The Door From Here to Eternity

Jesus, You are the Door to the eternity with the Father, for which we were created. How we long to hear "well done" as You have spoken to "Chachi" Corral. Lord, we no longer fear death, but embrace Your live, trusting in You completely until You take us home for eternity.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro      www.holyspiritpress.org     www.eaglesnestfoundation.org 

There is a funeral to be attended tomorrow.  It is for the son of a friend.  Those of us who knew him and know the family are grief-stricken.  He is a fallen warrior.  But he is more.  He was and is an adopted son of the Most High God.  We mourn for him here.  And yet, he lives in God and with God, in His intimate heavenly presence.  We are assured we will see him again, for he knew who God was and had asked Him to be his Savior and Lord through the sacrifice on the cross of Jesus Christ.  He has simply gone on before the rest of us.

Mourning will always be when someone we love suddenly disappears out of our lives.  The Bible tells us even God is well-acquainted with grief.  It is He who created us with an emotional make-up, which would need to grieve when there was loss.  He also  knew grieving would not be easy.  But simultaneously He knew our separation from these loved ones would be temporary, for He sent Jesus and knows that death is not the end, but a door to the eternity to come.

We need to change our attitude toward physical death. This is key to walking in the freedom God has for us both now and forever.   Grief will remain, but we no longer need to walk in fear of death or structure everything we can so as to avoid it (or pretend physical death is not eventually coming for each of us).

Before Jesus was born, lived, died and rose again, there was no hope.  Now we live in hope.  We do not have to structure our lives with a view of dread toward death, but in the peace and joy of a view toward eternal life.  Indeed, physical death is a door we will each pass through.  How we long to stay with those we love here!  But God is waiting to embrace us even closer when God draws us from this life to life with Him in heaven.  The separation will be for the blink of an eye.

Lord, comfort those who mourn.  Lift all of our eyes to You.  Help us see our lives from Your viewpoint from here to eternity.  By Your Spirit encourage us to live in the hope which You alone offer us day by day.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

1 Cor. 15:54,57  (NIV)

54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”… 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Tim. 4:6-8 (NIV)

6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

The above devotion is written with highest regard and gratitude to LCpl Joshua “Chachi” Corral who gave his life defending our freedom in Afghanistan on November 18, 2011.  May the seeds of faith he planted while here for his Lord and Savior bear mighty fruit which brings a huge harvest into the Kingdom of God.  May the testimony of his faith and the difference it made in his life here and forever cause many come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord through his life and death.  May the story God wrote with his life, go on to produce more good fruit.  We wait for the day we will see him again in eternity.  We ask God to comfort his family. Well done, warrior.  We salute you.  We miss you.  We will never forget. ~ Elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

One thought on “The Door From Here to Eternity”

  1. He does live! And we shall see him again. Whole, joyous and full of the wonder of heaven.
    So precious to the Lord is the homegoing of His Saints and so one more has entered heaven and the Lord has counted is as precious. In Ephesians it says that He wants to seat Josh in high places WITH Christ Jesus and then in ages to come – after Josh has been honored by being seated WITH Christ, that then, further, God wants to show him kindess. When God is going to show Kindness – that is some kind of kindness. That kindness is now being showered on Josh Corral – the total sum of God’s kindness is being shown to Josh…Because God delights to do that for His people that come home. Can we even imagine it. I don’t think we can. But I am thankful to Jesus for making it possible.

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