MEMORY VERSE: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joel 2- Amos 3
BIBLE STUDIES: 1 Samuel 16: 14-17
There are two types of death – physical death and spiritual death. Physical death is inevitable. One day, we will all die (If rapture does not take place). Death is a debt, you and I owe, one day we will pay it back. After the physical death, the next thing is judgement. Hebrews 9:27 says and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement. If anyone tells you that he or she speaks to the dead, please do not pay attention to the individual. What that person speaks to, is a demon not the spirit of the dead. Do not waste your time online, looking for where to buy an Ouija board. You cannot contact your dead relative with an Ouija board. If you have one, in the interest of your family well being, throw it away or else, your house will become an abode of demons i.e. haunted. The word of God says, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (Matthew 11:15).
There is another death called spiritual death. Genesis 2:17 says But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. When the Lord said to Adam, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die, God was talking of a spiritual death, separation from God, not a physical death. Spiritual death comes through deliberate, willful, intentional, planned, disobedience to God. The moment Adam ate the fruit; he did not fall and die. Actually, after that, he still spoke and walked around like a living person. After his disobedience, He lost his innocence and the presence of God began to terrify him. He lost fellowship and God stopped visiting him in the garden.
As far as heaven was concerned, Saul died the day he disobeyed God by sparing Agag and the fat cows. The moment Samuel questioned him, instead of repenting, he started to give excuses, God cut him off from Himself. Since there is no vacuum in nature, the moment the Spirit of God left him, another spirit took over. 1 Samuels 16:14 says but the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. Are you beginning to die spiritually? Does your heart still prick you when you tell little white lies? When was the last time, God visited you in your dream? Is prayer becoming a burden? Spiritual death is worse than physical death because it is gradual. One can be dead for months and not know. Search yourself carefully this morning; ever since you did that thing, despite your heart pricking you, you know you have not had peace. You know your prayer life is no longer the same. You know you no longer feel His presence like you used to when you worship Him. Deep within you, you know something is not right. Why not go to Him this morning and ask Him to have mercy.
ACTION: Repent today and ask Him to give you a second chance.
Bro Samuel |Reaching the world for Jesus.