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Yesterday I heard the warning sirens going off as they have begun testing each month. Knowing the devastation and danger of tornados, it is good to know that we have those warning systems. That monthly reminder makes me think, however, about how much I appreciate such warning systems to warn me of impending danger.
I am, also, thankful that I have a gracious and merciful God that loves me and wants me to spend eternity with Him. He loves me so much that He has developed a warning system to help keep me from sin. It is my conscience.
So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. Acts 24:16 ESV
Take great pains to train your conscience and clear your conscience. Live in all good conscience before God today and everyday!***
Companies continue to cut expenses by “buying out” employees. That process, of course, takes some time. I wonder if while waiting for the buy out and still on the job, do those employers expect the employees to continue working? Could the employees just take some time off? Were they expected to carry out normal responsibilities?
At the least, is that not what God expects of us as we work for others (Colossians 3:22-24)? The thought I really want to bring to you, though, is that God expects the same out of us in our spiritual lives. Does he not expect 100% up to the time we die, even if that 100% is less than it might have been ten, twenty, or thirty years ago?
But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matt 10:22 ESV
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10-11 ESV
Don’t slack off. Continue to be diligent today and everyday. Be the best you can be as a servant of God. After all, we are to present ourselves daily as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1).***
It seems like most cell phone companies try to convince that they have the best, the fastest, and the most reliable network. I do not know what the basis is for their conclusion. I know that companies and advertisers use statistics to their own advantage. One might have to ask, “In what way are they the most reliable?”
One thing is certain, however. We have a very reliable network. First, we have a body of brothers and sisters who are always there for us. They have our backs, so to speak. They love us and are willing to do what they can for us. They will comfort. They will encourage. They will strengthen. Second, our communication lines to God are always open. The only hindrance is that which we put in the way ourselves.
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thess 5:14 ESV
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. 1 Peter 3:12 ESV
Know that you can depend on your brother. Know that you can depend upon God.
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