Developing an Alert Faith

Aaron Cordeiro

"Behold, I am coming like a thief Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame." (Revelation 17:15)
In the days of the Levites you would some times find a priest walking naked in the streets, beaten, and full of shame. For us this would seem wrong, and we would think, what an outrage, this man deserves justice. For those who look on in that culture they would shake their heads in disgrace, and continue on what they were doing. You see in the temple mount their were many Levites who would have specific duties even through the night. In the night watch they were to keep watch, staying alert to make sure the enemy or intruders wouldn't breach the Holy temple. It was forbidden to fall asleep, because there was to much at stake, peoples lives, the Holy presence of God, and the call of and commitment of keeping watch. Now the overseer of the temple mount who they would call the perfect one or great overseer would walk around at the night watch and check on the Levites to make sure every one was ok. Now if he ever were to find one of the Levites sleeping he had the authority to beat him with a stick, and take his vestments or priestly clothing and burn them, making him unworthy to minister as a priest.
At first I thought it was a bit harsh, to beat the priests and burn their clothes leaving them naked to walk the streets, back home. I was reminded of the spiritual battle that we are in. A battle that would leave many wounded or even dead, if and when we as Gods priests ever allow the enemy to slip into the church, to divide, kill, and steal. In the Old Testament if a watch man didn't warn the people in the town that the enemy was attacking they would, kill the watchmen. If the watchmen warned the people and the people ignored the warning than their blood is on their own head.
As a minister of the gospel I have been given a privilege to care for Gods people the best I know how according to His word. There will be times I will need to give warning, because there is an enemy that wants to tear our families apart. I am bolstered this morning to be more alert, to keep my eyes sharp, that I may be able to administer the word of God better.
Dear Lord,
You are the perfect one, my over seer thank you for teaching me and training me this morning in the area of staying awake. Your people are precious and your assignment on my life is a privilege. Serving You better today! Amen

Devotions for December 30

Revelation 15,16,17,18

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