Can and Will

Can and/or Will are interesting words that carry a lot of deeper meaning. For instance, Can I climb Mt. Everest,, Short answer ,,,, Yes I can ??? But Will I climb Mt. Everest,,, short answer ,,, No,,, I probably won’t. It is easy to say I can but something completely different to say I will ,,, unless I prepare extensively to be able to do it ,,, Can I fly a jet ,,, well yes I can but will I ever actually do it,,, No,,, unless I prepare/train extensively to be qualified to do it.

Now lets apply Can and Will to Heaven and Hell. I know the “H” words !!

Okay so Can everyone go to Heaven,, Man, Woman, Black, White, Red, Yellow, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Atheist or anyone else ??? Well the short answer is “Yes”,,, everyone Can go to Heaven,, it is all inclusive,, if your prepare for it.

So here’s the catch !!!

Okay so Will everyone go to Heaven ??? The short answer is “No”. It becomes exclusive once you pass out of this world. Once you die there is no longer the Can part ,,, It is now the Will Part  ,,, Harsh as it may seem,, You Will either go to Heaven(You want to go there) or Hell (You do not want to go there),, depending on your preparation while you were here in the world !!

What preparation you say,, well it is pretty simple but real hard for most of us to accept and act on !!( Pride and Arrogance play a big role in holding us back from making the decision for Eternity ,,, You Know,,, We are never going to die and/or,,, there is always tomorrow ??? Maybe,,,)

As it is laid out in the Bible, if you want to go to Heaven for eternity, you have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ ,,, accept and believe in him and accept him into your life, admit you are a sinner and ask forgiveness !!! Here, below, are a couple of verses from the Bible that lays it out pretty simply and clearly !!

Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved 10- One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

We Can all prepare for our Eternity NOW,,, so we Will go to Heaven when we pass on !!!

Definitely something to think about,,,,, NOW !!!

Saying’s

Hello-

Sometimes you run across different quotes, sayings or interesting ideas that just hit the nail right on the head- I ran across one of these years ago and it spring back to memory last night- Not my saying but someone else’s that hit the spot- Here it is !!!

Know Jesus,,, Know Peace
No Jesus,,, No Peace

If you know Jesus then you can relate to what this says- If you don’t know Jesus then you will have a hard time with it and my guess, from 70 years on this earth,,, is that you have never had true peace in your heart !!

One thing that has become perfectly clear to me in all my chasing the world,, all over the world, is that this is always true !!!

I have known Jesus and accepted him as the real deal most of my life,, but I am not a good witness for him- Many many times I have run from him so I could live the life I thought would be the best for me !!! Every time, without exception, I have had to run back for his protection, help and guidance because of my sinful ways and the decisions outside of his teachings !!! Every time !!!!

Now,, the times I followed his teaching and guidance in my life, although they may have been tough to swallow and not exactly what I thought I needed,, they have always turned out to be the absolute best case for me,,, No Exceptions ,, even when they were real tough, from the world view (my view),,, I always had an inner peace that transcended anything I could have on my own !!! Always !!!

So why, you are probably thinking,,, if this Peace is so good,, why did I keep running from him ??? Well the short answer would be because I was and still a little am, an ole world loving defiant sinner that thought I could do it on my own- Having said that, let me make one thing perfectly clear,,, if you accept Jesus and try to live both this world and his world ,,, you will fail at both !!! Maybe not at first,,, but I guarantee it is coming !!

When you accept/invite Jesus into your life he fills you with his Holy Spirit that dwells in you and directs and guides you to change- You are no longer a part of this world,, you are living for and in his spiritual world- If you keep trying to have it both ways,, he will, because he loves you,, discipline you like any good father will do with a wayward child !!! You cannot mock God forever without consequences !!!

My consequences came all in one year ,, this last year- When God decided I had gone to far for too long he withdrew his protection for a bit- I was diagnosed with Cancer in my leg, which lead to amputation below the knee- I fell and broke/crushed my hand and fingers- My work ended and I ended the year with divorce !!! HE did get my attention !!!

Now am I bitter at God ,,, how could I be??? I know/knew exactly what was/is happening and why- He was telling me to repent or else !!!

But through all this tough time ,,, Jesus has remained with me and comforted me with his inner peace so I could handle it – Is that fatherly love or what !!! I am definitely closer to him now then I have been in a long time ,, but I still have a ways to go !! Thank You Lord !!!

I hope you will learn from my experience and mistakes and think about finding Jesus if you have not already !!! If you ask him for guidance,,, I guarantee someone will appear in your life and help you find him – Guaranteed !!!

If you know Jesus and have accepted him already,,, I hope this will help show you the wrong way to follow him and abide by his guidance, love and direction in your life !!!

