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Be Exalted O Lord

One of my favorite authors is A. W. Tozer. Although he is deceased, his popularity continues to rate high among devotional writers. I guess one of the reasons why I rate him so high is because he maintained such a blend of deep theological thought and practical application. This is not to say I always agree with him doctrinally. As a matter of fact, I could find a lot of things I just could not go along with or endorse. But when his profound ideas are based upon profound biblical insights, they move me deeply.

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Improving The Assembly

Ponder: What can I do to improve the assembly?
 
Scripture: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42 NKJV).
 
We ought always to do our best for the Lord, including (but not limited to) the assembly. Jesus is more than worthy of the finest service we can render. Here are some ways to improve the assembly:

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Alarm Clocks

Today’s Bible Verse: “So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will
come to you” (Rev 3:3 NASU).
 
I saw an article on the Internet that listed the 10 most valuable inventions in the world. Included in this list were such things as the chariot, the telephone and plastic. But consider the alarm clock. I don’t know how great the invention was, but it’s probably one of the most unloved. My guess is that it falls well below the popularity of other such devices such as TV, radio, stereos, and computers. Speaking for myself, there have been times that I have felt certain resentment for this gadget that disturbs my slumber with its persistent “beep, beep, beep.”
 
Actually, as irritable as they are, they are pretty helpful. We need something to awaken us from physical sleep. We need physical sleep, but often we enter into spiritual slumber. Often those spiritual naps turn into deep sleep. spiritually, we need some kind of alarm to get “up and going.”
 
God does have a couple of alarms to awaken us. One alarm is that of affliction. When affliction comes, we can view it as a “wake up call,” or as just some kind of mishap. If we approach affliction as an opportunity to seek God, then adversity can be turned into a blessing (Jas. 1:2-4).
 
Another method that God uses is revelation. I am not speaking about some kind of mystic encounter, but rather a confrontation with His word. That may come through a passage of scripture that comes to mind, or through someone who comes to you with a word from God (Rom. 13:11).
 
It does no good to set the alarm and then ignore it when it rings. Neither does it do any good if we don’t respond to God’s spiritual alarm. The best thing to do is make it our purpose to not fall asleep in our spiritual walk with God.
 
Song: “Son Of My Soul”
 
Dear Father God, may we be alert to Your call through our afflictions and Your word. Keep us from drifting off in a spiritual slumber. In His name. Amen.
 
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA