THE MEANING OF”EVER LEARNING”

You can be ever learning, but never coming into the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)

I want to warn you of a trap.  It is a snare that we all must be aware of.  We can so busy ourselves in doing God’s work and learning His Word that we can actually miss HIM.

Jesus said, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me, And ye will not come to me that ye may have life.” (John 5:39,40)

It is not Scripture that gives us life…it is the experience behind the Scripture that gives us life.  It’s Jesus that gives life.  The Scripture acts as a doorway to get to Him.  They light our path to Him.  (Psalm 119:105)

“Ever learning” means you read the Bible, study it, and even believe it to be true, but even the devils know and believe (James 2:19) so knowing and believing isn’t enough!  What it means to “come into the knowledge of the truth” is to experience the truth in your heart!  That means you experience Jesus, the Living Word, the Word wrapped in flesh, the Truth, the Way, the Life in your heart as the Scripture is opened to you and becomes an experience to you!

The Bible is alive and active!  (Hebrews 4:12)  It’s not just another book to read and learn from.  It’s an experience.  If you have never experienced the Bible as being alive, I want to encourage you that if you desire it to come to life for you, it will.

In the past I had many “blocks” in my heart that kept me from really being able to experience the Scripture this way.  I would read it, but had so protected my heart from many, many disappointments in my life that I was unaware I was keeping the Word out of my heart as well.  To be honest, I was afraid to trust.  “What if I put my hope in the One that will never fail me and He doesn’t come through for me,” was a subconscious thought I had embraced.  No one else really has come through for me, so what if God doesn’t?  These past hurts keep a wall up around your heart that you think is protecting you, but it is really keeping you “ever learning, but never being able to come into the knowledge of the truth”.

Will you be willing to take down that wall today and risk to trust in the One who will never let you down?  I am a living testimony that even when everyone else has failed you, He will not.  Those are not just words on a page in the Bible, those words point to the Living Word whose name is Jesus and He will show up in your life, if only you will be willing to take down the wall you’ve had up for so long.  Maybe that wall was built for survival at one time in your life, but now that time is long gone, but the wall remains.

Prayer to God

Father God, I have built a wall of self-protection from that time in my life when I was hurt.  Please bring those who have hurt me to the surface of my heart by name.  Help bring this pain to the surface and take it from me.  I ask for your help to truly forgive them in my heart for ___________________.  It was wrong and it hurt, but I want to be free from it.  Help me to forgive them fully in my heart.  Because of this my ability to trust has been wounded.  Please heal this wound in me so I can trust again.  I long to trust in You and experience Your Word the way You have longed for me to.  Bring the Word to life in a real way to me.  I desire to experience Your Word as alive and active in my life.  I invite you in to come and change me.  Help me come to experience the knowledge of the truth of who You are and Your love for me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

The Rich and the Poor

Luke 16:19-31 19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

One Man Lived A Bountiful Life – These verses tell us that the rich man enjoyed the best that life had to offer. He lived for himself, with no thought for the needs of his fellow man. He was his own man, just enjoying life to the full. It appears that he was living for the now, with no thought for the future at all. Even after his death he was still self-centered, v. 24. He cared only for himself and not one of the millions who were there with him! (Note: There is nothing wrong with having money and material things. Just being rich does not automatically condemn a person to Hell. But, Jesus did indicate that a life lived in dependence on material riches will end in Hell – Matt. 19:16-26.) (Note: This rich man is a picture of a person who cares only for himself. He does not care about God or His Word. If he had, he would have ministered to Lazarus, Pr. 14:21; 31. He lived a good life, but it was a lost life!) (Note: Do not begrudge the lost their earthly pleasures and treasures! This is the only Heaven they will know! We should rather pity them because while they trust in their riches and the things that this world has to offer, they are steadily marching headlong into Hell.)

The Bible tells us that the rich man went to Hell when he died! From all we know about that place, it is far more horrible that we could ever imagine. Notice just a few of the things the Bible says about Hell:

A Place of Punishment – Matt. 25:41.

Unquenchable Fire – Mark 9:43; Luke 16:243.

Misery and Pain – Luke 16:24, 25, 28; Rev.14:10-116.

