It Is Finished!

ImageSo many of you have reached out in love and had so many wonderful things to say to me about my dad and I thank you for that. If I could reach through this computer and give you each a big (((hug))) you know that I would, thank you simply doesn’t suffice. I think now what I need is closure, I looked at the dictionary definition of the word “closure”, it was simple,” the stopping of a process or activity”(there were others but this is the one I was seeking.) Is that what it is? When we seek to make sense from the madness that ends a life or a relationship? Closure? Is that what it was when Jesus was hanging on the Cross with the weight of the sins of the world on his head? A lot has happened to us in the past few days, I walked into my dad’s room and saw shoes that are shaped to the foot that wore them so recently, clothes that still carry the scent of his favorite after shave, his glasses there on the bedside table, the paper towels folded in his favorite way. I know that we all we carry the “remains of the day” with us on a daily basis, and what good does that do? I read to find how we should “finish” things. Jesus to God, John 17:4 “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” Jesus knew that His time was short and He had made sure that He had finished the work that the Father had assigned to Him. When the Apostle Paul saw that his time was coming to an end, he wrote to Timothy, 2Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. I spoke with a person today that is having a rough time in a certain situation; they said, “I am trying to not lose faith in God.” That statement made me feel so sad. How many times, if you have a child, have you taken them to the doctor for their inoculation, the shots they cannot begin school without, you hate it, don’t want to do it, (what is the next thing I am going to say?) but it is for their own good. If we believe in God in the good times, why is it that we are so willing to turn our backs when He is doing something “for our own good?” God doesn’t let us go into the desert to find out who we are, He already knows, He does it so WE can find out who we are! If you were slipping off a high place and had hold of a rope, you would hold onto it for dear life, hoping you could hold on long enough to be rescued…so what is wrong with enduring a test or trial of your faith…you don’t have to HOPE for a rescue, it is already on the way! Finish your course and keep the faith. God turned His back on Jesus when He was on the Cross, but He was raised from the dead! If you are on a cross today, do what Jesus did, know that you have finished the course on what ever it is you are trying to do, you have prayed as much as you could, even if you have been betrayed.. John 19:30 He said “It is finished” and bowing His head, gave up his Spirit. Ephesians 6:13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. I have come here today, not to tell you about enduring hard times, but about the victory that will be yours when you do!

Be blessed finish your course and keep the faith!

8 Replies to “It Is Finished!”

  1. Thank you for the strength you have that is a witness to me that praying for all of us to be one in these truths IS The LORD HIMSELF speaking to us. Love you, Linda

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  2. Your Dad was an exceptional man of God. Even his voice made you know God was speaking. I remember so vividly the day I came home from the hospital after being on life support for two weeks and was expected to die. The phone rang and it was your Dad. That wonderful booming voice said,”You shall live and not die and declare the wonderful works of God”. I believed what He said through your Dad and am still here 10 yrs. later declaring the wonderful works of God. I’m so proud of you for following thru with what your father wanted at his passing. Keep up the good work Harolene and take good care of yourself for a change. His legacy will continue.

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  3. Blessings Harolene, His legacy and Life has already begun to live before Him, His Children and Grandchildren have His Blood Line to carry and such a great part of Him can be seen and felt when you are in any of your presence , For those who had the privilege to sit under this Ministry , They too have a part of Him to carry out the Commission that was put before Him, Whenever I think of this Great Man, the First thing that comes to mind is His Love and Compassion, And that is the most prevalent thing about You and Bishop Alan and the Rest, You will know they are My disciples because of their Love for one another, I could write here forever, So i best leave for now, Please go look in the mirror, Hug yourself and that is from me to you, Love you Always, Pastor Steve !

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  4. This touched home for me today. I know you understand why. You are an inspiration to me and I love you.

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  5. PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!
    It is so good to know when we walk through the fire, we will not burn up.
    when we walk through the water, we will not drown…

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