Get A Name Change
“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27ESV
Everyone will die. Every choice between birth and death affects eternity.
—I met my granddaughters’ handsome, young friend, when he was in his early twenties. Rebellious, skeptical— he wanted to ‘live’ —making all the wrong choices. Rules of his Amish upbringing were too confining.
—We often talked about Jesus. With him saying, ‘if Jesus was like you say He is, I could love Him. But I just can’t join church, (Amish equivalent of salvation), and lead my life with the hypocrisy Jesus represents.’
—Instead, Aaron consistently chose drugs as his god.
Romans 6:23NIV “For the wages of sin is death…” Sin has a price. Every physical body pays sin’s price. Yesterday, Aaron’s god claimed his life. He suffered the “wages of sin.” A thirty-three year old body stolen forever by meth. His family had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on drug rehabs. Friends had ‘holed him up’ at their place trying to help him beat his god. But white-knuckles always buckled, as he bowed in submission repeatedly. My heart is saddened at the waste of such a sweet, young, vibrant life.
My pastor told me, ‘When a person rejects Jesus’ way, they participate in the activities of death— smoking, drugs, etc. Actively agreeing to destroy their own body for satan.’
Before Christ I smoked, never considering I was serving death. After Christ, snookered by the lie, I ‘exercised my freedom’ in Christ. Freedom was bondage as I chose death for my body. That’s a special kind of stupid to fall.
Aaron’s wasn’t a single instance of loss of life to the god of drugs. Daily the drug god claims lives of multiplied thousands of beloved family members.
Do you have someone special serving another god? Sexual perversion? Drugs? Alcohol? Gambling? Get a name change by wrestling like Jacob. Genesis 32:22-30 Tells the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel of God. V24NLT, “…Jacob all alone… and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break…” V26NLT ”…Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Our three children used drugs. I’m old school, believing even spiritually— training our children was my job. When they became tangled up with drugs, I begged God to forgive me for not raising them correctly. Infinite hours were spent praying, fasting, decreeing God’s promises over our children. Like Jacob, I was wrestling with God. They’re alive because Yahweh was merciful to me. He broke the chains of sin binding them. Several of their friends are dead from drug usage. Today, I’m wrestling with Yahweh for my grandchildren. Using— “…as for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit that is upon you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from this time forth and forevermore” Isaiah 59:21ESV.
Have you been training your family for death or fun? Like our text states, nothing but death is guaranteed in this life. Sin’s wages will take the bodies, but where will our families’ souls spend eternity? Romans 6:23NIV “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Training family to serve and love Jesus is our job— example living, loving, praying and fasting for them; reminding them of His love and sacrifice; not yielding to the world. Wrestling with God to bring family safely through judgment day to eternity is hard work. Will you do it? It’s your choice. You choose.
PRAYER: Father God, there are millions more who will be lost to other gods. Help us to be not let go of you, in Jesus’ name I pray.
by Debbie Veilleux
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