Today's Christian thought: Thursday September 18th, 2003
As I sit here writing Thursday's thought, I have to think about a phone call I got a while ago. This phone call came from my sister's husband in Massachusetts. He called to tell me an elderly aunt, my Aunt Kay, had died. Kay was in her middle 80's. She had been in a nursing home for the last few years and I had driven down there on occasion to visit her.
Kay, like most of my family, spent her life as a Roman Catholic. On each of my visits I had presented her with the plan of salvation and on one of my first trips I gave her a New King James Bible. She and I had discussed the plan of salvation, even using her new Bible to find references to how and what one must do to be Saved.
But, like everyone, Kay had to make her own choice. What she made as a choice, I have no way of knowing. God knows, Kay knows, Jesus knows, but I have not the foggiest idea of which path she chose to follow. Whether the narrow, windy path to eternal bliss, the path of the Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, or the path of Roman Catholicism, I have no way of knowing. But this I do know: The instant a man, woman, or child dies, they bow before the Lord and at that time, they are judged and that judgement is both righteous and permanent. No appeals.
As I read Psalm 145, I come to verse 20, a verse that says it all: The LORD preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.
Psalm 145 is a comforting psalm to read when one you love has died, and it is more comforting if you know the deceased to be Saved, but even if they are not, as long as you are, you'll find comfort in David's words.
I will extol Thee, my God, O king; and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honor of Thy majesty, and of Thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of Thy terrible acts: and I will declare Thy greatness.
They shall abundantly utter the memory of Thy great goodness, and shall sing of Thy righteousness.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee. They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy power; To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and Thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them.
The LORD preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:1-21)
Yes, my aunt is dead. If she followed the path of Christ and Salvation, she is in a far better place. But, if she chose to continue to follow the cult of Roman Catholicism, she is in a place so bad that we dare not even think of the horrors she now faces, and whichever path she chose, it is for eternity. It is too late to pray for Kay, but I do pray that the Lord will have someone cross the path of all who read this and are unsaved, someone they will listen to, someone that will present to them Christ's plan of salvation.
The Lord grant peace to all who loved Kay and are sorrowed by her death, amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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