The reality is, we are living in a world where people are asleep, they have been drugged with the elixir of sin and they are in such a deep sleep that it is hard for them to awake.
There are even people that did awake from that sleep but have chosen to go back to bed, such is the power of this elixir.
As believers we need to have a respect for the power of this elixir called SIN because if we don’t, we will take a lot for granted and cause this elixir to effect us and the people around us.
When we have a respect for its potential destructive power, we will have a strong prayer life, always interceding on the behalf of others.
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We need to know how to wage our warfare in this life because this elixir called sin is a spiritual substance that we see the physical manifestation. Therefore it is futile trying to fight against the physical manifestation because that is like trying to put a plaster (Band Aid) on a cancerous tumor.
2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. [Lit. flesh] Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments
2Co 10:5 and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey the Messiah. [Or Christ]
2Co 10:6 Once your obedience is complete, we will be ready to reprimand every type of disobedience.
Whether or not we are praying for a person’s health condition or person’s behavior, we are ultimately dealing with the results of this elixir called sin. Because the result of sin is death and we live in a sin sick world, so as a result, people are dying all the time.
Even though we need to have a respect for the potential destructive power of sin, that does not mean we forget about the power we have through Christ:
1Jn 4:4 Little children, you belong to God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1Jn 4:5 These people belong to the world. That is why they speak from the world’s perspective, [Lit. from the world] and the world listens to them.
1Jn 4:6 We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.
Sin tries to twist the truth and bring about doubt in God, we saw it at the beginning when Satan spoke to Eve in the Garden of Eden and said “Did God actually say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Gen 3:1)
And we see this deceit throughout the whole of history, which is why there are so many false religions and false beliefs out there.
The elixir is so strong, that unless a person truly wants to wake up, they won’t!
For most people unfortunately they feel it is just easier to stay asleep, because if they are asleep they do not have to face the reality of the effect of the elixir on their life and character.
This is why many times it takes a tragedy to strike, which causes them to get shaken out of their sleep:
Heb 10:26 For if we choose to go on sinning after we have learned the full truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 but only a terrifying prospect of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Heb 10:28 Anyone who violates the Law of Moses dies without mercy “on the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
Heb 10:29 How much more severe a punishment do you think that person deserves who tramples on God’s Son, treats as common the blood of the covenant by which it was sanctified, and insults the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30 For we know the one who said, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will pay them back,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
Heb 10:31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
God loves his creation too much to just let us kill ourselves through sin, so sometimes extreme measures are taken. This is why we need to intercede on the behalf of others so that they wake up before it gets to that level.
We need to be a praying church and a loving church, we need to be a body of people that have a heart for the lost. We need to be a people that are willing to put action behind our words and we need to be that Truth Witness that delivers souls (Proverbs 14:25)
It is time for people to wake up!
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People are asleep to what is takes to prepare for their futures both in their health and their finances. Most people are just firefighting and dealing with one issue after the other, not realizing that putting the right things in place before hand could stop these things from happening.
This is why what we are doing in Reliv is so powerful, because we are addressing these issues head on. Some people will listen some won’t, some chose to wake up and some chose to stay asleep.
We cannot control that but we can control how many times we bring the message.
There are people out there willing to wake up, we just have to find them.
So keep on searching, you are changing lives!
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