Echoes from beyond the grave – Part One
By Blake Higginbotham
I have been meditating this thought for the past few days, and what I am going to share with you next is coming out of my own personal journey and experience. The above suggestion is an understatement in light of what it really means. I have heard and used most of the ‘Brave Heart’ type phrases like, ‘Remember Your Freedom’ ‘It’s a good day to die’ and ‘Then we will fight in the shade.’
To be honest with you, death and dying does not naturally come easy for any of us in life. My old apostle and spiritual father used to say, “You don’t need dying grace until you are ready to die” Let me confirm that he was absolutely correct and I concur with that statement. As I see it, death is something that most of us try to avoid at all cost. We will do whatever it takes and everything in our power to cancel our appointment with death.
Unfortunately, the reason that most of us choose to live is because we do not like the dying process and in most cases we do not really know what is coming next. The fear of pain and the agony in death is real. Not knowing if you really fulfilled the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life is also a concern. You see, deep down inside, we all know that not fulfilling His will and purpose for our lives could result in hearing something other than “Enter into the joy of the Sovereign, My good and faithful servant”
Over the past few years, I have lost some of my friends and family to death and even though I know that we may be reunited in the future, it hardly addresses the empty pain and deep sadness that I felt at the time. We can think and say all of the right things when a loved one passes away; but all we have in the end is the memories that we had in life together. “Live the life you’ve been given” and “Precious and few are the moments we can share”
Get your dying done! It truly is a good day to die, and we may as well die sooner than later. Think about it this way, if we die to ourselves today, we will not have as far to go when we reach the end of the road.”
Hebrew 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28So Messiah was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
If you can hear it the moment that you choose to die to yourself, (your desires, dreams, aspirations & ways) and live only in and by Him, you will find that He will come to you in a brand new way, and you will begin to live out of a finished work mentality. His Salvation is a gift of the Father’s love and you need to receive the full embrace of His love and forgiveness. Salvation is more than deliverance and healing. It is more than blessing and favor. It is wholeness and abundant living.
1Corinthians 15:20-31 But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah’s at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to Yahweh, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that Yahweh may be all in all. 29Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Messiah Yahshua our Sovereign, I die daily.
I must admit, that until the last few years, I read this passage of scripture with a limited understanding. The last few years have been for me like three days and three nights in the belly of the earth, and I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have a brand new understanding of ‘I Die Daily.’ Paul was not saying that he spent all day dying; but he did do some moment-by-moment daily dying. His decision to reckon himself dead was a deliberate choice to live and walk only by the Spirit. That decision almost cost him his natural life on several occasions, and finally did cost him his life when he was beheaded in Rome.
Corinthians 4:1-12 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of Yahweh deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of Yahweh. 3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of Yahweh, should shine on them. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Messiah Yahshua the Sovereign, and ourselves your bondservants for Yahshua’s sake. 6For it is the Yahweh who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the face of Yahshua Messiah. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of Yahweh and not of us. 8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10always carrying about in the body the dying of the Sovereign Yahshua, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are always delivered to death for Yahshua’s sake, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So then death is working in us, but life in you.