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Living With Eternity In Mind

HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?
Chapter 8

We should live our lives here on Earth as though this were our last day here, for it may well be for someone. We must live with eternity in mind!

OUR CLOCK

Our clock keeps ticking, the hours rush by,
We cannot stop time, no need to try.
God gives each soul a number of days,
When our time is gone, He’ll take us away!

Then shall our body return to the Earth,
No matter who, or how much your worth.
When our Creator beckons, we must go,
And leave all we have, here on Earth below.

But you do have an eternal spirit,
At death your spirit will still exist!
God’s Word is as plain as it can be,
Just read with an open mind and see.

Our spirit shall return unto God,
He gave it, He’ll take it, the world abroad.
There is no soul sleep as some do say,
Your soul is awake for all your days.

Just what will God do with your spirit?
It goes back to Him, you must admit!
Will your angels carry you to Heav’n?
Or will the prison of Hades be giv’n?

Our clock keeps ticking; time on Earth is brief,
When God takes your soul, will it find relief?
Christ can grant the key to Heaven’s door,
And Hell will be gone from you, for e’er more!
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Aug.18,1996 # 245
(Jer.31:35; 33:20; Ps.148:1-6; 89:37; 104:19,29; Ec.12:7; 3:20;
Gen.2:7; 1:27; Job 32:8; Ac.7:59; 2 Co.5:8; Lu.16:19-26; Phil.1:23;
1 Thes.4:17; 1 P.3:19-20; 1:10,24; 2 P.2:4; Jam.4:14; Ps.91:11;
Heb.1:14; Jn.14:3; 17:24; 3:15-18,36; 5:24; 8:24; 14:6)

HOW should we live? HOW should we walk?
God’s Word tells us very clearly. 


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [KJV] . . . We all would be rightly condemned to Hell if it were not for Christ Jesus. But trust in Him makes us “NOT GUILTY”!  Praise Him and walk after His Spirit who will never lead us astray.
2 Cor. 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) [KJV] . . .  All God’s children can look forward with confidence to living in Heaven for eternity.
Gal. 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [KJV] . . . The Spirit of God within us is much greater than the old devil. Trust Him to help you live rightly.
Eph. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. [KJV]  . . . If we are ‘in Christ’, we must love! He commands this over and over again.
Eph. 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, [KJV]
Col. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: [KJV] . . . Trusting Christ as your Saviour is wonderful! But . . . we must also obey Him! Trust and obedience are bound in the same bundle. You cannot have without the other.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [KJV] . . . Notice: that tiny word: IF.
1 John 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. [KJV] . . . IF  we say we are Christians, we had better live a life like He would live. We must use Christ as a role model. If He didn’t do or say it . . . you had better not do or say it either!
Living a Christian life is not easy. We cannot do it without Christ, but with Him, we can!  Philip. 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. [KJV] . . . Most often, our biggest mistake is attempting something without Him! We get our strength from Him (Jn.15:5).
Eph. 5:3-6 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. [KJV] . . . God tells us very clearly what we should NOT do!

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: [KJV] . . . Even though we are God’s children, and a new creature (2 Cor.5:17), we still possess our old nature, and will, until we receive our new glorious bodies. (See Rom.7:14-25 for Paul’s struggle with the old nature). This is why we must have help to live our lives for Jesus! Satan is constantly tempting us to go his way. We must rely heavily on the Holy Spirit to help us.

Galatians 6:7-8  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [KJV] . . . Do NOT let anyone mislead you. There is NO way that you can ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! IF you live only to satisfy their own lustful desires, you will harvest eternal decay and death. But . . . IF you live according to the Spirit, you will harvest everlasting life!
So many mock and ridicule God. They should instead fear Him! People just do NOT fear God today! Very recently my husband and I were at a Walmart store. Paul had seen a teen age boy with a shirt that boldly stated: “The 11th commandment, Thou shalt kick ass.” He felt so badly because he knew he should have spoken to the boy, and didn’t. When we left the store, there was the boy and his mother going to their car. He approached the boy and told him in a nice way that he shouldn’t make fun of God. The mother grabbed the boy and said, “Come on.” In other words, “Get away from those religious nuts.” It was as if she did not want him any where near us. What a shame! I just pray that the boy may consider what my husband said.
          But, it is not only this young man. He had to buy the shirt somewhere. Someone had to design and make that shirt; and place them in a store to be sold. How many people are there out there walking around with that shirt (or worse) blaspheming God? God will not be mocked (Gal.6:7). A TRUE Christian cannot live like this! Walking with God sets us apart from the world. It is close communion with Him; divine fellowship with Him; it is obedience to Him; and it is loving Him . . . and other believers. We cannot go along with the world and ‘walk with God’!

