Jesus said God is not the God of the dead, but of the living since all live to him (Luke 20:38).
There is a clear theme throughout all the scriptures that puts life up against death.
God's way leads to life and abundant life.
Any other way leads to death.
Look at any story in the scripture and you will see the evidence.
Adam was told not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he would die.
Noah built an ark, commanding all to enter it or they would incur judgment.
Abraham only had to believe God for the promise his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore.
Moses was told to command the people to put the blood of the lamb on their door posts or the angel of death would kill them.
David's sin led to the death of his newborn child, but he continued to attribute his victories and deliverances from death to God his fortress and shield.
Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and said the God who answers by fire is the real God. Then he was so scared of Jezebel that he asked God to take his life, but instead, God gave him food, strength, a mission and a destiny.
Daniel chose to only eat vegetables so he wouldn't eat any food sacrificed to idols, but instead of growing weaker, he grew stronger than all the servants of that nation.
Jesus said he came that we may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
You can think of countless more examples of how God rescued and delivered his people from death to life.
The point is irrevocable!
Following in the steps of Jesus means following after life!
Jesus said freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).
The context is healing the sick, cleansing lepers, casting out devils, and raising the dead.
Posture your heart and mind to receive from Jesus today.
God is a God of the living and he wants you to walk in the paths of life.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.