The dictionary defines attention as the act of keeping one’s mind closely on something and attentive as paying attention. Our Lord Jesus Christ on several occasions in the Bible made the statement “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 13:8; Luke 8:8; Rev. 3:22). The first occasion was after He gave the parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:3-8) to call our attention to the necessity of a well prepared ground (heart) to receive the Words of God for fruit bearing. The second occasion concerns the same parable as narrated by Dr. Luke and after the letters to the churches (Rev. 3:22).
In the Parable of the Weeds (Matt. 13:24-30), Lord Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way”. The man in the parable is the Lord Jesus, His field is the world, the good seeds are the children or Words of God, his enemy is Satan the devil, the tares are the followers of the devil and their false teachings, men who slept are Christian workers in the field, and the servants are the angels of God.
The men in the parable fell asleep because they have become careless, lukewarm, and complacent in their attitude to-wards the work. They failed to pay attention to the field. When we sleep we are not paying attention and when we are not paying attention the enemies strike.
The reasons for selecting this topic to write includes:
Determining what type of seed we are. A good seed if care or attention is not paid can yield bad seed or fruit and a good seed that is dormant and will not germinate and grow is useless to anyone or to itself. A good seed can go bad, spoil, die if attention or care is not given.
Today, lots of churches have become amusement places, places of social gathering and Pastors have become comedians and the Words of God are no longer seriously preached and taught. The congregation are no longer serious in or paying attention to the Words of God as they should. Most church attendees can not even remember the topic of last week’s sermon when asked.
A survey of a group of Pastors revealed that less than fifty percent of them can recite six out of the Ten Commandments. The early Christians turn the world upside down by their zeal, character, and love of the Lord. Today we care less and Satan is getting the upper hand again. Our love has grown cold, we have fallen asleep and we are losing the battle.
The Bible or Scripture warns us about lack of attention (Jn. 1:10-11; Jn. 1:26-27; Jn. 14:4-9; Mark 14:33-38).
Time wasted is time lost and is irrecoverable. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, 31,557,600 seconds in a year, don’t waste them. Jesus is coming quickly. Will He find you faithful and alert or will He find you sleeping?
WHAT ARE WE TO PAY ATTENTION TO?
Basically there are two areas we should look at:
The first basic area has to do with the flesh.
The Flesh. The flesh consist of everything that is worldly such as acquisition of academic degrees, jobs, social life, health, food, house, security, transport, finances, people’s perception of us, etc. The Bible tells us that God is aware of all these things and He is ready to give us whatever we need but we must put Him first and above all our ambitions. The Bible says “Do not love the world or the things of the world…..” (I Jn. 2:15,16).
God wants us to pay attention to:
Our hearts. The heart is the centre of physical life and also the center of mental and spiritual life. The heart determines our character, it is the source of evil, the source of speech and faith. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in our heart and so does the Lord. The Bible have a lot to say about our heart “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. (Romans 10:10). Other references are Heb. 10:22; Prov. 23:7; Ps. 44:21; Deut 29:4; Isi. 48:18; 42:25; Prov. 26:23; Job 36:13; Jer. 17:3; Matt. 16:18-20; Isi. 65:14; Ps. 27:14; Prov. 25:10; Prov. 12:25; Eccl. 2:20; Nehe. 2:2; Deut. 28:28; Matt. 12:34; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 3:17; Rom. 5:5; Col. 3:15; Psa. 17:3; Jer. 12:3; 20:12; Psa. 26:2; Rom. 10:9.
Anger and Sin. God warns us concerning anger and urged us to forgive anyone that has done evil against us. We are also to master sin in our lives and not allow it to control us. (Gen. 4:6-8). Sin can destroy us and separate us from God. For us to master the sin lurking at the entrance of our desires we will have to give up what is causing the sin so that the sin will not get a foothold in our life. We cannot master sin on our own. We must turn to God to receive faith for ourselves and faith and strength of other believers. The Holy Spirit can and will help us to master sin.
Tongue and Word. The words that our tongue forms and says are very important and powerful and we should be careful how we use or say them. The tongue can build and can destroy. What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take. We have four different types of tongues.
The controlled tongue – those with this speech pattern think before speaking, know when silence is best, and give wise advice.
The Caring Tongue – those with this speech pattern speak truthfully while seeking to encourage.
The Conniving Tongue – those with this speech pattern are filled with wrong motives, gossip, slander, and a desire to twist the truth.
