Monday, March 13, 2017
[Jesus is saying,] “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap."
It has always been and always will be. The tension between living in the ways of the world and the ways of God. From the day that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and thereby sinned until today, mankind has been and always will be against God. Most of mankind doesn't even realize it. The small percentage of people in the world who are Christian realize the tension. We live in it every day. We fight against ourselves; the sinful human nature versus the saint nature.
Jesus is giving to us a fair warning. If we are getting "caught up" into traumas and struggles and problems of life, then keep you "wits about you." Stay focused on the prize that is eternal life with Jesus. Because getting caught up in the struggles of life leads us away from the life that God gave through Jesus. And you just might not see the way out of the struggles that God has given to you. And what is that "way out?"
The way out is believe and trust in Jesus. Jesus gave to you the Holy Spirit who is always trying to get your attention before the trap is set. The Holy Spirit is leading you away from the pitfalls and hurts. The Holy Spirit is leading you to Jesus who forgave you of your sins and sinfulness and cleansed you from all unrighteousness. He is directing you to use your faith and trust in Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Let's pray.
Dear God, thank You so much for Jesus and the forgiveness of sins we have through Him. We pray through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will guide and direct us from all harm and danger and lead us to remember the prize. We pray this in Jesus' name. And all God's children say...
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.