2017 – SUNDAY 15 JANUARY
FIVE SIGNS OF DEATH
And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out,
There is nothing worse than to still be alive, but to be dead on the inside.
In this account of Jesus raising this man from the dead, we see some clear signs of the presence of death.
When your hopes and dreams have died on the inside – you will exhibit these symptoms.
1. YOU NEED TO BE CARRIED BY OTHERS
People who need other people to carry them through life – always get weaker.
People who carry others and find ways to bless others – always get stronger.
Be a blessing not a burden.
2. YOU CANT SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
Dead people don’t have any strong convictions or confessions.
Dead people don’t say what they think.
People without hope – do not sing or shout for joy.
Stir up your soul to say and declare some good things about your world.
Faith always has a future.
3. YOU NO LONGER CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR WORLD
Find some way of adding to those in your world. Investing into other people is the greatest expression of a successful life.
4. YOU CANNOT IMPART JOY TO OTHERS
You were created to carry joy and share it with others. You will come alive again when you stop crying and start carrying joy for others.
5. YOU ARE NO LONGER INCREASING IN LIFE.
Dead people shrivel and shrink, and their world becomes a small lonely pit.
Keep expanding your world and including others.
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