Probably most people have seen the TV commercial advertising a device for those living alone called ‘Life Alert’. It’s a small device that is worn by a person in case they fall and injure themselves while living alone. Their catch phrase is “Help! I’m fallen and I can’t get up!”
Should a person fall and hurt themselves to the extent they become incapacitated and cannot reach help, all they have to do is press a button on the device to alert local response authorities to come to their aid. No doubt it has saved many lives.
Now let’s take that analogy and apply it to the Christian life.
As we all know to well, we don’t live in a perfect world. We still harbor the old sinful nature of the flesh. And anytime we give in to the desires of the flesh, we are sure to injure our spiritual life. Listen to Jeremiah 17:9,
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
I don’t know of anyone who can honestly say they have no trouble with the temptations of the carnal flesh that we live in. Even the best of God’s children fall victim to the old carnal flesh.
In addition to the “flesh”, we are constantly beckoned by the “things” of the world. Jesus told us not to store up worldly treasures that will rust and decay, but to lay up treasures in Heaven where they will last for all eternity.
Remember the rich man? In the end, all the goods and wealth the rich man hoarded during his life were left behind when he died. Worst of all, the rich man who trusted in his riches opened his eyes in Hell being in torment. Why? Because he placed his trust in his wealth.
Don’t get me wrong, having “things” is not in and of itself sin, but it’s the lust for more and more to the point our spiritual life is snuffed out. Be very vigilant not to hoard up treasures in this temporary life, but use them to help the poor and to advance the Gospel.
The greatest threat is that of the enticements of the Devil. If you are a true child of God, the Devil and his army of unholy demons will never let up. They are worse than a pack of starved wolves chasing their prey.
It’s imperative we wear our spiritual armor at all times. For if we become complacent and fail to wear our safety equipment God has made available to His soldiers, Satan will defiantly attack with unmitigated veracity. He will lash out at your weakest point and you will find yourself injured and bleeding on the battlefield.
So what can we do when the flesh causes us to stumble, the world grabs our attention, and the Devil lays snares and pit falls before us? We simply call out to our spiritual response team, “Help Lord, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Immediately the Father goes into action, lifts us up, pours healing oil on our wounds, binds them up, dusts off our pants and sends us on our way.
Jesus has said He would NEVER leave nor forsake us! And the best part is the bill for this service has already been paid in full through the riches of Jesus Christ, our Lord! Praise God for His “Spiritual Alert” team!
“Help Lord, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
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