Your Life is Worth Living! Accept no Substitutes!

Your Life is Worth Living!  Accept no Substitutes!

“What’s the point of living?”

“I’m just in the way, no one wants me or needs me anyway.”

“It would be easier to just die.”

These are the voices of the spirit of death. It likes to talk people into losing purpose, giving up, and wanting to die. It is an unloving spirit and a suicidal spirit.

It deals out its deadly doctrines directly against the truth of God’s love and purpose. It is atheistic and rebellious. It preempts God’s plan for our lives by getting us to declare we, and/or those around us, would be better off with us dead and gone and out of the way. It is a liar that comes along when we are suffering, hurting, and tired.

The prophet Elijah got seduced by the spirit of death. After he’d won a mighty victory over the false prophets of Baal and helped the nation of Israel turn back to God, Israel’s wicked Queen Jezebel threatened him.

She raged, “The gods will get you for this and I’ll get even with you! By this time tomorrow you’ll be as dead as any one of those prophets.”

She was powerful and convincing. Elijah took her threats seriously and that set him up hear and believe the spirit of death.

“When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey. He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all—to just die: “Enough of this, God! Take my life—I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!”” (1 Kings 19:1–4)

Thankfully the Lord came alongside with food, water, angels, time and rest to encourage Elijah back toward life and living. He had more life for Elijah to live!

He has more life for us to live too! No matter how bad things seem, or how useless you may think you are God wants you to live.

Most of us who desire to serve the Lord have been attacked by the spirit of death. Just before writing this column I encountered at least three people who were struggling and thinking about giving up and getting out way or another.

I read a book about a man who had terminal cancer. He almost gave in and resigned himself to die. But the Lord gave him this Bible verse: “I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:17) Through tenaciously clinging to, believing and declaring that verse by faith in God’s promise he regained his hope and eventually his complete health.

The truth is God is at work in our lives even when we can’t make sense of it.  The Bible says, “For we are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) And, “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

Let’s deny the devil’s lie and declare God’s truth, “I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.”

“Giv’m heaven!”—John Parker

John Parker serves with Connections Simple Church of Chowchilla meeting 10 AM Sundays at Carty Center, 609 W. Robertson Blvd. Learn more at: www.simplechurchsuccess.com or contact John at (209) 564-7201

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