Daily Devotions: July 14, 2017

Daily Devotions: July 14, 2017

Romans 8:7-11

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” vs. 11

Some years ago a movie called “Dead Man Walking” portrayed the last days of a condemned killer as he appealed his conviction. The term has since been applied in any number of instances to describe the state of humans who have lost hope for the future as they continue to live in the present. Sadly, there are many who fall into that category. They live with a dead core even as they present smiling faces to those around them. There is no vitality…no energy…no hope…no life. Such persons can be contrasted with those who struggle with incurable diseases but who do so with a sense of joy and a zest for living that belies their physical condition. We’re uplifted by their presence and marvel at their spirit. What’s the difference? Often the answer is unmistakeable and is related to their faith. Such persons have put their trust in God and it’s the Spirit of God dwelling within them that gives hope and vitality. They know that there is nothing in all creation, not even death, that can separate them from the love of God, and that conviction gives them the courage to live each day with spirit and dignity…and we marvel at their witness.

Thought for the Day: When have I felt like a “dead man walking”? 


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