Appreciating the resurrection work of Christ in your life
February 4, 2011
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience…
I heard about a man from China who was keeping up a family tradition of putting a nine-course meal on one of his family member's graves. Now, an American man was in that same cemetery putting roses on a different grave, and he stood there and watched the man from China set up that large meal on the ground.
So the American walked over and said, "Let me ask you a question. When is the man in that grave going to eat this nine-course meal?" And the Chinese fellow said, "As soon as the man in that grave smells those roses!"
Three times, Jesus raised people from the dead. And all three that Jesus raised from the dead were completely dead. So what characterizes somebody who's dead? Well, there's no awareness, there's no response to physical surroundings, and they are oblivious to everything.
Lost people without Jesus Christ do not understand spiritual things. That's why a person can come to church, be in the very presence of God's people, hear the message of Jesus, and yet walk away and never experience the power and the presence of God.
The only reason you are in Christ is because, by his Spirit, you've been made alive. So thank God for his grace because apart from it, you would have never chosen him!
GOD'S GRACE IS WHAT ENABLES YOU TO BELIEVE IN HIM. SO THANK HIM EACH DAY FOR REVEALING HIMSELF TO YOU!
MY GIFT TO YOU!
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After listening, you'll be more equipped to live a confident life, knowing the truth and trusting the promises of Christ!