Ozark Christian Living

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Giant Ain't Eater

September 18

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS saints."   Psalms 116:15

"Ain't a saint? ... no problem!

 

Have you ever stopped to consider that what we dread the most, strikes the desire of the DIVINE?  At the risk of undo morbidity, isn't it strange that while we mourn the death of saints here, a celebration takes place there?  And worse yet, what we celebrate here, likewise prompts a dirge of indignation back home in Heaven.  What an unimaginable sight that must be when the saints do go marching in, and are embraced with those nail pierced hands.  Oh sure, a dead life here holds the possibility of pleasing the LORD; but a live death there is precious.

From Genesis 1, to Revelation 22, there are but two classes of individuals; the saints, and the ain'ts.  The ain'ts who never become saints will live once to die twice.  The saints, who once were ain'ts, will die once and ultimately live twice.  Both groups will indeed meet their MAKER, the ain'ts though, ain't hanging around.  "Say unto them, as I live, saith the LORD GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die ..."  Neither the ain't or the saint will die their first death out of HIS sight; but every ain't will live out their second death out of HIS grace.  This, says the LORD, is of no joy to HIM: "why will ye die ..." apart from ME, is the heartrending question of CHRIST to every soul who ain't saved.  Ain't a saint? ... no problem!  Though every person is born an ain't (cf. Psalm 51:5); every ain't can receive an 'S' from the SAVIOR, and become a saint.  Salvation, we might say, is a giant ain't-eater.

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"  Relax, GOD has HIS eye on the death row of sin, taking personal interest in every one who will turn to HIM for a pardon.  "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."  Rejoice O' condemned sinner, for JESUS is the jailor, WHO alone can buy the guilty ain't back from the gallows of his own sin.

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with CHRIST in GOD.  When CHRIST, WHO is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with HIM in glory.  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth ..."


For Love of Country
 Robert Edward Lee  (1807-1870)
(General of the Confederate Army)
"Soldiers!  Let us humble ourselves before the LORD, our GOD, asking through CHRIST, the forgiveness of our sins, beseeching the aid of the GOD of our forefathers in the defense of our homes and our liberties, thanking HIM for HIS past blessings, and imploring their continuance upon our cause and our people."

(in observation of a day of fasting and prayer, April 8, 1864)

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