I know this story sounds impossible to believe, but it’s true. A Hot Springs man died from reading the Bible too much! How is something like this possible you ask? Let me explain it in detail. This particular man started reading the Bible religiously. As time passed, the man reported that He was feeling very strange and different. He claimed he would often feel warm sensations going through his body that felt unlike anything he had felt before. Prior to his death it was report that he claimed to be getting weaker and weaker with each passing day until finally the man died! The common link in his death was his continual reading of the Bible.

The day of the funeral many friends and relatives attended the event. There were several of the friends and relatives that spoke on behalf of the man. Sadly, very few had anything nice to say about the man. As a matter of fact, all of them were quoted as saying he was often given to sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, and jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, and wild parties. After the funeral service reporters asked the different ones as they left the building if they would miss their dearly departed; the answer was a resounding, NO!

I am sure by now you would like to know who this poor fellow was. His name was Paul Kern.  That’s right! I’m that guy who died long ago. The scripture says in Romans 6:5-8, “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.” Paul Kern died long ago and was laid to rest in a watery grave in baptism. I have to admit that old man tries to rise up every so often, but the power of Christ strengthens my spirit-man to keep him in the grave where he belongs.

I want to encourage you today to keep that old-man buried. Don’t give your old nature mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. You can know today you are not controlled by the sinful nature; you are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.

-PK