Crying Blood (Till The End Of Days Book 1)
I think of another young man - this one grew up in a fine Christian family - who was taught by his parents from childhood, to be separate from the world. When he went to college, the peer pressure there made him succumb to wild drinking parties. But God answered the fervent prayers of his distraught parents and today he is a fine Christian man.
Some children who have grown up in godly homes may, at times, have temporary setbacks when they seek to try out the pleasures of this world. We mothers must then pray them out of such dark days. Some weep because their children are born with physical defects or health problems, or are suffering from incurable diseases.
Others, because their children have strayed away from the Good Shepherd and are living like the prodigal son "in a far country" with no communication with the parents, even while living under the same roof as them. Some are weeping because their son or daughter is lost in a cult and will have nothing more to do with the parents. Some children are victims of alcohol or drug abuse. Others are trapped in wrong friendships. Some have got into criminal ways and are arrested and locked up. In all these situations, the child may have been going through pressures that the parents could not understand or fathom.
Maybe the child never felt that he 'belonged'. He may have felt isolated because of the generation gap between him and his parents. There might also have been a lack of communication between the parents and him. Our children cannot run away from the Lord forever. His love and mercy follows after them and catches up with them finally.
A godly woman once said, "Nothing is too great for His power and too small for His love". I visited a Christian family once, where all the four children had been afflicted with a physical disability, that made them waste away when they reached adolescence. Three of the children were bedridden and the oldest had died. But the whole family was still radiant with the love of God. The mother worked hard to make life comfortable for her children, even though she knew that she would have to lay them down in their coffins one by one some day. She wept, but she knew that she would see them in healthy, resurrected bodies one day.
A few months back I heard that all the children were now in heaven, and that their life of suffering on earth was over.
God gives us our children as a loan for a short period on earth, to train them for His kingdom. I read a poem once that tells us of our responsibility for the children God gives us:. It may be for a year or two, or five, or four, or three. But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me? He'll bring his charms to gladden you; and should his stay be brief, You'll always have his memories as comfort in your grief. I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught on earth I want this child to learn. I've looked across the whole wide world and searched for teachers true; And from the folk who live on earth, I now have chosen you. Now, will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain, Nor hate Me when I come to take this lost child back again? For all the joys this child will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may. And for the happiness he'll bring, we'll ever grateful stay. But if You come and call him home much sooner than we'd planned, We'll brave the bitter grief that come and try to understand. Remember, dear mother, that children feel many things inwardly. But it is difficult for them to express their feelings in words. So you need to be understanding when they are moody or silent or withdrawn. They are not being evil. They are just struggling with something. Whatever your child is going through, remember that there is One in heaven Who understands them fully.
He stood at the bedside of Jairus' dead daughter and raised her up. Picture that scene, where Jesus took a few of His disciples and the grief-stricken parents of the little girl into the room and shut the door. Then He raised her from the dead and gave her back to her parents and told them to give her something to eat. Let Jesus do the same for you today. Allow Him to take you as you weep, into the privacy of your room. He will do something just as wonderful for your child too.
Don't be discouraged. All mothers who pray regularly for their children will remember occasions when they suddenly got an intense burden to pray for a particular child. After a time of prayer, they find that the burden has gone. Later they discover that it was exactly at that time that their child was facing some danger. This is how God makes us prayer-warriors on behalf of our children.
Nobody is Burning in Hell Yet
Prayer is not the last resort, but the only answer to the problems our children face. The widow in Nain got her son back from the dead. Your child may be spiritually dead and even stinking like Lazarus was. But he or she too will hear the call of Jesus and come out alive. So cry to the Lord day and night for your child.
God has given us many promises and He will fulfil them all and answer you speedily. Your eye has not seen, neither has your ear heard yet, what the Lord has kept in store for you, if you wait for Him. This verse has been a hidden spring that has strengthened me so many times in my trials. I can testify to innumerable answers to prayer with regard to my own children, in so many varied circumstances.
I give all the glory to God for what He has done for all my four boys in answer to prayer. I know that prayer changes things. It can change things for you too - and for your children as well. God is able to do far more for us and our children than we can ask or even imagine Ephesians If your child is the victim of a bad habit, never blame him. He is already hurting enough. He wants to be free, but he cannot break free. And never blame yourself either. That is not the time to say, "If only I had been a better mother.
We all do our best, but we make many mistakes as well. Confess to the Lord anything that is bothering you, and get it over with. Get rid of all feelings of regret and condemnation. Condemning oneself is one of Satan's sharpest arrows with which he wounds and paralyses many of God's children and makes them prayerless. We are in a battle-field, fighting for the lives of our children. So let us not spend our energies weeping. There is work to be done and it has to be done right now. Ask God to help you as you speak with your child. Let God break down the barriers that have been built up over the years.
