Rejoicing with the Choir (again)

IDOK Devotion for Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Rejoicing With The Choir
          As I was backing out of our drive this morning, I noticed an attractive, modestly dressed, young woman walking toward me, so I stopped, let down the window to hear her invitation and to receive her written inducement.  It was to gather with others and commemorate the anniversary of Jesus’ death.  This commemoration will be held Tuesday, March 30 at 8:15 PM and I am warmly invited.  At this meeting, all will be given Scriptural answers to these questions: How did Jesus, by His death, provide a ransom? Why was this necessary?  For whom did Jesus lay down His life? And what can His death mean for you?
          I received her pamphlet because it would mean she would have one less to give to someone else and because I was on a tight schedule – too tight to engage her in conversation. Perhaps I won’t be so busy next time.  I’ve had some experience with Kingdom Hall Witnesses and have yet to find one that is willing to hear but that does not mean I should not try.  Does it? I’m glad I smiled and waved at the others in her party on my street too. Perhaps next time I will do more.   I think it would be spiritually criminal for any Christian to be unkind to a Kingdom Hall Witness.  But Christians’ conduct toward Kingdom Hall Witnesses is not my major point here.  I read the invitation.  I heard what she said and there was not one word about Jesus’ resurrection.  And I am now about to ‘preach’ to the choir, or maybe we will term it ‘rejoice with the choir’. 
          I submit to you that without Jesus’ resurrection, His death would be meaningless. His death alone will not ransom anyone.  His death alone leaves me in my sins and bound for Satan’s hell. 
          I Corinthians 15 (NKJV)
            12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
15  Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
          I serve a risen Savior, I know that He is living whatever man may say … He lives.  He lives.  Christ Jesus lives today.  He walks with me.  He talks with me along life’s narrow way.  He lives. He lives.
          Do some rejoicing today – Jesus lives in His flesh and bone RESURRECTED body and He will return for everyone who has received Him as Savior and Lord in that SAME BODY in which He ascended.  ALL who do not believe this and rest themselves in this Truth, are of all men the most pitiable!
          If you would like more information as to the doctrine of Kingdom Hall Witnesses relative to Jesus’ Resurrection, please see the web page at this link:
            Holy God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank You that I KNOW You and I know You arose, LORD JESUS, as much as I know I am sitting here in this chair and that You will return even as You left.  That You are the ONLY GODMAN and one day Your FACE I will see.  And not me alone but every man, woman, boy and girl that has said yes to Your gift of salvation, having received Your Righteousness in exchange for their sins.   Cause me grow to never being quiet about this gift another day that I have left here.  And I pray for our IDOKs that not one of us will shut up about it.  
I pray now for rest and refreshing of spirit, soul and body for our IDOKs and Readers and every name listed here.   Again I pray for the protection and safety of our IDOK Troops.  You have been so gracious and so kind to us in this and I thank You for such grace.  Thank You, ABBA.  And now as I prepare to send this message, I pray it shall go where You want it to go and do what You want it to do in Your Name Jesus and in Your Name alone.  Thank You LORD.  Thank You.  I love You too.  Amen and amen.
Kathie

Bad Company!

Day 29 of 35 —  Soul Detox

1 Corinthians 15:12-34

Devotional

The people in your life can be one of the most important spiritual assets or be one of your worst curses. Those relationships that are a curse to you are toxic. This week you learn from God’s Word about the dangers of toxic relationships and the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people.
“Bad company corrupts good character.” Describe a time when you experienced this warning in your life. What did you learn from your experience?

via Soul Detox | YouVersion.com.

Got some bad company?

Beware!

32 . . .  If dead people are not raised, we might as well live by the saying, “Let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
33 Don’t be fooled. “Bad company ruins good character.”
34 Come to your senses! Live righteously and stop sinning! There are some people who lack knowledge of God — I say this to your shame.

via 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 CJB;KJV – But if it has been proclaimed that the – Bible Gateway.

We’ve heard that phrase: “A come to JESUS meeting.”

Here we have it: Come to your senses! Live righteously and stop sinning!

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Surprise!

Perhaps I could say the extent of my surprise is indicative of my degree of having given up. 

This is the 3rd Spring for my little lily. She has been faithful to push through the winter soil for three seasons and with each appearing she gave only leaves.

But this morning? Surprise! Delight and amazement and with much praise and gratitude I found this:

Certainly the expected glory will surpass the present beauty but how foolish it would be of me to not celebrate what is while I wait for what is to come.

Can we get a life lesson from that? (You are invited to share your insights if you will.)

Galatians 6:9
King James Version (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
via Galatians 6:9 KJV – And let us not be weary in well doing: – Bible Gateway.

And our well-doing here just might be waiting.

1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
via 1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV – But as it is written, Eye hath not – Bible Gateway.

We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,

Cell Phones

Perhaps letting you in on an early morning conversation will give you a thinking point today.

Hubby: If you get out today, I need some deodorant and some shave cream.

Wife: Tell me that again when I can get to my phone and write it down.

Tell me again when I can get to my phone to write it down?? What an age we live in! Telephones that can go everywhere with you. Telephones that keep your shopping list in the palm of your hand. No need for pen and paper, just a Blackberry or Android or whatever else is out there with applicable Apps and you got it made.

Which brings me to our thinking point.

If mortal man can imagine, design and create all that we have in this 21st century, what must HEAVEN be like??!!!

If mortal man can do all this what has The Creator of the Universe done for those He has redeemed?? What will HEAVEN and ETERNITY be like for those who have repented and believed?!  I cannot even imagine. Can you? But this I know. As super fun as cell phones, laptops, and email, etc. etc. etc. are oh my goodness the joys that await us!!!

1 Corinthians 2:9
King James Version (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
via 1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV – But as it is written, Eye hath not – Bible Gateway.

You are on my mind and in my prayers.

There are prayers to pray! Praying (PFT)!

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Holy Spirit Rain Down