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Tick Tock
by Lori Van Dien
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Tick-tock... as each moment passes in mediocrity. Everything is vanity, worth nothing. In the end, where will the TV shows appear, or the contests, the meaningless conversations? What will remain in the end?

It often takes a disaster to wake us up to what is important. Often, that doesn’t even work for long. We find another way, restoration begins, mediocrity sets in again. The cries to God are forgotten that, “I promise to do whatever you say; I will love you, and only you, with all my heart. I know I am nothing without you, just please help us!”

She sits listening to people converse and feels the Preacher’s words; ugh, vanity, worthless, meaningless.

Not that she doesn’t enter the same boring conversations, spicing them with humor or an unusual thought—in an effort to endure them really. But it means nothing, every idle word will be brought into judgment, so... tick-tock...

What is the answer? What is the cure? What on earth can be done to heal the boredom, the pain, the years of abuse inflicted on a human soul? Many numb themselves to avoid facing the raw pain of opening up old wounds for the Lord’s healing. Numbness in the form of painkillers, alcohol, TV shows, absorbing the internet, or thrill seeking—sexually, sports, crime.

But is that a cure or just avoidance? Actually anesthetizing yourself before a surgery that will never happen.

The Answer:
It is so simple, yet for some reason, we set it aside.

The word of God. What does it say? Meditate in it day and night. Put it on your door, in front of your eyes constantly, speak it, read it, mull it over in your mind. Say it to your children and spouse; say it to your soul. When you sit down, when you rise up, when you go to bed. Think about it all the time.

I play a game sometimes. Have you ever looked at an object and tried to recall a Scripture? Right now as I type there is a window, “I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you don’t have room enough to receive it.”
- There is a rooftop. “Let him that is on the rooftop not come down to get his clothes.”
- There is a tree. “And they shall be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”

You get the idea. Not only is it a good exercise, it is encouraging. Look at those Scriptures. They remind us of His blessing, His coming in the end days, and His promise to plant us in Him for His own glory. Not for our righteousness, but for His own namesake.

The Lord asked us literally to saturate our being in His holy word. All the time.

“Oh, but my TV show is on...” tick-tock... But your soul is weak and sickly. Your mind is in turmoil. Your life is fading away. You are sick, mentally, physically and spiritually. “But I must check my emails,” as the pop-ups lead you astray... tick-tock. “Just one more thing and then I will read the word,” but then, “I’m so tired, I must sleep now...” tick-tock.

In the morning, the Holy Spirit wakes you with breath again, in your right mind, safe for another day. Do you immediately say, “Good morning Jesus,” and reach for His word? Do you speak the word to yourself as you meander to the washroom, saying, “I know you love me, thank you for this day, I love you Lord, you live in me, speak to me this day, I need you Father, I need your word to speak to me.” Or do thoughts of not wanting to get up, going to work, an angry exchange with a co-worker, or your mate fill your mind and soul?

No wonder Jesus said simply, “Take every thought captive," corner it and ask it, are you a thought taking the place of my obedience to Christ?

Of course we have things to work out in our lives that will take time in our mind, but if you submit your mind to the word of God first, He will give you sure, perfect answers. Those answers will line up with His loving character and they will match His word. The grace, mercy and love, and peaceful fruit of righteousness will be the result of your problem.

But are we truly, daily in love with the cause of Christ enough to lose ourselves in His word, in His desires for our lives?

God has no problem with our plans, as long as we surrender them into His mighty hands. Because it is only in His will that we are truly free.

Redeem the time we have. It could be our last day. What better way to die than to be fully saturated in everything to do with Him? God is love. He promised us blessings conditional on our obedience to His word. Can we simply take the time to fill our minds with a Scripture in the morning, and think about it through the day?

The spirit and the word agree. The word is spiritual. When you take it in, it is supernaturally doing something in you. Believe when you read, or you read in vain.

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass, but my word shall not pass away.”

When you read the word, you are ingesting Jesus who IS the word. You are living on the Bread of Life. Get the revelation. If you are having trouble seeing in the spirit, then ask the Lord, He promised to give wisdom to everyone who asks. Every day read Ephesians 1:1-23 and 3:14-21, pray it over yourself and your family. God will give you revelations that humans cannot know. The natural mind cannot receive the things of God, because they are spiritually discerned.

Trust Him. Trust Him. Time is short; our days are numbered. Don’t waste the time given to you.

Pray for each other in love, encouraging each other as the clock ticks on until time will be no more.

In the end, the word of God is the only sure thing that will remain forever. So, it makes sense to be full of Him.

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