A Place of Undiluted Wrath – (Jesus, rainbow, Hab. 3:2) (There will be absolutely no mercy!)

A Place of Eternal Separation from God – 2 Thes. 1:8-99.

One Man Lived A Burdened Life – While the rich man prospered, Lazarus suffered daily. He did not have the riches of the world. He could not afford medical treatment for his ailments. He could not afford food to eat. His only friends appeared to be the dogs which came and licked his sores. His was a wretched existence made bearable only by the knowledge that this world was not his home! (Note: Here, Lazarus is a picture of the believer. While the lost men of this world live it up and indulge every lust of the flesh, the redeemed make a conscious decision to separate themselves from this world. They carry within their heart burdens for the very souls of the men around them that are perishing. Surely, none of us have or probably ever will suffer as much as Lazarus did in this life, but if we are living as we should before the Lord, our lives would appear to be burdensome to those who do not know the Lord.) (Note: I am not implying that we have it rough! If you listen to some Christians, you would think God had died and they were the most miserable people alive. In contrast, I say that we are blessed above all men! However, when you get saved, your priorities will change! Your goals and aspirations will change! You will live a life that is markedly different from the lost folk around you! That is because you are a New Creature – 2 Cor. 5:17!)

One Man Found Peace – While the rich man suffered, Lazarus was a rest! He had ceased from his burdens and he free from his diseases. He was finally at peace. (Note: Just as surely as Hell awaits the lost person, Heaven awaits the saved person! And everything that Hell is, Heaven isn’t. It is a place free from the cares of this world and from the pain of that world, Rev. 21:4. It is a place of incomparable beauty, Rev. 21-22. It is the place where God Himself dwells, and where His people will see His face, Rev. 21:3; 22:4. It is a place where sin, sinners and Satan are forever banished, Rev. 21:27. It is a glorious city prepared especially for those who know the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior – John 14:1-6. It is a place the redeemed long to be. It is the place we call home, Phil. 3:20!)

 

God’s Design for Christians

Evan Hopkins once said a Christian is one who is: “Intellectually convinced, that is mental maturity; who is morally convicted, that is emotional maturity; and who is spiritually converted, that is scriptural maturity”. This is God’s design for each of His children.

Fight the good fight with all thy might,
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be,
Thy joy and crown, eternally.

Run the straight race, through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

Cast care aside, lean on thy guide,
His boundless mercy, will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove,
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.

Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear;
Only believe, and thou shalt see,
That Christ is all in all, to thee.

 

 

Be Encouraged

Exodus 14:13 – 14 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

The children of Israel were petrified when they saw the Egyptian army marching after them. With terror in their eyes, they cried out to the Lord to save them. The Lord in His grace and mercy heard the cry of His people and answered them. Unfortunately, they were very quick to complain to Moses about their situation. However, the Lord still answered them.

How often do we get upset and throw fits like two year olds when life does not go the way we plan. How often in our discouragement do we lose the joy of the Lord because our day is all in ruins because the rubbish did not go out, a plate was smashed, you had no ride to work, the baby won’t stop crying and there is no food in the cupboard. Stop; look at yourself and listen.

When the enemy is only one step behind you and the world is about to cave in, stop, pray and trust in the Lord. All these small things are foxes. Little foxes are what spoil the vine. If you let the little foxes get to you, then so will the enemy. Before you know it, you will have bigger problems than you did before. Let the Lord fight the battle, don’t try and do God a favor by fighting the battle yourself.

Do not try to do anything in your own strength, because I can guarantee that you will break, but if you put your hope and trust in the Lord, He will give you His strength, which is joy to endure the hardships. Through His strength, you can trample down the wiles of the enemy. Let Him take control and enjoy the ride of your life.

The Lord is faithful. He being the Lord God Almighty will not let you go beyond what you can handle. All He asks is that you believe and trust Him. He will not leave your side.

The Lord provided manna for the children of Israel when they had no food. He poured forth water from a rock. Surely our God who gives and takes away can provide for you this day. Do not be discouraged by the bills that come flying in like a roaring lion. Do not be discouraged because your day has not or is not going the way that it was supposed to. The Lord is in control of you and I. He is the author and the finisher of our faith.

