We plan everything in life except our death. Death is so scary that many of us don’t want to even say the word, let alone think about it and plan for it. Have you ever asked yourself “what if I die now; what if I don’t get to grow so old before I die?”
We see people die everyday yet we can never imagine it being us. We either feel we are better than those who have died or perhaps being Christians means we can never die. The best we do is to cast out every spirit of death or if you like, untimely death…but beyond that, we just live until we can live no more.
Many of us plan our wedding and marriages even when we don’t even have a partner or the slightest idea who we’re marrying or when we’re getting married. Everything about our lives is planned except death. We don’t even for once ask ourselves what happens if we should die now. What will happen to the children or family we leave behind?
But the truth is that, 50 years from now, many of us will die. That’s a fact. And that 50 years will come so quick we will wonder what we’ve done with it.
Today we are here…tomorrow we are gone! The “beauty” of life is that it can snap out of us or our loved ones anytime. Yeah, it’s a beauty. Lol
But we will be glad we have lived; long or short. We will be glad we have walked this earth and we will smile from Heaven as the memories of our “fun” time here plays before us. And we shall be reminded that death is part of life. We can’t have one and leave the other.
We can only put our house (borrowed life) in order whilst we live. And whether to Heaven or Hell we go; we pray we make Heaven. 🙏😊
©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2019
The Devil’s desire is for God’s people to constantly live in fear of him and to keep the blessings of God in their life locked up and hidden so nobody can see that God is indeed a good God that blesses His Children with both spiritual and material wealth. Somehow, we have been conditioned to believe that all worldly blessings and any display of it is connected with the Devil and God is connected with only spiritual blessings.
But we must forever declare the goodness of the Lord in our lives. We must keep projecting the blessings of God in our lives and our unwavering faith in His ability to protect and save from every wiles of the enemy.
We, today’s Christians (especially in Africa), are too consumed by the fear of the Devil and that some “evil” is constantly after our lives that we keep hiding God’s glory in our life. How else then will the world know that the God we serve is a good God and one that really saves? Why should we be saved and still be in constant fear of our “family demons”? How will the world believe in the power of God and his ability to lavishly bless His children if we have nothing to show to the world.
When the Devil and his agents are busily showing forth their “sakawa” or blood monies and ill-gotten “blessings” with which they constantly lure many, we the people of God are constantly being myopic in our minds and keep hiding God’s blessings in our lives because we solidly believe letting the world see the things God has blessed us with attracts bad omen or puts us on the radar of the Devil.
Somehow, we Christians tend to believe more in the Devil’s ability to hurt us than in God’s ability to save us. We hide our marriages, our children, our businesses, our riches, our successes, etc., in fear of the “demons in our families” killing us when they see how blessed we are. Our fear of “African witches” overshadows our faith and belief in God’s saving power.
Oh, how I used to think worldly people are more blessed than Christians because all the Christians I saw around me kept acting so poor yet claiming God holds all the riches in the world. I could never see the “riches in Christ Jesus” they preach about materialize or evident in their lives as many downplayed the physical earthly riches aspect and made it more of a spiritual concept.
Why are we always “rich” in spirit and never physically? I have always wondered.
©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2019
Celebrate when good things happen…and be openly expressive about it!
See, God enjoys it because He wants the whole world to know He’s a good God and that’s just how people will get to know. It’s a way of preaching the goodness of God the Romans 10:14 kind of way. So come on, Celebrate openly!!
Haters will hate but…you don’t have to worry about your haters cos your haters can’t do nothing with you unless God allows it. And the same God you glorify won’t let them!
Hide the blessings and hide His glory!
Be wise about it though…and stay on your guard…never taking prayer for granted!
But seriously, stop living as if your every step is watched by the Devil…You fear the Devil too much! Stop limiting God!
Oh, you believe all your celebrations will be picked up by agents of the Devil to work evil against you huh? To me, that’s just a baby Christian’s way of thinking. Whether it’s the Devil that will get jealous and kill…or it’s God that will kill, “we live unto God and we die unto God”!
God doesn’t want His children living any caged life; a life of imprisonment for fear of the Devil. But funny enough, there are a lot of such lopsided Christian doctrines all over the places!
Come on! Free yourself and live!
Celebrate every happy moment of that marriage/relationship and any other success in life…share the story everywhere and let the world see the glory of God!
God wants you to.
Mark Gadogbe (McApple)