A Time To Die

What if fear is an indicator that we are “still alive?” Maybe fear means that we haven’t died yet. Because if we were dead, what worldly thing would cause you to be afraid?? Let me explain…
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Romans 6:1-11
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
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In the series, “Band of Brothers”, the most heroic and successful soldiers were those who came to the realization that they were “already dead” and then fought with bravery and valor to make sure their life mattered and made a difference. The men unwilling to come to this realization cowered in their foxholes…………frozen in fear.

I have GREAT news for you!!! You are fatally ill – you WON’T get out of this life alive. As is such, you are FREE!!

Have you “died to self?” Are you willing to “die to self” with the assurance that Christ will live in you and through you when you do?

If we don’t come to the conclusion that we are all “dead men walking,” we are delusional. You have a fatal disease called humanity and you won’t get out of this life alive.

But that is NOT the end of the story. If God wears a locket, your picture is in it. You were created by the King of all that is good to be in relationship with Him and to bring him glory. May you step out in faith today as the loved one I know you are and want to be. God didn’t save you just so you could be saved!! You were blessed to be a blessing to others. That is the story of creation and your actions can bring the Kingdom to others based on the decisions you make today.

God loves you and so do I.

Taken from an email sent by my friend Jerry Johnson.

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