 

 

Social or Spiritual

There are two kinds of religion that dominate the scene today: one, as we have mentioned, is social; the other is spiritual.

The spiritual church is on fire for God, preaching a complete Gospel – salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, the power to heal and deliver the power to break the yoke of bondage and live victoriously.

It’s up to you. You have to decide if you want life. You have to look things over and make a choice. If you want spiritual life, you’re going to have to get out of that graveyard, and go where you can hear the Word of the Lord.

Don’t let loyalty stand in the way. Many are so loyal to a place filled with dry bones, a graveyard. They wouldn’t dare leave that cemetery – because they like that social form. But there is something much better than being loyal to a cemetery that does you no good. Such a place is lullabying souls off to sleep. They slumber away from week to week, never hearing anything that will stir conviction in the heart and cause them to go deep with the Lord. You can loyally serve such a place unto the Lord comes – but you’ll find out that such Luke warmness won’t get you into the kingdom of God.

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.

A lukewarm church is dead, to the extent that life is no longer moving in it. It is just form. It is make-believe, a conscience soother – making you feel you’ve done a good thing by just being there.

You have to reach the place where your loyalty is to God. You must serve Him where there is life, and where there is freedom and liberty in the Spirit.

The pastor who wants the fire – yet his people wants to stay in the valley

Sometimes, a pastor may have to move on, because his people want to remain in the valley of dry bones – while he wants the fire of God moving in his life.

I knew a pastor who had pastored a church that was bound in social form for years. One day the pastor was filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to go deeper with God.

Every time he wanted to stir his church to move on with God, the board would give him the same answer: Listen, we’ve done it this way for years, and we’re not going to change now! They’d been dead for forty years, and they weren’t about to come to life just because the pastor had a fresh touch from the Lord. They just didn’t want to hear the Word. They had no desire to go deeper with God.

Well, the pastor got so discouraged that he resigned and took up another pastorate, where he might move on with God, and where he could minister life unto hungry souls.

The army of God -

Ezekiel 37:9-10 Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Let us understand that this message in Ezekiel is basically speaking of the restoration of Israel in the last days. The day is coming when Israel will be fully restored back to the spiritual splendor she once had with God. That day is coming into fulfillment now. And, as time goes on, we will see it fulfilled to the letter.

But this restoration also applies to the Gentiles. God wants to bring men and women out of the dry, barren places, and give them fullness of joy.

Let’s look at God’s remedy to this dry place:

Acts 2:15-17a For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh . . .

When Ezekiel prophesied unto the wind, the wind moved and life was given: those dry bones became an exceeding great army. So it is when God pours out His Spirit upon those who let Him fill them to overflowing. The next thing you know, He is raising up a mighty arm of Spirit-filled believers to stand with Him.

Acts 2:17b . . . and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams

This is what is it like for those who have come out of the valley of dry bones. This is what we are seeing today. God is pouring out His Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit are in operation in and through His people. He is fulfilling His Word – just as promised.

Acts 2:18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy

God gives us something far greater than a social, dry religion! He lifts us into the realm of spiritual blessing, where He will pour out His Spirit and grant an enduement of power from on high – that these mighty works might follow us.

What is God’s answer to that dry, barren place? His answer is to really get saved, and then go on to be filled with the Holy Ghost. You have to come to the place where you rise up to claim the blessing of God, the place where you get down to business and seek God to fill you with the Holy Ghost.

God will certainly honour His Word. He will pour out His Spirit upon you, if you want Him to. You will be baptized with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. When God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, that word ALL includes you, as well as anyone else who will open his life to Him.

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Here’s a promise for every believer. God promises to take you deeper. He will breathe His Holy Spirit into you, and fill you to overflowing.

Claim the promise by faith -

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

John the Baptist was testifying Jesus would come and baptize with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

If you will enter in and seek out the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Jesus will add this to your experience. Exercise your faith in the promise of God, and claim it for your own life. Press your way in – and He will fill you.

Then you can go forth in the army of God to conquer the enemy, and live a victorious Christian life where His works will be evident.

