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Eternal Works

  
On one of my trips to Haiti, Rubens, one of our translators, told our group about the great earthquake of January 2010. He talked of the sights, the sounds, and the smells of that tragic day. As we stood on the edge of the burial ground where over 100,000 are believed to have been buried, he shared how bodies were dragged to the street where dump trucks picked them up and dumped them where we were standing. He then said, “In this field, there are rich people and poor people. There is no difference when you are dead.”

Those words and that story have always stuck with me. As I was reading in Job 21, I was reminded of them. In verses 23-26, Job said, “One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure, the picture of good health, vigorous and fit. Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life. But both are buried in the same dust” (NLT). Someone later said, “Death is the great equalizer.” When we die, these corruptible bodies go back to the dust which they were made from.

Where this body ends, eternity begins. I Corinthians 15:53 says, “For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] must put on immortality (freedom from death)” (AMP). We will shed these bodies like a cocoon and put on our incorruptible bodies. What we have done in our time on earth will be put through fire. Only what’s been done for the glory of God will last. Anything that’s been done for ours will burn.

We are here but for a short time. Our time should not be spent trying to build our own legacy. The things we do for ourselves will burn in that fire like wood or hay. Hebrews 9:27 says that it is appointed that each of us will die and then face judgement. Even Christians will face a judgement in Heaven. We are not exempt. Our words, our deeds, and our actions will be tried. Paul said if a believer’s works are burned up, they will still be saved, but only as someone who barely escaped hell. Today is a great day to do something to advance God’s kingdom in this temporary world. What we do in this life matters in eternity. 

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Comfort For The Grieving

  
I’m taking a break from writing this week. To help you keep up with your daily devotions, I am re-posting one I’ve already written.

Each of us have lost someone we were close to. Death does not discriminate. It is just as much a part of life as birth. I like to think of life on this earth as a cocoon and death is the rebirth into eternal life. While it’s sad and scary to us on this side, it is glorious on the other. When we close our eyes here, we open them there. 

I’ve faced the grief of a lost loved one many times in my life. To help heal the sadness I feel, I look up these verses for comfort. I hope they help you too.

1.   You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. (Matthew 5:4 MSG)

2.   He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. (Isaiah 61:2 NLT)

3.   The LORD cares deeply when his loved ones die. (Psalms 116:15 NLT)

4.   When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55 ESV)

5.   God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 AMP)

6.   He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it. (Isaiah 25:8 AMP)

7.   For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalms 30:5 NLT)

8.   To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 AMP)

9.   You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. (Psalms 71:20 NLT)

10.   For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NLT)

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10 Scriptures On Life

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1. Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it. (Matthew 10:39 GNB)

2. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. (Proverbs 9:11 NLT)

3. And this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life. (1 John 5:11-12 AMP)

4. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. (John 3:16 GNB)

5. I am the Bread of Life [that gives life–the Living Bread]. (John 6:48 AMP)

6. Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, (1 Peter 1:3 GNB)

7. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:15, 17 NLT)

8. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness. (John 10:10 GNB)

9. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. (Colossians 3:3-4 MSG)

10. For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NLT)

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