Drive Carefully


Tim Hawkins nailed it.  Using hilarious physical comedy, he endears himself to the audience with classic Mom quotes like “Drive careful!”  His response is totally legit.  He says, “Duh!  What else is she going to say? ‘Drive fast and take chances!  Cut people off, Sweet Pea!  Use your road rage if you have to!’”

Okay, Teenager, Laugh it up!  But if you ignore Momma’s “redundant” words, you’ll be cranking the tunes and missing that warning: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

Which brings me to my greater point: Drive carefully: none of us is impervious to attack.  [Satan] is closer than he appears.   Think about it: Jesus prayed for our unity.  You can bet your enemy is working overtime.

How do we drive carefully?   I heard a sermon that tells us how to follow the signs:

—- Anyone that criticizes the church at large? Watch out.   They are attempting to separate what God wants together.

—- Who’s teaching you?  Don’t just look at the package; look at the substance.  Find out what the life is really like.

—- Has this teacher brought scandal, dissension, or stumbling?  Scandals will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 

—- Teaching contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned.  The root word for heresy is other.  Look for it in the Bible.  Accept no substitutes.

—- They’re driven by their own senses, what they want. They’re unregenerate! They’re slaves of their own appetites.  Watch out.

—- Smooth and flattering speeches – They’re easy to listen to: all the more reason to audit them.

—- You say, “But they seem so sincere!” Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

—- They prey on the unsuspecting.  The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

Drive carefully.  Examine all things; hold fast that which is good.

If you see that someone is showing these signs, the Word says to mark and avoid them.  [Keep your eye on (skopeo) keep the scope on them …  Avoid; turn away from.]

The signs are there.  We dare not be “the unsuspecting.”  If we think we are insusceptible to the enemy’s attacks, we’d better think again.

Drive carefully!

(Don’t take chances!)

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