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I'm Ready to Die!

If Not For God / Mike Zwick
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January 27, 2021 9:50 am

I'm Ready to Die!

If Not For God / Mike Zwick

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January 27, 2021 9:50 am

Mike is ready to die...and he means that in a good way. Robby and Mike talk about longing for Heaven, keeping our eyes on Christ, and being set apart from this world, knowing it's not our home!


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I think this is as close to heaven as they will ever get Christian is obviously our attorneys in heaven. This is as close to hell as we want to get so it's this hell on earth, so to speak for Jimmy's release that lately and I live in the same place. I got real lately, and but you can see you really when you think about it Mike, the desperation, the fear that you have.

The reason that people get so angry it is when there really really really scared and you can see a lot of angry people out there and the hate that is coming out. It is something really. I'm not experienced in my life.

Yet there's there's an old song and it's called the work.

This world is not my home, and it says this world is not my home, I'm just passing through.

My treasures are treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue the angels beckon me from heaven's open door and I can't feel at home in this world any Lord you know I have like you if heaven is not my home, then Lord what will I do the angels beckon me from heaven's open door and I can't feel at home in this world anymore.

Now you know what's at the sea of light. It really makes you feel that way and the quote that you mentioned before the show Martin Luther King Jr. man who is not willing to die for something is not fit to live right but but also you were talking about because you'll never know that God is all you need until God is all you have right right that's the quote that that I was thinking about is you are describing. You know is is is we detach ourselves from like I can't live in that place now anymore of what all is going on and what I'm seeing and it does kind of leave you at that place like wow God you're all I got here because you know in a way that I hadn't seen before.

There really an experience because you know one of the legs. I guess that was holding up my table was the country that I live in MN and some faith that I had that it was the front. It would least you now have some semblance of the values that I that I have but I work a media that had some sense of right and wrong, but I don't feel that at this point no one in it and II think I'd I saw something recently 39% of the people in the United States believe that the election was fraudulent.

You know in and it's in and things have been heating up so much and a lot of it.

I do believe may have been perpetuated by the media, but there I guess in a way there's a lot of things that we can't do anything about. We can't necessarily change with the media's going to do, but the word of God says that we can change our attitude and that we can weaken you talk we talked about it before you light in the darkness, light shines in the darkness right and I love that in what happened to me this week because I'm like you, I'm struggling. My legs are gonna cut out front in the face of things that I was supporting my life on that God was removing so that I could end up in that place where God sounded going in her Robbie and I gotcha.

But it's so you may know, I pray every morning for a word and that usually is consistent for word that he's given me for the year and minorities given me for the year is to engage and so as I was Monday morning. I'm praying like God, give me a word. And interestingly, never do this to me before he gave me two Hebrew letters that I can see very clearly, but I know what those two Hebrew letters when putting together they make a word well make a really cool word when you think about the letters because if you look at the pictures. A nice thing about Hebrew languages. It isn't just about the bed it has pictures and save it what it is and so that the ion in Hebrew is a is a yoke like you would put on ox but Jesus said, take my yoke your meanest nest throughout the Scriptures are very biblical concept of being yoked together and so as I'm seeing this word to God's given me. I see the yoke and then I see a plow and and that plow in Hebrew and ancient script was designed and so is uncertain. I think about that some like how cool if you take a yoke and you hook it up to a plow, you know that's a really neat concept. I wonder what that word is so you know I did a simple search rag put in the letters in Hebrew and then asked what Strong's number wasn't backed into it and when you looked at that the word is strength which has a lot to do with engage in an as I began to think of the kind of strength that is is the strength of plowing and you may know those passages about plowing you know your hard ground which is prayer. And so as I was looking at that word in the use of it in the Scripture it's all over.

Psalm 68.

It's in Psalm 60 continually. This word that is strength, and specifically in the I think it's the 18th verse, God says, strengthen in a God commanded that you strengthen your strength at edIT it was using these words on what he was working in other words, God is at work and I think that I know God's at work, but he saying look, you need to strengthen your strength on what I am working on an insert David as he was praying this home when he was really saying was what you're working on. Let me add my strength to that.

Let me put the plow. Let me yoke myself to your plow right where were you plowing up this valid ground is hard ground, where's my heart hard that I need to sell your seeds and get in there and work and so I really had a blast this week, if praying 68 saw the and and when you see that is it. God is at work.

Clearly it and how do I get you hooked up to his plow leader the same thing for you. We did it with numbers guy tough to get time to really especially with two-year-old is for you to get tough time to just be quiet you alone and pray.

I got about 30 minutes were I was just quiet alone and pray whatever. In the end I said Lord I said is there anything else I need to do to be saved or is what you did on the cross enough for me and so I have this random number thingy goes from 1 to 100 and I hit the number and it said 77.

