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"The Promise Fulfilled" ~ Part Nine ~

Updated on March 19, 2016

No one Knows the Day or Hour of Our Deaths

I’m not anyone “special” but to God I am and so are you. I had a difficult life in my growing up years which I could do nothing about as I was a child. There are lots of people who have had a whole lot worse life than I have, I am quite sure. In fact I’ve heard a lot of their stories through various means. Just as I am also sure that there exists many who did not, because of the events of their lives, turn to sex, drugs and alcohol in order to deal with them. Rather escape from them I should add.

I always felt "not good enough", "less than" or as if I just didn't belong anywhere or to anyone. Always. From these feelings about myself I concluded that there was something very essential missing in me. Of course now I know what that something was that was missing from my life, it was the love of God. Coming to know Him and grow in that knowledge by actively choosing to pick up my Bible and read it and personally seek to investigate for myself whether Jesus' claims about Himself were true or not. By the way? Yes, they are true, from the book of the beginning, in Genesis, to the last word Jesus uttered to be written in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John His beloved disciple.

I say to you with assurity that God's Word is true, yet this will have to be a wonderful and personal journey and discovery that you have to choose to make for your own selves. I can share with you what He has done in my life, but unless you seek Him and seek to know Him through His Word, you will never know Who and what you have been missing for all of your own personal lives.

I declare to you that it IS an AMAZING thing, our journey to Truth and assurance!

At first, though I frequently began reading the bible before I was even saved, it was pretty much all Greek to me. I didn’t understand anything much in it except as in a historical way for the Bible is an historical document. I had never known God or anything about Him other than when His precious name was used in curse words to cuss someone. I even used to use His name that way myself.

As I think I already may have mentioned, my maternal grandfather carried me to church the very first time that I ever went at an early age. Yet still I remember the elder Preacher Barber preaching about God and His sending unrepentant sinners to a horrific place the Bible called hell. A place of eternal punishment "where the fire never went out and where there would be endless wailing and gnashing of teeth, and where the worm “dieth not."

Here I will again let the Lord speak for Himself:

John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is for us. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell, [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched." {Mark 9:39-48}|

Every time I think of the 23rd Psalm and repeat it from memory I think of my Grandpa T. and the Word He sowed into my young heart about the Savior. I will always love him for that and expect he will be among the first loved ones that I will see when I go to heaven.

{The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd. A Psalm of David}:

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake."
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." {Psalms 23}

One of my favorite verses is found in the book of Philippians;

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." {Philippians 4:13}

I’ve no doubt already shared with you, (as I will other things that are important for me to share with you), how I found Jesus. Rather how He reached out for me and I responded.

Having “found the Way” I also was changed from the inside out and thereby found my way outside of the “cocaine/drugs/alcohol and sex covered doors that held me prisoner for so long. I hope you will bear with me, as I said, I’ve never written anything of this magnitude before, but I can assure you that it all pours forth from a heart of love for God, and for you, the still suffering addict.

Following is a scripture Jesus spoke addressing the power of faith in a person's life.

“And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” {Matthew 17:20}

My “mountains” or obstacles were my addictions. In fact my “mountain” was also myself. I reiterate that during this journey of the writing of my testimony, through-out it is my hope that it will point you to the Hope, who will also open the doors of your own prisons. I do this purely out of love and obedience to God and I do this out of love for you, the still suffering addict.

At these words you may balk, laugh or even flinch as perhaps love, real love, seems to be in such a short supply in your own hearts and lives. And what there is of it may be given conditionally. Perhaps doled out in conjunction to whatever deed you might perform, i.e., how you act or what you may choose to do or say in any given situation.

I didn’t really know much of anything about what love was either. Of course I had had love in my life, I just didn’t know at the time that I did have it. I personally knew not one thing about what love truly was until I became the servant of the Creator who Himself is love.

It was many years down the line, though, before I was “introduced” to God in a personal way through Jesus Christ His Son. In the beginning of my quest I hadn’t the slightest idea of who this “God” was, or what He had already done for me. Perhaps if anyone after my Grandpa T. had attempted to really tell me of this Spirit Being who was Light, this Person, who offers to us all unconditional love and forgiveness for the things we have done abasing him…maybe? Who knows? “If” is the biggest word in any language. But, as I was saying, I hadn’t a clue about this Savior who took upon His sinless Self our sins, MY SINS. The Savior who saw the best that there was in me, when I saw none at all. Just the same exact way as He sees the best in you right this moment too.

This is way before I even knew of there being the remotest possibility of anything “good” existing within me at all. And there isn’t really, not without the covering of Christ. Anyone can wear a mask and fake being “good” - but Christ makes it the genuine article.

Because of the way we have acted, the things we have done in the “world”, and against our own families who, from sheer exasperation, do not, and in fact cannot, understand what it is that possesses their family member or friend to do the things we do, perhaps always have done? So, maybe we may hear from them about how sorry we have become and even though that may be true in application to what our addictions bring out in us? Jesus still sees us as valuable and He sees us for who we can be "in Christ", and not for who we are while lost in that hellish life. He joyfully accepts us just as we are when we come to Him through the payment He made for our sins upon the cross where He was slain. At least all those who will choose to acknowledge their own sin before the Holy God and their need of the Savior who has paid our sin debt in full. As I said, God sees us for who we CAN BE, in Christ. Not for who we have become in the world without Him.

Sooooo…pretty much, when someone did try to tell me a time or three, I never like, rejected the truth or the bearer’s of it. Why? Well because I remembered hearing from somewhere that in rejecting those who share with us the truth that can save us here and now, giving us a better life, and also saving us from an eternity in hell? That I would also be like, well.... tantamount to rejecting God Himself. Anyway I remembered hearing that as a child or something, from someone, somewhere, maybe even my Grandpa T.