Your tearful pleas will work wonders - both with God and with your son and daughter. You need to fight on your child's behalf - because he is helpless. It is you who needs to be strong. As David snatched a lamb out of a lion's mouth once, we too have to snatch our children out of Satan's mouth. You were a weak, timid woman until now. But rise up now, dry your tears and join the battle in the heavenlies. Feed on the Bread of Life, use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to fight the devil and to chase him out of your family. God's Word must be precious to you at such times.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION OR THE APOCALYPSE
Don't let this trial with your child sap your spiritual energy. God's wonderful promises can sustain you in your deepest moments of sorrow. Read the psalms of David. They have a special power to lift our spirits in times of trial and sorrow. Go to God and ask Him to "show you a sign of His favour" towards you Psalm Claim promises such as these:. Has He said and shall He not do it? The Lord Who delivered David from the snares that his enemies laid for him, will deliver your child too Read and claim Psalm Treat your child as if he has a disease, not as though he is a criminal.
Never say words like this to your child at any time: "How could you do such a thing to us? Perhaps you are ashamed, because of what others may say about your child. But don't care for the opinions of man. My husband always says that you should throw man's opinions in the garbage bin! Your child is worth more than any man on earth. So don't waste your time weeping for the honour of your family that is tarnished.
Weep for your child that he may be restored to God. That's all that matters.
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Speak words of healing, forgiveness, faith and reconciliation to your child. Pray in faith and rescue him out of the devil's trap. Use the prayer support of Christian friends. Be ready to receive your child unconditionally, just as the father received the prodigal son.
If necessary, be willing to get medical, professional help for him. There are people trained to handle such problems among youth and you can get their help. Or you could read up about your child's problem and help him yourself. Above all, be united with your husband and pray for your child. If there is division in the home, the devil has a foothold. Jesus said that if two are united in His name and ask the Father for anything, it will be granted. So don't blame anyone. Even if your child may be reaping the consequences of a wayward life, remember that there is hope for everyone.
Psalm says, "I thought on my ways and turned my feet to Thy testimonies". The prodigal son returned to his father's home finally. I am sure his parents must have wept much for him. But one day their tears of sorrow were turned into tears of joy. Whatever is happening to your child right now may have come as a surprise to you. But it was not a surprise to God. He knew what was going to happen and He already has a solution for it. He has a solution for every problem and even for our every mistake.
So we can turn to Him with total confidence and perfect assurance that He will bring our children out of every crisis. Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou hast taken hold of my right hand. With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward receive me to glory" Psalm God will never test you beyond what you can bear.
Weeping may last for a night but joy comes in the morning. All these crushing experiences make us yield more fully to the Lord and make us wait for Him to work for us and within us. One day even this trial will come to an end. But don't wait passively. Be ready to act when necessary.
God will give you wisdom as to what to do. Bear the crushing, but work while you weep. We are all so self-reliant and self-sufficient that only trials can teach us to pray and depend on the Lord. The Lord has taught us to fast and pray. Knock at Heaven's gates and they will be opened for you, however timid and weak you may be.
In the secret hours of the night, pray your heart out to God. You will soon see heaven open and the answer to your supplication. Write down the promises He gave you in those dark days and you will see each one like a rainbow or a precious gem that you can pass on to help others one day. The Father who hears your prayers in secret will reward you openly. He has also said that He will answer us speedily.
So persevere in prayer until you get the answer. It is not God's will that your child should be lost eternally. The kingdom of God belongs to those who take it by violence; Jesus challenges us to take the kingdom. Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord Fasting applies not only to food. We can fast from the vanities of life, from living a life of pleasure and from doing what our selfish passions dictate. It is not difficult to fast when there is a crisis - for our appetite vanishes anyway. But fasting is a choice that we make.
Jesus said that some demons could be cast out only if we fasted and prayed. We do not wrestle with human beings but with demonic forces. Satan is furious because his end is near and he is throwing newer and more cunning missiles at God's people. But Satan and his demons were all defeated by Jesus on Calvary. In the book of Revelation, we see a description of their final end. And by faith, we see Satan already in the lake of fire. Praise God! I heard a godly man once say that prayer is like a rope with which we can pull our children back to God.
In 2 Kings , we read of a creditor a picture of the devil who had come to take away the sons of a poor widow, as slaves. The prophet Elisha told the widow to go home and collect empty vessels from her neighbours, shut the door behind her and her sons a picture of prayer and to pour out the oil a picture of the sufficiency of the Holy Spirit.
Her debt was thus paid and her sons were miraculously freed from the creditor. That poor widow must have wept and prayed to God, because she did not want to lose her children. Her prayer and weeping must have been desperate. And God answered her prayer. My dear sister, God will do the same for you. Are you weeping today for your children? Let me give you a promise from Hebrews : "Women received back their dead by resurrection. Claim that for your loved one who is spiritually dead at this time.