Like let's: I was like, is there something else I want to do on Saturday but is that safe to do it. 77 and I can tell them what you're going to there is a March March for life. So yeah that's that's pretty not marginally capital that March and no more dish March for life for life March for life and then you hit 77 twice in a row twice in a row and I but you know it when you talk about something in a minute ago. It's it was that things were talk about. Were you never know that God is all you need until God got is all you do, you know that God is all you have one had a dream not too long ago when in my dream I was doing ministry and I was everything was fine this and that whatever and I was just about I guess wake up or be finished with what I was doing and I took my shoe off and I realize there was a snake a little snake that was held on the Mitel so I ask ISA what is that mean and it said that there was was exactly what were talk about is there anything else that is more important to God or is there anything else that competes for God because it says in Scripture that God is a jealous God was no gods before him, whether it's money whether it's sex whether it's all liking years later in your shoe yet or snake in your shoe something that may be hindering the gospel and so that's what I said and I said whoa. Okay Lord it's it's it's all about you that's it's gotta be. It's got to be him first and everything else, not even a dent further than a distant second.

I mean, I know we have to we have to live we have to eat know about, but sometimes I believe we can get caught up in the little things, whether it's and I was telling you before. Whether it's your friend, minute is always talking about the news and how bad things are in the world and how awful things are and it's like okay will you do about it. But the pastor from the lambs chapel a couple weeks ago. He actually said there's something called the serenity prayer and he said God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference, but I think every day when we wake up you know, and there is there's kind of a fine line there because you don't want to stick your head under the sand and and just ignore everything that's going on in the world note of Jesus taught that you need to be right up. So when the signs occur, you'll know that they're occurring, but at the same time look and say what can I do to make a difference. It's really cool that your tongue about the snake in your shoe and I interestingly the hundred my notes on January 12 was God asked me to go take a look back at the 10 Commandments. Specifically, it's always confused me a little bit.

What's the difference between you'll have no other gods before me in a graven image because it's like two different commandment like the first commandments, you will have no other God in the second one is make yourself no graven image at and so my first problem is what is graven me in English what is graven me.

I know what is that mean and so what I just simply looked at the etymology of the word graven and it means to engrave or to carve right yet at end when you think about when you're going through your day what what you carve in your heart when you engraving because the more time you spend on something you know you but you begin to engrave this gets embedded in in into what you're doing so would as I start to think about that a course that you know me I was to look at the Hebrew in that and it itched, showed how you work going to have a presence that took precedent in your heart over God.

In other words, instead of God being another was Adam and Eve when they sin right they just hid from God's presence throughout. If I really really want this to me most my day.

I I'm hiding from God's presence and where another I mean any kind of squirrel will take me off you know squirrel and I and I'm off no longer in God's presence or your and and so I started to think of all the different things are going through my mind.

You know you may have heard all these different conspiracy theories that the run out there and all these things.

It you know I if my mind starts to go there am engraving this stuff on my heart and less like you said, I get the snake on my shoe which I relocked a picture and in its okay to go look at that stuff but who's his first presence of his God with you. Are you looking is he first you know or are we engraving some and I thought wow, if I do this if I go study this other thing I do look at the serving ago spent a lot of time with anybody, and I don't bring God in the equation man you know he had never had stitches think it's gone cool that he had us on the same track that is cool that her fat went into what we were talking about the book of Psalms. I saw something in one of the things that came to my mind while you never know that God is all you need to God as God is all you have a Psalms, Psalm 121 and it says I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip. He who watches over you will not slumber. He never sleeps.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forever more rights look at that forever more. Think about heaven Whitley.

We talk about a lot of stuff to show and talk about heaven, what you like, but I think is pretty great. I think that would be the understatement of the gym ever said to me yeah it it it it really really is and it is a put some context to what you had said earlier, is okay. So to live is Christ right which would be actually in his presence for that is snake in your shoe or to die is gain and then and Paul was not you know given us the everything he could be said there either that all my gosh I mean the number one thing that we get in heaven as we actually get Jesus we actually get to be in his real presence and see his real face experience real light I have never thought that yeah me that you know what I when I look at it. I mean, I think the Bible gives us a glimpse of heaven.

I mean it.we don't know everything about heaven or all that steady but when I look at Revelation 22 it says and the angel showed me the river of the water of life clears Crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city on each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing 12 crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations that's pretty the healing of the nations and to be nice to have that he'll heal nation right now.

