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A horrible thing happened to me today. A thief broke into my house. It happened shortly after I awoke this morning. I got up and began rushing about. I had a thousand things on my list and was already running behind. Quickly, I gulped down breakfast, took a shower and got ready for work. In my rush, I forgot to turn the security system on at my house. It was just about a half an hour later that the thief broke in. 

 

Of course, he didn't make a sound. Just kind of snuck inside, not drawing any attention to himself. In fact, none of the neighbors ever saw him. But, I did. You see, I WAS HOME when the thief broke in. He naturally startled me, as I was unprepared for his visit. He, of course, didn't announce that he was coming and I certainly had not invited him over. And yet, I found myself face to face with danger and I felt so powerless. I also felt so very stupid, because this whole incident could have been avoided if I had just taken the time to turn the security system on. You better believe I'll be turning it on tomorrow morning! I thought I'd warn you about this guy, because he's still on the loose. 

 

Chances are, he's in your area. Possibly even headed for your house. His name? Satan. 

 

You see, this morning when I jumped up in my haste to get started on my busy day, I skipped my prayer time ~ opting to "pray later today." In other words, I DIDN'T TURN ON THE SECURITY SYSTEM. My defense wasn't on, my guard was dropped . . . and when the thief came into my home to attack me, I was unprepared to do battle. He tempted me and I felt powerless. Like I said, I also felt so very stupid, because I could have avoided the incident if I had just taken the time to pray.  

 

My friend, the thief has come to "steal, kill and destroy." And, as a Witness of Jehovah, you are on his "hit list." He'll probably pop over to your house today. He may be lurking outside your door right now, just waiting to catch you off guard. Take time to pray in the morning. Ask Jehovah to protect you and empower you to do battle. In short, don't forget to turn your security system on. 

Regarding how detectives train themselves to recognize counterfeit money: The detectives don't surround themselves with samples of it, studying the confiscated handiwork of criminals. No, instead they meticulously study "the real thing", becoming so familiar with it, that any attempted "copy" stands out as an obvious fraud. And isn't that the way it should be with us and false religion? We don't need to become experts on all the varieties of false religion that the great counterfeiter, Satan the Devil, has produced. Rather, we need to meticulously study "the real thing", the truth! If we do, all these other bogus "copies" will stand out as the obvious frauds that they really are.

The time is short What will I do? I'll study my Watchtower, My Kingdom Ministry, too.   Prepare for the study, Read all the scriptures. Make some notations, Even study the pictures!   Then suddenly you're zealous, And also quite nervous, And remember how often, You neglected the service.   Where is my Bible? Where are my books? Give me my bag, I forgot how it looks!   And, oh, so important, Since there's only one day, I must not forget, To incessantly pray.   Meetings!! Meetings!! That's where I must go. Forget about play, It's not important, you know.   Jehovah's Day is now here, And it did not delay. I wasted my time Much work and much play.   His day is now here. He sits on His throne, In righteousness judges, To uprightness prone.   How often I told you, The Kingdom to seek, And always be steadfast, Thus avoid getting weak.   So here is your judgment, With regret I do say, Your record is written, and this is my Day.   Your Bible is dusty, Your recreation was first, For spiritual knowledge, You seldom would thirst.   You neglected your service, And meetings forsook, Your prayers were not often, You're not in my book!!!  
If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, If he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do?   Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored guest, And all the food you'd serve to him would be the very best.   And you would keep assuring him you're glad to have him there, That serving him in your own home is a joy beyond compare.   But when you saw him coming, would you meet him at the door With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly visitor?   Or would you have to change your clothes before you let him in? Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?   Would you turn off the radio and hope he hadn't heard? And wish you hadn't uttered that last, loud, hasty word?   Would you hide your worldly music and put some songbooks out? Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?   And I wonder--if the Savior spent a day or two with you, Would you go right on doing the things you always do?   Would you go right on saying the things you always say? Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?   Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read? And let him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?   Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you'd planned to go? Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?   Would you be glad to have him meet your very closest friends? Or would you hope they'd stay away until his visit ends?   Would you be glad to have him stay forever on and on? Or would you sigh with great relief when he at last was gone?   It might be interesting to know the things that you would do If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.  

It's like a forest seen from a distance. All the trees look alike until you get close and examine them.

If you have trouble with your car, for example, it wobbles in the front end, you go to several mechanics, and get different stories from each one. One says it is the carburetor, one says it is the tires, another says it is the muffler. You are not the expert - so how can you know? It would not take a lot of research to get at least an idea of who is telling the truth. Similarly it does not take a lot of research in the Bible to at least find out who is telling the truth.

OR:

You do not have to be a pianist to tell when someone plays a false note.

If someone gave you a hundred dollars but asked for just one dollar back, would that be unjust? They had many trees to eat from.

OR:

If there were a full table of beautiful food with a decorative centerpiece of some poisonous plants, would there be any temptation to eat of what you knew was not intended for eating, especially if you were told that it was poisonous?

A deep-sea diver loves the sea but takes precautions to follow "the rules". He loves the sea yet still "fears" or respects it.

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