The Careless Tongue – those with this speech pattern are filled with lies, curses, quick-tempered words which can lead to rebellion and destruction.
The first two tongues should be copied, while the last two should be avoided because they lead to sin. The Bible says “Even so the tongue is a little member and boast great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell….. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude (image) of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so…..” (James 3:5-12).
Apostle James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire – the tongue’s wickedness has is source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage. Satan uses the tongue to divide people and put them against one another. Idle and hateful words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly and no one can stop the results once they are spoken. We dare not be careless with what we say, thinking we can apologize later because even if we do, the scars remain. A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build. Before you speak remember that words are like fire – you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do. Words are like water, once spilled on the ground it can never be gathered together again.
The Bible also warned us that “neither filthiness (vulgar), nor foolish talking nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting should be found in our mouth, but rather giving thanks to God (Eph 5:4).
Other thing we should pay attention to includes:
Our marriage and family
Our future home in heaven
Our attitude towards others
Our prayer life
Bearing fruit for God.
Our work in the vineyard of God.
Our Lord’s coming back to earth
The second basic area has to do with the Spirit.
The Spirit (spiritual things) are invisible, non material presence that can possess and influence a person in a good or bad way. It usually has to do with God’s Holy Spirit. The Bible says “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be so. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God”. (Rom. 8:6-7).
“I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Gal. 5:16-18).
The way God thinks and sees. God’s thoughts are far higher than our thoughts and God sees through purer eyes. While man looks at the face, God sees the heart. The way God measures success is also different from the way we do. While we may see Bill Gates or Dangote to be very successful, God will see Paul and Peter to be the very successful ones.
We need to pay attention to spiritual matters as this is what pleases God and this is the way by which we can be acceptable to Him. We cannot earn our salvation by our riches or success or efforts but by studying the word of God to receive saving faith through which we are saved (Eph. 2:8,9). No matter how rich or successful we become in our business or life, if we miss salvation it all becomes vain. Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity is the statement made by the wisest man that ever lived on the face of this earth (except Jesus) King Solomon (Eccl. 1:1).
So it is very important that we pay attention to God, the word of God, the kingdom of God, our faith, how we deal with Satan who is trying to derail our salvation, and death our greatest enemy. First Timothy 4:8,9 states “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance”.
God must be involved in every aspect of our lives. It is wrong to think that we can separate our spiritual lives from everything else obeying God only in some ethereal sense or living for Him only one day each week. Christ must control all of us, not just a “religious” part.
The Bible Warns Us To Pay Attention.
Finding salvation requires more concentrated effort than most people are willing to put forth. Obviously we cannot save ourselves – there is no way we can work ourselves into God’s favour. The effort we must put in “to enter through the narrow gate” is earnestly desiring to know Jesus and diligently striving to follow Him whatever the cost. We dare not put off making this decision because the door will not stay opened for ever.
Luke 13:24, “Strive to enter in the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able”.
Today’s pressures make it easy to ignore or forget the lessons of the past. We are to remember the lessons the Israelites learned about God so we can avoid repeating their errors. The Bible says “Now these things became our examples, to the extent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play”. Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us temp Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpent; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happen to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Cor. 10:6-11).
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls” (I Cor. 10:12).
Other passages we must pay attention to are:
Luke 18:1 “You are to pray without ceasing.
Luke 21:36 “Watch therefore and pray always…..”
Luke 21:34, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down carousing, drunkenness, and cares of life….”
John 5:39 “Diligently search the scriptures…. And this are they which testify of me”
Matt. 24:42-51 “watch therefore for Christ return…”
Isi. 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; …..”
2 Tim. 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
Hebrew 10:26-27 Avoid willful sinning after receiving the knowledge the truth.
Matt. 28:19,20 Heed the call for evangelizing, discipling, teaching and baptizing in the name of God.
Jonah 1:2, “Arise and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their wickedness has come up before me”. Our cities of today have become Nineveh.
I Tim. 4:16, “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you”.
I Peter 2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk…… of the word, that you may grow thereby”.
2 Peter 1:19-21 “And so we have prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, ……”
2 Pet. 2:4-9 “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement;……” See also Jude verse six.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.
People who refused to pay attention and their punishments.
