Have you noticed what’s going on around us the last few years? It seems obvious that the secular world system has intoxicated the majority of the population with its messages of political correctness and self-indulgence of every vice possible as well as a myriad of other destructive habits and character traits.
When someone becomes intoxicated or drunk, there are visible signs you can easily recognize.
- They become disoriented
- They don’t see or hear correctly
- They don’t listen to instruction
- Their senses become dulled
- They become easy prey
What’s sad about this condition in people is this. Most of them are not aware of their present state physically or mentally. So they’re also not aware many times that they can and do cause harm to people they love as well as other innocent people.
Many people in the world today are exhibiting these same signs. But the cause is not chemically related. Instead, it’s manifesting in them spiritually, emotionally and relationally, etc.
Many of them aren’t even aware that there is a problem. They have literally become drunk with their own secular humanistic belief systems. They’re actually being manipulated by a spiritual enemy whose primary goal is to destroy them physically, mentally and spiritually.
In 1 Peter 5:8 in the Bible it says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (NASB).” The word “sober” in this particular passage means to show moderation, self-restraint, self-controlled, and calm of spirit.
Whether you believe it or not, there is a real spiritual enemy that is after your spiritual and physical life and everything related to that and he hates you.
As I mentioned above, there are many people in our world today that are consumed with satisfying and indulging themselves with no thought of the long-term consequences. It’s actually so far out of balance that some are actually killing themselves.
The passage below was written by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:14-18 in The Voice Translation.
Awake, you sleeper! Rise from your grave, and the Anointed One will shine on you. 15 So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! 16 Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times. 17 So understand and be confident in God’s will, and don’t live thoughtlessly. 18 Don’t drink wine excessively. The drunken path is a reckless path. It leads nowhere. Instead, let God fill you with the Holy Spirit.
It’s not just important in the days we’re living in, it’s critical that you recognize what’s going on around you and prepare yourself. Evil is escalating at an unprecedented rate, but God told us that would happen in Isa. 60:1-3 as well as several places in the New Testament.
We must wake up spiritually. In order to do that you need the power of the Holy Spirit living inside you. If you’re already a Christian but you’ve fallen asleep at the wheel, it’s time to shake yourself awake and see what God has for you to do and exactly where you’re supposed to be living, going to church, and serving.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you can literally change your eternal destiny in minutes. You MUST recognize you’re not perfect and that you’ve sinned against God by trying to run your own life. You’re not God and He IS and that’s the long and short of it.
Jesus said in John 3:16 that God so loved this world that He gave His only Son, Jesus. (That was His very best!) And He finished by saying “whoever” believes in Him “will not perish” but have everlasting life. We’re all going to die physically someday. But without knowing Jesus personally as your Lord and Savior, there is a very real spiritual death and that destiny ends in hell forever with no hope of escape.
Hell is not just a bad day here on earth. If you don’t believe in hell you need to hear this testimony of Bill Wiese about 23 minutes in hell.
However, there is also spiritual life in Christ when you bow your heart to Jesus, admit your need for Him and then invite Him into your heart. You will not be sorry you did.
Be Watching for Him
The Bible says that if you’re a Christian and are still alive, Jesus Christ Himself is coming back one day to take all of us to heaven to be with Him forever.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thess. 4:16-17 NLT.
This is referred to as the Rapture of the Church.
It also says that we will be rewarded for just anticipating or looking forwarding to Christ returning for us. Second Timothy 4:8 in the NLT says, And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.
That will be a day like we’ve never seen before.
Are you watching for Him? Are you looking forward to Him coming? Are you awake and walking straight? Are you sober?
This old world is not going to last forever and one day soon Jesus is coming back for all who know Him and have accepted Him as Lord, Savior and the only TRUE God!
Are you ready? If you’re not you can be. Simply ask God’s forgiveness for not inviting Jesus into your life and tell Him you want Him to be Lord in your life. Mean it with all your heart, commit to reading, following and obeying His word and you’ll be ready when He comes.
You will NOT regret it, I promise you!
Serving You Truth,