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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 15, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We all face limitations. Some may have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Some may be blind, but they can see a new way to live. Some may be deaf, but they can hear God’s Good News. Some may be lame, but they can walk in God’s love. In addition, they have the encouragement that those disabilities are only temporary. Paul tells us that we all will be given new bodies when Christ returns and that these bodies will be without disabilities, never to die or become sick. This can give us hope in our suffering. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 15:39-57 – And just as there are different kinds of seeds and plants, so also there are different kinds of flesh—whether of humans, animals, birds, or fish.
There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness.
It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies.
The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.
What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever.
But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have dies will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die.
When this happens—when our perishable earthy bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die—then at last the Scriptures will come true: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Don Coleman (West Virginia) titled his story “FACING MORTALITY;” here is a portion of Don’s story:
“When the oncologist called with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, I felt devastated, disoriented, alone, and helpless. As a pastor, I had preached sermons on grief and led many discussions on the topic of grief, stress, and depression. This was different. I was experiencing grief about my life, facing my mortality. My response was to request prayer. . . .
“After surgery and radiation, the cancer has not returned. Though not all my worry is gone, I dwell more on faith, hope, and love than I do on the fact of my mortality.
“Through my experience with cancer, I have come to believe in spiritual healing, even though spiritual healing may not necessarily result in physical healing or an extension of life. Prayers, medical care, love, and healing by the Holy Spirit have given me a second chance to share the gifts of this life with my family, friends, and many others who have spiritual and physical needs. No matter our circumstances, faith in Christ gives us each the promise of new life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I trust in Christ, I can face my fears.
Prayer: Dear God, help us face our own mortality and accept your promise of new life in you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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