Warning Signs!

Growing up as a kid we used to cut through neighbors yards to get to the park or school yard faster. Then these small black signs began to appear on fences and trees where we would cut through.

Part of the problem with these signs is that we never saw a dog or heard any barking! So we were persuaded to walk around and take the long route.

Still being a fiesty and curious kid, I would test the waters and cut through the yard. Well one day I met my match and out came the dog from the house growling and barking. Chasing me to get a nice foot or arm in it’s mouth. I ran so fast over the tall stockade fence with my baseball glove, I don’t remember how I out ran this wild dog. I was so full of fear, afraid and shaking, because I thought the sign was made up to just keep us kids out, and it worked, since there was a real dog.

Other warning signs we see such as, “no trespassing”, “do not enter”, “one way” etc.

Warnings are there for a reason not to make us afraid, but to protect us. The Bible God’s Word is for ours well being to guide us, nurture us, and protect us.

There are sins and behaviors that are warning signs and it is wise to take heed. There are many things God hates, here are seven:

“There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family”.
Proverbs 6:16‭-‬19 NLT

Another warning is when Jesus exhorts the disciples in the gospels to watch and pray. He is coming back and nobody knows the day or the hour when He will come, but He is coming back soon. You may think this is radical or some pie in the sky fable. However, God’s Word and promises are true, so we are to take heed and not ignore the warning signs.

“So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:33‭-‬44 NKJV

As you walk softly and sharpen your sword, walk softly this week my friend.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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