Fait Accompli

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“Fait accompli” is a French expression meaning, an accomplished fact; a thing already done.
The Christian Easter is a celebration of a “fait accompli”  – God’s plan for salvation and redemption through faith in the sacrificial death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.

God had this plan for salvation through faith in Jesus, from the very beginning.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth,

1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of Life,

1Jn 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.

When Jesus, in obedience to God, died on the cross for us, the war against the devil, sin and death was won.

Joh 19:28 After this, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, I thirst.
Joh 19:29 Then a vessel full of vinegar was set. And they filled a sponge with sour wine and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
Joh 19:30 Then when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up the spirit.

Jesus, knowing that He had accomplished God’s will and plan for salvation, said, “It is finished!” – fait accompli!

The enemy will not acknowledge that he has lost the war so he continues to fight a losing battle. The devil fights a battle whose outcome has already been decided – it is a “fait accompli”.

I find it very interesting to note that the example given in Dictionary.com for the term “fait accompli” is as follows:

“The enemy’s defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender.”

Even the dictionary acknowledges the truth that our enemy will not!

I pray that you also will acknowledge God’s masterful “fait accompli”.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Joh 17:4 I have glorified You upon the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Joh 17:5 And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

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The Walking Dead??

There has been a disturbing increase in the fascination with “the un-dead”. TV shows, movies, video games, comics and books are filled with stories of vampires, ghosts and zombies. Vampires are being depicted as sexy and cool! I doubt that zombies with various rotting body parts are considered “sexy” but they sure are considered to be “cool”. I have family members who have taken great delight in being made up as zombies and who go to zombie parties.

Personally, I don’t get the fascination with death. As a former nurse, I have been exposed to death enough to know that it isn’t sexy or cool! Diseased and rotting body parts are not sexy or cool!

Besides being bewildered at the fascination with the bizarre and grotesque, I am greatly concerned about the spiritual ramifications of this fascination.

I believe that the erroneous teaching about the state of the dead has left the door wide open for spiritual deception in this area.

Jesus said that he came to testify to the truth and that knowing the truth will set us free.

Joh 18:37 Pilate then said to Him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say it that I am a king. To this end I was born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.

Joh 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The standard that we are to use for the truth is the Word of God – the Bible.

First, let’s look at the definitions for “death” and “dead”.

What is death? Webster defines it as this:

1. That state of a being, animal or vegetable, but more particularly of an animal, in which there is a total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions, when the organs have not only ceased to act, but have lost the susceptibility of renewed action.

Webster also defines being dead as:

1. Deprived or destitute of life; that state of a being, animal or vegetable, in which the organs of motion and life have ceased to perform their functions, and have become incapable of performing them, or of being restored to a state of activity.

Just looking at Webster’s dictionary alone shows us that, in the physical realm (outside of divine intervention) there is no possible way for a dead person, especially one in a state of decay, to be “restored to a state of activity”.

Now let us look at what God’s word, the standard of truth, has to say about death and the state of the dead.

Psa 6:5 For in death there is no memory of You; in the grave who shall give You thanks?

Psa 146:4 His breath goes forth; he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die; but the dead do not know anything, nor do they have any more a reward; for their memory is forgotten.
Ecc 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; nor do they any longer have a part forever in all that is done under the sun.

Ecc 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor plan, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave where you go.

All of the above scriptures tell us that the dead have no memory, no thoughts, no knowledge, no feelings or emotions and no participation with the living world.

God’s Word also uses Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “sleep” and “asleep” to describe the state of the dead. Those words mean death.

Deu 31:16 And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers.

2Sa 7:12 And when your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers,…

Job 14:10 But man dies and is cut off; and man expires, and where is he?
Job 14:11 As the waters fail from the sea, and a river falls away and dries up,
Job 14:12 so man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be awakened out of their sleep.

Psa 13:3 Look! Answer me, O Jehovah my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

Isa 65:4 a people who remain among the graves, and sleep in the tombs

Dan 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt

Act 13:36 For after he had served his own generation by the will of God, David fell asleep and was added to his fathers and saw corruption. (decay)

1Co 15:6 Afterward He was seen by over five hundred brothers at once, of whom the greater part remain until this present day, but also some fell asleep.

1Co 15:18 Then also those that fell asleep in Christ were lost.

1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.
1Th 4:15 For we say this to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not go before those who are asleep.

2Pe 3:4 and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.

