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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Drugs and Sorcery and a plea to those who practice these things

“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 (New King James)


In this passage, the word ‘sorcerers’ comes from the Greek word ‘pharmakos’ (Strongs # 5332) which is derived from the Greek word ‘pharmakon’ and is defined in Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament as follows:

a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner

Interesting.

But of course these individuals who practice such things, indeed, it defines their very existence, are blind to the fact that they have a bigger problem. They make light of God and see no reason to submit to his authority. Their authority lies within themselves. They are like the passengers on board the Titanic who were oblivious to the sinking ship on whose deck they so confidently walked about. Their destruction is sure. It is certain. Their only hope lies within their eyes being opened to the One who stands before them and knocks on the door of their heart. Notice the reference above to the “second death”. Those who live their lives in self indulgence will die just as all of us will face that ultimate hour. But unlike those who have placed their trust in the redeeming work of Christ and the Holy Spirit’s work in their life, they will have to experience a second death in the lake of fire which continues throughout eternity. How tragic. Those of us who pray for them and want desperately for their eyes to be open find it agonizing to know our loved ones will spend eternity separated from the One who holds out hope for abundant, purpose filled life. We want them to listen to the voice of those who were once caught up in that lifestyle but whose eyes were opened to God’s Salvation and hope. Listen to those who have been “born again” by the Holy Spirit of God. But again, they continue to make light of their only hope of life and continue to live a wasted life on board a sinking ship, all along, thinking they are okay, even though they know in their hearts that their life and attitude towards God is not okay. They wonder why they experience pain and wonder why life sucks. The pain they suffer is there for a reason. It is there to motivate them to turn their life over to the One who give them “everything they need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). But their faith continues to be in themselves and their own ability. They never step out of themselves and place their faith in the One who can do anything. They will not bend a willing knee to their Creator. Perhaps they don’t know how to escape this existence. Again, it first takes the Holy Spirit opening their eyes to their own sinful condition. At that point, their attitude must be, “enough is enough. I don’t want to live this way anymore. God, thank you for giving me a way out. Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus. I want His sacrifice to cover my sins and make me right with you. I want the Holy Spirit to change my heart and give me a heart for you so that I can live a life of meaning and one which glorifies you and not myself. I will willingly allow your resources and provisions to permeate my life. I will live life according to your direction. But Lord, I need your ability working in me to will and to obey. Lord, here I am. Take me. I am yours.”

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