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“I See Dead People”

November 27, 2007

Ephesians 2:4-7  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath he quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

We were once dead in sins, but now are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.  This is as life-changing as it gets; to go from being spiritually dead and headed for an eternity in a lake of fire, to being born of the Spirit and have the promise of life everlasting.  From the hour that we first believe, our lives are forever changed and we become a testimony of the truth that there is power in the blood of the Lamb.  The name of Jesus whereby we must be saved.  He is the way, the truth, and the life; a fact which we experienced firsthand when we repented of our sins and accepted him as Savior and Lord. 

Tragically, there are multitudes all around us, and possibly even some in our various local fellowships, who are still dead in trespasses in sins.  They have never been born of the Spirit; never called upon Jesus, and are completely unprepared if their final moment should suddenly arrive.  Richard has a post that really hits home to all of us.  Here’s the link to the post which has the longest title that I’ve come across thus far.

www.rjperalta.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/usually-no-problem-mentioning-god-but-try-jesus-and-see-what-happens/ 

This post hit me also as far too often, I wait for opportunities to present themselves instead of actively and prayerfully pursuing opportunities.  We enjoy our comfort zone where everything is numbingly fuzzy and oftentimes prefer not to rock the boat.  The simple truth is that when the name of Jesus is mentioned, the boat is going to be rocked every time.  This is unavoidable as the enemy is aware of the simple truth that Jesus is “the way” to eternal life.  The devil will offer no resistance to a conversation that’s travelling down a dead-end street, however, when Jesus is mentioned, he gets rattled for fear that another will be birthed into the kingdom.  The devils believe and tremble.  I fear that most of us, including myself, fail to grasp the seriousness of this as we should.  So I’ll start off with a passage which I have, in times past, used to justify laziness.

I Peter 3:15  “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”

This is true; we should be ready, at the drop of a hat, to share our faith.  Staying in prayer and staying sober-minded is imperative here.  However, most who are unsaved are not going to ask of us about the hope that is in us.  Were going to have to bring it up or they’ll just continue talking our ear off about their new boat, football, the democrats, their financial problems, their vacation, their newly remodeled basement, or the upcomming contract talks between AAM and the UAW.  Anything except, “what must I do to be saved?”  This passage reminds us of then need to be instant in season, out of season, but it doesn’t give us a pass to sit on the sidelines and wait for curiosity-seekers.

John 3:36  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not on the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” 

This verse just popped into my head, so here it is.  It desrcibes, in no uncertain terms, what’s at stake.  There are people all around us who are, in effect, living on borrowed time.  Anyone who doesn’t know Jesus is lost and undone.  So why do we spend hours on endless debatings over the theatrics of this life instead of presenting Jesus?  Again, I think that oftentimes, we just don’t want to rock the boat.  (Can’t we all just get along?)  Richard mentioned in a recent post (I think it was called “How Ya Doin?) that we must get out of our comfort zone and be about our Fathers business.  Here’s another completely unplanned passage. 

Romans 14:10-12  “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?  for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

I don’t know if anyone else does this or if I’m just weird.  I think about this moment; a moment that will arrive for each of us.  The moment when we stand face to face with Jesus and are called upon to give account of our time here.  It’s sobering and it causes serious examination.  Well I’m going to close out for now; even though this is shorter than average.  This was to be a day primarily for commenting, but this is too serious to allow it to wait another day.  Please check out Richards post.   I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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4 comments

  1. You are not weird Timbob, to think of that moment with a serious heart; with fear and reverence of the Lord.
    We all need to stop and consider if we are ready for such a moment… and often.

    Looks like I’m not done at the dealership, at least not yet. I tried to quit and they wouldn’t let me! You wouldn’t believe the day I’ve had… 😦 and yet 🙂

    Bless you brother,

    Susan


  2. Greetings susan. It’s always great to hear from you. I pray that all will go well at the dealership and most of all that souls will come to Jesus. I pray that in ten thousand years, Tommy will abide with Jesus in a city not made with hands.

    Have a blessed evening in Jesus.


  3. Amen Timbob, and all the other men there as well!

    Blessings to you always, and thank you again for praying.

    Jesus love and grace to you,

    Susan


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