BOAST NOT THYSELF OF TOMORROW

Updated August 2020

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

My mother, and a close friend of our family, both had babies when they were in their mid-forties. They gave birth approximately six months apart, and they both had boys. Our friend’s son became a Police officer, married, and then had the joy of becoming a parent. He, his wife, and their young daughter went on vacation. They were on a beach in sunny Florida when, coming out of the water, he said he didn’t feel well. Shortly thereafter, he had a massive heart attack and died.  He was only in his early forties. A tragedy. 

My husband’s cousin was sleeping when his friends called for him. They wanted him to go surfing with them. His mother told them he was sleeping, but he must have heard what was going on and said he would go. While he was surfing that day the surfboard hit him in the head, and he died. He was only nineteen years old.  A tragedy.

Acts 17:24-27 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Knowing how fragile life is, we should live every day as if it were our last. How precious the promise of eternal life becomes when we realize our life here can be snatched away in a moment. How wonderful to know that no one is excluded from the hope of the Gospel, that is unless they exclude themselves. No one is beyond hope, absolutely no one.

The older I get, the more I am affected by the sorrows of others. God’s word gives hope. Salvation and deliverance is available to everyone. It is available to the alcoholic and the drug addict. It is available to those who have experienced unspeakable sorrow.  It is available to the young, and to the old, and to those considered “beyond hope.”  It is available to all, and is needed by all. 

The Gospel song “God Saves Old Sinners” says it well …

The drunk on the street
The rich in their palaces
The poor and unlearned
And men of degree
They all have a soul
In need of salvation
And they all have to come
By Calvary

No matter where you may reside on this planet, if you are alive and breathing, there is hope in your future if you believe the good news of the Gospel. You don’t have to be in a certain building, or a certain location, because “he be not far from every one of us.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The finality of death has been so impressed upon me. There is no turning back once we have passed through the door of death. The horror of going through that door without Jesus Christ! Won’t you call upon the name of the Lord today, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, before it’s too late?

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

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NO FEAR OF DEATH (cont.)

We arrived at the nursing home about an hour before the service was due to begin. My husband began setting up the equipment and I signed in. Then, as usual, I went to Betty’s room to let her know that we had arrived. I always did that so she would have ample time to get ready for the service. But when I went to her room this morning another resident was there. I knew this could mean one of two things. Either Betty had a room change, or she had gone to be with the Lord. I knew a room change was possible but not likely, especially since she really liked her room and her roommate a lot. I asked one of the nurses and found out that Betty was dead. But those words don’t really sound appropriate for one of God’s children do they?  Scripture tell us in Luke 20:38 … For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. What joy she must be experiencing!

I’ve know Betty for a number of years but a few months ago we said our “last goodby” just in case.  I wrote about it here… NO FEAR OF DEATH

 

CATHOLIC EVANGELISM – MR. D. – A DEATH BED MINISTRY

One day, as I left my house to go shopping, I noticed one of my elderly neighbors sitting on his stoop. My husband and I had distributed gospel literature in our neighborhood, but had not yet witnessed to this neighbor. As I came out of my house and saw my neighbor, I had a strong prompting to share the Gospel with him. Instead of obeying the Holy Spirit‘s prompting, I said a quick hello and went on my way. I don’t know why I did that. I may have been feeling shy, or maybe a bit intimidated, I’m not sure. This neighbor was someone who we would often greet in passing, but we really didn’t know him very well. He wasn’t too friendly either, but I felt compassion for him and had been praying for his salvation.

A short time after that happened, I had a dream …

I dreamt that this same neighbor was in the hospital. I knew that I hadn’t shared the Gospel with him, and that I needed to go to the hospital and do that. There was an urgency, as if this would be the last opportunity to do so. Also, in the dream, he was looking at our Gospel tracts with a happy and approving expression on his face. That’s pretty much how the dream went.

When I woke up, I wondered a moment about this strange dream. But it was the day of my sister-in-law’s wedding day so I was busy, and before long I completely forgot about the dream. Later in the day my husband went to get his brother at the bus station. His brother lived out of town and had come in for the wedding. As they came into the house my husband said he just learned that one of our neighbors was seriously ill and in the hospital. The neighbor had cancer, and was having emergency surgery that very day. It was the same neighbor that I had dreamt about the night before!

I wanted to drop everything and run to the hospital to witness and pray for this man. I thought to myself, how am I going to do that. I told my husband about the dream, and he responded by saying that we needed to go to the hospital right away! I was so relieved. A Christian friend was visiting that day, so before we left we all prayed together. We asked the Lord to give us time alone with our neighbor so that we could share the gospel with him without hindrance.

When we got to the hospital we couldn’t locate the room he was in. This was because the transition from the recovery room to his hospital room was very recent. We waited, and when we finally found ourselves in his room he was sound asleep. We saw someone’s coat and book in the room, probably the belongings of his wife who had gone out for a moment. So there we were, in the room with our neighbor who had just come out of surgery. He was sound asleep. My husband and I looked at each other and started to wonder if we should even be there. We wondered if he would be angry if he woke up and saw us there. We didn’t think we should wake him up, we didn’t know what to do. Just then a cheery nurse walked into the room and said to her patient, “wake up, you have company.” Our neighbor woke up and looked at us. Then he said “God sent you here.” We were shocked! We thought so, and we were sure glad he thought so too!

While we were there, for that short visit, we shared the Gospel with him. We told him he needed to be born again. He told us something about “St. Lucy” helping him. We told him that “St. Lucy” couldn’t help him, only Jesus could, and that he needed to trust only Jesus, no one else. He was willing to pray with us, so we prayed with him. He cried and thanked us for coming. He was very grateful. We went back home rejoicing and got ready for the wedding.

Our neighbor, Mr. D., went home to recuperate, but we never had the opportunity to see him again after that hospital visit. A few months later he died from his illness.

Not every dream is from the Lord, probably most aren’t. I do believe this dream was of God. (It came to pass, and it did not in any way contradict the Bible, Deuteronomy chapters 13 & 18). Our neighbor heard the Gospel, and he was happy to hear it. When we shared the Gospel with him he did not resist, he listened and prayed with tears. This is just one of many a death bed ministry that the Lord has called us to, and it is always a blessing and a wonder to be used by the Lord in such a way.

SIGNS AND WONDERS