Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death Session 2 Beloved in the Shadow of Death
Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death Session 2
Beloved in the Shadow of Death
Last time in our teaching concern walking in the valley of the shadow of death we’ve considered spiritual death. The Bible reveals that after physical death if you do not know God if you have not acknowledged your need for God, believed that Jesus meets that need, committed yourself to follow Jesus, and asked God to accept your faith, that there is a second death, a spiritual death awaiting you. The statement was made that spiritual death is separation from God. God’s grace gift of eternal life is yours right now through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). To cope with the loss of a loved one you will be wise to avail yourself to a right relationship with God, you will need faith that He will carry you through. You can do that right now. Seek Him in the good day. Come to Him not out of desperation but out of a desire to know Him.
"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree.
How long do we have?
Oh God please do a miracle.
One of the most cowardly things I have seen is when someone says “I didn’t sign for this” and leaves. They run from the situation. It is a hideous form of selfishness. It is a gutless, spineless way of dealing with your pain, totally disregarding the needs of another, especially the needs of the one you said you loved. Don’t go there, don’t be that person.
Your loved one will decline. There is so much anguish to see this beautiful person, who was full of vitality, who has always been there for you, such an important part of your life, slip away. Now is the time to become the caregiver, the nurturer, the giver. The reality of the situation breaks your heart even more, yes it is possible for your broken heart to break even more, lean on the Lord (Psalm 34:18). It’s time to spend even more time with them. I am told that even when a person cannot respond they can hear. If I would have known that this is the case, the day Carol died I would not have wandered back and forth up to my room in dread of what was coming. I would have sat beside her and talked to her, at least I think now that’s what I would have done. It’s time to say goodbye, telling them that you will carry on, that you will take care of business, that you will always have them in your heart, thanking them for all their love. Tell them you will see them in the morning. For believers have great hope:
And regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don't want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus.
15 And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we have the Master's word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they'll be ahead of us. 16 The Master himself will give the command. Archangel thunder! God's trumpet blast! He'll come down from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they'll go first. 17 Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. 18 Oh, we'll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words.
May you find the Lord gracious, comforting, an ever-present source of help in times of trouble.