 

Hannah in the Bible

Hannah’s Faith “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Thy salvation.” (I Samuel 2:1). An animal with large horns is thought to be powerful and beautiful. Hannah speaks of her strength and confidence in the Lord by using this figure of speech. She had a very childlike, trusting faith; the exact kind of humble faith that Jesus said we all need (Matthew 18:1-4). She had patiently waited for years, praying for what she desired so very much. It was in the Lord’s hands, she knew, and during those bleak years of hope she never gave up. And then, after at long last having received of the Lord’s goodness, she remembered Him with gratitude. Her joy was enriched because Samuel was the product of the Lord’s power. She spoke boldly in the midst of those who would ridicule her, not being ashamed because the LORD was the God of her salvation. May we also enjoy the same exultation, boldness and joy in the Lord today, for He is also the God of our salvation!

Hannah’s Song

“My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD,

My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,

because I rejoice in Thy salvation.

There is no one holy like the LORD, indeed, there is no one besides Thee,

Nor is there any rock like our God.

Boast no more very proudly, do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;

for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and with Him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty are shattered, but the feeble gird on strength.

Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,

but those who were hungry cease to hunger.

Even the barren gives birth to seven, but she who has many children languishes.

The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

The LORD makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust,

He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles,

and inherit a seat of honor; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,

and He sets the world on them. He keeps the feet of His godly ones,

but the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; for not by might shall man prevail.

Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; against them He will thunder in the heavens,

The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king,

and will exalt the horn of His anointed.” (I Samuel 2:1-10).

30th Wedding Anniversary

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Sarv & Ann Sohal

Thirty years have come and gone

But your love still burns brightly

Children are all grown up

Now we are grandparents

Feeling happy & content

Old marriage just turned thirty

May the Lord Jesus be glorified

He kept us safe and together

Thank God for His promise

Let’s celebrate our marriage

Feeling young and sturdy

Old marriages just turn thirty

Thank God for His loving care

Happy Anniversary

September 15, 2014

Silver & Gold have I none

Peter and John went to pray:

they met a lame man on the way.

He asked for alms and held out his palms,

and this is what Peter did say:

“Silver and gold have I none,

but what I have I give to you.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,

rise up and walk!”

He went walking and jumping and praising God,

walking and jumping and praising God.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,

rise up and walk.”

Composer Joseph M. Scriven Writes What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Irish born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and to be married. The day before his wedding, his fiancé died in a tragic drowning accident. Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland to start a new life in Canada. While in Canada working as a teacher, he fell in love again and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students. Once again, Joseph’s hopes and dreams were shattered when Eliza became ill and died before the wedding could take place. Although one can only imagine the turmoil within this young man, history tells us that his faith in God sustained him. Soon after Eliza’s death Joseph joined the Plymouth Brethren and began preaching for a Baptist church. He never married, but spent the remainder of his life giving all his time, money and even the clothes off his own back to help the less fortunate and to spread the love and compassion of Jesus wherever he went. Around the same time that Eliza died, Joseph received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed one of his poems entitled What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Many years later a friend was sitting with Joseph, as he was very ill. During this visit, the friend was very impressed when he ran across his poems, including What a Friend We Have in Jesus. As a result of this visit, almost 30 years after his letter of comfort to his mother, Joseph’s poems were published in a book called Hymns and Other Verses. Soon thereafter, noted musician Charles C. Converse (1834-1918) put music to one of those poems: What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Well-known musician and revivalist Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) was a great admirer of Joseph Scriven. In 1875, Sankey came upon the music and words for What a Friend We Have in Jesus. He included it as the last entry into his well-known publication Sankey’s Gospel Hymns Number 1. After Joseph Scriven’s death, the citizens of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, where he gave so much of himself, erected a monument to his life. The seemingly sad and obscure life of one man resulted in so many lives being uplifted, both in his own time, and for many years after whenever the beautiful and comforting words of What a Friend We Have in Jesus are sung.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend we have in Jesus,all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there. Blessed Savior,

Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear May we ever,

Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” ( John 15:13)

 

Victorious Living Through Christ

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Lord, it is nothing [not too hard] for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You.”  2 Chronicles 14:11

Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-12

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.       “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:4-11

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves… [W]hen they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:16, 19-20

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:3-5

“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 the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on in corruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.”      “‘O  Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51

“I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:10-11

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”   “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, “Write, for  these words are true and faithful. And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:4