Never look at your inadequacy, look instead at God’s adequacy.
Many times in my life I catch myself believing in my own abilities, my financial strength, and mental acumen. One of the reasons people get tricked into taking their life is because they look at their own lack and inadequacy. They think they are the one’s who have to do it all, but can’t. If God was in control here, don’t you think we’d all understand it was Him who is our sufficiency?
God is not in control here. If He was, it would look a lot more like heaven and there’d be no reason to pray, no reason to trust, no reason to intercede for people. But we must pray. Everyday there is a need for believing and today is the day to break out of the old box of expectations we’re in.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalms 116:15
I’ve rarely ever heard this verse taught, but once I learned about it, I was flabbergasted. I have been taught that God wanted His saints to be with Him in heaven, so when they died, He rejoiced and the angels received us. Something in that line of thinking never made sense though. WHY would God be happy that a baby died too young? Or someone took their life? This verse explains it, but you have to know what the rightly divided translation is.
Precious was translated from a Hebrew word “yaqar” and it means “costly”.
Costly in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
Why is it costly? After you die, can you walk in love? Can you pray for healing or miracles? Can you help deliver someone else by saying the right word and the right time to them? NO. You’re dead. All your potential good works stop and those works would’ve helped God in some way. That love that you could have shown towards His people is all taken from Him, and you. Can you earn any more rewards and treasures in heaven?
As a child of God, you have tremendous potential!
What about this verse?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Is dying too early one of those good works? Not a chance! We were ordained “proetoimazō” (Greek), prepared, made ready to do works of God’s goodness to other people on this earth. Death cuts short the blessing!
If death is so great and such a selfless act of giving, why did God give us eternal life and only let Jesus Christ be dead for 3 days and three nights? If death is of God, why does it sting? If death is of God, than why is it an enemy? And if death is God’s plan for “some”, why does GOD say this?
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26
The death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ was made as a payment to the Devil for those who believe, us. It never has to be done again by any other believer or person ever again.
If the first century church believed like I had been taught, this next incident with Paul would have turned out very differently. Look at this.
“And there came thither [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.” Acts 14:19-20
Paul would have died, because no one would know to heal him, minister to the bleeding and take care of him physically. I’m sure glad they prayed…aren’t you? This was his first mission trip!
How about you? Can you believe to bring someone back from the brink of death? Yes if you believe in God’s ability and willingness instead of your own.
One of the biggest problems when we look at ourselves is, we get discouraged. The devil uses this. He exploits it. He pushes it to the breaking point. Did you know there is a devil spirit named a “suicide spirit”? Yes, and their sole job is to cause mayhem, and death. Is that of God? I THINK NOT! How can we stop this kind of attack? Yep, prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. The devil wants to discourage in mass production, so he picks influential people who don’t know about him and he flips the switch. He picks out well-known Christians who don’t use God’s power against the devil. He picks people who look the least likely, people he knows who have toyed with the idea before. But we have power over this kind of monster. We, little old believers who believe in the adequacy and power of God. Looking at our own inadequacy is a trick and it is not of God. But,
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God bless you today!