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Living Trust

November 18

          "Though HE slay me, yet will I trust in HIM ... HE also shall be my salvation"  Job 13:15-16

"Biblically, there is no right to life ..."

 

Don't confuse this with some kind of sanctified fatalism ... it is not!  To the untrained spiritual ear, these words of Job might even sound a little cavalier; but not to the one who knows HIS net; for within this proclamation lies the essence of true trust.  A living faith, that is not Siamesed with dying grace, is a most incredible thing!  GOD is eternal in nature, and he who loses sight of eternity, loses sight of HIM.  The sojourner travels light; the pilgrim never unpacks this side of his\her destination; and the ambassador stands ready to be recalled at a moments notice.  "For the wages of sin is death ..."  Biblically, there is no right to life; and at the end of breath, there is only grace, if real life is ever to be realized.  "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the HOLY GHOST which is in you, which ye have of GOD, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify GOD in your body, and in your spirit, which are GOD'S."  We are HIS to keep, take, leave, or whatever else HE may decide; and a resolve to this fact begets an inexplicable peace, which in turn spawns this very type of loving abandon spoken of here by Job.  What a statement of living trust this is; and for the record, by a man whose trial of faith is arguably unequalled in all of history.  "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for THOU art with me; THY rod and THY staff they comfort me."  Perhaps even David was influenced of Job when he penned these familiar words of Psalm 23.

"If in this life only we have hope in CHRIST, we are of all men most miserable."  The real reason many live like this world is all there is ... is because that is the reality of their living death.  "What have I to do with thee, JESUS, THOU SON of the MOST HIGH GOD? I adjure THEE by GOD, that THOU torment me not."  They hold no more hope of life after death, than the swine of the Gadarenes; and like them, they shudder at the thought of meeting GOD face to face.  "For I know that my REDEEMER liveth, and that HE shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see GOD:"  He who cannot embrace death now, will spend an eternity learning to adapt to its strong arms.

"For to me to live is CHRIST, and to die is gain."


For Love of Country
John Locke (1632-1704)
(English philosopher whose writings profoundly influenced
the framers of the U. S. Constitution)
"Our SAVIOR'S great rule, that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, is such a fundamental truth for the regulating of human society, that, by that alone, one might without difficulty determine all the cases and doubts in social morality."


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