Romans 6:11 Be Dead To Sin

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

In the eyes of the world there is no solid line of right and wrong. Everything depends upon the situation as to whether it is right or wrong, which can change on a regular basis.

Life is about pleasure of self for most people around the world. It is about how they can be happy, regardless of what the action is. If it makes a person happy and successful, then it is acceptable. In this way, there is no such thing as sin in the eyes of the world.

Paul says that believers are to count themselves as dead to sin, but alive to God.

When a person has died, there is absolutely nothing that can affect them any longer on this earth. No one can make them work, or stop working. No one can entice them to do something or not do something. They are dead with no feelings or abilities to do anything anymore.

Prior to becoming a believer, a person is dead to God, but alive to self and this world. His life is governed by the standards of this world–that anything that makes him happy is good.

Once a person becomes a believer and begins to follow Jesus, he is to die with Christ to sin. He is allow himself to be dead to sin so that sin has no more power over him. All desires to sin are done away with, because he is no longer alive, but dead.

Instead of hiding behind faults and past actions, one must be dead to sin. God can and is willing to change a person, to make him a new creation who does not purposefully walk in sin. This only happens when one is alive to God in Christ Jesus.

As a believer you no longer have to sin. Every sin is a choice that you make by your own free will that God has given you. Instead of falling to temptation and sinning, live for God.

Allow yourself to become dead to sin and alive to God. When you are living for God all the time, you will no longer have the time to sin, nor the desire to sin.

Focus all of your life and being upon living for God now that you are dead to sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to be dead to sin; that you will live for God; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will know the life God has for you.

Revelation 6:11 Wait A Little Longer

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed as they had been. Revelation 6:11

Problems occur in the lives of every person on the earth. When these problems occur because of the acts of someone else, people want to see vengeance brought upon the other person. They want to see the other person punished.

One thing people ask is how long it will take to punish the offender. Punishment is expected to be expedient.

In a vision, John sees an angel open seven seals. After the fifth seal was opened, he saw souls of those who had died because of their belief, and they wanted to know when they would be avenged. They were given a white robe and told to wait until a certain number of then had been killed.

It is common for people who have become believers to believe that life will become easier as a believer. It is expected that all problems will go away.

However this is not true. Jesus promised troubles and that people would be martyred for their belief in Him.

The world hates Jesus and God and any one who follows Jesus with a true heart. Satan will do whatever he can to stop every believer, including murder.

God is patiently watching what is going on and keeping record of what evil people are doing to believers. Those who do evil against His people are only storing up a record for His wrath to be poured out upon.

At the right time, Jesus will return and get the vengeance against those who harmed His people. Until that time occurs, believers will be killed. Every believer needs to be willing to stand strong and true to God, despite the troubles that they may and will face.

God sees every trouble that you are going through. He knows exactly who is doing you harm.

Do not worry or fret over what others are doing or have done to you, God is watching. At the right time He will call each of those people into account and get His vengeance. His vengeance will be greater than anything you or anyone on this earth can provide.

Just as God is patient, be patient and wait just a little longer. In light of eternity, life on this planet is very, very short.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know God will take vengeance for you; that you will have God’s patience in waiting for His next move; and that God will give you strength to continue to follow Him through any troubles that come your way.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise God For A Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3

Most people like to have a hope that is real. They want to be able to see that things will get better than what they are at the moment.

In desiring this hope, people will try nearly anything and everything to find it. The majority of the time, the things tried are temporary and failures. They will give hope for a moment, but soon fade away, pushing a person back into depression or searching again for something new.

Peter gives praise to God for His mercy in providing new birth to believers. This birth is into a living hope that is only found in the resurrection of Jesus.

As the world is seeking purpose and hope, the believer has been graced with being able to find both. However, even though believers have access to this new and living hope, many do not grasp it. Instead of living in this hope, they hold on to traditions, laws and commands. They hold on to earning their salvation, rather than accepting it.

No one deserves to have any hope once he has sinned against God. Yet, God is full of perfect love and mercy. He provided the hope of live through Jesus Christ. This is proven by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

If Jesus can be raised from the dead, the believer can know that he will be changed and also raised from the dead of sin. This is a living hope that a person can live in today, not fearing what this world may bring, but knowing what Jesus is bringing and providing.

Knowing this will cause the believer to praise God for this living hope.

As you are going through this life, put your hope and trust in Jesus Christ. He did not raise from the dead just to leave you in sin and death, but to give you a new live that is filled with living hope and a future.

Realize what God has provided you with, that you did not deserve. Take time to give God praise for His mercy upon you and the gift He has given you. You have a hope that the world cannot know, nor can the world take it away.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know God’s mercy upon you; and that you will praise God for what He has done in your life.

James 2:26 Dead Or Alive?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

It is very easy for a person to claim something, but it is more difficult to prove it. People will watch movies and wonder why a person does or does not do some action a certain way. They claim that if they were in that position, they would do it differently.

People will claim that they believe a certain thing, but their actions or words will often show something much different. Actions do not always follow what one is saying.

James talked about having faith and doing something with that faith. Now he says that just as a body is dead without the spirit, so faith is dead without actual deeds done in faith.

In the same way that many in the world claim something, but live differently, many in the church act the same way. Every one in the church claims to believe and trust in Jesus and follow God. However, very few actually do actions that show that they believe in or trust in God.

When trials come their way, many suddenly get scared that God will not provide. When God asks them to step out in faith, many will back down.

Claiming to trust or have faith in God is easy. No one can directly prove differently. Actions are what proves that one has faith in God. A person is considered dead if he does not have a spirit in his body. In the same way a person does not have faith or it is a dead faith, if there are not actions to back up the faith.

Having true faith will cause one to step out and act upon that faith, knowing that God will provide and protect, regardless of the outcome. Anything less is not true faith.

You may claim to have faith in God. While that is a step in the right direction, there must be more. As you claim to have trust in God, you must now take a step of faith doing what God calls you to do or acting upon that faith.

If you do not choose to step out in faith, you must ask yourself if you really do believe God and His word. You must ask yourself if your faith is alive or dead, active or dead.

Is your faith alive or is it dead?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every area of your life; that you will act in faith what God calls you to do; that you will step out in action, trusting God’s word; and that your life will show a live faith in God.

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.