“We Live”

Growing up in an Assembly of God church Testimony Time was a vital part of the service, especially on Sunday night. I loved hearing precious saints tell of what God had done for them. Testimonies would cover every facet of life – sickness, financial needs, deliverance, employment, unsaved children, etc. One thing I loved was hearing dear saints so assuredly proclaim their belief in eternal life. I clearly remember Hattie McDonald boldly declaring she had been saved at the age of 6. She would tell how she walked with the Lord every day. When she died in her nineties, she was still praising God. Why? Because she knew the One who gave her eternal life. She lives! Another dear saint, Hazel McGarrigle, never – and I mean never – missed an opportunity to tell what the Lord had done for her. She, too, boldly declared how God delivered her from a drunkard’s life. Harrisburg Hazel wandered Navigation Street in Houston, going from bar to bar. Her husband would go find her, bringing her home. But, God! He reached down into the gutter, set Hazel on the Solid Rock, and she never looked back. Only eternity will tell of the numerous lives she helped change during her prison ministry. She lives! God’s Word says in John 11:26: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Several years ago, I sat at Hangar Clinic, waiting for my initial evaluation for a new knee brace. The lobby was fairly empty, except for two gentlemen. Both men were amputees and were patiently waiting for their sessions. As they began talking, I could not help but overhear their conversation. It was amazing. The men began encouraging each other. One man was wearing a prosthetic as he had lost his leg to bone cancer on his 51st birthday. The other gentleman lost his foot and part of his lower leg to diabetes following a broken foot. His session was going to be a prosthetic fitting.
I marveled as I listened. These men were not sad or in despair. They were not wringing their hands. The man who lost his foot said the night before surgery he had the best night’s sleep since he had hurt his foot. Though their stories were different, the end result is that they survived and are living. In fact, they talked about the commercial that airs where a family is in a serious accident. As the tow truck driver delivers the totally damaged car to the salvage yard, he tells a co-worker: They lived. The more these men talked, the more evident it became they intend to live their lives to the fullest regardless of their limitations. They both said if the limbs had not been amputated, they would be dead. They live!
As I sat there, the spiritual impact struck me like a bolt of lightning: We Live! We hear sermons about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He came alive at the sound of the Master’s voice calling him out. He lives! Oh, how I look forward to sitting with Lazarus in heaven and hearing his testimony. The martyrs of the Early Church, cruelly persecuted and murdered, sang praises as they were burned at the stake. They live! Missionary Jim Tucker gave his life in the Congo jungle delivering God’s Word to the Mau Mau tribe. He lives! Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Luthern pastor who staunchly opposed the Nazis reign of terror, was sent to a concentration camp and hanged. He lives!
Today, we face a world-wide pandemic. Our country is under attack by those who prefer mob rule and anarchy. The very values and principles upon which this country was founded are being abased at every level. We are restricted from being with family and friends. Assembling together for worship is restricted. Still, We Live! No matter what trials, tribulations, and trepidations we go through on earth – We Live! If we die before He comes to take us home – We Live! Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior – We Live! God’s Word says in John 11:25: . . . I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Regardless of our failures – We Live! Divorce, financial ruin, catastrophic health – whatever comes your way – We Live! We serve the God of the irreversible! For in him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28) For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8)
Jesus Christ came to this earth to give us life – more abundant life. We live! When it is all said and done – WE LIVE! Talk about a testimony. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
* All Scripture references are King James version.

Because He Lives,
Marilyn G. Emswiler