Aware of Thieves

Are You Aware of Your Spiritual Environment? How to Stay Safe.

Two men came in and sat near us at a restaurant in Budapest. They didn’t order, their eyes shifted around the restaurant, and then they began edging their chairs closer to our table. 

Our waiter came to our table, bent down and whispered, “Please watch your purse and backpack. These men would like to steal them.”

Within moments the two suspicious men left the restaurant, aware we'd recognized their purpose. 

I was grateful for our waiter’s warning to be aware of our surroundings. Victims of crime are often distracted, oblivious to their environment. 

We need this same awareness for our spiritual environment. Music, reading material, TV, movies, foods, relationships, situations, and thoughts can bring us harm or good.(1) 

Today let’s ask God to give us us wisdom for protecting our hearts and minds (Proverbs 4:23).

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus, John 10:10
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Are You Aware of Your Spiritual Environment? How to Stay Safe.

15 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this reminder to be aware of our surroundings. It's so important and so easy to forget. Even in the comfort of our own homes, something like television programming can sneak up on us when we least expect it. I love your blog and daily devotionals and it's such an honor to be featured this week. I hope you have a blessed weekend ahead!

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  2. Hi Gail - I too am grateful when someone takes the time to give me a heads-up, look out, be aware. The word does that too. Its just to absorb it and remember and it will guide us away from trouble too.
    God bless and I hope you have a very blessed weekend
    Tracy

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  3. Great post. What goes in our mind stays there.

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  4. i've so often been prompted in my spirit to be aware - when shopping the charity shops the other day with my handbag in the cart several times i had to move it to keep everything within my reach of protection.. so i appreciate that you've brought this again to our attention in so many areas of life !

    hoping everyone has a blessed weekend ~ Grace & Peace !

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  6. what a great analogy to an important message...

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  7. Great message even if this blog post is a couple of years old. Thanks for the insight.

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  8. I can't imagine that there are people, who walk around with ear buds in and also have their phone in their face. How can they have any idea of what is going on around them? It leaves me baffled!
    We should all thank the Almighty's watchers on the wall!

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  9. My ladies bible study is my biggest spiritual thief. They want only studies that will satisfy their itchy ears.

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  10. The ladies in my bible study who want to hear only what makes their ears happy.

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  11. Thanks for the awesome post!! I need to really pay attention to what I listen to, my surroundings, and to find value in who I am in Christ.... My stinkin' thinkin' has to stay under control only through the Holy Spirit... He is my strenth,joy, comfort,helper and Redeemer!😊 A very dear lady told me she sets an alarm every hour to pray, I do not, but I try to keep a spiritual alarm set often... This has helped me so!!!! Hope I didn't bounce my thoughts all over... I am learning to share my life with ya'all😊

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  12. Thanks for the awesome post!! I need to really pay attention to what I listen to, my surroundings, and to find value in who I am in Christ.... My stinkin' thinkin' has to stay under control only through the Holy Spirit... He is my strenth,joy, comfort,helper and Redeemer!�� A very dear lady told me she sets an alarm every hour to pray, I do not, but I try to keep a spiritual alarm set often... This has helped me so!!!! Hope I didn't bounce my thoughts all over... I am learning to share my life with ya'all��

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  13. Agreed we must be alert and pray always for His protection.

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  14. As always Gail, an insightful post.

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