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.

Nehemiah 9:17 God Never Walks Away

Sunset crosses

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, Nehemiah 9:17 

Rebellious people are very difficult to work with. Most people will work with them for a while, but will often give up on the person. They see a rebellious person as hopeless and of no value.

People choose to be rebellious for many different reasons, but often it is out of selfishness. There is something that they are not getting or is not going their way, so they choose to rebel. They can rebel against just a few people or against many, but there is rebellion.

The Israelites had rebelled against God many times. They would get into trouble, then cry out to God for help. He would help them, then they would rebel again. Over and over, and yet, God would help them each time. God was loving and forgiving. He never walked away.

God and people are still the same to this day. People rebel against God. The majority of the world refuses to even acknowledge Jesus. Those that do, often rebel against His desires.

It is common to see believers refuse to forgive someone, or step back into some sinful lifestyle. They choose to disobey God’s commands for their lives. Yet, God does not give up on them. He still chases after their hearts.

As long as a person is alive and has a breath, God is chasing after them. He does not want to lose any one. He is ready and willing to forgive them and bring them back into His family.

You may have slipped back into some sin. You may be feeling as if God no longer wants you, that you have committed too many sins and God cannot forgive you. This is not true. God still loves you. He may not be happy with what you have done, but He is right there willing to take you back.

Turn from your sins and return to God. He is waiting with open arms. He is compassionate, loving, and forgiving. His love knows no end. Seek His forgiveness and love and He will give them to you.

God has not given up on you, don’t give up on yourself. Return to Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will know God will never leave you; and that you will know God’s presence in your life. 

Titus 1:16 Claiming To Know God

 

Beach with rock cliff

They claim to know God but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

Although the numbers have dropped over the years, there are many people who claim to know God. Some will attend some type of church, while others will never set foot in a church, yet still claim to know God.

Very few people who attend a church will state that they do not know God. Every one of them will claim to know God, at least to some degree or more. Yet, when a person looks at their actions, one would not know that they know who God is.

There are many people who attend churches, claiming to know and love God, yet hate a relative and refuse to speak to that person. Others will curse others and condemn them to hell. And this is just how they treat a relative or one that should be loved–family. When it comes to how they treat non-family members, it can even get worse.

Then some of these same people will cheat and lie in the workplace. They refuse to work hard for their paycheck. They break the laws of the nation all the time with no regard to the laws.

Many of these people will just say that is just who they are. Others will claim the grace of God in their lives. Yet, their actions are denying God. They are not attempting to really live for God.

Every believer is to show changes in his life. There should be an attempt to living for God more and more all the time, becoming more like Jesus everyday.

If the believer is not showing any changes or fruit in his life, then is He really believing in God? Does he really know God?

Your actions will show louder than your words will. You may claim to know God, but do your actions say the same?

Strive to line up your actions with your words. Allow God’s love to fill you so much that you want to do what He wants you to do. That His love will push out all sin out of your life.

Do not allow any of your words or actions deny God in any way. Live your whole life for God to be used by God as He wants to use you. Act upon your claims.

I pray today that you will never deny God; that your words and actions will not deny God; that the world will see you believe in God; and that you will be used by God as He needs to use you.

Ephesians 2:1-2 No Longer Dead

 

Life and death

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

When a person is born, he is seen to be alive, however, when he begins to sin, he is no longer alive, but dead, even though he is alive physically. Sin causes a person to die. They die spiritually, because they no longer have the life of God in their lives.

The people of this world are living for themselves and temporary pleasures. People sin and accept and promote sin in others. It is a life that is against God.

Without God in the picture a person cannot see or know that in reality he is dead. Paul says he is dead in sins and transgressions.

Every person that has been born, has also sinned. This means that every person who has been born is also dead, even while they walk this earth. They are living in sin and in bondage to sin. True life can only be found in Jesus.

Once a person believes in Jesus and accepts what He has done for him, he is no longer dead. He is now alive in Christ Jesus with an eternal life.

Paul points out that as a believer one was once dead in sins, but is no longer dead in those sins. This is showing that there is a change in life. The believer should no longer be chasing after those sins or living a sinful lifestyle. He should no longer be living like this world.

The believer is now a new creation in Jesus. He is now following God, rather than this world and Satan.

As you look at your life, who are you following? If you are following Jesus, you should be dead to sins and transgressions. Do not seek to find ways to sin or promote sin, flee from all sin. Do not allow yourself to follow the ways of this world and cause yourself to die again.

Live for God, not self or this world. You turned away from this world, now stay away from it. Live the full life that God is giving you. The ways of this world only bring about death.

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus offers you; that God will show you the way of true life; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will be alive in Christ Jesus for all the world to see. 

Titus 1:16 What Actions Really Say

“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” Titus 1:16

Paul had just stated in a very harsh way that many from Crete were corrupt and liars. On the surface it sounds like he is talking about people who do not want anything to do with God. Yet, here, he is stating that these are the very people who claim to know God. Their actions were saying something different about how well they really know God.

There are many people who claim to know God or to love Jesus, yet their lives show something different. They live their lives in ways that are anything but like Jesus. Anger, stealing, cheating, cursing, sexual immorality, gossip, lying, and rebellion fill their lives. As they are living like this, they also go to church, carry a Bible, and talk about Jesus.

When a “believer” is living their life like this, what does the world see and think of believers and Jesus? They are seen as false and cannot be believed. The world sees them just as they are, only while claiming Jesus. As Paul says they are unfit for doing anything good.

Take a look at your life. What would a court say about you using only the evidence of your actions? Would a court be able to say that you are a believer? Or would the court say you are lying in court?

Your actions speak louder than your words. They reveal what is really in the heart and mind. Are you really following Jesus or are you just following Jesus in word?

Live your life in a way that no one can say that you are unfit for doing anything good. Do the things God wants you to do. Live your life like Jesus. Live in such a way that when people see you they will accuse you of being like Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal areas you are disobedient in; that God will strengthen you to stand true for Him; that you will not be a false witness; and that you will be able to do good things for God.