destiny. If you’re a believer, you’re going to Heaven and you’ll have everlasting life.
I was praying the other day, and I was talking to God, telling him that I was a sinner and thanking him for sending his only Son to die on the Cross for our sins. I thanked him for being a sinner saved by his grace. I told him that I had backslid for a while, that I had gotten away from going to Church that I only prayed when I wanted something, used to drink alcohol (I’m not saying drinking is a sin. I’m saying I told God that I quit drinking and it’s best for me not to drink) and was asking for his forgiveness, but I told him I was back that I was thankful for all his blessings and how I didn’t deserve them, but he continues to bless me anyway.
And I got the most peaceful feeling I have ever had. I felt goosebumps all over my body, but these goosebumps weren’t on the outside of my body, they were on the inside of my body and they traveled from my head to me toes real slowly. I was thanking God for his presence. I was feeling the Holy Spirit. It was amazing and I didn’t want it to end. It lasted for a few minutes. I believe God was telling me it’s alright, that I’m back now, going to Church, worshiping him, reading the Bible, shining my light, spreading the good news about him to others, and that everything is going to be alright, as long as I don’t take him for granted again and continue on his path he has set out for me.
Back in the day I used to watch Saturday Night Live, back in the day I used to get in a lot of trouble on a Saturday night too, especially in a small town with not much to do. But last Saturday night we had a wholesome fun night. We had what our church calls a 4:19, Matthew 4;19 says “And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples – letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!” (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
It was a fun night full of fellowship. We had a fish fry and desert auction to raise money for our Youth Group to go to Mexico and build a Church for less fortunate people that don’t have a place to worship God at.
Not only did we get to eat fried catfish, hushpuppies, and fried pickles, we also got to bid on desert and that stole the show. I played the role of bidder, jacking up the prices. I made sure I had the funds available to cover in case I won the bid, but there were a few times I backed out of 100 dollar banana pudding. The banana pudding is really good and it was for a good cause. It was a success and we had a good time, as opposed to running the streets in a small town with one movie theater, and not too much else to do.
Not only did we have an awesome Saturday night, Sunday morning turned out pretty good too. Sunday morning the Holy Spirit was stirring in Church in full force. Three young men were baptized and saved and another joined the Church, God has BIG things planned for our Church and I am glad I am a part of it. Stay tuned for more fund raisers and to find out how the Youth Group Church building goes and if we can manage to top this last weekend.
The production Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames is in our sleepy little town of Mena, Arkansas and when they arrived and asked for people to be in the production, to be honest, I really didn’t want to be in it, but since there wasn’t many people I was chosen to be in more than one scene, but I sure am glad I was picked.
But I have to say in the first scene, I have to beat Jesus up and nail him to the cross. Do you know how hard it is to beat the man up that died for all of our sins? And even worse, to nail the man responsible for all us to be able to enter Heaven to the cross? And even worse than that stab Jesus with a spear, which is the reason he dies. I’d much rather be in my Christian family scene.
But it is so rewarding seeing people accept Jesus into their lives as their Savior. It’s like nothing I have ever been a part of and frankly, I don’t want it to end. We have two more nights of the production. I pray that there are so many people tonight and tomorrow night that they stay for more nights, we’ll see.
Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames is life changing for the people in the production and the people being saved. If you get a chance I encourage you to be involved in it in your Church.