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Another friend on mine passed away this morning.

One 3 days ago. ..Another 2 weeks ago... Before them, two missionary colleagues. And more…Most succumbed to sickness and disease. Several did not live out their full lives.

I’m not a morbid person, but I’ve always been interested in death, especially in the believers realm. What do believers die of? How old were they when they died? And why did they die? I’ve always been an earnest student and seeker behind the mystery of death. But death is not as mysterious as some people make it. We don’t know everything, but we do have Scripture for many things. Many need to be enlightened by such.

The Word says that we see through a glass darkly (1 Cor. 13:12). We only know in part. And the Word also says that there are secret things that belong only to the Lord and whomsoever He reveals to (Deut. 29:29).

The Word also says that a believer has more to do with how long he lives and even the conditions of his departure than most even know or believe.

“With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation (Psalm 91:16).”

One famous preacher said, “when I’m gone, you’ll know I’m satisfied.” In other words, if a believer is not satisfied and wants to live longer, he can. Another way to say that is: he can go out on his own terms. The basic condition for that promise is, if he’s lived for God.

You see, there are spiritual laws of sowing and reaping that are operative in every believers life. Some cannot be reversed and believers die as a result. Here’s a mainstay scripture that I’ve lived by for years that will bring understanding and clarity to many:

“For this CAUSE many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep (1 Corinthians 11:30).”

The context here is discerning the body of Christ both physically and spiritually. In other words, that is the main cause for weakness, sickness, and premature death in the believer.

I gotta go. I’ll write more about this later on. Stay tuned…

Feel free to engage and comment on this post or ask questions.

There is a lot more light in the Scriptures on death and dying than I think most know.

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