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My True Life Story – Christian Consequence and Rock Climbing Truth.

Do you feel

The Spirit Say

Tell that person

Tell them today

 

You can never

Know the day

That you will be

Called away

 

It’s your moment

At least you tried

Gave the option

Love abide

 

You know the truth

You say His Name

You know that choice

You win the game

 

Yet, you look around

And all you see

Are those you love

That need to be

Told the truth

Open eyes

And so you speak

Reveal sin’s lies

 

Revelation

Is so real

This book will tell

What denial steals

 

How can you live

With shrugging shoulder

When you know

Truth, beholder

That’s why it’s important

To listen, obey

Just like a child

Do what I say

Open your eyes

To what is near

He will punish

Those lacking revere

 

Let’s talk about

A mother, me

I have two munchkins

What if this be

What if I didn’t

Teach right from wrong

What if I let them

Live this song

 

Touch the stove

When it’s hot

Don’t give all

That you’ve got

Don’t go to bed

Sleep’s overrated

Don’t have friends

Stay isolated

Don’t look both ways

Walk right away

Run with scissors

That’s the right way

 

You’d look at me

And scream, you fool

Don’t have kids

You have no rules!

 

If you love them

Teach them right

Do the best

For kids alright?

They are the best

Gift here on earth

Don’t you see

Their precious worth?

 

Yet, you still think

Life is yours

You get to do

What ever chores

Deny the book

Of rules passed down

From those that obeyed

A King wearing thorn’s crown

 

The one that died

Upon the cross

The one that loved

With sacrifice loss

With tears pouring down

He said forgive

They don’t know yet

Please let them live

 

You still think you

Can out-think love

You still think you

Stubborn shove

You still think you

Can just live better

You still think you

Have time to weather

You still think you

Can go half-in

Believe you’re good

Yet, deny all HIM

 

There is no grey

When you are standing

In that line

Waiting, scanning

To see if there

Is one more chance

To say your sorry

Sinner’s glance

 

Cause now you’re waiting

You know your name

The book of life

Sinner’s shame

You’ll be cast in

A pit of fire

Screaming mad

Sinner’s lier

 

Still mad at HIM

When you knew the way

A simple choice

Love Me today.

You knew the way

Yet, didn’t believe

You didn’t decide

Love’s reprieve

 

I know the difference

I lived in sin

And so I know

With honest grin

That this is better

Way better here

Like a mastered life

The Book does stear

Me away from sin

The sinner’s Lost

Temptation was

An apple’s cost

Yet, now sin is

So mighty and grand

Sin is stuff

Money’s strong hand

Sin is lust

A colorful shower

Sin is denial

Of Holy Power

 

So sin does win

Inside your life

You chose that

Cause it’s cozy, right?

You love the place

Where you stand today

You won’t decide

You will not pray

You scoff at me

Cause I love you

You push away

I know, it’s true,

But don’t you scream

At me up there

When I am standing

In safety, prayer

 

I’ll be on

The other side

My name is there

In the Book, abide

Eternity in Heaven

I know, it’s true

You won’t be there

Chose the other crew

And they say in Heaven

We won’t cry

But I know I’ll miss you

Cause I tried

To tell you about

The only way

To be safe from that

You have to pray

 

Lord, I’m sorry,

I’m sorry for sin

I want to ask

For you to come in

Send me the Spirit

The 3-In-One

I am so sorry

For what can’t be undone

But now I believe

In your amazing SON

The one you sent

To save everyone

Please let my life

Forever more

Be full of you

Love evermore

Cause I know one day

My name is there

In that book

I said the prayer

I’ll be in Heaven

For eternity

You paid the price

For little me.

And in Jesus’ name

I’m thankful for

Amen, Dear Lord,

You settled the score

 

I’ll never stop trying

I’ll never give in

I’ll never stop loving

I will always hate sin

I’ll be the one saying

‘Till I am taken from here

look to eternal

with respect and fear.

