Ephesians 2:1-2 Originally The Walking Dead

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. Ephesians 2:1-2

The world loves to watch movies about the living dead, zombies, without realizing that they are living just like the zombies. Most people in the world are living in a sinful way thinking that they are really living life, when in reality they are dead.

Paul points out to the believers that they were dead at one time, when they were living in sin following the sinful ways of this world.

Sin appears to be fun and exciting, full of life at the time of one doing it. However, all sin brings about death. It is immediate death to one’s relationship with God. Later it can and will bring about death to relationships with other people, and ultimately death to one’s own self, both physically and spiritually.

Every person who has chosen to believe in Jesus is no longer dead, but now made alive. He has been made alive, because he has been forgiven of the past sins that caused him to be dead.

Sadly, many believers go back to being dead. They choose to live in sin and follow the sinful practices and beliefs of this fallen world. Jesus did not save a person to allow him to go back to sin and become dead again. He is saved to be alive for all eternity.

Each believer has a choice to make each and every day. He can choose to be alive and remain alive, or he can choose to go back to being dead in sin. No true believer will go back to being dead.

As a believer you, also, were once dead in sin. You used to follow the sinful ways of the world. At some point you chose to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and were made alive.

Do not allow yourself to go back to being the living dead. Do not succumb to the sinful ways and practices of this fallen, sinful world.

Live the life that Jesus purchased for you. Live a life of obedience to God and His ways. Only in doing this, will you know what true life is while walking in this dead world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive in Jesus; that you will obey God’s word; that God will guide you in fleeing the sinful ways of this world; and that you will be an example of the life of Jesus to this dead world.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 The Most Important Information

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

At times, in different situations, there is certain information that is of the utmost importance to those involved. That information is put to the forefront, on the headlines, because someone needs to know about it. It is imperative to know in order to accomplish a task or to prevent something.

Often when someone hears that some information is very important, they will listen. Only the fool will refuse to listen to very important information.

Paul said that the first thing that he wants to pass on to the people, that is of importance is the death and resurrection of Jesus. He also points out that this occurred as prophesied in the Scriptures.

Every believer has one piece of information that is imperative for them to believe in. That information is the death and resurrection of Jesus.

What Jesus did is the focal point of what it means to be a believer. He had to die and raise from the dead in order for the sins of anyone who believes in Him to be removed.

If Jesus had died and not rose again, then He would not have been able to remove the sins of anyone. If Jesus had not died at all, then everyone would have to remain in sin, because the wage of sin is death.

One of the most important pieces of information that every believer must share when witnessing is that Jesus died and rose again. If this is not passed on, all the rest of what Jesus taught is meaningless, there is no longer any purpose for a believer to believe anything.

As a believer, you must believe that Jesus died and rose again. This can give you strength and hope for your future, while going through difficult times. It is knowing that no matter how difficult today is, there is hope for tomorrow.

You may be dying today, but in a short time you will be raised to a new life. Jesus came to give life and is able to give it, because of what He did.

As you share the gospel message, this is to be of first priority to every person it is shared with. Let people know what Jesus did.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did; that you will focus your life on what Jesus did for you; that you will find strength and hope in Jesus for your future; and that you will be a witness of what Jesus did.

Romans 6:11 Dead And Alive

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

Giving up something is often very difficult to do for most people. This is especially true if it is something that they really love doing or having. It has no bearing on whether it is bad for them or not.

Most people struggle with dieting, even though most often it is something very good for the overall health. As they are going through the withdrawals, they feel as if they are dying and have no life left, even though it is bringing them a better life.

Paul tells the believers that they must consider themselves as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Sin is something that is fun to do on the surface, despite the damage it does to the individual and to others. Humans are born and allowed to sin until the point it just becomes a natural part of who they are. It is a built in habit, until one becomes a believer in Jesus.

Once a person is a believer, he is to count himself dead to sin. Giving up sin is a dying process. It can be, and often is, painful and slow. Yet, through Jesus, God has given each person the power and ability to turn away from sin. It is all a matter of choice, just as turning away from sweets when on a diet.

When a person begins to realize that he can have a real life in Jesus, then he is more able to allow himself to be dead to sin. As a dead person, sin will no longer have any pull, attraction or control over the person.

He will be dead to sin, but alive in Christ Jesus. That life is greater than anything sin can offer.

As a believer, allow yourself to die to sin. Do not allow sin to be in control of your life. Instead of looking at sin as something you must give up, look at Jesus and see Him as life you are picking up.

The life Jesus offers will give you peace, joy and a life that will extend into eternity, not just a simple momentary pleasure that ends in depression, greed and death. It may be painful in the moment turning from sin, but the end results are worth it.

Are you dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning from sin; that you will know the life Jesus offers you; that you will know the peace you have in Christ Jesus; and that you will be alive in Christ Jesus.