Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016: Fall Risk

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 235  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of images from Sara Groves singing … It’s Going To Be Alright, poignantly reminding us that in Christ we have hope from arising from a fall.

Highlight Passage: 1st Corinthians 1:12-13 [NKJV] …  
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 
… Life is risky business; but God is there for us.
Highlight Context … 1st Corinthians 10:1-13 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul’s warning to our vulnerability to falling into sin; but God’s promise when we’re tempted or tried. 

Reference Passage #1 … Galatians 6:1-2 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Helping others who are vulnerable to fall.

Reference Passage #2 … Hebrews 13:5-6 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s promise in times of peril.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, teaches with a personal illustration I’m very familiar. She wrote: When my friend Elaine was recovering after a bad fall, a hospital worker placed a bright yellow bracelet on her wrist [see attached photo]. It read: “Fall Risk”. That phrase meant: Watch this person carefully. She may be unsteady on her feet. Help her get from place to place.  

 I’m very familiar with this illustration because I worked in a hospital in heath care for over 30 years; and anytime we saw one of those bracelets, we became vigilant around the patient to the potential of them falling. And interestingly enough, now I work with men who’re trying to walk free from past habits (or addictions) where they have fallen to repetitive sexual sin; and it’s as if they wear a spiritual “fall risk” bracelet at all times.

The Apostle Paul, in highlight and reference passages above, exhorted Christians to beware of the potential to fall into sin; and our charge, as Christians, to help those who do; but God also relayed His promise to be faithful, when we’re vulnerable to fall, that He would always be there for us (see 1st Cor. 10:13, Galatians 6:1-2, and Hebrews 13:5).

So, today, if you’re wearing a “fall risk” bracelet that God, and others can see, … take heart; … as Sara Groves sings (linked above), ”It’s going to be alright!” 

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I know that You’re always there, Lord, to lead and guide me when I’m at risk to fall.  Amen    

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