Dear God …

When life is all pain and becomes too tough,
When I want to quit living and to give up.
I only have one action left for me to do,
Get on my knees to give praise & glory to You.

For without your precious love & guiding light,
I would have been lost with no will to fight.
You have promised if we have faith in you,
Our fight against evil will be your fight too!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle

Trying

The truth is all that I am trying to do,
Is to get His message of love to you.
A message about God’s gift of grace,
That’s ready for you anytime or place.

If you accept with Jesus’s final breath,
Your salvation was obtain by His death.
If you believe this with all your heart,
From your life God will never depart!

If you can do only one thing this day,
Please fall to your knees and pray.
God will always forgive all your sins,
Then you will have an eternity with Him!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle

Nothing Is

Nothing worth doing comes easily,
Nothing by man is found for free.
Nothing happens without a purpose,
Nothing matters when on the surface.
Nothing happens without a reason,
Nothing to lose except your freedom.
Nothing to offer or need to replace,
Nothing is free except God’s grace.
Nothing satisfies more than true love
Nothing more perfect than God above.
Nothing to worry or to be sad about,
Nothing to do this day in or day out.
Nothing left now but Heaven and Hell,
Nothing except for where you’ll finally dwell!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
04/2015

When It’s …

I do not care about the suffering or about the pain,
I know there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If I focus all I do getting by each day and night,
I am trying to win what only God can fight.
This world is evil and soon it will melt away,
Leaving only God’s word when it’s Judgement Day!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle

Why We Suffer

Have you ever wondered why you suffer so much as a Christian?  I had wondered why, for some time, until I had completely read the Bible.  I originally thought that becoming a Christian meant that there would be less pain and suffering for the rest of my life.  I thought that way because of false teachings of various minister I had listened to previously.  These ministers were preaching what is known as a “prosperity” gospel.  This “gospel” states that when you give yourself to Christ, everything will be better until you go to heaven. You will have less suffering and every thing in your life will be better. The problem with that statement is it is not biblical.  The Bible never states while living on earth and following Jesus Christ means you will have less trouble.  However, the Bible does actually state that you will have more suffering as a Christian and it is not until you reach Heaven, will there be no more pain and suffering.  However, God’s word does say how you should handle any pain or suffering while here on earth and that is what is important.  In truth, how you react to anything is the only thing you can control, that is with God’s help. You can either let pain and suffering overtake you and control you or you can give it to God and rely on Him to handle your suffering.  It is only then, with God handling your suffering, you will experience less suffering.  That is why Paul states in the Bible why we suffer. It is so we can rely on God and the power of God.

One thing you must remember is that Satan is always going to work his hardest on Christians, especially new Christians, to try to shake their faith.  So instead of letting Satan win, you should give it to God. I will admit one of the hardest aspects I have with being a Christian is rejoicing in my pain and suffering.  This is because I always looked at pain and suffering as something bad or negative.  I never considered pain and suffering as an opportunity to rely on God and God’s power. To be able to experience God’s power through pain and suffering. So when you suffer, you should be glad, because the power of God is in you and He will handle your suffering. Remember that with God and Jesus Christ, all things are possible!!

2 Corinthians 1:8‭-‬9 ESV
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

2 Corinthians 12:9‭-‬10 ESV
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Romans 5:3‭-‬5 ESV
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

1 Peter 3:14‭, ‬17 ESV
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

Written By: Larry Shawn Cagle

Perishable to Imperishable, Mortal to Immortal, All Are Changed

We are all mortal when we are in the flesh.  It is not until Jesus’s final return that ALL are changed and made immortal.  The Natural body is first and changed to a Spiritual body. Flesh and blood or a Natural body/Living body cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven.  Only a Spiritual body can inherit or enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Here on earth, man is flesh (natural) and only after Jesus comes will man become spiritual and immortal. Upon Jesus second coming all who are saved, living or dead, are changed from mortal to immortal.  According to God’s word there are only two types of bodies. There are heavenly bodies, which are also called Spiritual, and earthly bodies, also called flesh.  Each type of bodies is an unique kind.

While man is flesh/natural/earthly, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, will exist only in those who are saved.  Those who do not have the Spirit of God but the Spirit of the world, is just flesh, natural or earthly. These individuals cannot recognize things from God. Those who are saved and have the Holy Spirit are the only ones who can discern Godly things, Spiritual things from God.

Remember, everyone who has lived or is living when the Final Judgement begins, will be changed from mortal to immortal, perishable to imperishable.  This will happen regardless of your final destination.  Whether it is Heaven or Hell, eternal perfection in love or eternal destruction in pain!!

1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 40, 42-42, 44, 46-47, 50-51, 53 ESV
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

1 Corinthians 2:12-15 ESV
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle