As we get to the end of Chapter 2, Pastor Idleman concludes with a prayer.
He references 2 Kings when Elisha the Prophet was attacked by King Aram. Elisha saw that God was with him but his servant did not. The servant cried out in fear but Elisha said not to fear because God is with us and will defeat any army.
Then the servant awakened and saw his master was right. God was there and they were safe.
We need that reminder.
This past week I have commented on friends who can offer correction to us when we are making mistakes, alarms that can go off when we are about to sin, our unwillingness to listen when clear messages are delivered that warn us, sleepwalking that takes over as we stumble into sin thoughtlessly and finally, the billboards of life we need when we just aren’t getting it any other way.
All of these things can keep us from moving away from God or as Idleman says “going to the Distant Country.”
Let’s add prayer to the list.
Yes, there are people in your life that are praying for you to have some victory in your life, people who are praying that you will learn to put on the whole armor of God, people who want you to have some freedom from sin.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
To pray for someone in your life to experience this just ask God to help them WAKE UP!
Questions based on Chapter 2
Do you have friends that are trying to help you make better choices or do you spend time with people who are not a positive influence on your life?
Are there alarms going off in your life right now and you are going back to sleep?
Are you a person who is so wrapped up in your own life that you are not processing messages from others–not listening?
Are you sleepwalking through life, not taking time to reflect on your choices? You don’t even think about what you are doing half the time.
Are you the kind of person who needs a “billboard”? It needs to be obvious that the mistakes are being made and the punishment cannot be ignored?