Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

We have heard the phrase “Smoke Detectors Save Lives” for years now, and we all know that statement is true. Some believe it much more passionately than others because they have seen firsthand the damage and devastation that smoke and fire can cause. My dad is one of those people. When we built our house, my dad was very persistent that we have smoke detectors , in fact he was so persistent that he even sent someone to my house with smoke detectors offering to install them. I think he was more worried about the grandbabies than us, if the truth be told, but that’s okay. Todd and I actually have several in our home now, thanks to Dad, and having them helps put us at ease when it comes to our family’s safety. We all also know the rule about keeping fresh batteries in them and testing them with every time change to be sure everything is working properly. What good is a smoke detector that is not operational?

Speaking of “smoke detecting”, there’s this little phrase I keep in mind, I have no idea where I first heard it, but it has stuck with me. When it comes to detecting a lie from the enemy, sometimes the lie is so obvious that you’ll catch me spouting off “That’s a lie from satan and it smells like smoke!” We all know where the liar’s home is, and we know that it is referred to as a lake of fire. Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. You know what you smell like after you have been outside around a fire? Smoke – it’s in your hair, on your clothes, even your skin. Satan reaks of it. Everything that comes from his mouth smells like smoke, some lies smell stronger than others, but it all has the same smell. Sometimes smoke isn’t easy to see and its smell is very subtle in the beginning. How many times have you asked someone “Do you smell smoke?” Then you proceed around the room sniffing for it, trying to find the source.

That’s why we need smoke detectors. Spiritually speaking, our smoke detectors are truths that are made available from our Heavenly Father, just like my dad did at my house, to alarm us of smoke and impending fire. We can install them in every area of our life by simply learning what The Word says. We cannot detect smoke if we don’t have fresh batteries, fresh truth, plugged in to our life. Without it, we can fall prey and suffer from smoke inhalation and barely escape the fire choking for our next breath. That’s exactly the enemy’s plan – to choke the life right out of you before you even see the fire.

I challenge you to install some new smoke detectors – there’s truth for every situation. You can trust that He will give you every detector you need, He has an endless supply. Let’s replace the one who’s “blowing smoke” with truth from the One who is a “Consuming Fire”. (Hebrews 12:29)

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” Jeremiah 23:29

Now, that’s the kind of smoke I want to smell!

Amy Dotson, RPDOTK (Royal Princess Daughter Of The King)
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