Zombie Update-I was One of the Walking Dead; Are You One?
My Daddy was the Devil! Who’s your Daddy?
People are obsessed today with the weirdest things: Werewolves/Vampires/Not to mention the whole Harry Potter phenomena. Now it seems like it’s Zombies that have grabbed people’s attention. If its dark and weird then people get into it. (YOU KNOW THOSE PEOPLE WHO WALK AROUND WITH THEIR ARMS IN FRONT OF THEM.
(THERE IS A MUCH MORE HIDDEN FORM OF ZOMBIES WALKING AROUND-THEY DON’T HOLD THEIR HANDS IN FRONT OF THEM, ETC)
(Side-note-I first started listening to music-there was a group called the Zombies-they had a hit song “Time of the Season” and it asked the question “Who’s your daddy?)
1. You do not want to be a Zombie!
Proverbs 14:12 (HCSB)
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Ever wonder how people can become serial killers? How can people be so mean? Why are people so out for themselves? How can people do what they do? Their daddy is the devil. They need a new daddy! Who’s your daddy?
Are you one of the walking dead? That’s what we are looking at tonight.
For years, I was alive but in reality I was really dead. What in the world does that mean? Did you know that you can be alive and dead at the same time.
Here is an exchange between Jesus and some the Pharisees- the Religious leaders of his time. If we look at this and realize that this would apply to all people who think they are going to heaven because of their religious background or they are a good person it takes on a new meaning. This is a scary exchange.
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,
40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.
41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
These men were the walking dead. They were Zombies. We see Zombies in the movies and on TV and we laugh at them and are intrigued by them. What happened here and happens today; is no laughing matter.
2. Ever wonder why people do what they what they do?
(it’s depends on who is their daddy)
For eighteen years, I though I was right. I thought I was really living. In high school I thought drinking, chasing woman and partying and doing what you wanted to do was where it was at. Some will try to tell you that there is no pleasure and fun in partying. Not true! The Bible says “the pleasures of sin are for but a season. Ever see an old man that drinks all the time and looks 70 and then you find out he is 45. How do you think he got started? Do you think he is happy? When he is drunk; but not even then. I would have ended up just like this. That’s right! I was Zombie! I was one of the walking dead.
3. Thank God-that you can switch sides; I did!
Then one day, I just knew there must be more. I was about ready to graduate from high school and my friend Jon and I knew there was something more. After graduation, we went to my dad’s home and our lives would change. My dad told us the truth about a personal relationship with Jesus and both of us immediately invited Jesus into our hearts.
That is where my journey took a fork in the road;
that’s right; I switched sides, I had a new dad (I am talking about a spiritual dad) he was the True God and the devil was no longer my daddy).
4. The scary thing is that Christians can be trapped in a Zombie-Like state too: a sort of Zombie Hybrid: A Christian Zombie!
What do I mean by that?
You are saved and going to heaven and in this life have potentially have all the benefits and the power they had in the Book of Acts-the early church-to heal the sick raise the dead, etc. but you are not experiencing it-you are saved but miserably saved. You are not enjoying and blossoming in your faith on this side of heaven.
5. There are two possibilities that can cause you to be a Zombie Christian:
a. You are bound by some sin(s)
Romans 6:16 (KJV)
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
· this can cover the gambit from materialism to pornography to you name it
· Satan will throw anything at you to get you side tracked from your real purpose to know and serve Jesus with all your heart. Trust me it is a cheap substitution!
Trust me I know I was a Zombie Christian for 29 years. I walked around with my dead brain with my arms in front of me and thought well I am just like everyone else. I was saved and going to heaven but I was going nowhere in my relationship with Jesus. There was that occasional person I would run into who had broken free from the Zombie pack but even most of them seemed that they weren’t achieving their full potential in Christ.
They weren’t healing the sick or doing the miraculous like all believers were intended to do today like they did in the Book of Acts in the 1st Century church.
b. Or the second possibility is that you are stuck in neutral; you should be growing but you are a baby Christian, at least in these areas and will stay one for the rest of your life unless you do something about it.
Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
It’s funny because everyone wants to be an individual. Something special. But most non-Christian people are doing the same thing. Sadly, most Christians are doing the same thing to. Now there are exceptions. Some Christians have broken out of the mode. I did.
It only took me 29 years of being a mediocre; naturally minded Christian. But then I prayed a dangerous prayer and I was never the same. I prayed “God whatever you have to do to change me just do it, give me a vision of heaven or hell, just spare my life.” In my case, I went on a journey for 10 years in hell; now I have been experiencing heaven on earth for the last year plus. I have tasted of the things that Jesus and the apostles did, and I like it. I know how Divine Healing works and I live it and teach it. I know what it is to have an intimate relationship with Jesus who is my best friend.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Philippians 3:10-14 (KJV)
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Over the years I have heard people say, “if I don’t make it to heaven; then I will party in hell.” Really! Really! What they don’t understand is that hell is a place of torment and isolation. It is not a rock concert or a backyard barbeque with having beers with your friends. It is not a place I want to go to and it is certainly not a place you want to go to. It is a place of suffering with no second chance.
So, let me ask and answer the question that is on everyone’s mind? Why would a loving God send someone to hell? He really doesn’t; it is your choice-your rejection of him that does.
God loves you so much that he sent his son to die for your sins. All he asks is that you place your faith in him and make him your Lord and Savior. Some think that is giving up everything in life that is fun and living like some religious monk. I have been on both sides and can assure you this; this side-knowing the Lord and feeling his presence and pleasure and hearing that still small voice and having eternal life with benefits down here is worth it. Of course, you do get made fun of at times-that is persecution-but it’s worth it.
So is it fair that God sends people to hell. Well, if I had one son and I send him to help you and he gave his life for you as a ransom to that you could go free; and instead of honoring him; you used his name as a curse word and didn’t want anything to do with him; there wouldn’t be a hell long or deep enough for you.
So maybe you are beginning to understand; God is loving; but just. He wants those who want him. Those who refuse him and seek only their own selfish and sinful ways don’t get to spend eternity with him and his son. It is that simple!
I was part of the Walking Dead and Now I am part of the Living Dead (Dead to sin and Alive in and thru Christ)
This is your choice! You have a free will! But choose wisely. Do you want Jesus and Life or do you want to be a Zombie and walk in death and just go along with the crowd. Someday, you will just be dead. The Bible says this in 1 John 5:1212 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Hebrews 9:27 says “ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Don’t put this off. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible says today is the day of salvation!
(PRAY THIS: ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT)
-Dear Heavenly Father, -I confess all of my sins before you
-Thank you for forgiving me -I invite you in my heart right now
-I receive you as my Lord and Savior
-In Jesus Name, Amen
(If you prayed that prayer from your heart you are a new believer in Christ; find a church where they preach the whole truth of God's Word)
(THIS IS FOR CHRISTIANS)
NOW IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE THAN JUST ONE OF THE PACK-THE PACK AIN’T GOING ANYWHERE-YOU WANT TO BREAK OUT AND KNOW AND SERVE THIS GOD WHO LOVES YOU THEN PRAY THIS:
(TO GROW IN CHRIST)
(PRAY THIS-ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT)
-Dear Heavenly Father,
-I am tired of my Christian Walk being just going to church on Sunday and a prayer and a devotional the rest of the week: I want more!
-I deny self and take up the Cross
-I choose to seek you with all my heart
-Show me what how to do that and help me to live it out
-In Jesus Name, Amen