Life after death (Now)…

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Teresa Shurden

Life after Death!
There are many ways a person can die, physically and/or spiritually, many, many, many ways.
Everyone of us are on level ground in life and death, our days are numbered. Each one of us choose where we spend eternity, and that is done by our choices in this life at this time.

Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows t please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Job 14:5 “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.”
Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Job 12:10 “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.”
Ephesians 5:16 “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
We will begin in the Old Testament. I am not an expert of death. I am a nurse and have worked in Hospice for over 10 years, experiencing many types of situations through the doors of death with hundreds of patients. I have spent many hours with many families as they have journeyed down this pathway of death (only) the patient passes through the door of death but part of the family dies with the patient. Memories good and bad linger after the death of the patient.
Guilt, anxiety, frustration, regret, and anger are only a few emotions that pour out of the ones that are left alive. Physical feelings that come and shut down parts of our physical bodies, women who have lost husbands, explain it as (I can’t feel anymore, my legs are numb, my heart is literally broken, I want to die I can’t live without (him.) Many voices, emotions and feelings come out of the process of death. The hurt, bitter feelings of what should have been, or what might have been, or what was done tares into the hearts of the ones left to go on. Maybe the person was too young to die or maybe was not yet born.
The terrors of death of a loved one that hold people back from approaching a loving God. We may not confess that we hate God for taking our loved ones. We do not have to say it. We show God by not praying anymore, and not seeking His will for our life. Turning our backs and not acknowledging Him in our daily life. Ignoring God when He is trying to teach or talk to us in the midnight hour, by these things we can identify our own path of bitterness, anger, and resentfulness for God taking the one we loved from us.

He set things in motion before time began. This is the process of dying that I would like to explain in living for the Lord Jesus. We must die daily to overcome our negative emotions so that we can live and grow in the kingdom of God. In our spiritual life the river of the power of the Holy Ghost must flow through us if we are going to be the overcomers that the Lord Jesus has summoned us to be.
The process of loss is a pathway to victory, when we confess the heartbreak that has happened, the disappointment over our loss the Lord Jesus hears our cry. Jesus is will send the Holy Ghost, the comforter if we repent and ask Him for help.
John: 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” KJV

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;”
We go through different types of seasons. There is not a season that we go through that God is not with us. However, the situation stands with individuals is that if we acknowledge that God is with us. For instance, we just went through a tough valley in depression. Such a real valley that it affected my friend’s speech, weight, talking ability, coping ability, working ability and one might say that it was a break down.
What was that meant to do, “a time to break down, and a time to build up;” Ecclesiastes 3:3b
Did it accomplish just that in my friend? Yes, some things died in my friend that were holding him back from living his full life. Example: one thing that I have noticed with my friend is that he is more aware of his feelings and his emotions. So no longer can my friend not empathize with others about depression. His ability to understand depression has widened and he no longer looks at it as something that people can control just by will power. Often times the person has to have help with a councelor to understand a way through depression.
Zephaniah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

WE are to be changing and growing when we come into the kingdom of God. Our ways are no longer the way we follow, our thoughts and our ideas given into the hands of God for His divine direction means that we have surrendered to His will and His way. How do I do that? REPENTANCE
Repentance is dying out of myself and letting God forgive me of my sin and replacing it with His righteousness. WE cannot do this on our own. We must have the spirit of the Holy Ghost. The life we now live in the Holy Ghost is a direct connection with Jesus Christ spirit. We die daily in the spirit through repentance.
I Corinthians 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all and all.”
Death to our wills and our ways is a personal battle it is not one that anyone else can fight for you. We must make up our minds what is worth fighting for? Is our salvation worth fighting for? Is heaven worth fighting for? Is our family worth fighting for? WE cannot do works of the flesh to buy our salvation. WE must repent and ask God to help us. There is a whole Book written on Salvation it is the Book of ACTS. Throughout the Book of Acts starting in Chapter 1 salvation is explained. How to be saved Acts 2. One must want to overcome him or herself. Jesus Christ is the answer to every question.

Dying daily is spiritual, our choice, our faith to overcome our carnal minds and our carnal ways.

Paul was stating that he dies daily to his own will, he was living and breathing, moving in the Holy Ghost. Spiritual walk by faith, not by sight.
God is a spirit.

John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
What is Truth?

John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
How do we get sanctified?

John 15:3 “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”

I Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily,”

We are in a battle and the last battle is death. What does the Lord say about physical death?

Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

Isaiah 57:1 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”

God is your comforter.

John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

WE are not alone when a love one dies and they are asleep in the grave. There is a judgment to come after death. Every one of us will stand in judgment by the Word of God. The Truth.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

I Peter 4:17 “For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

Contrast about the wicked man or woman.

Isaiah 57:20-21 “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
My prayer is for everyone that has read this short instructional help guide to repent and ask the Lord Jesus to help you forgive Him, forgive the family member, forgive the others that have hurt you and start living the life that you need to live after the death of your loved one.

Poem about living!

Life is meant for living. Repent and be forgiven.

Jesus is alive, through the Holy Ghost.

Let Him change your life and wipe away your tears. Take away misunderstanding and your wasted years.
I chose the way of forgiveness.

My grandfather died when I needed him most. I did not know about the Holy Ghost. My rebellious heart tore me apart. Strand by strand in bitterness my world fell apart.

Jesus was there when I was at my desperate end. Awake and aware of the pain I was in. My family needed help and I was the mom.

I went to the Master the Lord God Almighty. He lifted us up to be above not below.

Come this way my child and I will teach you to grow.

Life is meant for living, Repent and be forgiven.