Alive!

James 5:19-20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

To be made alive, saved, born again, has made all the difference in my life!

I remember that day so very often and make it a point to remember, so I never forget what the Lord has done for me. For nearly twenty years, I was able to daily pass by the very place where I knelt to receive Jesus as my Savior. I would often kneel and thank and praise God for His wondrous mercy and grace.

What has genuinely kept my walk with God alive is using my gifts and talents to help others. I have found happiness, but it was fleeting. Nothing can compare to the joy of seeing one come to know salvation and finding the peace that they have long sought!

I believe we are called to be interveners, interceders, and intercessors. 

Parents intervene in the lives of their children. We call that training. There are times when the Holy Spirit will call upon us to intervene in the lives of a brother or sister. When we do it biblically, restoration is the goal.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Matthew 18:15-16 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”

We often neglect to intercede for one another. 

Intercede means to come between, or to mediate to reconcile. The church is commanded to reach in three areas.

Outreach; which is evangelization.

In-reach; which is the building of the body to reach the lost, and maintain a clean, pure, and right spirit.

The last is Re-reach. It is reaching those who have fallen away; those who are holden by some stubborn habit or sin and find it difficult to break free. 

Many think this is comprised of those who no longer come to church. While that may be true, there is a more significant portion who are the walking dead. They show enough outward signs of duty – church attendance, singing, even ministering. Yet, they are dead inside. 

I can find many a religious person who can run circles around a saved man. But, their spirit has not been made alive by the Spirit of God. I can also find a saved man working in the flesh trying to please God and man outwardly, but inwardly, they’re dying.

Interceding is an active part of intercession. 

Intercession is done without ever having to interact with anyone except God. 

Interceding takes confrontation that has been prompted by the Spirit of God. I have learned over the years that though I may see what a person may need, the time may not be right; their spirit may not be ready to receive help. I may very well represent someone who may have wounded them deeply. 

To participate in the activity of reaching those in bondage, those held captive by wrong choices, generational sins, spiritual warfare, and much more, taking one who freed from sin themselves and willing to engage the enemy on that one’s behalf.

There is the sacrifice associated with this activity that keeps the average church member from experiencing the joy of helping someone become free indeed.

We may not all be ready or even equipped to engage in this activity, but we can ask to be used for whatever, whenever the Lord sees fit to do so. I look at it this way – If some sin took me, I would want a brother to come and take the time and energy to pull me from the ruin of my own making. 

Jude 20-23 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Build up yourselves.

Pray in the Holy Ghost.

Keep yourselves in the love of God.

Have compassion.

Make a difference.

Pull them from the fire – even if they set it themselves.

Somebody came to help you… Return the favor!

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