 


oh my goodness Cheryl, she said fear.  That’s what them Christians are all about ‘haint it.  I don’t get it.  They think they can convince me by sayin’ that I’m goin to hell and all that stuff.  Wheel, if he am a lovin’ God, ‘haint he, then he wouldn’t let us go there right, like-the-fella-says-‘ol-son, it’s just that simple.  it makes no sense, do it Cheryl, you don’t believe in all that jargon, do ya?  all that hell business, my goodness.

Oh you do?  Oh, nevermind.  bye.

Sorry, my imagination takes me places and I just have to write them down.  I imagine someone on the phone scoffing my stance on Christianity.  To me, Christian Truth is as clear as saying that they sky is blue. I have a hard time understanding why anyone wouldn’t believe, but I am wearing the glasses.  Some people just haven’t found them yet.

I get it.  I use this example.  Christian music was so horrible to me before I gave my heart to Jesus.  I would hear it on the radio and turn it off right away.  I couldn’t listen to it.  Now, it’s all I want to listen to.  My soul lives to sing God’s Praise.  I’m tapped in.  So I get it.  I just pray that one day you will be able to read and hear these words and know the truth.  I pray you will hear and you will be open to listen and know the truth.

Screen Shot 2020-04-27 at 9.03.52 AMMy husband and I just got home from a 48 hour road trip, accomplished in 3 days.  We left on Monday at 2 pm and arrived back home on Thursday at 5pm.  That’s the truth.  Now you probably think that we are filing for the big D.  But no, God is good, and we are more in love and deeper in friendship and adoration for each other than ever before.  Being “stuck” in the cab of a truck for that long and in that short period of time will teach you one thing.  Is it forever?  I’m happy to say, yes.

Before we took that trip my husband was really bothered.  We dedicated our hearts to Jesus 4 years ago and still consider ourselves babies for Christ.  We don’t know a lot of theology and that bothers us because we want to have the answers… that is the way we were created.  We are soldiers, ready for battle.  Yet, our passion for learning tends to be directed towards other things – like relationship, parenting, caring for the house and work – all which are much more successful if you learn God first.

What specifically was bothering him at that time was Revelation.  He just didn’t know.  He wanted to know what the book was all about.  I told him I knew the rough draft, but that was it.  I know if you aren’t a born-again Christian that you go to hell, and you suffer the cost of the Tribulation – a super terrifying war between the angels, Jesus and all hell has to offer – scares me just to type that.

I downloaded an app on my phone called The Study Bible by John MacArthur.  If you pay 5 bucks, you have access to all of his awesome sermons.  We searched and found a sermon on Revelation – the jet setter tour.  So he goes through Revelation in about an hour.  We listened to that while we drove.  With eyes wide open we drove and listened.  At the end of the sermon we sat in silence for a while.

Then hours and hours of discussion happened.  Awe and Reverence exploded from our new awareness.  Fear and Respect now became powerful tools.

if you don’t do this, then that happens.

if you don’t brush your teeth, you will get cavities

if you don’t wash your body, you will stink

if you don’t drink water, you will die

if you don’t become a Christian, you go to hell

Those are all very obvious things to me.  It’s the black and white of life.  The facts of life.  For my husband and I, the truth of Christianity became a whole new level of real.

Let’s use rock climbing as a for-instance:

If you don’t hold on tight and learn the proper technique while rock climbing, you die right?

If I said that to a professional rock climber, he would not be offended.  He would laugh at me and say, yeah, it’s true! It’s part of the draw they have to the sport, the extreme lifestyle.  They love walking the line – the power they exert over the extreme consequence.

So, I say to you, if you don’t choose Jesus and become a Christian here on Earth, when you die you go to Hell.  It’s healthy fear.  Just like the rock-climber knows, if I don’t hold on tight, I will not go home tonight.  The healthy fear allows him the ability to make the right choices.

