People who don’t seek to grow in faith and maturity are spiritually sleeping. The slumberer is unable to see anything, to hear anything, or to move at all. Likewise, people who live a sleeping life of faith do not listen to the Word of God – they think it disturbs their lives. Such people cannot grow because they do not accept God’s teaching.
The slumberer doesn’t even realize that a burning coal is passing over his face. Those who are awake get up quickly and leave the burning building before the fire reaches them. Those who are awake are able to survive.
You are awake when you know what is frightening and what you should fear. Those who live a sleeping life of faith have no spiritual sense. You have to wake up, realizing whether you are spiritually dead or spiritually sleeping – if you are not repenting of your sins; have no spiritual sense; and are not moved by the Spirit.
Those who are spiritually dead can’t hear their souls scream in despair because of the sins they committed. What is your current spiritual condition? I hope you wake up from your deep sleep, realizing if you have been living a sleeping life of faith.
"and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.(2 Timothy 2:26)
We should always be on the alert. If we are not on the alert, we don’t even know whether we are overpowered by sin or by evil. In that condition, your soul will fall into the fire of Hell at the moment of death, to be chained by the devil, who seeks only to steal, kill and destroy.
We need to know what is overpowering us. If you have been living while overpowered by the devil, you should think about what will happen to your soul in the future – and try to live a life of faith by the Holy Spirit, escaping from the snare of sin.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #483 (June 11, 2016)