Adam and Eve(Genesis 1:26; 5:1-5)
In Gen 2:8,9,15-17, God warned Adam and Eve about the danger of disobedience to Him. In Gen. 3:1-6, God tested them. Adam and Eve chose their course of action (disobedience) and then God choose His. As a holy God, he could respond only in a way consistent with His perfect moral nature. He could not allow sin to go unchecked; He had to punish it. If the consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin seem extreme, remember that their sin set in motion the world’s tendency toward disobeying God. That is why we sin today. Every human being ever born, with the exception of Jesus, has inherited the sinful nature of Adam and Eve (Rom. 5:12-21). Adam and Eve’s punishment reflects how seriously God views sin of any kind.
As a result of not paying attention to the command of God, in place of blessings they received curses, they lost their kingdom (the world), their peace, their immortality, they were separated from God. Instead of being king and queen, they became slaves and servants of Satan, sin and death. They also enslaved all their descendants and have to provide everything for themselves.
Cain: Gen. 4:1-15. The warning to Cain from God (Gen. 4:3-7) was that sins in form of anger and jealousy towards his brother (Abel) has entered into him and that Cain should master it or the sin will overpower him.
For Cain to master the sin lurking at the entrance of his desires, he would have to give up his jealous anger so that sin would not find a foothold in his life. But Cain refused because he was not paying attention to the words of God.
Cain continued to talk to his brother Abel in anger and finally lured his brother and killed him. The result (Gen 4:10-13), Cain was severely punished by God. He lost God’s love, his peace, and became a wanderer in the world. He inherited hardship and lost his life. He was never saved.
The people of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zoar (Gen 18,19). The wickedness of the cities have become so great that God has to visit them with punishment after they refused to pay attention to God’s warning concerning their wickedness which include sexual immoralities of rape, homosexuality, etc. They refused to change from their sinful ways of life.
The result in Gen. 19:24-25, “Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground”.
Esau: Paid attention to full enjoyment of life. He wasn’t interested in spiritual things and serving God is not his cup of tea.
Warning: He was to discharge the responsibility of being the first born – which carries with it the spiritual headship of the family and the chance of being a progenitor of the Messiah.
Trial: He refused, choosing to enjoy life and wealth.
The result: He lost the blessings of God and of his father even though he sought it with tears. His nation Edom was completely wiped out from history.
Jonah: He was proud, egotistical, rebellious, stubborn, coward, and refused to obey the command of God. He has been described as the “wrong way prophet”. He was a prophet and a preacher. I don’t agree with what he did but I identify with him. I myself and many other servants of God are like him – keeping quiet when we are supposed to speak, speaking when we are supposed to listen, trying to have our way instead of letting God have His way.
The Command: Go to Nineveh and preach the gospel of salvation from sin. Nineveh was in the East, Jonah went to the West to Joppa etc Jonah 1:1-end.
The result: He was swallowed by a great fish sent by God to do so for 3days in the bottom of the sea until he came to his senses that God is supreme and non can runaway or hide from Him.
Samson: The strongest man (physically) that ever lived. A judge (a king) in Isreal for 20years. He was born a Nazarene and took the Nazarene vow.
He was not to touch any strong drink
He was not to touch anything dead
No razor must touch his head. God by the way puts his power in his hair.
By special decree of God no Israelite must marry a pagan (Deut. 1:3)
Jud. 14:8,9 He not only touched a dead body but he ate what was in it.
Jud. 14:10, 16:19 Married a foreigner and made a feast/ wine and drinks
Jug. 16:17-19 His head was touched by a razor used by Delilah.
Jug. 14:1,2; Jud. 16:1 Told of his whoremongering, 16:4 of his affair with Delilah.
Result: God departed from him. He lost his power, Lost his eyes (became blind) and he died with the Philistines (the enemy) (Jug. 16:30)
King Saul: First king of Israel. Did not pay attention to God or to his office. Disobeyed God, tried to kill David, performed priestly duties. I Sam. 13:9,13; I Sam 15:2,3; 13-23.
Destroy the Amalekites completely
No king should perform priestly duty
Thou shall not kill in time of peace.
Disobedience: All these he violated
Result: The kingdom was taken from him and he was killed with his three sons in battle of Gilboar. David lamented their death (I Sam. 1:19-27)
Prophet Eli: This was a prophet who did not pay attention to the activities of his sons in the discharge of their priestly duties.
Warning: I Sam. 3:1, 10-14 Eli was warned but he did nothing.
Trial: He fears his children or love them more than he feared or loved the Lord. I Sam. 3:18. No repentance.
Result: God refused to speak to anyone in Israel for a duration of time, Philistine attacked Israel, I Sam 4:15-21. The Ark of God was captured, Isreal was defeated, Eli and his two sons died.