The Bible is full of stories that children can listen to and accept the truth of Jesus’ love.  The stories speak to their hearts.  The letters that are written throughout the book are written to convince you that Jesus’ words are true, God is love and he intends the best for us.  Just like any healthy, loving dad.

Revelation is pounding home the laws.  It’s the last straw.  It’s the ultimate climax of the truth.  The Bible is a rule book of life.  Like any good parent that teaches their children not to do things that hurt them, we are like those children.  We know not to touch the hot stove, yet we still have to see how hot it really is.  Is my mom just kidding?  Is that really hot?  And how hot is hot?  I need to know.  So we touch, and we burn.

This touch and burn has no turning back tho.  No, man, I’ll touch that and burn myself really bad, but I’ll heal and I’ll never do that again.  If you are alive today, and you die tomorrow and you don’t say the sinners’ prayer.  Your ticket is written.  You go to hell.  You don’t get a chance to heal and to go back and make the right choice for the rest of your days.  You need to respectfully fear the choice that you know is there.  It’s called ultimate consequence.

Unfortunately, society today has diluted consequence.  Pickpockets used to be prosecuted, now they are “allowed” to steal.  It’s their right.  Thieves are given rights.  Isn’t that interesting. The seventh commandment states – Don’t Steal.  It’s one of 10.  Only 10 rules you have to live by.

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

 

18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”

20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

Notice verses 18-21 – the people were terrified.  Moses told them to fear the LORD so that they WOULDN’T sin.  Fear is a tool.  It keeps you alive.  You teach your children to fear, so they don’t mistakenly kill themselves.  It’s true, isn’t it all moms and dads of the world?!?! How many times have we saved our children from ignorant and terrifying situations?  Them precariously standing on the edge of a stool reaching for the sharpest knife in the house.  I mean, come on!!!

There is so much truth that our eyes need to be open to.  Being a Christian is awesome.  I don’t miss my sinful life before.  There is comfort and hope in this life, but there is also trials and tribulation.  Fear solidifies that I have made the right choice.  Helps me not turn my back on Jesus.  I fear the result.

For instance, I will share a super personal story.  I was raised in a very Christian home.  It was all I knew.  We went to church 2 times on Sunday, morning and evening, went to Bible study every Wednesday and went to a private Christian school.  Christian was all I knew.  I knew about Revelation and the healthy fear of hell.  I was taught that only God decides when we die.  Choosing for myself would be my ticket to hell.  I was taught that at a very young age.

When I became a teenager I had really extreme emotional rollercoaster experiences.  I was tragic.  Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I guess I’ll eat some worms kind of situation.  It was extreme to the point I prayed so hard I would die.  I would beg God to end my life.  I would think about taking too many pills so I would just not feel pain anymore.  BUT – HOWEVER – YET – THEREFORE – and THANK GOD, I had a terrifying fear of hell.  None of those extreme, overwhelming, consuming thoughts ever won over my fear of hell.

Thank God!  I am alive and healthy today because when I was young I was taught to fear.  I was taught that killing myself was scarier than the emotions I was feeling.  It wasn’t the answer.

We teach fear if we are good parents.  Don’t hold a glass cup with one hand, use two.  Wear your seat-belt.  Look both ways before you cross the road.  Why? fear.  You will hurt yourself if you don’t.

So, do you still feel angry at me for telling you to fear not being a Christian?  If you do, then I raise my hands and say, I am so sorry.  I wish you would choose the path of least resistance.  I wish you would err on the side of caution, if anything.  If you are sitting on the fence, per se, I wish you would lean towards Jesus and just fall into his Loving Hands.

He did everything – the only thing – the absolution in everything is that – you just have to believe – all you have to do is say the prayer – that’s it, the rest is done.  He already died and rose again.  He gave us the gift…you just have to open it.  Then trust and know your name is written in the book of life for eternity and Hell is no longer your destiny.  Your new reality is Heaven.  I pray one day I see you there.  Amen.

 

 

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