Or perhaps I may have read or heard from somewhere else that to reject the bearers of the Truth like pastors and the like was a really serious deal, even if I wasn’t living any of it at the time. I didn’t “know” Him, nor did I seek to know Him. Like I said, IF someone had fully explained to me about this PERSONAL Jesus? Maybe. Then again, I would have had to quit chasing the highs long enough in order to sit still and HEAR what they were saying.

Maybe I might have listened, or maybe I might have been only one among the foolish masses who thought I had a long, long time to make that all important Decision. I probably would have thought at the time I even had forever to make my choice of Him and could have very well winded up dying the very next day, or week, or month, or maybe even 10 minutes after someone had shared Christ with me for the last time.

Had I done that, died in my procrastinating... if YOU do that? You are taking maybe the last chance with the destination in which you will have already chosen to spend all eternity, heaven or hell. Of course that alone is your personal choice to make. I just pray you make the right one while you can, because I love you. As for myself, I am so very thankful for the mercy and grace of God because right this second I could be in hell, burning in agony, tormented forever, time without end.

In the Bible there is a testimony of two sisters named Mary and Martha, and their brother Lazarus. There’s a scripture alluding to how very busy Martha always was bustling around the house and then there came a time when Martha was preparing a meal for the Master (Jesus) while Mary sat at the Master’s feet to hear what He had to say and to learn more of Him the lessons of God. Let me give you the example of which I am alluding to:

Martha and Mary:

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “ Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” {Luke 10:38-42}

I suppose I more closely identified with Martha, cooking and cleaning and wanting things to be just “perfect”. Sometimes I forget and still foolishly do these things to the exclusion of weightier matters. I just can’t stand a messed up home if I can help it. Doesn’t matter that it “looks” clean - I have to KNOW that it is. I’m continually working at getting my priorities straighter now. Over-cleaning doesn’t quite seem to compel me the way it used to. One would say, heck “I” would say, I was obsessive/ compulsive about it. Another kind of destructive habit I suppose. Busyness keeps one occupied and distracted from doing that which is truly and most imperatively important eternally. Another tool of Satan's to distract us from the Lord and the study of His Word.

Today I am learning that sitting at the Master’s feet is much more important than cleaning an already clean abode. Prayer, Bible study, and going to a Bible believing, Bible teaching and practicing church are imperative to the Christian persons spiritual growth. For it is the things that are eternal which will last - not those which are temporal.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." {Matthew 6:19-21}

When I first read that story about Mary and Martha I didn’t “get it” so much. Wouldn’t you have thought that maybe I might have given more than a passing thought to becoming more of a Mary type person when I did begin to understand what the story was there for? That I’d give an ear to this truth about the Son of GOD who from a heart filled with divine love for you and I, and out of obedience to the Father, left His eternal home in heaven to come to this earth He created?

The Deity of Jesus Christ:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” {John 1:1-5}

Jesus is the Word of which John the beloved wrote this scripture about. He willingly came here in order to save you and me by choosing to go through every pain, stress, temptation and heartache -plus- known to mankind. To, in effect, put on mortality, to wear human flesh so that He could experience all that you and I do on a daily basis. Yet He did so completely without sin.

He came here to live out His 33+ years totally sinless in the eyes of His heavenly Father. He had to endure the same temptations as we do in order to be able to satisfy the conditions required by the Holy and Righteous GOD. The one and only GOD who hated sin, nor could He look upon it as He poured out His Wrath upon Jesus Christ His Son as He hung suspended between heaven and earth as He was crucified for your sins and my sins upon Calvary’s cross.

He did so for you and for me to save us from a certain and literal Hell. And also to defeat Satan and win back the power and Authority lost to Satan by Adam and Eve “in the Garden”. Jesus did so that we could, should we so choose to, live victoriously now in Christ. Jesus has ALL POWER and that power, in His precious name which is above all names, is ours too, in Christ. The believer’s I am speaking of here, the Church of Jesus Christ of whom Jesus is the Head. Not any man, but Jesus Himself. We are the body of the church. The Bride we are referred to as in the bible. And Jesus, as I said, is the head of the Church and the Bridegroom to come.

I guess if somebody had come to me telling me before I had suffered all the things that I have, which I am attempting to share with you now? I…well I….oh who the heck am I kidding! I probably would have thought they were loony tune’s or something equally pompous. But truly, I attempt to share with you the joy of the risen Lord and His power to set you totally and irrevocably FREE. As long as you choose to love Him and live for Him above all else.

At those other times when I was young I was so foolish in thinking I had all the time in the world to decide whether or not I was "ready" to commit to Christ. I assure you there was one fact that I did not consider and that is that death waits for no man, woman, teenager or child. We are born,we live our allotted amount of days and then we die. No way around that fact. There is no escaping death for any living thing, be it human, animal or plant life either. Even the stars of heaven fall and die.

We will all face death one day. We, not a single one of us, shall ever escape dying. We never know when that day will come for us either, so please, do not delay your decision to accept Jesus into your hearts, for if you are honest with yourselves you must know that we have a great need of and for this the only Savior of mankind. You have to admit that at best we are but wretched creatures living and bowing to the dictates of our own fleshly desires which are contrary to GOD.

Once you decide to choose to accept Him as your Lord and allow Him to reign in your hearts? He will do the rest as you follow Him.


more to come.....


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  • whomtheSonsetFree profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from USA

    Yes, that is true. However I had over 36 years of experience "in the world" and it has been approximately 10 since the Lord saved me and set me free. A lot of time to contemplate matters once I knew He wanted me to write my testimony for His glory.

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    5 years ago

    Great hubs

    Everything is so well thought out. However with God I guess it just comes naturally and nothing really has to be thought out. We write as we feel, the truth. God is Truth


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