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07/17/2009

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A Challenge To A Dual


"And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:7).

The coolest car I have owned was a 1968 Chevy Camaro. I actually ordered it from the dealer with all the options that I wanted and had to wait a few weeks to get it. I won't bore you with all of the really neat things about the car, but one of them was dual exhausts. It made the car look and sound very good.(and was very expensive to replace too) This may have been a stretch to get into the devotional this morning as I am going to speak about the dual nature of man. Man is both a physical and spiritual being. Jesus shared that distinction with us as He lived on the earth, and on His last night alive He admonished Peter to, "watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41).

Man is a dual being in some other important aspects also. When man was created, God saw that he was not complete so woman was created. Man alone was not complete. He needs the companionship of a woman to complete him. A good woman fills up that which man lacks as man does the same for her. A good marriage is one in which both people are working together to the same end. As we supply each other's needs, this dual nature of man is shown and explained.

The salvation of man is also a dual thing. God has done everything to see that man has the opportunity to live with Him forever. We can all quote John 3:16. Jesus was sent to earth as our Savior. As he lived His dual life, He gave up half of it for us. God has seen to it that we have His inspired word to see us through this physical life into the spiritual one. The dual nature of this comes with man's responsibility. We need to follow God's plan in order to live with Him. (Acts 2:37-40) Then we are to live the life that God wants us to live, adding to our faith as Peter writes to us. (2 Pet. 1:5-10)

The final aspect of man's dual nature I will address this morning is our Christian life and how we live it. It is wrapped around what we believe and what we practice. It is James idea about faith and works. It is not only knowing the truth of God's Word, but putting it into practice. It is that walk that goes along with the talk. To complete this dual part of our lives, both must to a part. As I remember the sweet sound of my Camaro, the sweetness of life is made complete in knowing and fulfilling its dual nature.

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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