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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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"Pay Attention To The Gauges!"

Message summary:
Let's pay close attention to the gauges that God has ordained in our lives and be careful to act upon them.    

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"Be very careful, then, how you live" (Ephesians 5:15). "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16).

Full guage
A gauge is an instrument used as a means of measuring or testing. We see a lot of gauges in many settings including our car and homes. In our cars a very important gauge lets us know if we need to fill up our cars with gas. Many a person has ignored this gauge to their own peril. In our house we have a gauge to indicate water pressure from our well. 

There are health gauges like cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure. We have financial gauges like our monthly bank statement and net worth. We see many gauges in the course of manufacturing.

Gauges are important although in some cases we overlook them or at times ignore them. After all the consequences may not be obvious or immediate.  

Smart phoneThe most important gauges a believer should be aware of are in our spiritual life. And these are often the most ignored. However the spiritual life is the only part that matters through eternity.  

Spiritual gauges are not electronic or even physical. There are no apps that connect to our spiritual being that can be read on a smart phone! To measure our spiritual growth or lack thereof involves a purposeful effort in self-examination and in some cases our accountability partners in life.

Note the two Scripture portions used this morning.

"Be very careful, then, how you live." John Stott writes "Everything worth doing requires care. We all take trouble over the things which seem to us to matter—our job, our education, our home and family, our hobbies, our dress and appearance. So as Christians we must take trouble over our Christian life. We must treat it as the serious thing it is."

"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."  I memorized this verse at the time I was ordained in 1979. I never want to forget this vital truth, nor fail to persevere.

Four spiritual gauges readily come to mind that help to measure my spiritual growth:

1) Love for God's Word:  "Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day" (Psalm 119:97).

2) Faithful in prayer:  "And pray in the spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Ephesians 6:18).

3) Obedience to God's Commands:   "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like" (James 1:23,24).

4) Practicing the Fruit of the Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22,23).

Let's pay close attention to the gauges that God has ordained in our lives and be careful to act upon them.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, there are so many snares and traps the devil has set for us that we are dependent on Your Word that is like a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. It's the light of Your word that shines in the dark places where Satan has strategically placed his traps with the intention of destroying our relationship with You. Help us to watch our life and doctrine closely and to persevere in them, so that we save ourselves and those whom we seek to influence for the Kingdom of God.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Build My Life/"I Stand Amazed In The Presence"  Video  Calvary Church worship team.

David Jeremiah has a series of brief articles using the gauge theme titled "Dashboard: Your Spiritual Indicators"

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