I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD
Psalm 118:17
The Lord used Dick Mills in my life many times, especially in those seasons when it seemed all hope was lost. I remember one of those seasons when Brother Mills begin encouraging me about God’s sovereignty in all things. Actually he used a funny quote (sort of from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn) to try to make me laugh and also get across a spiritual truth. He said to me, “Frank, you know you can’t drown a man born to hang”. That was it; yeah, he accomplished both goals. He got me to laugh and also made his point. Over the years I have thought often of Brother Mills grin as he shared that quote with me; I have laughed ever time I think of that moment. Nothing any man could do to me could have ever stopped the plan of God from coming to pass in my life. Here is how Charles Spurgeon expressed this truth.
“Am I depressed because the enemy affronts me? Are there multitudes against me and few on my side? Does unbelief bid me lie down and die in despair- a defeated, dishonored man? Do my enemies begin to dig my grave? What then? Shall I yield to the whisper of fear, and give up the battle, and with it give up all hope? Far from it. There is life in me yet: “I shall not die.” Vigor will return and remove my weakness: “I shall live.” The LORD lives, and I shall live also. My mouth shall again be opened: “I shall declare the works of Jehovah.” Yes, and I shall speak of the present trouble as another instance of the wonder-working faithfulness and love of the LORD my God. Those who would gladly measure me for my coffin had better wait a bit, for “the LORD hath chastened me sore, but he hath not given me over unto death.” Glory be to His name forever! I am immortal till my work is done. Till the LORD wills it, no vault can close upon me.”
So maybe someone or something has tried to hold your head under the water lately. Could it be unpaid bills or maybe a bad medical report. You could be even facing the apparent end of something you have worked hard at for years. Be encouraged, if you were born to hang they will never succeed.

6 Replies to “BORN TO HANG”

  1. Amen!! There an amazing song that Kristen Dimarco sings ” I will not I will live “,and tell of the works of the Lord and of his wonders. She goes on to say because he a GREAT God! Amen!

  2. Lily’s Song ( Praise the Lord ) – Kristine Demarco because He is a Great God , and He loves us , and He is for us . Lift up your head for your redemption draws nigh ! Give God Praise because He is the Great God , and He is faithful to complete the good work that He has begun in you !

  3. I will die at the precious moment that is appointed me and not a moment earlier and then my judgement! The question I must ask myself is will I allow my circumstances dictate how I live my life until that moment? The answer is YES!
    My circumstance is I am a child of God, there is a wonderful plan for my life and if I look beyond this reality I can see God glorified in ways unimaginable in citutions that appear grim.
    I will live and will not die!!! \o/

  4. I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves (Harriet Stowe)
    “The Lord has chastened me sore, but He hath not given me over to death” What value can we put on wisdom? I only hope that I’m able to grasp and digest this costly knowledge.



    Have a blessed day in our KING OF KINGS, JESUS…. HALLELUJAH. Love you PASTOR FRANK… 🙂

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