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About a year ago I noticed a place on my  back where my skin color was different from the color of the rest of my skin.  The spot was small so I didn’t think much about it.  As time went on the spot began to get larger.  Eventually the spot came to be about the size of my hand.  It wasn’t noticable except when I would get hot or get out of the shower.  Therefore, I began to think this spot was a heat rash or something to that effect.  A few months after noticing this spot, I noticed that after I would shower my neck and chest were splotchy.   Once again, I shrugged this off as a heat rash and didn’t think much about it.  It did not take long for these spots to begin to overtake my upper torso.  Finally, I decided to see a dermatologist about these spots that were overtaking my body.  Upon meeting with the doctor, he determined it was a fungus I caught in the summer air.  He prescribed me 4 pills and some cream and the fungus was completely gone within one week.

Sin affects our life in the same manner the fungus affected my skin.  It enters in very subtle and begins to grow.  If sin goes undiagnosed, it can overtake your life in a short matter of time!  It begins to wrap itself all throughout your life until you are completely covered with sin to the point that you see nothing else.  Once sin enters in it only wants to stick around.  Remember, sin will ALWAYS take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you’re willing to stay, and cost you more than you’re willing to pay.  There is only one way to get rid of the sin that covers our life.  The cure is through the blood of Jesus.  By Him dying on the cross for our sin, His blood covers us if we accept His grace! 

Romans 6:22-23 (New International Version)

22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The King

As many people know, I am deeply intrigued with movies.  I recall when the movie “300” first came out on DVD.  I rushed over to Best Buy around 11:00 p.m. to purchase the movie because I was afraid they would run out of the $10 copies of the movie.  Interesting enough they did!  I ended up purchasing the $20 uncut version.  As I watched the movie, which depicted the Battle of Thermopylae, I began to see many similarities between Jesus and Satan.  At one point in the movie, the Spartan King Leonidas was standing before the Persian god-King Xerxes.  At this point in the movie, Xerxes has sacrificed many of his soldiers trying to conquer Sparta.  Xerxes tells King Leonidas that he will spare Sparta and make him a King if he will only kneel and worship at his feet.  Of course King Leonidas refuses what Xerxes has offered.  Xerxes is greatly offended and tells King Leonidas that he has no problem sacrificing any of his soldiers to overtake the 300 soldiers of Sparta.  King Leonidas simply responds:  “You would gladly sacrifice any of your soldiers while I would gladly die for any of mine“.  It is at this point in the movie that one realizes exactly what kind of King is ruling the Spartan empire!

I think over and over about the kind of King that rules my life.  I have a King that refused to bow at Satan’s feet, when he offered Him the world.  I have a King that gave up a heavenly throne to come to a lowly place just so I can one day spend an eternity with Him in paradise!  I have a King that words cannot describe and thoughts cannot consume!  I have a King that gladly took my place on a cross that was mine, died so that I could have life, and did it all while carrying the burdens of my sin!  I serve an amazing King!  In fact, He is not just a King, He is THE KING!  I wish everyone knew the love of my King.  Not only did He die for me, but He died for you also.  My King Jesus died to bring life!  Let me ask:  How many Presidents, Kings, Bosses, Emperors, or ect. have given their life for you?  How many have given up everything and taken your place?  I know of one:  Jesus!

The Gospel of John in the Bible says in chapter 20 verse 31 that “everything written in this book is so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name“.

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