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The Story of Stanley Smith

The following story is purely fictional, but it is based on truth.  Consider what happened to Stanley Smith.

My name is Stanley Smith.  I want you to know that Hell is real and so is Heaven.  I have been to both places.  Now, where is that found in the Bible you may ask.  Well, my answer is that it is found in several places either directly or indirectly.  If you really care to know, you can search it out.  I am not the source of easy answers nor am I going to argue with your unbelief.  I am simply a witness.  You will either believe what I am about to tell you or you will not, but that will not alter what I experienced and was commissioned to tell.

I am 45 years of age; a faithful husband and a loving father to our two sons.  I am a good son to my parents and I am a good friend to a couple of guys.  My parents raised me in a Christian home and when the kids came along my wife and I decided we needed to get involved in church.  I saw myself as a good person.

I was driving home from my office on the night of September 15, 2016; I had worked extra long hours that day because of changes that took place in the company I work for.  It had been bought out by a larger firm and transition was underway necessitating that management spend extra time making sure that it went smoothly.

Our place is out in the country near a town of about 10,000 people, we have a hobby farm of 5 acres.  I had a pole barn built to house the horses.  My wife and I each have a horse and our two sons share one.  We love taking in the horse shows at the county fair and have participated in many of the local equestrian activities.

We sit at the tail end of a state park system, nestled in a grove of trees; it provides a measure of privacy, but also enjoyment as we see deer, wild turkeys, and other wild life, on a regular basis.  There was an outbreak of tent caterpillars last year and they sprayed our grove to stop it from spreading further into the park.  We appreciated that.

My wife has a vegetable garden, from it we get fresh veggies for summer eating, and enough to do some canning for winter cooking.  We keep a few chickens for eggs and occasional eating.  It’s a good life.

Anyway, I was heading home that late September night when a 12 point buck darted into the road in front of my car.  The last thing I remember is crashing into the deer.

The next thing that I remember is that I began to go down into utter darkness, I thought, “There must be some mistake, I am supposed to go up.”  As I began to descend I smelled a horrible odor like the worst rotten eggs you every smelled in your life.  I heard people screaming; I was terrified.  The realization that I was on my way to Hell impacted all my senses, I yelled, “Jesus, help me.”

Suddenly, a light as bright as the sun shone upon me and yanked me out of that horrible place.  I found myself standing before Jesus.

“Why was I going to Hell?  I don’t understand, I believe in you.”  With great sorrow in His eyes, He told me that I had not belonged to Him, He could not stop me from going there; I had made the choice.  “But,” I said, “I am a good Christian, I go to church and I help people, I am not a sinner like some of the people I know that have affairs, cheat and lie.”

He replied, “It is written in My Word that all men are sinners and no one can come to the Father except through Me.  I am the Way.”  “I spoke to the Pharisee that the only way here is to be born again.  Like the Pharisees, you trusted in your own goodness, your own works; that is not the way here.”, He said. “You chose your own way and that is what sent you to Hell.”

Tears ran down His cheeks as He told me that the only reason I was with Him now was because my mother had said she would not allow me to go to Hell and Father had heard her prayers.  He told me that when I cried out to Him, I came into agreement with her prayers and He was able to rescue me from Hell.  I fell at His feet and cried out for Him to save me.  “I believe Lord, forgive me.”

I trembled to think how close I came to being lost forever.  His love flooded by whole being, all the things of earth left me at that moment and all I could do was worship Him.

He lifted me up to stand before Him.  His eyes were pools of liquid love.  I knew at that moment the joy of the Lord that I had only heard about.

“I am going to give you a choice.”  He said.  “You can stay here, enter into the city, and meet your loved ones who have gone on before or you can go back and be a witness for Me.”

I could see my grand-parents, some aunts and uncles and others I knew who had passed on.  They were waving and beckoning me to come.  It was hard to choose.  Heaven is indescribably beautiful and the peace and love are tangible; but I chose to come back.  You may wonder why.  It made perfect sense to me there, but in the months that followed I too wondered why I had made that decision.

Instantly, I found myself back in my body with searing pain shooting through my legs.  My head felt like it weighed a ton.  I was aware that there were people all around my vehicle because I could hear them talking.  They thought I was dead.  I tried to tell them that I was very much alive, but my mouth didn’t work.  I don’t remember what happened next.

I was told that I was in the hospital for two months before I woke up.  My injuries were so severe that there were moments when my family despaired for my life.  I so wanted to tell them I would be okay and that I had seen Jesus, but it would be a year before I was able to do so, it was just too sacred to me.

I am fully recovered today.  In His mercy, God healed several parts of my body, but much the same way that Jacob was left with a limp after wrestling with the angel of the Lord as it is recorded in the Bible, I was left a paraplegic.  I thank God every day for my life, for my family, and for all the blessings I have been given.  I do not in any way feel angry about my lot in life.  I know that in Heaven I will walk again.

