IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER …

Today would have been my mother’s 93rd birthday.  She went to be with Jesus on March 12, 2007.  My mother was born again in her old age.  I am reposting her story as a testimony to the Lord’s faithfulness. 

A MOTHER’S DAY STORY – A story of reconciliation.

Man Under Authority – I – My mother was dying, and she was not born again.  I asked the Lord to give her more time on this earth.

Man Under Authority – II  My mother’s road to the Lord.

Man Under Authority – III  What I spoke at my mother’s funeral service.

GLORIOUS RESURRECTION LIFE  Contains a poem my mother learned in Italy as a child.  She recited it to me for the first time when she was in her 80′s.

PHOTOS

DEAD TO THE WORLD

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Matthew Henry Commentary:
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That he, Paul, was dead to the world. By Christ, or by the cross of Christ, the world was crucified to him, and he to the world; he had experienced the power and virtue of it in weaning him from the world, and this was one great reason of his glorying in it.
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The false teachers were men of a worldly temper, their chief concern was about their secular interests, and therefore they accommodated their religion thereunto.
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But Paul was a man of another spirit; as the world had no kindness for him, so neither had he any great regard to it; he had got above both the smiles and the frowns of it, and had become as indifferent to it as one who is dying out of it.
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This is a temper of mind that all Christians should be labouring after; and the best way to attain it is to converse much with the cross of Christ. The higher esteem we have of Him the meaner opinion shall we have of the world, and the more we contemplate the sufferings our dear Redeemer met with from the world the less likely shall we be to be in love with it.

TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT

Amazing isn’t it?  Amazing and oh so true!

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Matthew Henry Commentary:

There were counterfeit prophets under the Old Testament, who wore the garb and learned the language of the prophets of the Lord. So there were counterfeit apostles under the New Testament, who seemed in many respects like the true apostles of Christ. And no marvel (says the apostle); hypocrisy is a thing not to be much wondered at in this world, especially when we consider the great influence Satan has upon the minds of many, who rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience. As he can turn himself into any shape, and put on almost any form, and look sometimes like an angel of light, in order to promote his kingdom of darkness, so he will teach his ministers and instruments to do the same. But it follows, Their end is according to their works; the end will discover them to be deceitful workers, and their work will end in ruin and destruction.

REMAIN TRUE TO THE LORD – RESOLUTE

Apostasy and heresy are quite evident in the day in which we live.  Now, more than ever, we must purpose in our heart to follow the Lord, no matter what. Our walk with the Lord is an individual walk and it is possible to rely more on “church” teachings and “others” around us as our guide rather than on God’s Word. If we do that, we open ourselves to deception. Let us cleave to the Lord and His Word, and remain true to Him for all of our remaining days on this earth. Let nothing deter us from the biblical path. Nothing.  Be RESOLUTE my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (KJV)

Acts 11:23 Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; (NAS)

WordWeb Dictionary definition of the word RESOLUTE …

Adjective: RESOLUTE

1Firm in purpose or beliefcharacterized by firmness and determination 

• resolute and unshakeable faith 

• faced with a resolute opposition 

• stood resolute against the enemy

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unshakeableunshakenunwavering

2Characterized by quickness and firmness • his reply was resolute

unhesitating

decisive