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SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 14:32-41, 13:31-33

14:33-34 "And he (Jesus) taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch."

14:37-38 "And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak."

13:31-33 "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."

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I know many who once gave their heart to God but have since dropped out of the race. Some because of peer pressure, others because the way seemed to hard. One dear couple I know tried to live up to the expectations of their pastor instead of trying to please God. They found this impossible to do and finally quit even trying. Some have stopped living for God only to die a year or so later. What causes a good Christian person to give up the fight? Maybe he got tired of going to church. He thought if he went to the lake on Sunday every now and then it would be alright. Soon, he was going to the lake more than he was going to church. Or maybe the social pressures got to him. An associate offered him a drink and he didn't want to seem impolite, or the boss asked him to play golf Sunday morning and he felt he couldn't refuse.

When Christians face situations such as these, there is only one thing to do: focus on Jesus! Ask yourself. "What if Jesus comes while I am at the lake or playing golf Sunday morning?" Or, "What if Jesus comes while I am at a party drinking?" It doesn't matter your age or how long you have been living for God...if you're not ashamed to take Him with you where ever you go, you'll be safe! And as for living up to the expectations of someone else, read your bible and pray for understanding. Don't quit just because someone else sees it differently. If you are having a lot of conflict where you are, you may need to think about moving - but please, don't drop out of church!

Jesus asked Peter, James and John to watch with Him one hour. They wanted to obey Jesus but they gave in to their bodies demands and fell asleep. We must always be aware that even though our spirit seems strong and we can't imagine ourselves falling into any kind of temptation, our flesh is weak. We must constantly be on our guard. When we give in to the pressures of the world or the flesh, we are falling asleep.

Teenagers, still in school, especially have a problem with peer pressure. They must be on guard always because Satan knows exactly how to catch them unaware and he will! If you have children, please make them aware of how dangerous it is to let their guard down while they are away from you. You must constantly remind them how dangerous drinking, drugs and sex are. Many parents try to be a friend to their teens and forget their role as parent. They need you to remind them everyday of what acceptable Christian behavior is and how dangerous the world can be for them. They must not be allowed to fall asleep!

It is so easy to let our guard down for just a few minutes. Satan is watching and waiting for an opportunity to slip in and destroy you! If he can't cause you to slip up the obvious way (drugs, drinking, etc.) he will try to snare you with jealousy, pride or lust...he is the king of subtility! You MUST stay awake at all times! Mark 13:32 says no man knows when the end time will be. I hope you are watching and not falling asleep on the job!

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WIDE AWAKE

When I am tempted, my flesh seems weak,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
But when He comes, my soul to take,
I pray He finds me wide awake.

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MATTHEW 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

May God richly bless each of you this week as you watch for worldly traps while you are watching for Christ's returning!

LOVE, MEME

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