King David: David was not paying attention and he fell into deep sin. David took his eyes off God, gave the work he should do for God himself to others.
Warning: Be perfect as your Lord is perfect. Go about God’s business and stay focused on God.
Trial: II Sam. 11:1-4, narrated the story (II Sam. 12:1-7) God sent a prophet Nathan to him to confront him.
Result: Condemnation from God (II Sam. 12:8-14)
The child born to David by Beersheba died by the eight day.
David fell out of favor with God
David’s 10 wives were defiled by his son, Absalom in public
David’s daughter Tamah was raped by her half brother Amnon
Absalom killed Amnon for raping his sister Tamar
Absalom revolted against the king and drove him into exile
Absalom was killed by Joab
Adonijah was killed by Solomon
Judas Iscariot: A follower of Jesus who later became one of the 12 disciples chosen by Christ. He was probably the most learned of the 12 and was the only non Galilean in the group. He was also the treasurer.
Warning: Stay focused on Jesus and the things of heaven. Do not leave yourself open for Satan’s attack
Trial: Jn. 12:3-6; Jn. 13:2; 27; 18:1-2
Result: He betrayed Jesus, lost his office and committed suicide. Was unsaved.
The five virgins with no oil in their lamp. Matthew 25:1-13
They were foolish because they were not paying attention. They took lamp but took no oil for their lamps. By the time the bridegroom came they had gone for oil. They were left behind and the door was shut against them. They knocked but were refused entry.
Martha. Luke 10:38-42
Warning: Things of this world are not the important things.
Trial: Which is right Martha or Mary?
Result: Mary Luke 10:42 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”. The thing needed was “focus on Jesus” – The Word of God.
Examples of those who paid attention
Examples abound of those who paid attention and how they were rewarded by God.
Abel paid attention to God. It is good to give to God; his sacrifice was accepted Gen. 4:4
Enoch (Gen. 5:21-24). It is good to walk with God. He walked with God and God took him to heaven.
Noah and his family (8 in all) It is good to obey God. They paid attention and were saved from the flood Gen 8:18.
Jacob paid attention and became the father of the nation of Israel and the progenitor of the Messiah. It is good to fight for godly things.
Joseph paid attention and he was blessed becoming the Prime Minister in Egypt under three Pharaohs. It is better to obey God and run from sin. He was a foreigner and a prisoner that God blessed in Egypt.
Joshua and Caleb paid attention. It is good to trust in God. They became leaders in Israel and they saw and entered the promise land of Canaan.
Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego: paid attention to the commandments of God not to worship idol. Therefore they disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar the king of the Babylonian Empire. They refused to worship his great image set up in the plain of Dura. So king Nebuchadnezzar in a rage and fury have them thrown into a burning furnace after having pressured them to deny God which they refused to do. They believed that God is able to deliver them. God did. Their action brought glory to God and promotion to them. (Dan. 3:26-30)
Daniel. Daniel paid attention to God and one of his routine was to pray at least three times a day at a set time. His enemies use this knowledge against him by tricking King Darius to promulgate a decree that no one should worship any god for thirty days except the king. This did not deter Daniel since we must obey God rather than man. The Bible says “Now when Daniel knew that the decree was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his window opened towards Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Dan 6:10). He was caught in the act, arrested and thrown into a den of lion expecting him to be killed and eaten by the lions.
God saved Daniel from the lions. Daniel said to the king, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouth, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him”. (Daniel 6:22). No injury was found on his body, because he believed in his God.
The King Darius honoured God (Dan. 6:26-27). Daniel’s enemies were punished and Daniel prospered in the reign of King Darius and in the reign of King Cyrus who succeeded him.
Nichodemus and Joseph of Aremathea – Paid attention to the words and teachings of Jesus and they became disciples of Jesus and were saved. They even received the spirit of boldness which enabled them to face Pontius Pilate and request the dead body of Jesus after his crucifixion for burial. The two made the final preparation for Jesus burial and Jesus was buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s prepared tomb. (Mark 15:42-46)
Mary the sister of Lazarus. Paid attention and got good commendation from Jesus. Lord Jesus had paid a visit to the family of Lazarus with his two sisters Martha and Mary. While Martha was busy trying to satisfy the physical needs of the guests, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the word of God that Jesus was teaching. Martha on seeing Mary sitting and listening complained to Jesus and asked that Mary be told to help her. Jesus replied Martha by saying, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needful (most important), and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”. (Luke. 10:38-42). Let us do that which is God’s first.
