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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

 

 



Contented Faithfulness

Scripture: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
 
One of the scriptures most often misunderstood is the one just quoted. Many individuals use it as a
mantra for success from sports to business, to personal goal setting accomplishments. In context, the Apostle Paul is pointing out the fact that no matter what he has or doesn’t have in life, he can still be faithful. His faithfulness will not be determined by outward circumstances. Sometimes he preached with money in his pocket and sometimes he didn’t. He learned the secret of contentment.
 
This world is not our home. Even all of those whom Jesus healed lived to die another day and in
another way. His miracles were to confirm the eternal message. Our physical blessings are temporal,
whereas our spiritual blessings are eternal. True contentment is realizing that truth.
 
Will we only serve God when things are going our way? A good example of steadfast faith in spite of obstacles is found in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Certain Chaldeans brought charges against these Jews, getting Nebuchadnezzar to decree that anyone who doesn’t bow down to worship the golden image of Nebuchadnezzar at the sound of the music was to be thrown into the fiery furnace. In responding to their sentence, they replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
 
Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness means that we are going to focus on the eternal and not the temporal.   We often pray that our physical circumstances change but even if they do not, we must have the resolve that we are going to remain constant in faithfulness.
 
Song: “Only in Thee, O Savior mine; Dwelleth my soul in peace divine”

Prayer: Father in heaven, helps us to remain faithful regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. In Jesus only, we trust. Amen.

Roger Holm, Tijeras, NM

rogerscall@aol.com



Focus On The Fight, Not The “Fright”

Robin Roberts had an outstanding career, first as an All-American Basketball star in college, elected to
the Basketball Hall of Fame, broadcaster on ESPN, and now a host on “Good Morning America.” She is
also a breast cancer survivor. But, because of all the chemo and radiation, she has now developed blood
disorder known as DMS. Sometime in the future she will need to have a bone marrow transplant in
order to live.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012 she made known publically her health condition. To help her deal with this
condition she said that she would “Focus on the Fight, Not on the Fright.” That is an outstanding
statement with regard to all obstacles! That philosophy will help anyone, no matter what trial one may
face. The challenge is to keep our focus on the fight rather than the fright. It is so easy to let fear take
over and when that happens, fear becomes our focus.
 
We need this philosophy to live life. If we stop to think about it, there are so many obstacles to living
life successfully that the fear of failure can become our focus. A successful life comes by keeping one’s
focus on the fight, not on the fright.
 
We need this philosophy in living the Christian life. Satan will do all in his power to get our minds off
fighting the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12). Rather than fear the challenges and the possible
failures in living the Christian life, we need to focus on the fight, not on the fright.
 
Let’s make this our philosophy! It is a biblical philosophy. Paul reminds us, “God has not given us the
spirit of fear, but of power and love, and disciple” (II Timothy 1:7). Let’s take Paul’s attitude, “I can do
all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 3:14).
 
Song: “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
 
Dear Father, instill within us the courage needed to win every battle against Satan. We know the
victory comes to those who have faith. Increase our faith. In His name. Amen.
 
Wayne Burger, Conifer, CO
gwburger@q.com