To believe, get old and go away…

What do you have that God has not given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
God has given you such a long life so that you would know him better and love him more. Now, even if you feel poor and unworthy you hope to depart from this earth into heavenly paradise.
You possess this priceless treasure: “knowing that God is love” and that “to know Him is the eternal life”. As sure as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than your ways, and God’s thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9) His ways are unfathomable, surprising and always different from the ways you would imagine. In the end you learned that you are only able to lose … to lose until you get so poor that you have nothing more to lose. What does it matter? Isn't God your fortune? Is it not He who reigns and lives in your heart and fulfils all your desires for eternity?
As long as you were seeking after the terrestrial goods you were constrained, but since you turned to Jesus-Christ, who is only goodness, truth and justice, your inward life grows richer and richer. Today you know that even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you don’t need to fear evil, because his rod leads you and his staff comforts you. (Psalm 23:4)
God loved you to the degree that He gave His only begotten son Jesus-Christ, that by believing in Him, you have eternal life. Being in His hands you no longer need to worry about anything. In Him you have everything you need. (Colossiens 2:10) During your long life the Lord continued to show you that He knows your needs, helping and correcting you as it seemed good to Him. Therefore, submit to Him without fear now, for He will decide the time when you shall leave this world. Do not concern yourself with anything but to keep faith, hope and love … for these three things will never die.
As no man can see God and live (Exodus 33:20) rejoice that your heart and spirit will be delivered from that limited fragile earthly body, which perishes, and will fly away towards eternal happiness. The reward of your faith is to be with Jesus-Christ and the saints in that heavenly city, with its firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God; the city that already Abraham, the father of faith, was looking for. (Hebrew 11:10)
Since you do not know what future disappointments and sufferings are to come, why should you ask that your earthly life be prolonged? Lift your eyes and thoughts towards the celestial fatherland and welcome it with all your heart. Submit your will into God’s will. Whether it is by life or by death, give everything into the loving hands of God. If there is in heaven more joy for one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine righteous (Luke 15:7) be confident: God with His unfathomable love will also send His angels to receive you into his dwelling places…

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See God and live

Dear brother,
May you and your family have a blessed 2015!
You clearly know the words of Jesus - who said - The pure in heart shall see God - and - He who sees me, sees the father (God).
Can you make any comment on the difference between what we can "see" according to Jesus and what Moses was told he could not see?
God bless you.

Psalm 23

May the God of Psalm 23 bless you too.

See God and live

To be created in the image of God does not mean man is a copy of God, nor God is a superman. The body formed from dust only became a living being (soul) by the breath of life from God. This divine breath (a spark of Eternity) made him an earthly human being, but distinct and separate from animals.
Moses could not see the face of God, because he was still alive. But he was told that the goodness of God, his name, his grace and his mercy will go before him, but he could only see the glory of God from the back. (Exodus 33:17-23)
This is exactly what Paul wrote: “We know that God causes all tings to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
First the challenges (tests) we face in various circumstances (passing before us), then after testing of our faith the crown of life (Glory seen from back). Since God, the origin and creator of all things, is a spirit, he can only be worshiped in sprit and truth. (John 4:24) We can worship a sprit but not see his invisible attributes. What is known about God, his eternal power and divine nature is obvious to our earthly eyes, and can be understood through what has been made since the creation of the world. (cf. Romans 1: 19-21)
Since Jesus' kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36) he could say, who sees me (the pure in heart who renounced everything), sees the Father (God). He sees in Jesus a being which has given up all things, a being whom only loves – for God is love. However, to love means to give, give and give… love never demands.
As long as people are alive, they want to see great things, although Jesus said:
“For that which is highly esteemed (great) among men is detestable (abomination) in the sight of God”. (Luke 16:15)
“He, who believes in me, does not believe in me but in Him who sent me. He who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:44-46)
“Blessed are the “pure in heart”, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
“Pure in heart” means that no earthly mind and spirit pollute the heart’s content. Therefore Jesus said, “No one of you can be my disciple who does not give up all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33). To give up means to die, and to die means abandon all on earth, renounce everything. With such a pure heart we will see God’s kingdom, righteousness, peace and joy.