Elisha the Tishbite: I will let the Bible speak (2 King 2:9-15), “And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?’ Elisha said ‘Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me’. So he said, ‘You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so’. Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. “And Elisha saw it” (2 King 2:9-14). Elisha was able to grab Elijah’s mantle that had fallen from him and he received his request of double portion from God. For besides Jesus and Moses there was no other prophets in the Bible with more recorded miracles as Elisha the Tishbite. He paid attention and was rewarded greatly by God.
The people of Nineveh. Paid attention to the warning of God, repented of their sins and were saved (Jonah 3:1-10). Then Jonah cried out and said “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” for their sins. (Jonah 3:4).
So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Even the king came down from his throne to join his people. The animals in the land were also made to fast. When God saw how they have responded, God forgave them and spared their city.
God is telling us to warn you today that He would destroy this world and will judge all the inhabitants from Adam to the last man that will live on the face of the earth. Unless we repent like the people of Nineveh and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, there shall be non that will be saved. “He who has ears to hear let him hear”. (Matt. 13:19).
What we can do to pay attention and be prepared?
Read our Bible Daily. II Pet. 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour…..” Jn 5:3 “Search the scriptures…..”. 2 Tim. 2:15 “Study to show thyself……..”
Meditate on what you read and spend quiet time with God. Stay focused on Him and never look back. Ps. 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God” Ps. 5:3 says “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning….” Gen 19:27 says “And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord”
In quiet time, listen with your heart to what God has to say. Meditate on what you have read or heard what was preached or taught in church. Ask yourself:
What new thing have I learned today?
Is there a command for me to obey?
Is there an example for me to follow?
Is there an error for me to avoid?
Is there a sin for me to forsake?
Is there a promise/blessing for me to keep or claim?
Is there a new thought about God Himself?
Be doer of the word and not hearer only. James 1:22-25 (Read) Tit. 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”. James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone”
Let us do our best in preaching the Gospel which is the great commission of our Lord. Jonah 1:2, 3a; 3:1,2; Matt. 28:18,19.
Watch and pray always especially for the return of our Lord Jesus. I Tim 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray everywhere” Luke 18:1 “Men ought to pray, and not faint” Ps. 5:3 “My voice shall thou hear in the morning, O Lord” Ps. 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray…..”
Believe and put your trust only in Jesus and be not like the foolish Galatians who put their trust in the law. Gal.3:1-3.
Let there be peace and harmony in our homes and in the house of God so that our time can be best spent and let us leave no room for Satan in our lives.
Eph. 5:22-23 “Wives be subject to your husbands”
Eph. 5:25 “Husbands love your wives”
Eph 6:1-3 “Children obey your parents”
Eph 6:4 “Parents do not provoke your children”
Eph. 6:5 “Be obedient to them that are put in authority over you”
Let your faith be made active with work of God. James 2:14-22, 26
Love the Lord and love His work of redemption. Luke 10:27-28 says it better “Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your……..
Eph. 6:10-18 “Prepare yourself like a soldier going to war and fighting a war. Watch out for ambush and stray bullets of the enemy and don’t be over confident.
Pay attention to the kind of church you go. Is your church’s doctrine in harmony with the word of God?
Pay attention to the servants of God put over you. Are your leaders showing good examples?
Pay attention to your church: Is it a Bible-based church or a traditional ritualist without assurance of salvation?
There was a Great Hunter who will not pay attention or heed warning. He tried to have a lion cub as a pet. He was warned about the danger of doing so but refused the warning. The cub grew to become a fierce lion that devoured him and his family. Be warned, pay attention.
Let us crucify the flesh (body) and resurrect our spirit.
The Lord is coming quickly so watch and pray for His coming. Rev. 22:20, 21
I ask again “Are you paying attention?” Matt. 24:4-51.
I have presented the cases to you, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Which side are you; Are you paying attention to that which is important, the spiritual or to that which is unimportant; the flesh or the worldly? If you have been paying attention to that which is spiritual (Godly) I congratulate you and I bring the message of I Cor. 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed less he falls”. And if you are still struggling with both spiritual and worldly not knowing what to do, the message of the Lord to you is – “Today is the Day of Salvation (Decision) – “Choose whom you will serve” Do not delay anymore, move in with God and start to pay attention.
To our wise God and His Son be glory and honor.