A “Spiritually Dead Man”… IS…A “Dead Man Walking.” Walls…OR…No Walls.

Dead Man Walking” is how condemned prison inmates are described when they make that final walk…to be executed.   Well…  Imprisoned or not…millions & millions of people are the “walking dead.”  And, NO…I’m not talking about that dumb-ass tv series!

I am talking about the ones who Jesus sees as the “walking dead.”   Matthew 8:21-22 tells us… “ 21 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.

TRUE STORY:

Many, many moons ago

There was a man who walked this earth…who was called Saul of Tarsus.  And this just wasn’t any ordinary man.  As a wealthy Pharisee… he was part of a very powerful religious sect.  BUT…  BUT… BUT…  He hated CHRISTIANS with a passion.  So much so…that he persecuted them & murdered them.  “ 3 But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison. (Acts 8:3)   He was ABSOLUTELY bold & brazen in how he carried it.  And, he didn’t give a shit who knew it.  “GANGSTA” …is what comes to mind.   “Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” (Acts 9:1-2)   Well…

While Saul was en route to Damascus…to gather up more Christians for persecution…he met another.  And, this other one that he met…literally brought Saul’s ass to the ground.                   “…suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  (Acts 9:3)  Now, the one who asked this of Saul…is the MOST EXTRAORDINARY being that will ever exist.  This most beautiful one…was Jesus…up close and personal.  WOW!!!  Startled by the power, Saul responded… “He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”  (Acts 9:5-6)  O.k…

When Saul finally gathered himself & stood up…he physically could not see.  He literally had been blinded by “the light” (Jesus).   Saul went to Damascus and waited to be told what to do.   Now, Jesus visited Ananias, a Christian leader, who was also in Damascus.  “10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision[a]a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul[b] and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” (Acts 9:10-19)     O.k…

So, what do we have here???  We have Saul, a man who, from all outward appearances… was successful in the sight of man.  He was part of a wealthy upper class of folks. He was part of a powerful group of religious people. But, none of this “worldliness” was the destiny that God had laid out for Saul.  You see before Jesus met Saul on the road to Damascus, Saul could physically see but, was spiritually blind.  And, this spiritual blindness made him the “walking dead.”  Even though he breathed the breath of life…his soul was in a state of “death.”  If he had dropped dead, while spiritually blind…his soul would have been surely cast into hell…for all eternity.  Why??? Because his spiritual blindness…put him at odds, with the will of God.  Saul was living for “Saul”…& NOT…for God.  This state of being out of the will of God = SIN, in the sight of God.  And, SIN…unless, repented of & forgiven by God…leads to damnation.  Romans 6:20-23 tells us… ” 20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It was only after Jesus blinded him, that Saul began to have spiritual eyesight.  For the first time, he saw what was really important in life. He saw that the will of God…was to be his will.  So, when God healed Saul’s sight, through Ananias…Saul was now spiritually alive.  You could no longer count him among the “walking dead.” Oh, no!  He was traveling on the road of his destiny. “For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.” (Acts 9:19-22) And…

This new…reborn man came to be known as… “Apostle Paul.”  He is given credit for writing at least 8 books (epistles) of the bible.   O.k…

Every day you…yourself see things & you wonder… “What the hell is going on? Why did this happen?”   The Heavenly Father tells us… “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and to search out a matter is the honor of Kings.” (Psalm 25:2)  You see…   God is constantly pushing us in the direction of Him.   Pertaining to many…many…many things…   He gives us a little bit here…a little bit there.  He’s always trying to stir within us…a desire to seek.  To seek out all matters that He has destined us to delve into.    And, if we jump on this train of seeking & delving, it will lead us to…RIGHT where we need to be.   We TRULY will be on the RIGHT TRACK…so, to speak.   Now…

Far too many people are not on the RIGHT TRACK…because of  “the world.”  The DISTRACTIONS of “the world.”  We are being pulled this way … & that way…by a loved one…by a boss…by a child…by a co-worker…by a circumstance.  We think… “What am I suppose to do?  There is only so much time in a day.  I am only one person.   I am so tapped out…that I wanna tap inward…& shout to them all… “LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE!!!””  You see, what is happening is this…   Your inner being, the spirit side of you…is beckoning…for peace.  It is beckoning for the quietness, that will allow you to seek out God & be led by “the light.”  But, the flesh side of you…is pulling you back into the chaos… confusion…& darkness of “the world.”   The chaos & confusion involved in trying to please…ALL.  And, that impossibility…ultimately leads you to pleasing…NONE.   Alright…

These “distractions” don’t just happen by chance.  OF COURSE NOT!!! There are no such things as coincidences when it comes to a child of God.   Any thing that is happening to us…at any given time…has been allowed to happen to us…by God.   Now, don’t misunderstand.  I DID NOT say He caused it to happen.  I said He allowed it to happen.  Not everything that happens is caused by God.  There can be a big difference between God…allowing something to happen…& God causing something to happen.   For example, let’s say that God told you not to drink alcohol and drive a car.  Then, let’s say that you disobeyed God and drank alcohol and drove a car.  Then, let’s say you ended up running into a ditch…where you tore up the front of the car & banged your head on the steering wheel.  Now, God did not want you to end up tearing up the car and hurting your head.  God wants only what is best for us.  But, He allowed the accident to happen.  Meaning??? With His power, He could have made it so the car wouldn’t start when you attempted to drive it.  With His power, He could have made you fall asleep before you put the key in the ignition of the car.   Oh, there’s a million things He could have done to prevent the accident.  But, with all of this said…    You…not God, caused the accident by not obeying what God told you…in the first place.  O.k…  Let’s keep going.

