The Difference (again)

IDOK Devotion for Friday, March 5, 2010
The Difference
            I’ve attended two funerals this week – same place, different days.  At one I worshiped, at the other I sat heavy in my seat.  One was young, the other older. One loved gospel music, the other didn’t. One was a giver, the other a taker.  At one there were loud wails, the other quiet tears in confidence.  What made the difference?  At one Jesus was welcomed.  At one He was exalted.  And HE made all the difference.  He always makes all the difference. He is the difference. 
            I’ve decided if I must go by way of the under-taker rather than the Up-taker, I want a really good funeral.  I want Jesus to be front and center.  I want praise and worship.  I want clapping of hands, even raising them, please. I want the ‘mourners’ to leave there talking about Jesus instead of me.  
            My ‘Little Girl’ and I were talking recently about ‘old’ people and how sometimes they are just really cantankerous, just down right unpleasant to be around; and I said to be a sweet old person, you have to start practicing now while you are young (younger).  To have a really good funeral, we have to start practicing now too – dying to ourselves and living to Christ.  That will ensure us a really good funeral and it’ll keep us sweet when we are ‘old’ too.
Matthew 16:(New King James Version)
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
I Corinthians 15: (NKJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where is your sting?   O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

            AMEN and AMEN even so come LORD JESUS and until You do grow us into men and women who are steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work You have called us to do for we know, LORD, any labor done for You will not be in vain.   No prayer prayed in Your Name will be in vain.  No deed done for Your glory will be forgotten by You or go unrewarded.  No life lived for You will be wasted.  ABBA, comfort the grieving I pray.  And inspire us to die to ourselves so we can really live.  Remembering all whose names will be spoken here; we don’t want to leave out even one; that all of them would know You touch.   You know our hearts, You know all the stuff represented here and in it all we just want You glorified.  I love you LORD.  Thank You for making it so. Amen and Amen.

Kathie

Ignorance

I am confessing my ignorance.

This morning I am finishing prep for tonight’s Bible Class at the Adult Continuing Education Series (ACES) being held at First Baptist Church Satsuma. And I have come across a word that truly I have no recollection of previously reading.

Comeuppance

And it means an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved.

Good or bad.

Well deserved.

I am so glad I am not getting my comeuppance of hell and I have received JESUS comeuppance of HEAVEN.

Aren’t you?

Look for an opportunity today to tell someone about your comeuppance.

10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

via Romans 5 NLT – Faith Brings Joy – Therefore, since we – Bible Gateway.

I encourage you to read the whole chapter from which these verses came.

Comeuppance.

A good word.

ABBA, thank You for the glorious pleasure of learning. Keep me learning, I pray. Thank You for good outcomes. And thank You that for Your People You turn bad outcomes to good ones. Thank You for the happy, happy things I see You doing and thank You for those good and blessed things You are doing that I do not yet see. Thank You. The Baby. Praying for him to breathe strong and healthily. Praying for his ‘mothers’ to love You with their whole hearts and rely upon You for everything. Israel. Always my prayer, ABBA, for their peace and the subduing of their enemies – Your enemies. The election – You know my heart cry there. The humbling of Your People. Yes, LORD, help us humble ourselves and repent. The restoration of America. Yes, ABBA, do not remove our lampstand. Help us humble ourselves and allow You to raise us up to reflect Your glory again. Many folks. Kerri. Dori. Pam. Allie. Dawn. And families grieving. And hard-headed people we love. And sad and lonely people. Lost and wondering what to do people. We all know people as these, ABBA, and we pray for them; just asking for Your help to heal them, comfort, encourage them and show them You have a far, far, far better way for them than the path they are taking. Yes, ABBA, her too. Thank You. You are so good to me. I love You, ABBA, in JESUS Mighty and Holy name.  And, one more thought. Continued strength and blessings for Your many faithful servants. Those just quietly and some not so quietly 🙂 doing the thing of loving You and people. I pray for their strength to be meet for this day.

Blessings to you Dear Friends    +++

Remember YOU have the God-given RIGHT to do right in this wrong world!