Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 ... Death Forever Defeated

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 89 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …   Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of lyrics from the duo of Michael W Smith and Carrie Underwood singing … All Is Well … poignantly singing of the truth that all will be well FOREVER for all who know Christ as Lord and Savior.

Highlight Verse[s]: Genesis 50:24… [NLT] … 
24 “Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. … 
… Dying, Joseph saw God’s deliverance of His people.
Highlight Passage [context]: Genesis 50:22-26 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… At the time of Joseph’s death, he was looking ahead for God’s people.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … John 14:1-2 [NLT] … 
1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 
… Jesus’ promise to prepare a place for all His disciples, … i.e., those who know Him as Lord and Savior.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Romans 8:39 [NLT] … 
39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
 … God’s promise, thru Paul, that NOTHING, … no, not even death, can separate a Christians from the love of God.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 2nd Corinthians 5:7-8 [NKJV] … 
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 
… We can be confident of where we will be in death.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Hebrews 13:5 [NKJV] … 
5 … For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
… God’s promise is never to abandon a Christian … in life or death.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Amy Boucher Pye, used a personal story to illustrate our hope of heaven as Christians. The ODB author wrote: I will never forget sitting at the bedside of my friend’s brother when he died; the scene was one of the ordinary visited by the extraordinary. Three of us were talking quietly when we realized that Richard’s breathing was becoming more labored. We gathered around him, watching, waiting, and praying. When he took his last breath, it felt like a holy moment; the presence of God enveloped us in the midst of our tears over a wonderful man dying in his forties. 

Death can seem so final for the living, can’t it? But, as Christians, born again in Christ, we know it’s not, don’t we?

In the OT, [see the highlight passage] Joseph, a patriarch of God’s people, enslaved in Egypt, looked ahead in faith, knowing that God would fulfill His promise to deliver the Jews from captivity into freedom. And in the NT, Jesus has promised to prepare a place for all who know Him as Lord (see John 14:1-2). And it is God’s promise never to forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); and as well, He promises (thru Paul) that nothing can separate us from His love (see Rom. 8:39 and 2nd Cor. 5:8) … no, NOT EVEN DEATH!!

So, as today’s linked song shows us … ALL IS WELL … forever; … yes, even in death … for those who love God and are the called to His eternal purpose.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … LORD, … we, who know You, will be with you in glory. … Amen

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