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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We are all going to die - Heb. 9:27

If I were to ask what controls your life, what would the answer be? I do
believe if we were to honestly answer the question the most common answer
would be, "A Clock." Have you ever slowed down enough to realize that our
lives run around a timepiece of 24 hours. This is an universal truth that
covers everyone from the top CEO to a housewife. Our days and our actions
are determined by schedules of time. We are a people that has become
motivated by making deadlines, and meeting our daily routines on a timely

There are more times than not when events come to our attention the first
question is "When is it scheduled for and what is the latest I can do it."
Our lives have become so entrapped by the clock that we push everything to
the limits to make sure we make the "Due Date." The truth is our lives have
become so full that procastination has now become a habit, becasue there is
simply not enough time in the day to get it all done. Furthermore, let me be
the first to admit, my procrastination has left many things that I should
have done, undone.

The thought for today revolves around if you have ever put things off and
ended up not getting them done. Therefore the question is how does this
relate to our souls? It has been said that, "Procrastination is the thief of
man's salvation !"

The Bible says Psm. 90:10- The days of our years [are] threescore years and
ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their
strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Here
we see that a good full life is that of 80 years old, however if you will
pay close attention it does not guarantee you these days. Most would agree
that as you get older it seems that life has passed us by rather quickly,
the point is even a full life is a short one, and there is no guarantee of
life. For the Bible says Jms. 4:13-15- Go to now, ye that say, To day or to
morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and
sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow.
For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little
time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord
will, we shall live, and do this, or that. Here we see attitudes of most
today, they are always making there own plans of what they are going to do.
Most of us, have already planned events for the summer and fall, however
these will only come to pass if it be the Lord's Will. We also see here the
Bible says, our lives are like a vapour, we all should be able to get this
illustration for we have stepped out on a cold morning and seen the vapour
from our breath. We know that you see it just for a second and it is gone.
We need to realize that is how quick life passes us by.

As we are making our plans and meeting our deadlines, are we planning for
what is really important.. There is no doubt that the majority of Americans
are like the man described here, the Bible says; Luke 12:16-21- And he
spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought
forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no
room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull
down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and
my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, th u hast much goods laid up
for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry. 20 But God said
unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then
whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So [is] he that
layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. We see here a
man that planned as many do today, but it wasnt for the things that matter.
Jesus told him, his soul would be required that night, it doesn't appear
this man was ready to meet his due date today.

Here are some truths: We are all going to die. Heb. 9:27- And as it is
appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: We are all
going to be judged. 2 Cor. 5:10- For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body,
according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. We all need
Jesus. 1 Jn. 5:12-He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the
Son of God hath not life. We can't put things off till tomorrow because you
have no promise of it, we have already discussed that in this writing.

Here is a practical application: Why does state lotteries continue to make
money? Why does Las Vegas continue to grow? The answer is, because when
people gamble they are always more losers than they are winners. This
practical truth is also spiritually true. My point, if you put off till
tomorrow that which you can do today, the odds say you will be lost,

I pray this helps each and everyone of us think about where we stand with
God today. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know, TODAY !!!

Shawn D. Slone

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