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Death
and
Friendship
 
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy; and nothing shall by
any means hurt you (Luke 10:19)
"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them" ... (Mark 16:18).
 
Can you kill someone who is already dead?  No, you cannot.  Yet that is what the enemies of Christianity attempt to do all the time.  And it, no doubt, is because they simply do not comprehend the power of God, that His protection encompasses you and is doubtless impenetrable. 
 
If, in fact, you are a tried and true Christian, death has essentially become your friend, in that, death has no power over you because in Christ we live, and move, and have our being.  We are already living in the Eternal Embrace of God.  We have stepped over into the eternal spiritual realms of God, and sit worshiping at His feet in marvel and adoration. 
 
We have come through the trials and tribulations, and our faith has endured the unwarranted attacks by the travesty of the fallen archangel; Satan and his beleaguered, limping army.
 
Faith in the power and authority of God means that you trust Him with your life, and know with a certainty that no man can take your life, or do you harm without God's permission.
 
Consequently, there is no fear of death because if you die, it is, without a doubt, God's will, and as Christians we accept His divine will without question, or looking back. 
 
andy skinnedWhen Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed that God would take the cup of suffering and death away from Him, nevertheless, He accepted the will of God over His own will, and proceeded forth into the temporary arms of death, because to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world was His purpose in life, and not the miracles that He performed.
 
For if miracles were all that He did; raise the dead, heal the sick, and open the eyes of the blind, etc., without His death on the cross, His life would have been in vain, and his purpose unfulfilled.  To die was part of the plan in Jesus' life, whereas to die prematurely is not part of God's plan in the lives of those who love Him. 
 
As a disciple of Christ, whether we live or die, is not in anyone's hands but God, so fear of death is nonexistent in the life of a tried and true Christian. 
 
A tried and true Christian has already walked through the doors of death, and become acquainted with him, and gotten to know him rather well. 
 
So well, in fact, that when an enemy attempts to send death your way again and again, via poisoned food or traffic accidents etc., it is to no avail.  Just as the wind hears and obeys the Voice of God, so Death hears and obeys the Voice of God. 
 
The list of the various methods of attempted murder against you, and your God ordained purpose in life is extensive. 
 
our sign
But the point is, God's hands continually comes between you and death, and He sends death away from your domain again and again, because your flesh is already dead.  Your spirit is in control of your flesh, so to die is neither here nor there.  You live in the spirit of God always and forever in a perfected love.
 
And because you have no fear of death, death flees from you, from the spirit of God that is in you, protecting you from the onslaught of hell's tenuous grasp. 
 
Before Jesus was even born, the enemy of all that is good sent assassins after Him, who killed innocent babies in a useless attempt to abort His destiny
 
"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in
 
Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, in Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not" (Matthew 2:16-18).
 
The Sadducees and the Pharisees unknowingly ushered Jesus into His divine destiny, in a bold effort to kill Him, or to crucify the Truth that He represented because they dwell in the deep darkness of sin, and could not or would not perceive that they were in the holy presence of God.   
 
This is the blind enemy that we face as Christians everyday.  Their blindness is birthed from the sin in their lives, and like the Sadducees and Pharisees who could not , or would not perceive the God in Jesus, they wander boldly up to God's hand that is covering you, and attempt to subvert his holy will concerning your life, which is impossible.  No one can do the impossible but God.  That is His area of expertise.  His will cannot be usurped by the Herods of this present world, who are facing the boomerang of the very death they attempted to send to you. 
 
"But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life"  (Matthew 2:19-20). 
 
You can only get on the other side of Death by being transformed from a lamb to a lion. 
 
A lamb is virtually defenseless, but a lion roars at the enemies of God. That transformation does not come without paying a great price. Everything and everyone is behind your back.  You have sacrificed all in pure obedience and love to God. 
 
The only thing that truly matters to you is what God thinks about you.  Are you pleasing Him?  It matters not if you have this or that.  It matters not if you have friends or foes, because suddenly you realize your friends are your foes, and from there nothing else really matters when you come into your true self. 
 
Lightness of being wraps around you, then you know that the smiling faces populating your life are secretly seeking your quick demise, because they do not know that your very life is hid in God.  And who can reach into His hands and pluck you out?  No one can achieve that impossibility.  Only knuckleheads would dare start a war with God.
"And now I say unto you, refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to be fight against God" (Acts 5:38-39).
 
"And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, no doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.  And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm.  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god" (Acts 28:3-6).  Paul lived through the Sea of Death, and shook Death off his hand.  Death was obeying the power of God present in Paul.  And Death will obey the power of God present in you.  If you live your life according to the will of God no one can harm you. 
 
After awhile the enemies camp against you will begin to dwindle, because some people have not lost all of their common sense in the pursuit of empty pleasures through sin.  They will see you coming and make a u-turn and go another way to avoid coming in contact with the presence of God in you, or accidently doing you harm, demonstrating respect for the people of God.
 
My guess is that these are the ones who have known God, and recognize His holy presence in you, and they have an overriding sense of self-preservation. But there are those who, even if they see God's presence in you, they repeatedly launch attacks against you, simple because, unknown to them, God has turned them into your own personal Pharaoh, who will follow you across the Red Sea because God has hardened their hearts, as it is God's desire to destroy them in the midst of your miracle deliverance.  "And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them...Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore" (Exodus 14:28-30).
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