Tony Evans 2020, end times, In memory of Late Lois Evans Reflections (Sermon), Motivational.

Tony Evans 2020, end times, In memory of Late Lois Evans Reflections (Sermon), Motivational.


When the time of your departure comes you want to be close enough to God that you can hear things So when you look at your battles in life You must ask the question not am I fighting but is it worth the bad? Since the heaven asked me she says how long is it gonna take my soul and spirit to leave my body a Few days ago sis Devin’s wins As I reflected on her homegoing in this passage The principle that dawned on me was the best way to Have a life worth lived is to have a depth worth dying The best way To have a life worth living is to have a deaf word Paul is saying goodbye to Timothy His son in the faith And in his goodbyes to him He has some very valuable lessons Some of them most of them I saw them lived out in the own and the goodbyes then I Just experienced It begins in verse six By saying the time of my departure is at hand He knew His life was coming to an end He knew that his time on earth was closing And he wanted Timothy to know that it was okay All of us have a time The Bible says it’s appointed unto man wants to die and after that the judgment all of us have a time to go home The problem is we don’t know the time But when that time begins to dawn as it did with Paul He said the time of my departure is at hand it became clear Even though he made it out of a number of other scenarios That threatened his life. He wasn’t going to make it out of this One of the things I observed in life and in Scripture Is that when people walk with God and he doesn’t take them suddenly? He will give them a glimpse of heaven while they’re still transitioning from Earth He will let them know not only that it’s time but it’s okay Two years ago when we found out that this rare cancer had come upon sister Evans We hoped We had all these plans prior to that of when we turn 70 which we did this year that Things would change things would be adjusted more time to do this than that And then we got the sudden shock of this rare disease The disease of the doctor says has no cure We did all that we knew to do to to see MD Anderson Baylor went online what was out of the country all of the options we looked at Hoping that this could be arrested We would get good news from the doctors it seemed that things were not progressing as they predicted and Life was not ending as quickly as they said it would You were praying for us and we felt The prayers extending time and Maybe just maybe God would cancel it altogether But as time went on particularly over the last month and a half or so It became increasingly clear Slowly but surely the time of her departure was nearing But simultaneous to the time of her departure Were things taking place? That we’re letting us know she was dealing with something outside of the Earth’s realm For example, she said to some who were gathered in the room Do you see my mother You see it, she’s right over there by the fireplace You do you see her why can’t you see her On another occasion, she said my father There’s my father and There was no one in the room physically She was seeing something as The time of her departure got closer a few days ago She said two days Two days Take me up Two days Two days Take me up Two and a half days she was gone she Heard something she saw something as the time of her departure When the time of your departure comes you want to be close enough to God that you can hear things that other folk can’t hear and see things that other folk can’t see Because no matter how hard you plan some things are out of you You don’t know whether you’re gonna get sick. You don’t know whether life is going to change whether you’ll be laid off You don’t know all that’s down the line Therefore it is absolutely critical since you and I don’t know death has a way of surprising The time of her departure got closer and closer She began seeing more and more as the pain got greater and greater there was greater spiritual clarity as she was moving from an earthly reality to a heavenly perspective Paul said the time of my departure Is at hand I Told the folks on New Year’s Eve that The three most difficult words I heard And all I could do was cry like a baby It’s when she leaned over to me and said let me go those three words Let me go Then she emphasized that you have to let me go It’s time Paul had a lot of fights he had to run for his life. He had people chasing him He had he had their boats that were in storms where he was fighting for his very existence But he said I fought a good fight I Wish I could come here and tell you following Jesus there will be no batteries. I Wish it was that simple Following Jesus. There’ll be no trials or troubles or difficulties But the only reason you’ve got to fight if something is fighting you He just says if you gonna fight make it a good one, I fought a good fight So when you look at your battles in life You must ask the question not am I fighting but is it worth the bad? He says I fought a good fight I fought in the realm of that which was beneficial he says the fresh breath is not and I didn’t box the air I Didn’t shadow box if it was a good fight. I went for the knockout punch Cuz if it’s a good fight if it’s beneficial if it’s helpful if it’s Life-changing if it’s impactful if it will make a difference you go for the knockout Yes, you fight for that relationship you fight for those kids so That they don’t go astray. That’s a good fight You fight for your well-being you fight so then other people’s lives are better you fight for your best self Cuz that’s a good fight Said I fought a good fight The second thing he says does that finish my course I finished my course Is good to know when your time is up that you’re finished Sister Evans’s words, we’re not unfinished. She said I’m done Paul was saying I completed what I was put here to do Don’t waste your life So that when you are finished you weren’t finished That you never got around to what God created and redeemed you to do That there was nothing eternal about your life Where the course that God had for you and he has a cause for every believer To serve his kingdom to serve their Lord Don’t in your life wondering why you lived Paul says I finished my course I Did all that I was designed to do When it comes time for God to transition me and you and us You want to be able to say I’m finished Paul thirdly says I kept the faith I Didn’t walk away from my faith When times got hard I didn’t give up on Jesus Our bedroom looks like a hospital room The wheelchair will walk her in all of the things that come with Hospice But at any time she could be conscious He would hear our calling on Jesus Or asking me or the kids to read scripture Or playing Scripture on a CD or listening to music on Christmas She had very little consciousness the Christmas We were gather in the wheelchair she wasn’t able to walk she wasn’t able to talk in any clear meaningful way We gathered the children and the grandchildren the Great-grandchildren around we just say Sang carols about Jesus She just would move her lips Trying to mouth the words About Jesus Never gave up on the faith never walked away from God I Don’t care how bad things get you don’t walk out on Jesus You keep the faith You stay with the Lord Paul says I didn’t give up I kept when I wanted to give up when I wanted to throw in the towel when I got you tired I’d kept the faith I Kept the faith. I Didn’t walk away from my belief system. Just because being a Christian became hard Because Trials come Because difficulties are there Then he comes to his final verse verse 8 Paul says now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness But not for me only but for all those who love his appearing Now there is laid up for me a crown Of glory before he left he knew That there was going to be an award waiting The goal of everybody To hear well done To hear God say you fought a good fight. You kept the faith and you finished the course Give me another He says now there is laid up for me which means that death wasn’t the end it wasn’t a period it was a conjunction Since the heavens asked me she said how long is it going to take? My soul and spirit to leave my body and go to heaven How long is it gonna take I? Was able to explain it’s like a bloom with air When you prick it it goes pop and the air escapes and the rubber falls down to the ground The rubber once you pop the balloon is useless But the air that left it is still there When that pop occurs and you close your eyes for the last time the life escapes The body is dormant because it has no air, but the air is still there You’re very much alive to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord You

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