“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)
If, when we listen to the Word, we don’t move, our faith is dead. The person who listens to the Word and moves in accordance with it is spiritually alive and blessed. We should not assume that just going to church means that we are leading healthy faith lives. We should have a living faith that prompts us to move according to the Word of God.
The person who is imprisoned by the devil will argue arrogantly with the Lord, bringing charges against Him and disobeying Him. When God says, “It’s like this…”, such a person replies, “No, it’s not”. This person is arguing with the Lord. The Lord says to him, “Do this” – but he replies “No, I don’t want to do it”. This person is opposing the Lord. He doesn’t realise that the devil is using him as an instrument of wickedness. There is a huge difference between the faith that is awake and the faith that is sleeping.
If you have a sleeping faith, even though you want to pray, you can’t; even though you want to evangelize, you can’t evangelize; even though you want to live according to the will of the Lord, you can’t.
Apostle Paul earnestly asked Timothy, “Do not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.” (1 Timothy 3:7)
The Lord takes the person who He uses out of the hand of the devil and lets him be in the hand of the Lord, just as He did with the Apostle Paul. To be used by the Lord, we need spiritual discernment, spiritual power and spiritual senses. We should pray hard and, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, throw away things in our lives which the Holy Spirit is uncomfortable to use, and thus to mold ourselves to be worthy to be used by the Lord.
Our souls should be awake, not sleeping, until the Lord come again. We should make the sleeping souls be alert. We should always be awakened out of the trap of the devil, be sensitive to the voice of the Lord and move according to the Word of God for the sake of our souls.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #485 (June 25, 2016)