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๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: Devotional For First Responders.

You can have all the training and experience in the world in regards to your profession but still watch it all crumble to the ground if you refuse to discipline your greatest threat. Yourself. No academy, no amount of training can fully prepare you for the temptations you will face while on the job. Whether it be pride, anger, badge chasers, etc. Your flesh can get you in trouble. You can save lives throughout your whole career and still run from the only One who can save your life. When faced with the pressures of the job it's easy to put up walls and shut yourself off. To self medicate or give in to lust, just to try to cope with the loneliness and the uncontrollable emotions that swirl through your mind. You can lie and tell yourself and say that Jesus is only for the weak minded, and you don't need Him. But your deceiving yourselves if you think that way. No matter how battle hardened you've become, (badge or no badge) all minds have been weekend by sin are weak, wounded, and in need of Jesus. In truth we are all still just scared little kids trying to make our way through this world. Come unto Him like a child as Jesus said, but so often our pride prevents this. Warriors of old often fell into the trap of "eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we will die". They knew death was coming but they thought their only recourse was to fill their bellies and please their flesh, not feed their souls. As shephards you must not neglect the true Shephard of your soul. You are not immune to the temptations civilians face. If anything the temptation is greater and you just choose to cope differently. Jesus was tempted and He quoted scripture, He was tempted and He prayed. He fought so hard against temptation He bled. When tempted with compromise He took on the cross. He died to himself for the sake of others. He endured until the end. He was disciplined. As Captain of The Lords Host He went before us. To show us the way. This is why He says to abide in Him and walk in the Spirit. Because our victory lies in His victory. You can do more than just survive as a first responder, you can thrive. Emotionally and spiritually. When faced with hardships and temptations, run to the secret hiding place of the Lord. Commune with Him, not your flesh. Seek refuge in Christ, not to those things that tempt you. Draw near to Christ, not to those who would pull you away from Christ. Resist the devil and he will flee. Stand for Christ in your personal life and in your professional life and you will see how Mighty God is.


God bless,

Sam


For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1 John 2:16


Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7


Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:37


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 5:6โ€ญ-โ€ฌ11

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