God will bring him back to life. God wants to show you great and marvelous things in answer to prayer Jeremiah - and He always plans to do good to you Jeremiah ; Jesus asked her, 'Woman why are you weeping? Jesus knew why Mary was weeping. But I think He was asking her as we would ask our child , "Why do you need to weep? Jesus Himself wept at the tomb of Lazarus. He knew that Lazarus would be raised from the dead. But He wept because of the terrible state mankind had come to, because of sin.
But death has now has lost its sting - ever since Jesus rose from the grave. One childhood memory that stands out vividly in my mind is that of a mother wailing for her dead children. In the town where I grew up, there was a poor woman whose house had collapsed after heavy rains, and her two teen-aged sons had been killed in that calamity. We passed by her broken-down shack on our way to school and saw the bodies of the boys who never woke up from their sleep that morning.
That devastated mother was calling out to them hysterically, in sorrow and anguish, as if to waken them. But it was in vain. She knew they were dead. Every onlooker was moved to tears. God cares for such mothers too, who have lost all hope. Recently on our national holiday a terrible earthquake destroyed whole towns in Gujarat.
What a lot of weeping there must have been in those regions. How many were orphaned and rendered homeless in a matter of seconds! Earthquakes are not necessarily God's punishment. When a tower fell down in Siloam in the time of Jesus, He said that those who died were not more sinful than others. He warned us that in the last days there would be wars, famines and earthquakes. So earthquakes only remind us that our Lord's coming is near. We must repent and be alert and pray.
We must pray earnestly for our land of India that the Lord will be merciful to this land which is so steeped in idolatry. Mary Magdalene had been grieving like all the others who loved Jesus, when He was cruelly crucified. She went early that Sunday morning, after the sabbath, to have a glimpse of the body of Jesus, to embalm it and to weep at the tomb.
Mary Magdalene was the first one to see the Lord after His resurrection. How thrilled she must have been when she recognized Jesus and when He spoke to her! She had no more tears of sorrow after that! Jesus then commissioned her to go and tell His disciples that He was alive and would meet them too. After all this, Mary still continued to be the same humble, ordinary sister that she had always been in the early church. She did not promote herself as the first one to see the risen Lord. She remained in the background.
It was the once-fearful apostles whom the Lord would use for all the public ministry in the church. What an example Mary Magdalene is for us sisters. Even when the Lord gives us wonderful revelation, let Him and the church get all the glory. Dear sister, in your sorrow, think of Jesus who wept at Lazarus' grave. Think of Mary who wept. It's all right for us to cry when a loved one departs from this world. It takes time for us to get over such intense sorrow.
But we are not to grieve like the ungodly people in the world. Screaming and wailing, speaking words that bring dishonour to God and questioning God, must never be found in us at any time. I have heard people curse God at funerals and it has made me feel like leaving the place.
The heathen should know that we have a living hope for the future. Those who die in the Lord have gone immediately into the presence of the Lord. Because Jesus rose again from the dead, we have a glorious hope for the future. Sometimes the hardest thing to deal with is the question of whether our loved one who passed away is eternally lost or not.
We must finally leave this question with the Lord. The secret things belong to the Lord. No human being can answer that question for us.
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Don't ever go to fortune-tellers, or to even so-called "prophets" to find out the answers to such questions. The Lord has warned us never to do such things See Deuteronomy Only the Lord can help us overcome our grief. Be careful that you do not fall into the mire of discouragement. That can harm you emotionally, mentally and spiritually. You might even stumble others with your speculations. You may meet that loved one in heaven and regret all the time you wasted - time when you should have gone on with the Lord.
Dear mother, you may be weeping as you think of one of your children who has gone ahead of you to heaven. Your child is waiting there to welcome you too one day. So weep no more.
Here is a poem of a child of God who went to be with the Lord, speaking to his loved ones on earth:. If you could see where I am now - the beauty of this place - And how it feels to know you're home and see the Saviour's face; To live in peace and know no fear - just joy beyond compare!
While down on earth you miss me now, you wouldn't want me there. If you could see where I have come, and made the trip with me, You'd know I didn't come alone - the Saviour came with me. He travelled with me by my side and held me by my hand, And brought me right into His home - this grand and glorious land. If you could see where I am now, and see what I've been shown, You'd never know another fear, or ever feel alone.
You'd marvel at the care of God - His hand on every life - And realize He really cares and bears with us each strife. If you could see where I am now - where God is always near - You'd see how He just longs for all to find their way up here. You'd see He grieves when one is lost, His heart is filled with pain; And you would see His joy at last when one comes home again. If you could see where I am now, could stay awhile with me - Could share the things that God has made to grace eternity - You'd never, ever want to leave, once heaven's joys you've known; You'd never want to walk earth's paths, once heaven was your home.