John 12:26  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. [KJV]  . . . IF we do NOT honor Jesus, God will not honor us.

Eph. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; [KJV] . . .  Follow God . . .  not the devil.

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. [KJV] What does it mean to “deny himself”?  It means saying NO to your desires and YES to God, even if it means giving up earthly ambitions, friends and even family, for the cause of Christ. It means putting Christ FIRST in ALL things, over and above all your desires. It means: (1) True commitment to Christ (2) even at the risk of death (3) or rejection. (4) It means no turning back, no matter what!
Galatians 5:16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [KJV]
Galatians 5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [KJV]
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; [KJV] . . . This Earth is NOT our home. If you know Christ as Saviour, Heaven is your eternal home. It is there, you will spend eternity; not here, not Hell.
I shall bring forth the Scripture on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. Consider the following as ways to interpret them.
(1) They are a standard of conduct for all believers. (2) They contrast eternal values with worldly (temporary) values. (3) They contrast the superficial (hypocritical) “faith” with the true faith that Jesus wants. These beatitudes are not multiple choice . . . pick what you like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers.

Jesus began His sermon (vs.3-5) with words that seem to contradict each other. But, God's way of living usually contradicts what the world considers right. If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what may seem strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate. By giving up your own rights (denying self) in order to serve Christ and others, you will one day receive a great blessing (reward). There are eight different characteristics mentioned in the Beatitudes that represent “blessed” people. God’s children should express these characteristics in their daily lives.

Matthew  5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [KJV] . . .  Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. "Blessed" means much more than happiness. It implies the fortunate and enviable state of those who are in God's kingdom. The Beatitudes do NOT promise freedom from trials and tribulations, no pain or sorrow, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. "Blessed" means the hope and joy that only Jesus can give, in this world, and in eternity.   (1) The “poor in spirit” are those who realize their total need for God, and seek after a Redeemer.

Matthew 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. [KJV] . . . (2) Those that mourn shall be comforted and gratified. Godly sorrow for sin always works true repentance, watchfulness, humility, and a constant and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. Those that mourn for the wrongdoings in their lives will be constantly seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away any remaining evil.

Matthew 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. [KJV] . . . God hates pride! (Pro.11:2; 21:4; Jam.4:6; 1 Jn. 2:16; Mt.18:4; 23:12). Why? Because in effect, you are saying: “I can do it myself. I don’t need God!” God wants us to rely on Him for all
things in life. God's Kingdom is organized much differently from worldly kingdoms. Wealth, fame, power and authority are not important. Its subjects seek different blessings and benefits; have different attitudes. Does your attitude copy of the world's selfishness, pride, and lust for power, or does it reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, your King? (3) Those that are “meek” have a mild, calm and patient disposition, and are not easily stirred to anger or resentment. They are submissive. Most people consider being ‘meek’ to be a weakness. Quite the contrary . . . it is one of our greatest strengths! It is ‘power under control’. Our precious Lord was meek (Mt.11:29; 21:5). This being the case, we should diligently seek after this quality!

Matthew  5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [KJV]  . . .  (4) Those that hunger and thirst after righteousness are those trying to learn more about God and His Word. These are strictly God’s children! An unbeliever does NOT hunger and thirst after God’s goodness and righteousness. They think the Bible is foolishness! (1 Cor.2:14). They also think our Lord  is foolishness! God’s children are in direct  contrast to unbelievers!  1 Cor. 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: [KJV] . . . Only trust in Jesus can make us pure and holy and acceptable to God.  God’s children understand this truth; unbelievers do not!

Matthew 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. [KJV]  . . . (5) We must be merciful; but don’t misunderstand this verse. We do not obtain mercy only when we are merciful. There is not a condition here (do this or else). Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; [KJV] . . . There is NO good work we can do to obtain salvation. We should ‘be merciful’ because God first had mercy on us!

