RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Friday 18 January 2013
SIN AND DEATH CONNECTION
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise "Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted." Many sicknesses are the direct result of foolish acts. Psalm 107:19
Read 1Kings 17:17-18
Bible in one year: 2 Corinthians 10-13
Key points: Sin facilitates sickness while holy living facilitates healthy living
Romans 6:23 says sin pays the one who engages in it with death. Sickness is an agent of death. When somebody falls sick, the reason people become concerned is that it can lead to death. This tells us that sin, sickness and death are all linked together. Let us take example in 1Kings 17:17-18. Here the son of the widow of Zarephat took ill and later died. By the time the widow met Elijah, she asked: “Why have you done this? Do you want to bring my sin to remembrance?” In other words, she believed some sin she committed some time ago, which had probably been swept under the carpet, was now having its toll on her. Looking at the beginning, before the advent of sin, there was no sickness or death in the Garden of Eden. Psalm 1 07:1 7 further confirms this when it states: Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.”… Sin leads to sickness because sin provides sickness with a very conducive atmosphere to operate in the life of the sinner. This is why your healthiest moments on earth are when you are living holy, excluding while going through a trial of faith situation; while the times you are most vulnerable to sicknesses ¡s when you are living in sin. When you make effort to live holy, you are only doing yourself good and prolonging your life.
Similarly, demons are also agents of death. Anyone who lives in sins is a slave of Satan according to Romans 6:16. In addition, 1 John 3:8 says the one who sins is a property of the devil. Sin always connects the sinner with Satan. When you sin, Satan automatically has what belongs to him ¡n you, making the fellow a slave of the devil. So captivity and bondage leads to death. Also poverty and hunger are agents of death. Never believe the lie of anyone that poverty is good. The evil of poverty is not only that it can kill the poor before their time, for ¡n 2 Kings 6:2429, we read of how two women were so hungry that they decided to use their children for breakfast - just to live for a few more days! You shall not be a victim of poverty in Jesus name. Are you still connected with sin - evil thoughts, plans or emotions? Break them off today!