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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sermon preached Sunday, 3/18/12

Reclaimed from Death

We may be experiencing the realm of death more than we realize. Death is part of what encounters us in the spiritual battle we all know as Christian believers. The nagging feelings, the sense that something is wrong, or that something is dying inside of us… are all part of this experience of death in our daily lives. When we become apathetic: not caring what happens, or when we become numb: unmoved or non-responsive to that which used to be important to us… we may very well be experiencing the realm of death as we try to live! It is also said that we live in what has been called a ‘culture of death’. That which brings the realm of death into our sub-consciousness and consciousness comes daily through the exposure we get from television, the internet, the attitudes of many people, etc. Death in its many forms is taking its toll on us. Truly, when we realize it, we certainly know that we need to be reclaimed from death. This is exactly the battle won by Jesus our Savior. It is also exactly the overcoming He is accomplishing in our lives daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has taken away the sting of death and the victory of death by His sacrificial death upon the Cross. Through prayer and as we grow closer to Him in faith, we will experience ever increasing blessings of being reclaimed from death both today and forevermore! Through remaining close to Jesus, we Christians will actually be living in a culture of life through God’s grace and power to save. Let’s wake up and realize the battle we are in and open afresh to God’s Holy love flooding in and bringing new life into us.
Ephesians 2:1-7 (ESB)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 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— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.