This week inspiration comes from the message OfJ wrote for the funeral of his beloved wife Anne. The last few week have been a bit sad for not seeing Anne around, but to know Anne has now reached her eternal destiny, is more joyous than anything grief or sadness can bring.
1 Corinthians 15 verse 55;
“O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?’
Since we heard of Anne’s illness, Anne and I would lay on the bed together and we would sing, ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength’. From Nehemiah 8 v 10.
The song would lead us to laughing, as the verse in the song, ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength, does.
So in the face of death, which was only Physical— we can always say, ‘the joy of The Lord is my strength.
Physical death doesn’t have a victory, for those having faith in a Loving God.
Since physical death of a person you love dearly, has pain, and sorrow and grief, even in that sorrow the ‘Joy of The Lord is our Strength’. The reason is because God gives us a supernatural joy, it becomes a part of our life.
The next verse V56: Tells us, the sting of death is sin. Most people don’t like the word ‘sin, but to explain it simply—it means ‘missing the mark’, we were created for.
So people in trying to live the life God has for us, we shift the ‘mark’ downwards, and make excuses—’The Mark’ was unreasonable.
When we accept that we are created for a purpose, and the purpose is to walk in relationship with God, our Creator, we fulfill that purpose.
It is very much like being in love with your ‘Life Partner’. The Goals and the dreams we have are like a ‘Mark’ we set. We love that other person so much, we want to hit the standard, and if we fall short, we have the loving support our life partner to help.
We are created to live in relationship with our Creator God, and when He created us, He gave us free-will. In the choices we have, and the choices we make, we fall short of the ‘Mark’, which is called sin.
John 3 verse 16: “For god so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that ‘Whosoever’ believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
For God wants relationship with us, rather than man’s concept of religion.
So let us celebrate the relationship Anne has with her Creator God, and for All who do accept, His great Plan, for our lives.
What we started with in Verse 55, was death-grave, where is your victory? Now we finish with Verse 57:
“But Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be Blessed Today and Everyday,
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