Even President Trump has mentioned this epidemic in some of his recent speeches. What is going on? What brought on this epidemic? What is the source of this scourge? The answer can be given in one sentence: the loss of hope. That's it.
We have a generation of young people who look around at the world and have become so depressed by what they see, the only answer they see (within their reach) is opioids. What this amounts to is wholesale murder of a generation. These kids see and hear what is being preached to them by the media and society and many of them nod their heads yes to it but deep down inside their spirit, their conscience tells them it is wrong. Many of them likely cannot put their finger on the problem. They see the whole world marching down this road to destruction so the reasoning goes, if everybody else is doing it, and agreeing with it, it must be right...right? Wrong.
The media has blood on its hands. Those in government who advocate the perversions we see around us also have blood on their hands. Here is what it boils down to:
When a society removes the God of hope from every square inch of public life, people become hopeless. Its that simple:
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So we know the bad news, that's what is all around us. The good news is right here ^^^^. There is a Spirit, who can fill you up to the point where you literally overflow with hope. That sounds like an answer to me....Unfortunately, our enemies in high places-both spiritually and in this world have done everything in their power to remove our God and His Spirit from the eyes, ears and hearts of every living creature on earth. Now we see the consequences of such actions. Do the research, how many mass shootings were there before prayer was removed from the schools? Such things were unheard of. How many opioid epidemics were there before prayer was removed from schools? Such things were unheard of.
We serve the God of hope, who can cause people to overflow with hope. One would think people, especially today would be beating down doors to find out how to get this God, and get this hope. There is no problem we face today that cannot be solved by a health dose of Jesus Christ and His Spirit:
Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
He is before all things, that means He comes FIRST. And in Him all things hold together which is why this world is falling apart. Fine sounding arguments wont work. Reasoning and logic will not work, what will work is His presence and His power. When our God shows up with His power, everything must stand down, every problem, every dilemma, every argument, every lie, every power, everything must sit down, shut up and/or be removed.
This is the difference between people sitting in pews day after day, year after year and slowly rotting away, and those have life transforming encounters with our God. The difference is His presence and power. How many people have "gone to church" for decades without ever seeing a real miracle or ever experiencing the Lord's power? Isnt there something wrong with that? We cannot "go to church" because we are the Church. Wherever a true believer in Jesus Christ is, there the Church is. We are living stones
1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
We know the problem, but we also know the answer. He is the answer. The enemy has come to create a generation of captives, and to slay them but our God came to set those captives free
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
If the Spirit of Jesus Christ is in you, then His Spirit is in you. If His Spirit is in you, then you are someone's answer to the hell on earth that has been unleashed against mankind.
grace and peace