Will You Get up and Try or Sit Here and Die?
Steve N. Wagers
2 Kings 7
1. The Reality They Encountered
A) Hopeless Because of Their Situation
B) Helpless Because of Their Sickness
2. The Risk They Embraced
A) A Most Critical Discussion
B) A Most Crucial Decision
3. The Reward They Enjoyed
A) God Cleared the Way for Them
B) God Confirmed His Word to Them
Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study of a disorder that affects most Americans. It is known as ''sitting disease.''
50-70%: sit more than 6 hours a day
20-35%: spend 4 hours or more a day watching TV
The study revealed that those that suffer from ''sitting disease'' literally take years off of their life.
A person who sits for 8 hrs/day-15% chance of dying in next 3 years
A person who sits for 10+ hrs/day-40% chance of dying in next 3 years
A person who limits sitting to 3 hrs or less-can add up to 4 years to their life
Doctor James Levine concluded the study by saying, ''The body is designed for movement. If you stop movement, it crumbles on every level.''
Many Christians/churches suffer from ''sitting disease.'' When we come to church, we sit. When we have a meal, we sit. When we have a meeting, we sit.
The greatest sit-down strike today is in the church of Jesus Christ.
Many sit in regard to their:
SIN-refuse to hear/heed conviction of Holy Ghost and get right with God
SALVATION-''WHOsoever'' Gospel, but not 'WHENsoever' Gospel
SERVICE-content to coast to Heaven on a life insurance policy-no Work
(Empty of EXCITEMENT-Full of EXCUSES)
SITUATION-have given up, shut down, and feel there is no hope
The 4 lepers in 2 Kings 7 are faced with the same question many are faced with today, ''Are we going to get up and try or sit here and die?''
1. The REALITY They ENCOUNTERED
The reality these 4 men encountered was most grim.
A) A SITUATION that Left Them HOPELESS
In 2 Kings 6, Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, one of the cruelest generals to ...
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