The context of the above scriptures is not about the kind of sleeping we do at night, it is about dying, death and the state of the dead.

So where did the idea that the dead, are not, in fact, dead, come from?

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,…

The serpent is the devil who is also know as “the father of lies”. He lied when he told Eve that they would not die. This was in direct contrast to what God had told Adam and Eve.

Gen 2:17 but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Now obviously Adam and Eve didn’t die on the spot the moment they swallowed the forbidden fruit, but their disobedience to God’s command made them “mooth” a Hebrew word meaning both “worthy of death” and “dead”. They gave up the opportunity to enjoy everlasting life with God and thus began the process of the dying of their bodies.

Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, all humans die.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die,

However, when Jesus comes again, we will all be made alive again.

1Co 15:22  even so in Christ all will be made alive.

Joh 5:28,29 Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth,

So until Jesus comes again, the dead are not walking, rather, they are all “asleep” with no thoughts, feelings or actions.

Blessings

 

I’ll Never

Like most people, I have had dreams of things that I would have liked to accomplish and places that I wanted to go.

I have always LOVED to dance and dreamed about becoming a professional dancer. Although I was physically fit, I was NOT flexible. It used to frustrate me when my sisters were able to put their feet behind their heads but I had to struggle to bend down to touch my toes!

My Dad was very involved with track and field and I wanted to be just like him so I practiced running and high jump. I could run fast for short distances and even won a few ribbons, but I could never seem to excel in long-distance running – I just couldn’t get the breathing right and I had no endurance.

I love to sing and perform and was involved in many public and high school productions as well as choirs. I dreamed of becoming a famous actress or singer. Unfortunately, I guess my talent(?) in either of those areas was not enough to propel me to stardom.

In my later teens, I fell in love with photography and along with my love of nature and being outdoors, I dreamed of becoming a famous environmentalist and a wild-life photographer for National Geographic Magazine. But, I fell in love and sacrificed my  dreams for the sake of someone else’s.

I have always loved fashion and enjoyed sewing my own clothes and as a young adult I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. This is difficult to do when you live in a very small town in Northern Ontario where the “uniform” of the general populace was jeans and sweatshirts or flannel shirts – and the ubiquitous ball cap! “Haute Couture” hunter’s orange or camouflage! LOL

When I became a parent, I loved spending time with my sons reading books, singing songs, baking, making crafts and teaching. I became a volunteer teaching assistant at my sons’ public schools and even did some tutoring in high school. I also worked as a Family Literacy Advocate and organized and implemented programs that encouraged reading in the family. From that experience, I developed my own business as a children’s entertainer. These activities led me to dream of becoming a professional educational children’s entertainer. Unfortunately, health and personal issues interfered with that dream.

As I approached my late 30’s and early 40’s, I realized that I had a great heart’s desire to teach the word of God and help people. I actively went into women’s ministry in my church but I wanted to reach out to the general populace in a new, non-threatening and welcoming manner. The HUGE dream of my heart was to become a minister and have a ministry like Joyce Meyers. As a method of outreach, I wanted to open a lovely tea shop which sold local handicrafts and to also offer craft classes.

I moved forward in faith and began buying all my equipment and supplies and looked for suitable locations. I also began taking online university courses to become a minister.

BUT – we have an enemy who is out to kill, to steal and to destroy and just as I was beginning to move forward with my dream – my marriage ended, I lost my home, and I found out that I had cancer. To say that my dream was crushed is an understatement!!

Nine years later, I am writing this blog post to tell you that NOT ONE of those dreams has come true! I’ll never be a famous dancer,  singer, actress or children’s entertainer. I’ll never be an Olympic athlete. I’ll never have my fashion designs paraded on the catwalks of Paris. I’ll never have my paintings hung in the Louvre. I’ll never have my photos featured in National Geographic. I’ll never have a ministry like Joyce Meyer’s. And I’ll probably never have a tea and craft shop.

But as I advance through my “middle ages” I have come to realize that I don’t really mind all that much that I’ll never become one of those dreams because I have come to know that, since I have accepted Jesus as my Saviour, there are more important things that “I”ll never” be either:

I’ll never lose my salvation.

1Pe 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and abiding forever.

Joh 6:37 All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will in no way cast out.

Joh 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those that You have given Me I have kept, and none of them is lost

I’ll never have to experience the righteous wrath of God.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him [Jesus]

I’ll never have to experience Hell.

