Summary: We can either come apart through the power and influence of the devil or we can come apart with Jesus and see the glory and power of God.
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Pastor James May
ARE YOU COMING APART?
Matthew 17:1-6, "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid."
It does not take a lot of examination into the lives of God’s people to realize that many are living on the edge of panic. There is rarely a day that passes when I don’t hear of some major catastrophe in the life of someone I know. It is as though life seems to be coming apart at the seams for them.
Just this week I was called to officiate at a funeral service for a murder victim. That family was totally unprepared for what happened to them. Their lives were being ripped apart by the sudden death of their loved one.
Satan’s attack upon the family, God’s institution, has taken its toll. The divorce rates, by some indicators, has leveled off and some reports even attempt to suggest that the divorce rate has fallen slightly. I think that’s highly possible but not because marriages aren’t breaking up. The statistics are better because there are literally millions of people who are living together outside of marriage in an adulterous relationship.
Even Christians have come to think that this is normal and acceptable. Regardless of how we think, God still calls it sin and those who live this way are in danger of eternal damnation.
Yes, our families are coming apart and the very fabric of the society of mankind is being ripped apart by the powers of hell!
Satan’s deception knows no bounds for now we have legalized, in many areas, and even in some religious circles we have put our stamp of approval on homosexual and lesbian “marriages” and we are allowing them to adopt children to raise them in this type of environment from the pits of hell itself. God help the next generation! I have no doubt that society as a whole will continue its downward spiral into the depths of sin and society will continue to come apart at the seams more and more with each passing year.
Men and women, young people of all ages, and now, even our very young, are coming apart mentally, emotionally and physically. The spiritual nature of man, born in sin, without the knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior, is already dead so the depths of despair and sin that man can fall into is without limit for he is destined for the pits of hell where evil and hopelessness abound.
Our prisons, our mental institutions, and our hospitals are nearly filled to capacity because people are unable to cope with the stress any longer.
The financial condition of our world and the devaluing of our money are causing panic in the lives of multitudes. Stock market fluctuations and illegal corporate activities are erasing the financial future for many and that sends them into absolute depression and panic. While most manage to hold on to their sanity and just pick themselves up, dust themselves off and begin again, there are multitudes who resort to alcohol and drugs to drown their problems and give them an unreal sense of peace so that they can escape reality.
Many of them come to the place that they come apart mentally and go off the edge of reality, never to be fully able to function in society again. Some resort to violence, murder and robbery because they see no other hope and those mistakes only drive them deeper into despair because once that journey begins there is no escape without paying your debt to society.