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.

Zechariah 14:9 One King, One Lord

The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. Zechariah 14:9

Throughout the world there are many different nations and each has a different ruler and type of government. While there are similarities among the nations, there are also many differences.

One thing in common is that there is no single unified government around the world, though some are seeking it. Those who are seeking a one-world government are seeking it for power and control. Over the centuries, many have attempted to make this happen, but have failed every time.

Zechariah prophesies of a time when God will be king over the entire earth. He will also be the only name that people will look to and serve.

While men strive to have absolute control over others, they always fail. Those who work for absolute control are always seeking it for selfish reasons. They do not have love and concern for those being ruled, only desiring power and control.

God is different than man. God does have the authority and power to rule the entire world. However, His power and authority comes with perfect love. His focus is for the best for each person on the earth.

At this point, God has not become the absolute ruler of the earth with everyone following Him, but that day is coming. Every believer can begin to make it happen by making Jesus their absolute king and ruler in their hearts now.

Every day each believer has a choice to make. That choice is whether to allow God to be Lord of his life or not. Each person must decide whom he will serve–self, man, or God. In the end every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. His is the only name that will last for eternity. The names of men and nations will pass away with time.

As a person on this earth you have a choice as to how you will live your life. The choices are if you will live life believing and trusting God with your whole life or you will try to take control of your own life.

If you choose to control your own life and follow the ways of this world, it may work for a time, but in the end you will face God’s judgement. If you choose to follow God and make Him your Lord and King, you will be given abundant life on this earth and eternal life to come. Who is your King today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your King; that you will live obeying God; and that you will know the life God has for you.

Micah 5:2 Small With A Big Impact

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But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2 

Many people see themselves as small and insignificant. They do not see themselves as being able to contribute much of any value to anything. Having this type of mindset keeps most from trying to accomplish anything great. It becomes a discouragement and magnifies any failures along the way.

Some have learned to push back at small beginnings and do the work it takes to accomplish something big. The world, however, is doing all of this in their own self power.

Micah prophesies about Bethlehem that a great ruler would rise out of her. Bethlehem was seen as a small clan among Judah, but would have a large impact upon the world. This prophecy is about Jesus.

Years later Jesus did come in Bethlehem and became the greatest impact upon the entire world since His arrival.

Just as people in the world are small with very little impact at their beginning, so is every believer. In themselves, believers are just like the world, small and insignificant. However, every believer has something that the world does not have–God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit can take someone who is nothing and transform him into something great. He can take someone with no abilities and use him to change nations. All a believer must do is be willing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit and do what He says.

As Jesus left the earth He told the disciples that all power and authority in heaven and earth has been given to them. This includes every believer today.

With God’s power and authority working in and through a person, he can impact the world.

You may not see yourself as some great or significant person. That is good, because as a believer you do need to be humble. However, with God’s Holy Spirit you can become great in His kingdom. You can be the one that may bring nations to God. You may be the one that is the catalyst to spark the next revival in your church, city, state, or nation.

Allow yourself to be used by God in any way He sees fit. Do what He says and walk in His power and strength and you will impact the world. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in and through you; that God will use you to reach the lost; and that God will use you to make an impact on this fallen world.

Matthew 7:21 Saying Lord

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Jesus makes a surprising statement. He points out that just because you call Him Lord does not automatically get you into heaven.

The term “lord” is not used in today’s society. It carries the meaning of master, ruler or king. In America those terms are considered bad. They are politically incorrect terms.

Everyone likes their freedom and to be in control. Yet, this is what each believer is supposed to call Jesus. What does it mean to call Him ‘Lord’?

Jesus said not only do you have to call Him Lord, but you must also do the will of God the Father. God’s will is that you follow Jesus. It is a circle, to follow one, you must follow the other.

Many people call themselves Christians and call Jesus Lord, but do not do what God wants them to do. They live their lives in their own way. Often living in blatant sin.

There are people who refuse to forgive others; refuse to go to church on Sundays; never read the Bible; never tell others of Jesus; state that any religion can get you into heaven; and, yet, call themselves a follower of Jesus.

Jesus states that these people will not get into heaven. Do not allow yourself to be listed as one who will not get into heaven. Do not just call Jesus ‘Lord.’ Make Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life. Do the will of God the Father each and everyday.

Do not allow yourself to be surprised on the day Jesus returns by Him saying He never knew you. Really get to know Jesus today.

I pray today that God will reveal more of Himself to you; that you will make Jesus Lord of your life; that you will do the will of God the Father; that you will be a true believer in Jesus; and that God will use you today in building His kingdom.

Matthew 2:6 Not the Least

“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” Matthew 1:6

Jesus was born and Magi were coming to worship Him. King Herod heard about this and was disturbed. He was the king, so why would people start coming to worship a new-born baby? As King Herod looks into this, he finds out where Jesus was to be born.

The priests and teachers tell him that this person was to be born in Bethlehem and they quote verses from Micah 5:2, 4. Over 400 years before, Micah had prophesied that a ruler would come out of Bethlehem to lead the people.

Bethlehem had not been known as a town that raised up kings. Nor did the kings set up their throne in Bethlehem. It was looked at as a small insignificant town. Yet, God had very big plans for that town.

Out of this “small” town would come a ruler who would lead all of Israel. His rule would then cross national boundaries and go across the entire world. He would become the long sought for Messiah.

Many times in life you may look at your own life the same way the people of Bethlehem looked at their town: small and not worth much. You may look at your life and ask yourself who you are to do anything of value for God.

While it is true that in and of yourself you have no real value, it is not true in God’s sight. God sees you of high value and great importance to His kingdom. Jesus paid the price of death to get you into God’s kingdom. Although you may see yourself as least, God sees you as a great leader. Every believer is called a priest and will one day be a ruler.

God fills you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you. With God all things are possible. God is more than willing to use you to do great things for Him.

Keep yourself open to being used by God. Be willing to be used. God may use you to change an entire nation, or He may use you to change the lives of some people. Either way, it is a mighty job for God’s kingdom. Think about it, if one person comes to salvation in Jesus through you, you saved a person from death. What greater honor is there than that? You are not least when God is with you.

I pray today that God will show you works to do for Him; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will allow yourself to be used to build His kingdom; and that you will see how valuable to God’s kingdom you are in Jesus.