If you could see where I am now, you'd know we'll meet some day And though I'm parted from you now, that I am just away. And now that I am home with Him, secure in every way, I'm waiting here at heaven's door to greet you some sweet day. Author Unknown. Much weeping among women arises from self-pity, getting offended, being slighted, or not getting some earthly thing that they wanted. Some women are over-sensitive and touchy by nature. Their violent temper makes them flare up easily. James tells us that we should be " slow to anger " - for " anger resides in the bosom of fools " Ecclesiastes Satan often makes people lose their temper and then makes them wallow in self-condemnation.
Beware of Satan's tactics! Get up from the muck immediately, repent of your sin and turn back to the Lord. Some women constantly compare themselves with others who are better off than them. This always leads to discouragement and despondency that makes them miserable. If you want to compare yourself with others, then compare yourself with those who are worse off than you, like those who live in the slums.
Some women are habitually lonely and impose themselves on others, never finding the comfort they need anywhere. Instead, we could develop an intimate relationship with the Lord. Some middle-aged women are physically weak and weep easily, due to hormonal changes. Such medical conditions can be treated and so they should see a doctor. God is the One Who created us and He knows our frame and is more than willing to help us at such times - if we ask Him.
Does your weeping arise from worldly sorrow? Go through this check-list and see:. Give your life and your future completely into the Lord's hands and He will help you through your most difficult times. There may be even greater trials in the coming days, but you will overcome them all. He will enable you to overcome the giants in your temperament and give you the power to live a life that pleases Him.
Godly sorrow is the sorrow produced by the Holy Spirit within us. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in human words Romans It was such a sorrow that made us repent and come to the Lord at first. And throughout our lives it is good for us to be responsive to such workings of the Holy Spirit within our hearts.
We must weep whenever we fall spiritually or when we lose fellowship with our Lord as the bride did when she lost fellowship with her Beloved Song of Solomon Such weeping is good for our soul. Tears of repentance are never in vain. When we see our life in His light, we will discover how the cobwebs of our touchiness, covetousness, pride, selfishness and self-pity have defiled our heart and made life difficult for us and for others around us. Our weeping will then lead us to a brokenness and humility that will enable us to receive God's grace continually.
Peter was so confident that he would stand like a rock and never deny the Lord. He even took out a sword in Gethsemane to defend his Master. But he fell in the time of temptation, just as the Lord had warned him. But the compassionate, forgiving look of his Master broke him to the point where he wept bitterly. He wondered if he would ever get a chance to tell the Lord how sorry he was for his failure and how much he loved Him? This has been the experience of many of God's children, who have failed the Lord at some time.
If that has been your experience, dear sister, then let me assure you that there is hope for you. Remember, Satan had to get permission from God before he could sift Peter. And Satan has to get permission from God to sift you too. Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. And Jesus prays for you today. The Lord had faith that Peter would come through the time of testing and be restored. He has faith in you too.
After Peter was restored, he went on to strengthen his fellow-believers and did a great work for the Lord. Thus will it be with you too. If Peter had heeded the Lord's warning in Gethsemane and prayed as he was told to, he would never have fallen - but Peter was self-confident. And so he failed. But the Lord appeared to him after His resurrection and encouraged him. And Peter got an opportunity to tell the Lord that He loved Him. And then the Lord re-commissioned him as an apostle.
God is a good God and He allows adversity and trial in our lives in order to reveal our true nature to us. Thus He humbles us and breaks us, so that He can transform us into His likeness. Nothing can separate us from God's love. In times of personal sorrow, we should not be so wrapped up with our own problems that we have no concern for others.
Our Lord, as a "Man of sorrows" was yet "acquainted with our griefs". He wept as He looked at the people in the city of Jerusalem who had rejected Him. Think of the story of Joseph who had been imprisoned unjustly. But there in prison, he forgot about his own sorrows and was concerned about the problems of the other prisoners. His concern for Pharaoh's cupbearer was what finally led to his deliverance from prison. A genuine concern for others can be the first step for your deliverance too Genesis King James Bible And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
American King James Version And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? American Standard Version and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Douay-Rheims Bible And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord holy and true dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Darby Bible Translation and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O sovereign Ruler, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell upon the earth? English Revised Version and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master, the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Webster's Bible Translation And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Weymouth New Testament And now in loud voices they cried out, saying, "How long, O Sovereign Lord, the holy One and the true, dost Thou delay judgment and the taking of vengeance upon the inhabitants of the earth for our blood?
Genesis "What have you done? He will take vengeance on His adversaries and repay those who hate Him; He will cleanse His land and His people. Psalm How many days must Your servant wait? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? Daniel Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long until the fulfillment of the vision of the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host to be trampled?
Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
This is the first resurrection. This is the second death. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.