27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Have you been made aware of the fact that you were born dead?
Allow me to show you some evidence:
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Ephesians 2:1-3, ESV
You see, our sin drags us down toward death (see James 1). In effect, we live in death. Death ensnares us and tries to keep us there.
And while 1 John tells us there is no fear in love (chapter 4, verse 19), if we are under the wrath of God, we have reason to fear. We are still under judgment.
The plus side to this fear is that it can push us toward God. When we look to God, something truly amazing happens:
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins …
Colossians 2:13, NIV
Following God is the only thing that can free us from death, and only by the blood of Christ shed on the Cross. Only God can give life to our dead souls.
Turn away from your sin. Turn to God. It is all that can save us.
Gracious God, thank You for making a way for us to live. Thank You for rescuing us from death, and especially for giving us You. We believe Jesus died to save us, that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We believe Jesus is the only Way.