Monday, November 6, 2023

What causes spiritual death?

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Rev 3:1-3(NET) "To the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: "This is the solemn pronouncement of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: 'I know your deeds, that you have a reputation that you are alive, but in reality you are dead.Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about to die, because I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

I have come across certain teachings that insist that it is impossible for a person who once believed in the Lord to ever lose his eternal life. That his salvation, relationship with God, and destiny in heaven were eternally sealed because of the faith he once expressed in coming out for an altar call.

This doctrine is true for the believer who continues to live under the authority of Christ and His word. But it is not true for those who continue in the flesh.

In today’s Bible text, we see the Lord warning the Church in Sardis because many of them were now spiritually dead. The Lord also mentioned 'those who were about to die' (see Rev 3:2). This clearly proves that it is possible for people who once believed unto eternal life to die spiritually. (Aslo read 2 Pet 2:20-21).

What can make Christians die spiritually?

Romans 8:13 says: (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

A person who lives according to the flesh does not care about pleasing God; he only cares about pleasing himself. A person who lives by the Spirit lives to please God and walks above the weakness of his flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Go into today remembering that God wants you to succeed in this race more than you want to succeed. Repent and forsake every work of the flesh and take advantage of His grace to walk in perpetual victory. Amen.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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