These “distractions” always come to us for a reason.     It is just like when Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit…to be tempted by Satan. (Matthew 4)  Satan’s temptations were tests for Jesus.   Jesus’ love & obedience to the Heavenly Father…was tested.   So, the same.  God allows these “distractions” of life…to come to us…as tests.  The tests are…whether or not…we are going to let the “things of this world” take us off…our path to God.  Now…  Many…many…sooooo many of us, fail these tests.  And, we fail them miserably.  Why???  Because, many…many…sooooo many of us, fail to SEE what is really going on.   We fail to detect that these are spiritual tests that we are experiencing.   In other words, we are spiritually BLIND to what God is allowing to happen.   We fail to see that God is giving us opportunity, after opportunity to choose Him over the world.    O.k…

Think about it like this.   Let’s say you have your physical sight.  But, you woke up one morning…put a blindfold on…& got up out of bed to go forth & do your normal activities.   What do you think would happen???  I’ll tell you.  By the end of the day, your ass might not be…among the living.  Why???  Because you will have attempted to go through life…blind.  Unable to see…to go this way…to go that way.   Not understanding how to successfully maneuver through the obstacles…you would surely face that day.  O.k…

This is analogous to how millions & millions of people are living…each & every day.  Ooooh…  For sure, they may have physical sight.   But, to the things that the physical eyes cannot reveal, they are…BLIND AS A BAT!  And, this can be ABSOLUTELY deadly.  This type of blindness can mean…death to the physical being.   Death to the spiritual soul.  Why???  Because in order to be TRULY successful through this lifetime…you have to REALLY SEE…what is going on all around you.    You have to push past the obvious…& see into the deep TRUTH of a matter.    You have to be able to see in the way that GOD…created you to see.   YES!  And, this goes way beyond just reading the lines.  I’m talkin’ about…reading above the lines…reading below the lines & reading between-the-lines.   And, guess what???  You have got to be able to do this shit all at the same time.  And…

NO! NO! NO!…   It is not magic.  It is not a trick.   I am talking about dealing with matters that are more REAL…than your hand is to you…right now.  I am talking about YOU…YES, YOU…having the EYES…of GOD.   The EYES that are able to see beyond the surface of a matter.   The EYES that pierce the veils of the supernatural. The EYES that are able to see a million times clearer than any… 20 – 20 vision.  The EYES that are able to see into the TRUTHS of God.   We are talkin’ about REALLY seeing here.  Now…

God has methodically…right down to every second…planned out where His children SHOULD be…at any given time.    But, just because we SHOULD be at a particular place…doing a particular thing…at a certain time…DOES NOT…mean that we are there…doing that thing…at that time.   Remember, God gave us freewill.   So, we are free to do this…free to do that.   Even, “free” to ignore…His call on our life.  Now, ignoring the call… “our destiny” …might not be something that we even noticed that we were doing.  How???  If you don’t even understand that God is REAL…& that you were created by Him…to serve His purposes for your life, why would you even be motivated to search out that destiny???  Where would you get the motivation to ponder that failing to carry out your God given destiny equals…your spiritual death…as well as a physical one???  However…

Failing to realize the realness of God…  Failing to understand that God created you…  Failing to seek Him out so you can follow your destiny…  Failing to love & obey God…  Failing to understand that “distractions” are tricks of the Devil…  Failing to carry out your destiny…  All of these things, will serve as NO EXCUSE…in the sight of God.  You…you…& you too…will still be held accountable by God for what you do & for what you fail to do.   No man will be left…unchecked…by God.  NONE of us.  Jesus tells us… 21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’”(Matthew 7:21-23)

And…

Guess what???  There are no do-overs.   As Kenny Loggin’s song states… “This is it!”  And, don’t be fooled by those crazy asses running around…trying to convince you that you’ll be a hummingbird in your next life.   And…   Trying to convince you…that you’ve got 9 lives.  HELL!!!  A cat ain’t even got 9 lives.  How many cats do you know of…that died…& came back…8 more times???  NONE!  So, enough of that dumb shit!  There are no 9 lives, 8 lives, 7 lives, 6 lives, 5 lives, 4 lives, 3 lives, 2 lives.   ONLY ONE!    As the Bible puts it… “ 27 And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27-28) So…

Starting today…  Starting right now…  You MUST make a concerted effort to get your shit in order.   You MUST let God know that you are with Him…100%.   You must get aligned with God so you’ll walk in His destiny for your life.  Don’t put it off until tomorrow…for…your tomorrow TRULY may never come.  Now…

You know what gives me peace…on any given day…at any given time???  I’ll tell you.   It’s knowing that I give all of me…to God.  I lay myself at His feet…to do as He instructs.  You see…  I understand that I was created by God…& for God.  This person who people call “Iris”…has no will that is outside the will of God.  Whom I am to think that I, a speck of dust, know better than God???  No such foolishness takes up residence in my head, heart or spirit.

May you go with God & go in peace.

Love,                                                                                                                                                            Iris R. Whiting ©

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