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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 200

Getting to know
God together.

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DAD DIDN’T WATCH ! ! ! !.
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It had been a busy day for the Wilson family, they were all tired. Mum worked at a police office, taking reports and money and stuff like that. Dad worked at a hard-ware shop, and there had been a huge lot of customers that day. The four kids were very tired after a heavy day at school - so Dad offered to fix dinner for them all! He put steak on the grill, with onions in a pan, potatoes and peas steamed on the top of the stove.  Mum yelled out from the shower,
WATCH! Don’t forget you are cooking dinner and read your paper.”
Dad snorted, “What do you think I am - I’ll handle everything great. No worries.” Then he wandered into the living room, and curled up on the sofa. A few minutes later he was snoring away. The kids were in their rooms, and the only thing that stopped them all being caught in a house fire was Bugsy their dear little white dog.  He woke Dad up barking madly and scratching his legs! The steak had caught fire, and the peas and potatoes had burned dry. There was thick black smoke everywhere. The clean white walls of the kitchen ended up grey and burned in some places. But Dad put the fire out with an ex-ting-uisher. Dad didn’t WATCH,  he went to sleep instead. And nearly caused disaster!

The Bible talks about WATCHING a lot of times. Because God loves us so much He tells us to watch because He knows TROUBLE might come if we don’t! He doesn’t want any of His dear children to be “burned” by sin and disaster. Here is a little word pattern that can help you to remember some of the things you should WATCH:

 W          watch your Words     -    ....James 3:3-6, 8-10.
  A          watch your  Actions   -    .. Colossians 3:17.
  T          watch your  Thoughts -   ...Psalm 139:2.
  C         watch your  Companions - II Corinthians 6:14.
  H         watch your  Heart -   ............Jeremiah 17:9.
 

When God wants us to watch, it means more than just keeping your eyes in your head open. It means be careful, make sure everything is right, don’t just rush in with the eyes of your spirit shut. Let’s have a look at that last one, watch your heart:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it? I the LORD search the heart ...”  (Jeremiah 17:9,10).

 What is your “heart?” It is the way the Bible talks about the real wants and feelings inside us. We can tell ourselves on the outside we are real good people, but inside we are just selfish and love ourselves more than anything or anyone else! God Himself shows us in the Bible all about our own “hearts” and gives us Jesus to save us. There are real silly people today who keep on telling other people about “loving yourself.” They say we all need to love ourselves more, and realise how wonderful we really are. But God doesn’t tell us such rubbish in His Word. He shows us what sinners we are, and then helps us be sorry and get right with Him. I reckon we all love ourselves too much, if you ask me! Here is another one of those Bible verses above for you to read and think about. It is telling you that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, so don’t bring dis-honour to His Name. Why don’t you read the rest of those verses in a Bible for yourself:

“ And what-so-ever [whatever] ye do in word or deed [ all your words and actions], do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”  (Colossians 3:17).

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