Getting Ready for a Funeral

One of the things I love about my job is the drive time. It allows me to think, pray, and worship. As I was driving today, I prayed and God dealt with me pretty heavily about some things. If you are anything like me, God has to keep you in check frequently. 

In my prayer time, I realized some things in me that needed to die. I have fought for those things to stay alive, but God is preparing me for a funeral – a death to self. 

Throughout the New Testament, you will see the recurring theme of death to self. It totally contradicts what society teaches. Society is all about you getting what you want. According to society, we only deserve the greatest and that nothing bad should ever happen to us. Reality says that bad things will happen and we need to take it like big boys and girls and learn the lessons. God shows us that in these difficulties, parts of us will die that need to be buried.

Galatians 5:24 says, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” What are these passions and desires? “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like…” (Galatians‬ ‭5:19-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬). But there are also some attitudes that need to die. Proverbs 6 gives a list of things God hates: “A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:17-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬). 

I think each of us must get ready for a funeral. What is it in you that needs to die? The dying process may be fast or slow. Whatever the case may be, God will give you grace if it needs to go. 

Now it’s time to grab the shovel and start digging the grave!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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