Transition After Death
I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may it be prosperous to you just as your soul prospers. Holy Spirit began to minister to me the issues people face after losing loved ones. I’ve experienced it myself when my mother passed in June 2013, so I completely understand the feelings that arise when a loved one passes on. Many times I see and hear those who year after year relive the pain and hurt from the loss of a loved one especially on major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Birthdays and or the day the loved one passed can be very difficult to handle emotionally as well. It’s challenging to most because their focus is more on the loss rather than the transition. I want to offer you a different perspective on the importance of embracing the “Tranistion” that comes after death. I’m not referring to the transition of your loved ones because we understand what the word of God says in 2 Cor. 5:8 concerning that transition. After death many people become stagnant in life because they don’t let go of loved ones or understand this period of transitioning in their life. Death is always a time of reflection to truly examine your relationship with Christ. It is also a time God will transition you and your family into or out of something. Some may be coming into a season of embracing a new leadership role after a losing a loved one. In Deuteronomy 34:8, the children of Israel mourned Moses’s death for thirty days. Also, in the same verse it says that their mourning came to an end. At some point you must allow yourself to stop the mourning process to allow transition. In the very next verse we see transition take place in the lives of the children of Israel. They lost Moses in one instance but God ordained Joshua as the next leader of the children of Israel to continue the work God started with Moses. Can you imagine how long the process would have taken if they had continued to mourn day after day and year after year? God promised Joshua great success as long as he obeyed him and stayed in the will of God. Some things will require that you stop mourning and weeping in order to come into the things God has set in motion for your life. It is extremely arduous for anyone when a child dies. Feelings of confusion, anger, and emptiness are overwhelming. Many walk away from their faith in God when suffering traumatic or unexpected losses. Great faith is required to overcome grief. In John 11 we see the untimely death of Lazarus in the eyes of his family. Martha felt Lazarus could have lived if Jesus had been there. Jesus responded to Martha and explained that the life of her brother Lazarus wasn’t based on him physically being there but rather the belief in him as the son of God to raise him from the dead. Jesus called Lazarus out of his grave and scripture says that they believed in him. Sometimes God is trying to get the attention of a family concerning their faith and life after death of the body for the believer. Jesus stated in John 8:51, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” These are key moments in which you can miss the transition or need of transition if you focus on the loss of your loved one more than you focus on what God is saying to you in that moment. There are also times God reveals to us that our loved ones are about to go on to be with Him. For some, the thought of not having our loved one’s presence is difficult which can hinder our ability to embrace God’s will to use us to continue the work or of a loved one in the family and community. In 2 Kings 2:8-14 we see not only did Elisha embrace the transition of Elijah but he asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha was granted this request and went to do twice the number of miracles as Elijah. It could very well be the work your loved one started in your life, community, and/or family that could be the very work that God has called you to continue while taking it to another level. Don’t allow death to burden you year in and year out but rather embrace your transition. You were created to make an impact and leave your unique footprint in the Earth by the works God has called you to fulfill. I pray that your focus will always be to continue in fulfilling the will of God for your life. If death has no hold on those who have died, then it shouldn’t have a hold on those who are alive (1 Cor. 15:55). I hope you have been encouraged and liberated in this area in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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