Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.
For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.
People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.
The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.
Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.
Death no longer has any power over them.
As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.
Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.
I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2
Running a race takes two things, perseverance and focus. There are many runners who have one or the other of these traits, however, it takes both. The person must be willing to keep pushing forward when the run gets rough and he is weary and worn-out. However, he must also stay focused on the end goal to keep moving forward correctly.
People who drive down a road, must stayed focused. If they take their eyes off of the road, they will begin to wander across the lanes or off the road. The majority of accidents that occur are because someone was not focusing on what they were doing, and so they began to wander of the path. Sometimes it is off the road, other times it is into the path of someone else, causing a collision.
In life, there are people who are focused on getting wealthy, or purchasing some item, or getting a certain position. Those who do not focus on anything in life, just wander around, not really accomplishing anything.
Believers have the same struggle. They must keep their eyes focused on Jesus. This will give encouragement to keep moving forward and to turn away from all sin.
The path to heaven is narrow and is only found through Jesus. If one is not focused on Jesus it will be easy to move off the path and lose the gift God is giving you of forgiveness and eternal life.
Focusing on Jesus is an easy thing to do, if you are willing to do it. Read the Bible daily and memorize some verses. Keep your mind focused on what God says about how to live life on this earth.
Take time throughout the day to sing a song of praise to God. Worship Him and your eyes will automatically focus on Jesus.
Looking at this world will take your eyes off of Jesus and cause you to leave the path. It will bring you into the path of sin and death, not the eternal life God has for you.
Where are your eyes focused today?
I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on Jesus; that you will live your life as God desires; and that you will keep running the race God has for you.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1
Driving down a road requires that a person pays attention to what is going on. He must keep an eye on the road signs for warnings or directions. He must also keep an eye on the road for anything in the road or changes in the road’s direction. He must also keep an eye on anything that may be on the side of the road that may come into the roadway.
Daydreaming, looking at cell phones, staring at scenery or signs are some ways that a person looses attention in the road and what he is doing. He begins to drift to one side of the road or the other and loses control. If one does not pay attention as he drives, he will very likely end up in an accident.
Life works in the same way. There are road signs in life as to how a person should live. The best way to live is the way that has been proven since eternity past–the path God has laid out since before the creation of this world.
God has a path laid out for every person on this earth. Whether a person chooses to follow that path or not is up to each individual. Believers have chosen to follow God.
However, if a person is not paying attention to the path he is on, he will drift off. It is easy for a person to stop following Jesus and follow this world. This will cause a drifting into sin and away from God.
God’s word lays out all of the signs on how to live on this earth. God has also given His Holy Spirit to guide the believer in what to say and do or not say and do.
Keep your eyes on God and His word. Keep your ears open to the guidance of His Holy Spirit. As you do these things you will be paying attention to God, His Word and His Holy Spirit. As you pay attention, you will stay on the path God has for you. You will not drift off of the path God has laid out for you.
Ask yourself each day, and throughout the day, are you paying attention to God?
Or are you paying attention to this world and self only?
I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that God will keep you on His path for all eternity.