Theme: COPING WITH STRESS
Text: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and prayer always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” – Luke 21:34-36.
Comment: The day that would come upon people unawares, as stated in the text, is the day of decision, when God Almighty will put an end to satan the devil and his followers so that a righteous new theocratic order will hold sway over the earth.
In a world threatened every second with the danger of nuclear war, plagued by so many cold and hot wars, the AIDS pandemic, SARS, cancers, suicide bombers, hostage taking and so on, is it surprising that many people today are asking where we are going from here? People are afraid of the future. In many parts of the world, people are so disenchanted with their leaders that they are asking them to leave.
To watch in this context means to study the Holy Bible diligently so as to understand the signs of the times and to conduct ourselves in a godly manner in the light of the Scriptures. Those watching must study the Scriptures diligently, study the signs of the times, prove all things they hear, believe the truth and thereby identify, by God’s grace, the Lord’s established Kingdom, (known as Mountain), so as to flee into it for protection and salvation. – Acts 17:10-12; Isaiah 2:2, 3.
Those who do not watch and pray are sleeping spiritually. They are ignorant of the scriptures and are not bothered by the events around them. That is dangerous. – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Romans 13: 11-14.
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