The Pain of Healing

Satan is evil personified.

However, it wasn’t until after Jordan died that I understood this on a deeper level. Losing a child comprises, in my opinion, the single worst day of a parent’s life. After Jordan died I was in a state of relentless despair. To my surprise (and I shouldn’t have been surprised) satan didn’t stop there. He had more widespread damage in mind. He wanted to “finish the job.” He tormented me psychologically. He heaped shame upon me. He accused me of not trying harder to be a good dad to my son. He would constantly fill my mind with, “If only you had….” Sometimes these attacks left me in a fetal position on the floor crying out.

Then, one day, I learned another biblical truth on a deeper level….

Satan is a sociopathic liar (John 8:44), fighting for his life because “he knows his time is short.” (Rev. 12:12)

Jesus reminded me, “Nick, don’t listen to the devil. He has been devastatingly conquered – and humiliated – by my blood – which was given for you, my child.” (Eph. 2:13-19; Col. 2:13-15; Rom. 8:37) ‘I am…the Truth, Nick’. (John 14:6) I have set your soul free. Let me set your mind free, as well. Regardless of what cheap shots the devil takes, remember that he’s taking those shots en route to eternal torment.” (Rev. 20:10) Endure this pain, Nick – in My strength – not yours. You have complete access to all that I Am (Philippians 4:13). If you’ll let Me, I will take your present hurt and transform it into heavenly power. In your weakness I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:10)

In his never-ending attempts to sustain our wounds, the devil, as clever & sly as he is, reveals a fatal flaw. His hubris leaves him exposed to TRUTH. When Paul wrote, “I am crucified with Christ, therefore it’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…” (Gal. 2:20) he was telling us the entire life-changing, life-saving, painful, powerful process of the cross is now ours. Our wounds were imputed to Jesus Christ that day. His healing was imputed to us. My wound left from Jordan’s death is now Christ’s wound. And we know what God said through Isaiah: “By His wounds we are HEALED.” (Is. 53:5)

So, every time your wounds (emotional, psychological, or physical) are under attack, focus on the Truth, Jesus Christ. Because our wounds now belong to Him. And His wounds heal.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

“When the Mormons Come Knocking” – Follow Up….

Wow – thank you to all who were able to come out this past Sunday evening to learn about the differences between the LDS church and biblical Christianity (and the differences are many.)

NOTE: Due to repeated requests to re-teach this class, I will present it again in September.

Follow Up: Below are a couple of items I simply didn’t have time to address this past Sunday.

A GREAT POINT brought up by a Mormon: In an online debate with a Mormon, I wrote that nowhere in the Bible is there reference to “another testament of Jesus Christ” (a.k.a. “the Book of Mormon”). The anonymous individual replied, “Since the Old Testament never mentions the coming of a written New Testament, why should it be required that the New Testament mentions a successive testament?”

Hmmm. Great question. Not only had I never thought of that question, I’d never even heard this point addressed or brought up by any speaker/preacher over the years. This person’s question bothered me. I thought to myself for a moment and then God spoke clearly. Here’s my reply to my Mormon friend: “You are correct. You won’t find a verse in the Old Testament that says, ‘One day, after a 400 year gap, a New Testament will be written.’ However, read through the 39 books of the Old Testament and what you’ll find is that it is REPLETE with reference to future revelation, given to us in a multitude of messianic prophecies to be fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ! The Old Testament screams, ‘There’s more to come!’ Furthermore, in case there’s any debate as to who these messianic prophecies were about, Jesus said, ‘These are the Scriptures that testify about Me.’ (John 5:39) On the contrary, nowhere in our New Testament will you find a single, solitary reference or prophecy about (1) future revelation to be given in any form, (2) the re-institution of God speaking through prophets rather than solely through His Word, (3) the Book of Mormon, (4) Joseph Smith, or (5) the restoration of the gospel following a 17 century period of apostasy. Read it for yourself – the New Testament nowhere screams – or whispers – ‘There’s more to come.’ What it does scream is, ‘It is finished.”

One last thing: In my study, I found that Mormons are quite adamant that they are, in every respect, Christians. The official Mormon web site states this. And Mormons i interviewed agree. I certainly don’t mind if they want to call themselves Christians. But, as I thought about this, something occurred to me. The Bible teaches clearly that those who hold to biblical Christianity are known as Christians (literally: “little Christs”) – “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26) Here’s my question: If Mormons like to call themselves Christians, why don’t biblical Christians like to call ourselves Mormons? Because, according to the Bible, they’re not the same.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

S.O.S. – A Request for Prayer

Each year, our staff writes letters of congratulations to the year’s high school graduates. As I was searching for resources today, I came across the letter I wrote to my son, Jordan, when he graduated high school in 2011.

This week, as we approach May 13th, has been horrible. The emotional ambushes are crippling. I’ve lost my temper enough at one point to scare myself. But, there are two things that seem to help me:

(1) doing everything I can to focus on truth. In this case, the “greater reality” (heaven;….the fact that Jordan is alive – more alive than I am, and with Jesus)

(2) reaching out to my family and friends by being open & honest, admitting that i, at times, feel like i’m drowning. For some, social media can be a bottomless pit of wasted time. For me, the Lord has used it to remind me, as He reminded Paul in Corinth, “I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” (Acts 18:10) Oh, the strength that comes from knowing you’re not alone.

Solomon wrote, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

My family (Michelle, Kelsie, Macy & myself) needs you. Please pray for us.

I’m not sure why, but I felt the need to attach the short letter I wrote to Jordan 3 short years ago. Perhaps, it’s just to remember him.

I love you all, Nick

2011 – Letter to JORDAN