Death – Eternal Rest

Death of a love one...

I received this email and I had to share it with you, there is nothing new under sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9); you too will go through this.

Hello, dear teammates of the 1968 team prayer support group,
This morning, my Mom passed away peacefully and gently. I am experiencing conflicting emotions of relief and loss, but I thank God for the time she had with us, and for all she gave me during her lifetime.
I am now working with other family members to get things wrapped up here in Kentucky, and then travel to our hometown of Elkton, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, for her funeral on Friday.
Thank you for your support over the past several days. I appreciate this more than I can express.
In His love,
xxx

 

Dear xxx,

On behalf of my brother, Xxxxxxx Harris and myself, we would like to express our love… to you and your family upon the transitioning of your Mother to ‘Eternal Rest’ and the families transitioning to a ‘New Level of Grace.’ Yes, we do enter into eternity when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior on this side of life. Remember Jesus is the ‘Door’ on this ‘side of life’ that we use to enter into the Presence of God.

John 10:7-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep.

8All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them.

9I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.

   10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Paul tells us in Hebrews 4 to ‘labor’ to enter into the rest of God.

Hebrews 4:11

King James Version (KJV)

 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 

Glory be to God, your Mother ceases from her labor to enter into God’s rest. Her spirit and soul are there, in the Father, in HIS REST. It is not a rest created by man, but a Rest that is God Almighty, Himself. Why is it a Rest? Because all is ‘well’ for all eternity. ‘Well’ being whole (Shalom – Peace, perfected Peace by the Prince of Peace, nothing missing and nothing required). Jesus’ completing everything in your Mother so that she has the ‘right’ to be in the Presence of God the Father as His daughter for eternity. Paul said in John 17:3 that Eternal Life was to know God.

 

John 17:3

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3And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

 

 

Your Mother began eternal life on ‘this side’ and now she will complete it on the ‘Best Side of Life,’ in the ‘continual’ Presence of God the Father. She does not have to labor to get there and stay there. I can only imagine what it will be like…

I spoke of a second transitioning for the family that you have entered into. Yes, we labor to enter into God’s rest on this side. xxx, that is what you are feeling right now, the sense of relief and loss. It is the ‘laboring of entering’ into God’s rest. The laboring part is the sense of loss that you are feeling, “I’m without her/she’s no longer here and I’m selfish for feeling that way”. You see, to enter into God’s rest we struggle with our faith, is this for real (the sense of loss)? Paul said it best like this in the following verse:

Hebrews 4

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  1THEREFORE, WHILE the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.

2For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).

 

This is what your Mother ceases from; she has reached the destination of her Faith who is Jesus. Jesus completed her in:

Philippians 1:6

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6And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Now your transitioning is this: allowing God’s Grace to maintain you in this ‘new level of life’ where you TRUST what God has done for your Mother, He will indeed do for you. This is your sense of relief that you feel, you don’t recognize it because it’s so new and unreal. Your flesh wants to hurt and feel bad because it does not know any other way. It figures that’s what you’re supposed to feel. This is a level of life that you have never been at before because…it’s your Mother that has transitioned, it’s just too close to you.

She is again ‘birthing’ you into yet another level – one without her… So, what is this Grace that will get you through? God told Paul that His Grace was sufficient in the following verse:

 

2 Corinthians 12:9

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9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, maypitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!.

 

So what is Grace? I define HIM, that is Grace as the Supernatural Power of God ‘enabling’ you to do what you could not do on your own. Simply He’s (GRACE)… Jesus. Your weakness is His Strength. You had Him all the time… you had Grace all the time. Now go on, go on and` exhale and rest (ceasing from all of your works and depending on the finished Work of God who is JESUS.) Live your Momma’s legacy and start leaving your own for your children to live out in Christ Jesus…

I wanted to close but, I’m a preacher… The Word says Jesus is Grace, not me. In:

 

Ephesians 2:8-10

King James Version (KJV)

  8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

GRACE SAVED YOU! How were you saved? Jesus saved you, and God called Him GRACE. God’s Favor sent to earth.

I took this much time for you because God wanted you to know just how much He loves you, your Mom and family. She is closer to you then she could ever be physically.

 

 

Hebrews 12:1

King James Version (KJV)

 1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

LOVE CONQUERS ALL…
Much love,
Pastor Harris

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