I pray that everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! Let us all not forget that today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day which is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. Having said that, I would like to take some time to encourage you to get checked and know your status. However, do not stop at knowing your status about AIDS. Also check to know your status when it comes to being infected with, breeding, and spreading sin. Sin, like AIDS, can be spread, go undetected, and lead to death. But unlike AIDS, we all at one point have been, some still are, infected (Rom. 5:12). Also, unlike AIDS, there is a known, guaranteed cure. (1 Peter 2:24).
The AIDS virus attacks the body’s immune system, our mechanism of defense against sickness and disease, causing it to deteriorate to the point that someone infected would have to be hospitalized and could even die from a common cold. Many people do not develop any symptoms when they first become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Sounds a lot like sin, huh? Sin attacks the Christian’s fellowship with God by weaking one’s spiritual walk. Our mecahnisms of defense, prayer life, devotional time, and fellowship with other believers, become lessened and what once was a small thing for us to deal with, now becomes an all-out war. We may not immediately express signs that we are dealing with sin, but when left unhandled, it’s result is death. (James 1:15)
As a Christian, we have to always be on guard against this disease! 1 Peter 5:8 says ‘Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’. The enemy wants us to continue to spread this deadly disease. Eph. 6:11-18 gives a sure means to protect ourselves. ‘Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.‘(v11) Oftentimes, we find ourselves feeling hopeless while drowning in our sin. But God has sacrificed His Son for us, and He will forgive us. We should repent for our sin and seek after God. (1 John 1:9, Gal. 5:16) Know your status! No matter what the sin and how far in it you are, you can be cured today!
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