Startled by the deafening din of fire alarms going off all over the house this morning piercing my silence at 5:45am!! I flew downstairs and threw the wood stove into high burn to evict the imaginary smoke from the house, opened two doors to the outside to welcome the balmy 2F into our home, like we weren't already cold enough?? A wood stove will sometimes puff smoke back into the room instead of up the chimney.
I stood on a table waving a denim skirt under the fire alarm (an old trick to make it stop blaring!!) as it continued to blast our ears. One of my children reluctantly showed up, another was trying to sleep in after getting up for work other days at 2am), and another simply figured there was no fire so relaxed to our new music.
What would we do if there was really an emergency??
Would we continue to sleep??
Would we ignore the alarm??
Do we 'tune out' real alarms in our life and those Spiritual ones that God places before us as warnings??
Do we keep trucking on in life when alarms are blaring their warning??
I think we often do!!
In modern Christianity it is common to play the middle-of-the-road, not living our lives fervently consecrated in total surrender to the Lord and His will for our lives.
We are not concerned about being holy.
"Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
~1 Peter 1:16~
There is a real fire raging in hell.
"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
and cast into the fire."
Each one of us needs to be sure our salvation is secure; searching our heart making sure we are not just playing the game of Christianity without truly knowing Jesus Christ.
It is not enough to live your life like a Christian; going to church, baptized, teaching Sunday school, reading your Bible, praying, and yet, not knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life.
It is a good thing to search your heart in this matter rather than waking up in hell because you did not heed the alarms in your life.
It is not 'a prayer' that saves you or anything else you can rely on but Jesus ONLY who saves.
If you are like me, you have examined your heart carefully. I have sat through salvation messages and afterwards spent time really searching my heart until I knew from the Lord and Scriptures that I was truly saved. I would rather be sure now than surprised within the first minute after my life is over!!
There is another way of ignoring the alarms of life.
Have you ever noticed how busy life is these days compared to maybe ten or fifteen years ago?? (OK, so you are only 23 with four children and you were only 8 years old 15 years ago!!)
Even though my children are grown (18 and older) I still need to get up early so I am ready to roll with my day. People don't have time for each other (other than tweeting no more than 140 characters, REALLY?!)
We find it difficult to slow down with God for more than 5 minutes!!
Not spending quality time in God's Word is NOT heeding the alarms of life. God's alarms...His warnings.
When I was in my late teens and twenties, I did things that I would never include in my life any longer. Just a little dabbling in this and that and not ever thinking what God would really think of it.
I was not heeding the alarms of life.
I was rushing through each day as if there was not a holy God.
Heeding the alarms of life is a daily thing as we pay attention, spend time with God in His Word (not just reading the Bible), and purging the things that have no place in a Christian's life, repenting from sin and moving on in God's righteousness.
Are you heeding the alarms going off in your life?
Time is short!!
I find comfort and assurance in these words:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
~1 Peter 1:4-9~
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