The Church and the Opioid Epidemic

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

One of the commands that Jesus told us to walk in is deliverance. Although we are commanded to walk in the ministry of deliverance, most of the church does not for one reason or another.

As I look at the epidemic of opioid addiction, the spirit of God takes me back to His word in Matthew, where the Lord Jesus tells the disciples these words:


"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."

Matthew 10:7-8 King James Version (KJV)


There are some in the body of Christ who believe that this mandate was only for the disciples and therefore refuse to believe that Christians today can lay hold onto this command or even walk in the things listed here. These so-called teachers of the word, teach hundreds and in some cases, thousands of people that this is not for them, and that what Jesus spoke of was meant only for the disciples to move in and only during that time. This is a detriment to a dying world who is looking for a savior and in need of deliverance! It is also dire to an entire segment of believers who walk defeated lives day after day, week after week and year after year; all because they believe that healing is not for them, and certainly not for the world, or they believe that they can preach the gospel as Jesus commanded in this scripture, but surely He didn't mean that they could or even should....cast out devils.


"And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7-8 King James Version (KJV)

So, here we are. The body of Christ. We have the same resurrection power on us, in us and with us, but we use it for nothing. Can it be that there is yet, another EPIDEMIC, and we, the so-called "powerful ones" who have the Holy Spirit can't even get these people healed or set free from demonic oppression or possession? I refuse to believe that the body of Christ will take this and other attacks lying down, and I certainly refuse to teach against what Jesus taught. To do so, is blasphemous and a sick attempt to make His death, burial and resurrection ineffective! Christ died so that the entire world might be saved from a devil's hell, and that we might escape sin, sickness & death which was once our lot before his ransom.

This is deeply saddening and is in fact a strategy of the enemy to defeat as many humans as is possible while he has a chance. I contend that satan's plan will only work for as long as the church allows it. If we stand as watchman on the wall and determine in ourselves to come against the satanic forces that cause defeat in humanity, we can make great impact.

If the body of Christ would RISE UP & WALK IN THE CALL of the believer, I believe that Opioid addictions and many other addictions, which are caused by demonic influence and are not from Father God would be standing on it's last leg!


As we pull ourselves together and put on our big kid undies, the following statistics stand:

  • Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

  • Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid.

  • In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 6 times higher than in 1999.

  • On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.1

God is looking for an uprising. Who will stand watch with me?

Who will not allow themselves to be rocked to sleep by the culture's ideology?

Who is determined to walk according to the promise of God IN the believer?

Who will hear the voice of the Lord and see beyond what the rest of humanity sees, and move supernaturally?

There are so many suffering.

There is so much that God has called us to do.

As the world asks "Where is God", while there is suffering....we, who are His representatives in the earth must get to the point where we stand strong, able and empowered to say..."Here we are!"

Let's Go, Body of Christ.

Let's Go.



Loving you to life........

Shauna Harrison




References

1 - Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2017. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov. 2 - https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

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