Psa 86:13 For great is Your mercy toward me; and You have delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Act 2:27 because You will not leave My soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your holy One to see corruption

I’ll never be rejected, forsaken or truly alone.

Mat 28:20 … And, behold, I [Jesus] am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen.

Heb 13:5 … for He has said, “Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you, never!”

As Jesus said, “Joh 16:32 … And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

I’ll never be completely without hope.

Rom 5:5 And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us.

Col 1:27 For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Heb 6:19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,…

I’ll never have to fear death.

Rev 21:4 … And there will be no more death

And finally, when Jesus comes again, I will begin my new life in my new body and I’ll never have to live with pain, fatigue or sorrow again! Praise God!

Rev 21:4 And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there will be no more death, nor mourning, nor crying out, nor will there be any more pain; for the first things passed away.

HALLELUJAH!

Death of a Young Robin

Pro 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.

One of the things that I love about my home is that it has a small yard with a bird-feeder and we are surrounded by trees. That makes our little spot a great area for birds to build their nests and for us to so some bird-watching. Robins are particularly plentiful here and I have watched several families with young fledglings learning how to seek out some delicious insects to snack upon.

The other evening, I noticed one young robin, who had been separated from it’s family, sitting quite close to the house. The next morning, it was in the same place. As I was hanging out my laundry, I noticed that the fledgling wasn’t moving very far. In fact, I was able to go right up to it, which is very unusual. I thought that maybe it had somehow become separated from it’s family group and that it may be hungry. As much as I love nature, I was unwilling to go down on my hands and knees in the grass to search for a juicy worm that I could pull out with my mouth and then put it into yonder hungry chick’s beak! So I decided to try casting a few bird-seeds in the robin’s general direction as it had been half-heartedly pecking at the perlite bits in my garden. Unfortunately, young birdie just blinked it’s eye and then stared at me with a “what were you thinking?” expression.

Wee birdie continued to stay put even while I was watering my flowers and it was in the path of the sprinkling water. I decided to see if I could pick up the robin to check it over to see if anything was wrong with it. There is something wonderful about holding a soft, warm, wild creature in your hand. I tenderly checked it over but could see no physical injury.

I then came up with a cunning plan. I could hear and see other young robins calling to their parents so I thought that if I put my little friend where the other robins were, it might start calling out too and get fed. I moved it to the new location and then went on with my house-work.

About an hour later, I checked on the robin only to be dismayed to see that it had flopped, head-first into the grass with it’s tail sticking way up in the air. Momma to the rescue! I ran over and gently picked it up and thinking that it might be thirsty, I tried dripping water into it’s mouth, one drop at a time. Unfortunately, it refused to drink and as I gently held that sweet little bird in my hand, I watched it’s eyes glaze over as it’s life slowly left it’s little body.

I was very sad that in spite of all that I had tried to do for the robin, it still died.

I think that God must feel very much like I did, in that despite all that He has done for mankind, many continue to live spiritually dead and to physically die in that state.

Like the baby robin who was separated from it’s parents, we have been separated from our Heavenly Father by sin.

Rom 5:12 Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on all men inasmuch as all sinned:

1Jn 3:8 He who practices sin is of the Devil, for the Devil sins from the beginning.

Col 1:21 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,…

Unlike the baby robin whose parents did not seek him out to help him, our Father is actively seeking us to bring us back into His home through His son, Jesus Christ.

Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Young robins stick pretty close to their parent(s) and if they do get separated, the young birds have a special call that they make to call the parent bird back. My little robin made no effort or call to seek it’s parents. People are like that with God. They either never seek God out in the first place or they refuse to call on Him when they need Him.

Php 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ.

Act 7:51 O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so you do. 

The baby robin refused to eat the seed that I spread before him but rather he pecked at garbage in the garden. Much of mankind also refuses to eat of the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, whom God has set before us.

Joh 6:50 This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Instead of filling themselves with something that will give them eternal life, Man fills itself with worldly garbage which brings death.

1Co 10:7 Nor should we be idolaters, even as some of them, as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

The little robin was hot from having sat in the sun, but even though I dropped cool water onto it’s beak, it would not drink. People also refuse to take a drink of the Living Water found in Jesus Christ.

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.

Joh 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Just as I grieved the death of that robin, God grieves for those who are dead in trespasses and sins. He longs to bring us back into sweet fellowship in His family.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

So don’t be like that baby robin – seek God; call out to God; eat of the Bread of Life; drink of the Living Water and you “will not die but have eternal life”!

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus says to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.

Blessings

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