Post 26 / Director's Vision, The Next Language
August 10, 2020
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame” (1 Cor. 15:34 KJV).
If Paul could say, “Shame on you” to the Corinthians over 2000 years ago, I wonder what he would say to us today? Isn’t Paul pretty strongly suggesting that there is a real connection between sleeping in unrighteousness and the ignorance of the lost? I would not have ever made that connection but I believe that God’s Word is clearly saying that as long as we are consciously sinning we are blocking the truth reaching the lost. Wow! That gets kind of personal.
Is that why thousands of languages still have not heard the first sound of the Gospel? Did God really mean to turn the problem around to my personal love of sin? I can’t contrive an interpretation that will escape this brutal fact. If we embrace our sin we condemn the lost.
Wouldn’t that principle apply to our prayers as well? We can’t cover our sinning with prayers for the lost because our prayers have to pass through Christ- whose body we are. Those prayers would not even get out of our bedrooms let alone reach the throne room.
I leave these words with you with the sincere hope that you will think about this and that we will together awake to righteousness and effective prayerfulness. “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” (1 Cor. 15:34 KJV).
Larry DeVilbiss | Executive Director
Global Recordings Network USA
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