5 ways to keep someone from dying

Day 24 of 31 Days of Wisdom
 
“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11
 
Today you may be in contact with someone who fits this verse. It’s sort of a morbid picture. It’s a picture of someone who is attracted, pulled, and heading in a direction that leads to death. Our instruction is to deliver them.
 
But who is actually drawn to death? What kind of person is stumbling to the slaughter? If we are talking on natural terms these are people who can’t seem to get out of their own way. They are drawn to toxic relationships. They get themselves into bad financial arrangements. They involve themselves with drugs, illicit sexual activity, violence, etc.  But if we take this verse from a more spiritual angle these are people who haven’t yet committed their lives to Jesus Christ.
 
I’d like to encourage you today to see this verse along the spiritual angle. Today you will be in contact with people who are drawn to death, spiritual death to be exact. They are stumbling in life and are stumbling to the slaughter. If you know the Lord your responsibility is to deliver them and hold them back from death. The Lord wants us to be ever mindful of those who are stumbling, walking around limp, heading towards their eventual end of eternal separation from the Lord.
 
But it doesn’t have to be this way for them. We can do something about it. We can deliver such people. We can share the good news of Christ and help them avoid stumbling into the slaughter. There’s no better feeling than to be used by God to set someone free from bondage.
 
Here’s 5 ways you can keep someone from dying:

1)      Believe that people want to be free. Believe that they want a real relationship with God. Don’t assume people aren’t interested. In fact people are desperately crying for pure love that only comes from Jesus.

 
2)      Pray for people you know that are lost. Pray that God would open their heart to the truth of Christ and that they would be willing to receive Him.

 
3)      Serve people. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Serve people with kindness. Serve people with a warm greeting. Serve people with lunch, a hug, or an uplifting word.

 
4)      Speak to people about what God has done in your life. Give them your story and how the Lord has ministered to you and brought you through things you didn’t think possible.

 
5)      Invite them to accept Christ. Simply ask them if they would like to receive Christ into their heart. If they do, pray with them asking the Lord to enter their heart.

 
It’s really that simple. As Christians we are called to deliver those drawn toward death and we are graced to hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. The grace of God is on you today to do that.

 
Share with me a time you invited someone to receive the Lord and how that experience impacted them.

Love,

 

Ernst

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