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The Decay Ends with Me


    One of the worst smells known to man is the odor of decay. The smell is typically accompanied by gnats, flies, maggots, and other unsavory bacteria unseen to the eyes. Jesus said it best in Matthew 24:28 “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” When something is dead, the decomposition process will occur to finish what has died. The unpleasant smell is enough to catch anyone’s attention and move them to get rid of what is dead and spreading through their sanctuary called home. I want you to consider your body as being a sanctuary/temple. Inspiration states, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). We must do something with the decay of sin that has taken root within us.

   The Bible speaks of a time when Christians were “dead in trespasses” (Colossians 2:13), and once death comes, decay follows. If you allow God’s word to speak to you, and you come to the realization that you are not what He wants you to be, you realize that you are dead in sin; the following question to ask is, who do I have around me that is keeping me in the state of deadness? At times, it could be only you. God gives the picture of an eagle flying over a carcass, while nature shows us maggots and bacteria feeding off what remains. The world and wicked people in it feed off your soul. That is why the Bible says, “Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord….” (2 Cor. 6:17) and “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Cor. 15:33). The blessing of this is God gives you the power to make it stop and even reverse the process of decay and rot. Don’t let them eat you away!

   The world around us is decaying. We don’t like what we see and are not trying to leave this world prematurely because we are needed. As this world continues to deteriorate, ensure that it ends with you. God depends on you to be the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). As God’s children, we take no part in the decaying process of souls but in preserving souls.  May God bless your soul.

                                               ©July 2, 2022/ Courtney Henderson

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