There are many things in this world that bring us fear and they are all related to sin. Last week I spent a number of days next to a hospital bed with the family of a man. After years of drug addiction the man overdosed for the last time. The ambulance brought him to the hospital with little chance of life. After he had remained on life-support for a few days the doctors informed the family that there was nothing they could do for the young man. Their suggestion was hard for the family to hear. They said that it was time to remove the life-support because his organs were shutting down. As you can understand, this was devastating to the family.
The man had not given up the faith. He had continued to come to church and made sure to recently have his daughters baptized. Yes, he was a sinner just like the rest of us, but his sin brought him death more rapidly than many of ours sin do.
The result of sin is death. Satan and his demons love to encourage our sin and then turn around their attacks to condemn our sin. They seek to bring despair, this despair is what many drug addicts experience daily. As a result they turn back to the drugs for comfort and escape. Those who use drugs in this way are in a difficult position. They open themselves up to being spiritually oppressed and in some rare cases this can lead to demon possession. No, this man was NOT demon possessed, but Satan and his demons had successfully enticed the sinful condition of this man many times over the years. Just like he continues to do to each of us. If there were no demons we would still sin because sin is apart of what we are. The outward actions of sin seen by the world are only symptoms of what lays within. However, Satan and his demon know well how to exploit our sinful condition. The result of that exploitation was laid out before everyone to see covered by the white pall at the funeral service.
This link will take you to the sermon I preach at the funeral of this young man. My hope was to bring comfort to the family and take their attention away from the effects of sin and turn it to the one who bore the sins of the world, namely, Jesus the Christ.
See Link to sermon here:http://www.trinityreese.org/ClientData/1033/Assets/funerals/eric%20beyerlein%20funeral%20sermon.mp3
I hope this is a reminder to all who are afraid of this life and as a result of their fear seek comfort in the things of death. My book, I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession And Spiritual Warfare is filled with stories similar to the one I have told in this post, but these stories lead to life rather than death. They lead to Jesus rather than to Satan.
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