ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16-18

DEAD OR ALIVE ?      “WORTH CONSIDERING”     8/30/19    (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…”   (Ephesians 2:1, NKJV)
You Are Alive

Jesus came to give us life! Think about that for a minute. You used to be dead in your sins and trespasses. You had no hope. You lived in fear. But once you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you weren’t dead in your sin anymore. You now have hope for the future. You are alive in Christ! God wants you to live life to the fullest today. It doesn’t matter how you may feel or what you are facing, start thanking God for giving you life. Even if He didn’t do another thing for us, giving us eternal life is more than enough reason to praise and thank Him every day. Thank Him for eyes to see and ears to hear. Thank Him for the air that you breathe. Thank Him for loving you and making you alive today!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for making me alive in Christ today. Thank You that I am new. Show me how to live every day to the fullest so that I can enjoy life the way You intended in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments:
So are you spiritually dead or alive?   God told Adam (and God never lies) that if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die.  And we are born as the children of Adam, not GOD.  We very little like GOD at all to begin with.    As I study the Holy Scriptures I see that being disconnected from God is to be dead,  to be dead in sin, as HE calls it, like a walking zombie.  A zombie controlled by the Adamic pride and rebelling flesh on automatic pilot.  The Holy Scriptures teach us:  Lust when conceived, brings us into sin and sin as completed makes us dead.

One of the big issues on this subject is what is sin.   Is sin what we say it is or is it what GOD says that it is.  Most folks I know have a list of respectable sins for themselves and a list of deadly sins for others and neither list seems to agrees with God’s list.  If you really want to know how God feels about sin then you need to consider what it cost to undue what Adam did but looking at what Christ Jesus had to do.   For us HE made possible, forgiveness, redemption and sanctification (to make holy.)  So if you want to cease to be a part of the sin problem and join with those seeking the cure you will have to get into the Word of God for yourself.  The more you do, the more in God’s image and likeness you will become.  But you really can not find out what sin is from others or even from most churches today. 

I like this old hymn as it tells it like it is:  “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted.”  Play this twice and allow your mind to digest the meanings of the words,  really powerful.

Please pray for our local house church gathering tonight.   May we shine for Christ Jesus,   Ken<><


“Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, bury the hatchet, but they leave the handle out for immediate use.”
D .L . Moody

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