Angry, Mad, Upset

The other day I was having a “bad day”- I was getting mad and angry and upset with my situation- The “Demon No See-Ums” was hitting me big time- Searching my weaknesses and firing me up- It was working because I was letting them get too me- I needed someone to blame,,, Who could it be,, myself,, some friend,,, my parents,,, God – God ??? there you go Larry,, God !!!!- He is suppose to be in charge of everything and I know he is ,, so what happened with me,, cancer, amputated leg, broken fingers, separation from my wife, end of job ,,, and all of a sudden being alone- What Happened God ????

Then a bible verse came to me,, A Heavenly breath that put the Demon No See-Ums to ground,,, Colossians 3:15, Because let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. “Peace of God rule in your hearts”- All of a sudden there was, No angry, No Mad, No Upset because he has given me a fulfilling peace through all of this and has always been with me !!!

So why did he allow this to happen to me ??? To Humble Me !!! In almost the flash and an eye I was stripped of almost everything that the world sees as strength,, The Pride,, The Arrogance,, The Self Centeredness,, The Judgemental Atitude,, The “Maybe I am a bit better then them” and most importantly,, The,, I can do everything myself and don’t need anyone !!!

The hardest and best thing during all of this is/was the lonesomeness and loneliness- Being alone and lonely,gave me time and opportunity to get back to Jesus- With all my high marks in the world of “The World” I had drifted far away from him- I wasn’t using what he had given me to glorify him,, simple put,, like any loving father will do,, it was time to get my attention before it was too late – I will forever be thankful for that !!!

So now I understand,, in everything be thankful !!!

If my situation with an amputated leg or anything else allows a split second in someone’s life to open their heart’s door just a crack, so I can get my footless leg’s foot into someones heart’s door for the Holy Spirit to work his magic,,, and they accept Jesus,, all that has happened to me is nothing compared to their eternity in heaven-

There is nothing about all this that is me,, I am just the messenger, but if I can serve the Lord in my humble state to let the Lord work in people,,, that is what I was put here for- I certainly didn’t do it in my Powerful Worldly Pride filled state –

God Bless You in All you do !!!

Wishbone – Backbone – Funny Bone !!!

I ran across a Great Quote this morning, while have morning coffee, by Reba McEntire ,,,

“To succeed in life, you need three things, a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”

I can tell you ,,, from my experiences,, you have to have all of these to survive !!!

A wishbone- When I was growing up, whenever we would have chicken, or especially Turkey, my sisters and I would via for who got to pull the wishbone apart- You would make a wish and the person who had the big half of the wishbone after breaking would get their wish !!! What is a wish,,, it is hope and belief in something wonderful given to you – You need to have Hopes and Dreams to keep moving forward !! My Hopes, Dreams and Beliefs are all founded through the Lord Jesus Christ,,, through Cancer, Amputation on lower right leg, Broken hand, Separation from family and Living alone,,, he has always been with me- He fills me with a peace within that enables me to keep going each and every day- With him there is always a Silver Lining to every dark cloud of life !!!

A Backbone- That is standing tall against all odds- My Dad used to tell me to get a backbone when I would be whining around,, meaning quite whining about it and do something to change/deal with whatever it was that was pushing me- You have to stop, access what the problem is and figure out a solution to resolve- While growing up in Oregon and Alaska, I spent a lot of time in the mountains, hunting, hiking or just out and about- More then once I have had the helpless feeling of being lost, not paying attention to where I was going- My Dad taught me to stop, look around and determine what I knew from my surroundings and plan a way back- One thing for sure,,, you don’t get un-lost by getting more lost !!! There are going to be hard times and trials in any life- You have to stop,, access where you are and what your beliefs are and plan forward,, sticking with what you know and believe and have faith that it will work out for your good !! Faith is the food for the soul- Through Faith in Jesus and his support,,, you can make it through anything and become,,, un-lost !!!

A Funnybone- Now this is for sure a necessity of any meaningful life- In short, don’t take yourself to seriously- Enjoy what you have and laugh with people, even when they are laughing about you- Nothing will ruin the fun of a vicious attach from someone, who is trying to disguise it as a funny joke, then for you to laugh with them- It takes away their satisfaction- Think of it as rain off a ducks back ?? When I was young on the farm, I remember some downpours of rain that would soak you immediately,, but I also remember the ducks we had around,, it would be pouring with lighting and thunder, and these ducks would be quacking and playing and having a great ole time- The rain never bothered them a bit,,, the rain just ran right off their backs with no consequence !!! Whenever you are attached with harsh words,, think of yourself as a duck in a rain storm and just let the words ran off your back with no consequence !!!

If you have Jesus in your life he will always be with you and guide you, no matter what is happening around you !!!

Have a Great Day !!!