Christians, I remember a time we took a trip to the beach. The water was beautiful, there was a green flag flying. The sign I read talked about Rip Currents, how they can drag you out to sea fast and unexpected. Even the most experienced swimmers could get caught in one. It said that if possible you should try to swim out of it, but if you cannot, wave your hands and shout for help.
We stayed at the beach for a while and the waves started to pick up. As we were leaving they announced they were about to change the flags to Yellow – and cautioned us about going out if it got worse. They would change it to Red, the worse, DO NOT GO OUT IN THE WATER!
God was showing me later that the beach goers represent the people lost in the world, the waves represent sin. The Bible represents the flags of warning and instruction, and the lifeguards are us Christians. First of all, we as Christians must understand flags and their warnings so that we abide by them. Remember the rip currents created by big waves sweep away even the strongest swimmers. Then it is our responsibility to in turn warn others. To let them understand the dangers and risks of messing around in the waves, that it can hurt or destroy you!
It is also our responsibility to rescue those who do not heed our warning, when they get swept away and they wave their hands over their head. When we go and save them we do it through deliverance and warfare, healing. We go into the water and bring them back, fighting against the water and waves to save them.
Some will listen, some don’t. We cannot hold it against them as most of us Christians were once stranded swimmers and someone had to come and help us out and bring us back to shore. Remember, there is NO CHANCE of drowning or of being swept away if your feet never get in the water. Do not even wade around in sin, stay far from it.
Stay strong, have faith and be prepared, not to get tempted to go in the water yourself, but also that you will be used to save others. Study, and read the word, preparing yourself, knowing all the different waves of sin. Jesus is coming, be ready and help others to be ready as well. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 (NIV)
But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
RESCUE others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,] but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. Jude 17-23 (NLT emphasis added)
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16 (AMP)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2018