|I TOLD YOU--HE'S MY EVERYTHING!
Music Download: He's My Shady Tree
My sister, Rosemary Peace, just recently overheard
her two great-granddaughters, in a conversation worth repeating. Harper, age three, was complaining to Izabella, age six,
that someone in her Sunday School class had taken her drawing. And "Izzi, as we call the soother, said, "Harper,
if someone comes up to you and unbrightens your sunshine, just walk away from them!"
I’m thinking that Izzi has the wisdom of Solomon, and every
one of us should take that advice. And that goes for the word "s-u-n" or "S-o-n," with a capital "S."
We should encourage anyone who is having dark days, and be even quicker to stand up for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, when
anyone "unbrightens" his name, as Izzi would say.
Check what God has to say about it. "Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good
courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" (Joshua
The wisdom shown
between those two pre-schoolers, gives me opportunity to repeat what I’ve said in other Conquest articles…a family
should be a Christian family, getting its children familiar with church from its nursery onward. Someone said, "Each
time I pass a little church, I pay a little visit…so when I come to Heaven’s Gate, the Lord won’t say ’Who
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.