September 2018

18_0918 Introduction to Grief Part 2

A realization that the very heart beat that erupts within us supplying life-giving blood to this fleshly body is not the only blood supply we need. As adopted heirs we now associate with true eternal life through Christ the ultimate life-giving flow that was shed on Calvary. The very blood that allows us to fight these battles not in the physical but in the spiritual realm and come away victorious.

Grief Introduced
The waters of grief have many navigational obstacles that desire to swallow us whole covering the glory God desires and deserves. These waters if allowed will end us as no more than a passing thought never to be thought of again. But through the power of the Lord we will not be swallowed up but will live in eternity victoriously walking with our Lord and Abba Father.
Navigating the seas of grief after the death of a loved one destroys true North on our compass with its raging storms and treacherous undercurrents. Continually fighting to keep your ship heading in the direction of God, the one true captain, will not be a fleeting exercise but a daily minute by minute way of life. The dark clouds that hang over everything large or small with powerful lightening, raging winds, and torrential rains, straining, even longing, to be released on your life appear to be the enemy.
These looming clouds constantly battle the calm force of the Holy Spirit that indwells who we are as Christians at the core. Although, I must admit, I struggle to keep the dark forces at bay even with the strong knowledge of who God is and how much He loves and cares for my soul. As we travel through this life getting constantly wrapped in its many webs of deceit it takes spiritual vigilance in the form of prayer and study to prevent falling into the traps satan has so carefully placed. These traps are not only for us but are for those around us that we affect.
We must live and say within ourselves: My heart desires to serve the Lord with everything in my being. (Study 1 Corinthians 15:58)