God has opened up doors for me to share my testimony and I have seen many come to Him as a result.  If you are one who thinks that your own goodness or your knowledge of God, Jesus, or Heaven will get you there, please accept my experience; repent of your sin and receive what Jesus did for you in His death and resurrection.  You will be eternally grateful that you did.

 

I received this story early one morning.  It was written and put into a folder in my Word account.  God is trying to reach out to many people with the message from Heaven.  I trust you will consider His message, turn from sin and embrace the cross of Christ if you have not already done so.  Dying to self is not easy, but the result is out of this world.  Heaven awaits the sons of God.

You are loved by Jesus and me. (Joy)

 

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Destination

I gaze out my window on the world this morning.  The sky is cast over with clouds, but I know that the sun is shining above them, because I remember the first airplane flight I took.  The airplane sat on the ground at the Denver airport; the snow was coming down rapidly and was beginning to pile up on the wing of the plane. The snow flakes were big, soft and feathery like.  I was young and did not worry, I had never flown before so it never occurred to me that takeoff might be a problem.

The pilot announced that we were going to de-icing; we would take off shortly after that.  Soon a greenish colored liquid was being sprayed all over the airplane and when that was done we began to taxi to the runway.

The plane was cleared for takeoff.  The mighty engines roared and we lifted off into the snow-filled sky.  Ascending higher and higher we broke through the cloud cover into the bluest blue sky I had ever seen.  I had an epiphany moment.  The clouds that from the bottom looked so dark and ominous, on top looked like mounds of cotton.  Oh how we need to remember that things are not always as they appear.

When you are going anywhere you must know your destination.  We would call a person foolish who said he was going to Chicago and headed toward San Francisco.  Would it not also be considered strange to go by motorcycle to Alaska via Canada in the dead of Winter?

Transportation and Destination, two very important issues if you are going somewhere.

As I looked out my window this morning I saw an older man, who with the help of a cane walked to his mailbox, I thought, “A child is born into the world, he begins his journey through life and ends up in a body that does not function and eventually dies.  The man then goes to the destination that he chose while he lived on the Earth.”

Our physical body is our transportation while we live on planet Earth.  Most of us take our body for granted; as young people old age and death are not on our radar.  A lot of us abuse our bodies with substances that do not aid, benefit or help our bodies to be strong and full of life.

How often do we stop to think about what we are eating?  The food we eat is the fuel that gives our body energy.  The maker of our bodies designed the body to operate on certain foods.  Many things that taste good to our mouth are not good for our body.  I call these things, “entertainment for the mouth”.

Don’t get me wrong, I indulge in “bad” fuel occasionally, but today as I looked at life with a telescope interest, I can see how wrong fuel will cause malfunction, and if continued in practice, will result in the breakdown of the body and may eventually bring premature death.

I fully realize that it is natural, that death is part of the cycle of life; there are cycles for everything.  My point is that many of us are hastening that process by what we put in our mouth and that may lead to an early death…some of us are oblivious to that fact.  The body we live in is our transportation, let’s do a better job in 2015 of taking care of it.

Now, let’s look at destination.  If you have been following my blog for a time now, you know that I am passionate for people to know the love of God and the form that love was expressed to the earth through…..His only begotten, not created Son, Yeshua, born in Bethlehem in the land allotted to the tribe of Judah, because He was of the house and lineage of that tribe, His surrogate father and his mother, both being of that tribe.

He was raised in the city of Nazareth in order that prophecy might be fulfilled, and His ministry of three years was in and around the Galilee region, though He traveled to other places as well.  His death had to take place in Jerusalem as the prophets predicted and it did, and so did His resurrection from the dead.

Yeshua, Jesus, was a Jewish man, He kept the Sabbath holy and He kept the feasts of the Lord.  The Bible says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not.”  God planned to reach the Gentiles and He used a Pharisee (religious) named Saul, converted and renamed Paul, to bring that to pass.

Today, 2015, converted Gentiles await the second coming of Jesus to the Earth.  The Jews await the arrival of their Messiah; they do not believe that he is Yeshua/Jesus.  They will see, as the Bible says, and they “will mourn as he who mourns for the loss of his only son.”, but not before a “whole lot of shaking going on”.

Choices are made every day, some good, which bring good results, and some bad, which bring bad results.  The choice of destination, made by every human being that ever lived on planet Earth, will and does determine where he or she will spend eternity.  The Bible teaches only two destinations:  Heaven or Hell.

Joshua set before the people of Israel a choice, “See, I have set before you life and death, therefore, choose life that you may live,”

I have set before you a choice.  If you choose to believe and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord your destination at death will be Heaven.  That, my friend, is life!  If you choose to live for your body or your soul, you will die in your sin and your destination will be Hell, forever separated from all that is God and good.  You will never know love and acceptance, there will be no peace for you only torment with no let up.  I would not wish that on the most evil person alive.

May you know the blessing of sweet fellowship with the Lord your God, who loves you so much that He gave His life that you might live with Him forever.  May you know The Truth, may you be converted and live your life on planet earth in preparation for your destination:  Heaven.  This is my prayer.

In Him, Joy

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