Everyone dies, and everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life when He comes back. Our earthly bodies will be planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. These bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. Remember, first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. These physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God because the Kingdom will last forever.
So be strong and immovable, always working enthusiastically for the Lord. Nothing you do for Him is ever useless. Remember the more you suffer for Christ, the more God will shower you with His comfort. In the days ahead some of us will feel crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we might think that we will not live through it, and then ask God, “Why?” This will help us to stop relying on ourselves and learn to rely only on God. For, He is the one who raises the dead, and He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in us. So when these days arrive, when you walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of refreshing for you instead. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. He will bless those who have humble, contrite hearts; those who know Him by His Word.
Today there is a wide-open door for His children – to tell people who Jesus is, but many will oppose the faithful. So be on guard. Stand firm in the faith of Jesus Christ. Be courageous and strong. Tell the people that God has placed around you His unfailing love. Praise Him for all He has done for you. Rejoice in His great goodness, and His awesome deeds. Remember that since the world began no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like ours who welcomes all who gladly follow His ways.
Today people who say there is no God shout out, “Where is He, who said He would send His Holy Spirit to live in his people? Where is God whose power was displayed in the Bible when Moses lifted up his hand, and divided the sea before Israel? Where is God in all of the suffering going on in the world today? Where is God when my child died? Where is God when people are stricken with diseases that take their lives?”
The Lord says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am, call on Me!’ All day long I opened My arms to these rebellious people. But they follow their own evil paths and their own crooked schemes. All day long they insult Me to My face. For when I called to them – they did not answer. When I spoke – they did not listen. Therefore, since they have turned away from Me I will let them have what they desire, and that is to live according to their own ideas. For, I can see what they are doing and I know what they are thinking.”
Lord, You must be very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners! How can people like us be saved? We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags to You. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
Son, when My troubled children cry out to Me, I will save them. I will display My holiness through those who come near Me in spirit and in truth.