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SIGNS
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

RED FLAGS

Matthew 16:3' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”


The Pharisees and Sadducees ( the so called spiritual people) were unable to see Jesus as the Messiah in their midst, they treated Him shabbily and thus missed the wonderful opportunity of salvation and redemption.  Thus Jesus out of sheer frustration looked at them and said ‘can you not discern the signs of the times?”


What is discernment? We should be able to distinguish, identify, recognize the good and the bad. You should be able to see through the veneer, which means, we should be able to "see the inner side which is hidden or covered by its appearance or look."  You need to pause and think here…


RED FLAGS: Don’t you think we need this discernment, as we are living in a very crucial period in the history of the world surrounded by wars, threats of nuclear war, financial crisis, famine, violence, uncertainty and much more.  When the students studying  in the Ukraine University were asked to leave the country due to possibilities of attack by Russia; yet, they carelessly shooed it away and later faced horror.  Likewise,  all of us, we need to look at the ‘red flags’ in our life, that is ‘SIGNS’ which Jesus mentions in the above scripture and we need to be cautious.  If we as Christians, throw caution out of the window then our life would be mayhem.  Anybody listening?

HARD HEARTED PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO SEE SPIRITUAL THINGS:  Jesus had already performed hundreds of amazing miracles such as multiplying the bread and fish to feed the multitude, opened blind eyes, healed the lame and drove out many demons from people; however, they asked for more,  their hearts remained callous, untouched by this and they did not consider these signs as authoritative and proof enough. 

After I received my miraculous healing and the birth of my son Joshua, I would enthusiastically go around and narrate the whole episode of healing to each and everyone I meet, during this time, one of my relative, who was an atheist said, “every woman has pregnancy related problems and they get healed, why is Bala creating a big mountain out of this?” I felt sad for that man who did not experience Jesus and was resisting the Truth because he was materialistically very blessed.  “…But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.”(Proverbs 28:14)

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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