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Sober and Alert

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Typically when we think of the word "sober" we think of being drunk with alcohol, but we can also become
"drunk" with the effects and weight of the word upon us. There are things that affect our thinking clearing.

The Bible warns us to be sober. It says to be watchful and alert. Jesus IS coming back.

1 Pet 5:8; Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour

Satan isn't seeking to devour the un-saved, they already belong to him.

1 Pet 4:7' The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

1 Pet 1:13; Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Thes 5:6; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

Even when we put on "the armor of God" we are told to be sober, a drunk soldier isn't very effective.
1 Thes 5:8; But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

We are also told to be watchful... to be alert.

Matt 24:42; [COLOR=red] "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. [/COLOR]

Matt 25:13; [COLOR=red] "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.[/COLOR]

A drunk watchman isn't very effective either.

Mark 13:33; [COLOR=red]"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.[/COLOR]

Mark 13:37; [COLOR=red] "What I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!'"[/COLOR]

1 Cor 16:13; Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

There has been some talk recently about how "omniscient is God"? When some of us were children we sang a song about Santa Claus.. it says...

"He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake".
The thought here is... God knows... He knows if you've "been bad or good". And yet in some scripture, it seems
it doesn't matter that much what you did before He comes back.. it matters what you are doing WHEN He comes back.

Matt 24:40; [COLOR=red]"Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:41; [COLOR=red]"Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:42; [COLOR=red]"Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:43; [COLOR=red]"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:44; [COLOR=red]"For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:45; [COLOR=red]"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? [/COLOR]
Matt 24:46; [COLOR=red]"Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:47; [COLOR=red]"Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. [/COLOR]
Matt 24:48; [COLOR=red]''But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' [/COLOR]
Matt 24:49; [COLOR=red]and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; [/COLOR]
Matt 24:50; [COLOR=red]the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, [/COLOR]
Matt 24:51; [COLOR=red]and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. [/COLOR]

Even though this person was a servant of the master... in the master's kingdom... he wasn't alert and sober.

Mark 13:32; [COLOR=red]"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. [/COLOR]
Mark 13:33; [COLOR=red]"Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. [/COLOR]
Mark 13:34; [COLOR=red]"It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. [/COLOR]
Mark 13:35; [COLOR=red]"Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— [/COLOR]
Mark 13:36; [COLOR=red]in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. [/COLOR]
Mark 13:37; [COLOR=red]"What I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!'" [/COLOR]

The master put "His servants" in charge. These aren't someone else's servants in someone else's house.
These are the master servants in the master house.
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Good post brother........but a Christmas analogy in August? :smile:
Good point though.

Re: Christmas analogy in August -- maybe they live in south - central Texas. Christmas time can be nice and warm and/or cold as ice. One year I was hanging clothes out on the line to dry in December in shorts and tee-shirt.
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