No longer will there be any curse the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and his servants will serve him. Sounds good, they will see his face rising his face and not through a mirror dimly, no words working to see his face with real light right we see through sunlight. Right now we ready we see through our atmosphere, we see through our eyes, which in my case that contact lenses to either begin to get focused and you think of the guy. Remember, Jesus healed him and when he first tried the focus of the everybody look like big trees walking around while the cool thing is when you when you get a look at Jesus in heaven is your you have a focus that you eat you've never even begun to have will and you look at first Corinthians 13 verse 12 it says for now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

So now faith, hope and love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love and think you said there was a John Eldridge of the resort who said that the there is to be a vicious attack of hate that comes by. The only way that they could overcome it is, is the love is the river of life actually is to is to pray that kind of love into our situation up said back in the summer of 1919 that he felt that the statement released these two horrible spirits on the 2019 20 the summer of 2019 okay I that the MO spirits were bad of hate and that of death, and so think of how the world of here we are in early 2021. If we look at the world, not what were experiencing job at the world look at the way that both hate and death have ramped up in the last two years. Not even the same world coming there. It it doesn't even seem like this could be possible that people could be acting the way that they're acting but you cooked them all up and tell me Aldine a coven and you know let all the shenanigans gone politically in our next thing you know what rate hate oh my goodness, yet I I actually told us but I had a conversation today with a lady named Marge from the PRC way sponsor the show.

So thank you PRC (I am for the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and but you know I was talking to Marge about the book of Revelation, and about how you know we were talking about heaven and this not a knife.

I figure while you she's she's not here this, but she was really interested.

She was really interested in it and it and in a world where so many bad things are going all costs and good time to hear some good news And revelations for the simplest. Yes, I'm back. You know it's it's a beautiful thing that people are in a position to want some some real life and as your tongue.

My other dream that you had this week when it when he came up.

You know like did you say your witnessing somebody yeah I was. I was explaining the gospel and of and I was given all these facts about how Jesus when he when he was risen from the dead. He was seen by over 500 people and I was explaining how you don't many other people who have been written about in history. You know whether it was in you can.

Aristotle or Plato or Socrates. Whoever it was, I mean people wrote about these people.

Hundreds and hundreds of years after they died. But the people who wrote about Jesus on were actually they were around to see. Matter fact not only that but the people his disciples who followed and saw the miracles that he did. They they died for him me with the exception of Judas, who sold him out and killed himself, but needs people actually saw saw Jesus after he was raised from the dead, they saw him ascend to heaven and you probably know this but a lot of the disciples they tied violent deaths think Pete Peter was crucified upside down John who wrote the book of Revelation, I believe, was was the bird him and like this oil will and in they sent them off to the island of Patmos and I'm just thinking Robbie. Why would you be tortured for something that you know wasn't true.

I would gently boil them in all now would you do that for something that wasn't true, but you know how to even survive it. It was one of the miracles of of the time is the other trying to figure out how he did that and so as you were in this dream you're sharing those particular pieces of information, but maybe listen right now and your second year would be nice to not fall into this hate scared to death category. It would be nice to have something to hold onto hope. Wise and and something that would really say okay how do I how do I measure up to be a Christian because obviously I don't feel like that I don't feel like I'm good enough to be whatever. And the good news is, that's the beauty of the good news that Jesus is the one that was actually good and it he went to the cross to pay for what it is that, essentially, I did that was beyond horrible. It was my sin that put them on the cross and it was my salvation as part of what he was looking at as he faced that so that I wouldn't be able to have a relationship and to be able to see through the light that we are doing about a minute ago in heaven like he begins to give us that live in our hearts where we can see things that just want available to yeah I mean it in what I say that I think of Ephesians 2839 for it is by grace that you have been saved through faith and this is not from yourselves is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. And tell you what I mean you know you sometimes you work hard for your salvation regatta. My doing enough and a friend of mine and Scott told me he said when he was Catholic. He said his whole life eats.

Basically what they believed was, you know, to my good works today outnumbered by Baha'i that's a heckuva way to lift me to have to worry, Lord of my am I doing good enough and then you've heard it said, and I've heard it said that all the other religions of the world they spell salvation is DO do do do do Christianity spell salvation.

DO any DO any for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

We say that's too simple, right Robbie, I love that you have done. I keep he did do that and no I actually know lots of beautiful wonderful Catholics to completely get that you know I work with several that they understand Jesus paid it all.

They understand the way that their negative heaven served with. But I know plenty of Baptist. By the way, who think they got to do do do do right right that and so we don't want anybody to fall into. I'm one of these and so because of that. Well, what denomination you are is not a qualifier right after I asked. And so that's the opportunity that you have no matter what denomination you may fall into is do I really liked like Michael Sander. Is there something else that I need to do in order to be with you forever Jesus and and your own answer is DO any valid radio and if it's a done deal.

There's there's a song that says, I hear the Savior say that I strength indeed is small child of weakness, watch and pray find in me, and all in all Jesus paid it all, all to him I have sin had left a crimson stain washed white as snow. And that's that's all it is is you just word I want to follow you just praying and say Lord Jesus just forgive me of my sins.

I trust in you and IIII turn to you and I give you my life in it. It's it's the most wonderful thing to do or even think of. I mean what else compares to Jesus and Jesus.

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