Matthew 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [KJV] . . . (6)  Pure in heart. If you are honest with yourself, you must admit you are NOT pure in heart. We can be “pure in heart” only through Jesus! Only His Blood can cleanse us.
1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [KJV]
We can be made clean only through the Word of God. John 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. [KJV] . . . (Jesus’ words). Only Jesus and His Word can make us “pure in heart”. Without Him, our hearts are desperately wicked and evil! Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? [KJV]

Matthew 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [KJV] . . . (7) Peacemakers. The world looks for “peace”, but it looks in the wrong places! We can find “peace” only with Jesus. Only God’s children have true peace, and we should strive to keep from any conflict in this troubled world.
John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  [KJV]
John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  [KJV]   Be patient, keep away from all arguments, do your best to ensure a peaceful environment where ever you may be.

Matthew 5:10-12  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. [KJV]  . . . Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake should be happy. This is a very distinctive characteristic to Christianity. God will see that those who lose for Him, shall not lose by Him in the end. Precious Jesus! How greatly different are your principles from those of men in this world! They call the proud happy, and admire the rich, the famous, the powerful, and the victorious. 
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. [KJV] . . . Jesus said we would have persecution, even from our families. 
 Matthew 10:34-36  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. [KJV] . . .  Taking a stand for Jesus often results in conflict, division and persecution. Just what is “persecution”? It is to afflict or harass constantly; to injure or distress; to trouble or annoy. Jesus demands a response from us, and if you decide to stand with Him, you will forsake friends and/or family, and in doing so the ones you leave behind
for Jesus will persecute you, along with the others in the world who refuse to believe. Will you be loyal to Jesus? Will you commit your life to Him? Most often you will risk your family’s and friend’s approval in order to gain eternal life. But, anything you give up for Jesus, He will restore unto you in some manner.

Mark 10:30  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. [KJV] . . . Jesus assures us that anyone who gives up something valuable for His sake will be repaid a hundred times over in this life; although not necessarily in the same form. Most often they are spiritual blessings on which the world would look down upon. If we are rejected by our family for accepting Christ, we will gain a larger family of believers. I can certainly verify this! Along with these rewards, however, we will definitely experience persecution, because the world hates God. Jesus makes sure He emphasizes persecution to make sure that we do not selfishly follow Him only for the rewards we will receive.
Mark 10:31  But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. [KJV] . . . In the world to come, the values of this world will be reversed. Those who seek status and importance here will have none in Heaven. Those who are humble here will be great in Heaven.  Those who have humbly served others are most qualified to be great in Heaven.
We must live keeping eternity uppermost in our minds. This life on Earth is only the place where we decide where we will spend eternity.       Where will YOU spend eternity??

LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE

There is life beyond the grave; indeed,
So the Gospel of Christ we must heed.
Trust Jesus as your Saviour today,
Only with Him will you go the right way!

For certain, there’s life beyond the grave,
List’ to the Gospel; be bold and brave.
To access God, you must go thru’ His Son,
Or the gates of Heaven can’t be won!

Beyond the grave, there’s eternity,
All souls are eternal; both you and me.
There’s two destinations, where we could go,
To blissful Heaven, OR Hell below!

As we on this Earth, our lives do live,
A free will; our gracious God does give.
He will not force us, to go His way,
He gives us freedom, to decide each day!

Accept OR reject Jesus, God’s Son,
This decision is an eternal one.
Only Christ, your soul from Hell can save,
For friend, there IS life, beyond the grave!
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer
Jn.3:15-18, 36; 5:24; 6:40; 17:3; Gal.6:8; Ro.6:23; 8:6;
Jam.1:15; 5:20; Rev.21:8; 2 Thes.1:8; 1 Pet.4:17; Jn.14:6;
Mt.7:13-14
         
The Scripture verses mentioned are backing up this poem.
There is definitely LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE!
There is absolutely an ETERNITY for you (and everyone else) somewhere. I cannot put into words just how important it is to consider this fact! Please consider: where will you spend ETERNITY??? If you haven’t trusted Jesus as Saviour, PLEASE DO IT NOW!

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