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Posted By Janet Porter On 07/07/2008 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
On Friday night, a little after midnight, I got a frantic knock at the door. It was my neighbor from across the street telling me that her house was on fire. I grabbed the phone and dialed 9-1-1 as I ran out the door to see a house billowing with smoke and flames – so much smoke that it had set off the smoke detector in the house next door to me.
I was giving the address to the 9-1-1 operator when I realized there was still someone inside. My neighbor’s son was in the house and his bedroom was consumed with flames. I started screaming his name and directing the operator where his bedroom was so the firemen would know once they arrived.
His mother described the flames that consumed the mattress of his bed and his entire bedroom. The flames had since spread and the thick, black smoke filled the house and neighborhood, keeping any of us from attempting a rescue.
My neighbor was sure her son was gone. The other neighbors shook their heads –knowing that even if the flames that were now shooting out the front door didn’t get him, surely the smoke would have smothered him by now – as he was in the smoke-saturated house for more than 15 minutes.
Then, I cried out to God in prayer: “God please rescue this man and bring him out of this house alive! In Jesus name.” The 9-1-1 operator was the one who said “Amen.”
And it was about one minute later that Danny ran out the back door of the house –alive and unscathed.
God answered our prayer, and the whole neighborhood saw it. Four fire trucks later, the fire was out, and everyone made it out alive. He said he heard us yelling. That made me want to use my voice again.
If it was after midnight, and your house was the one on fire …
And a fireman was tapping at your bedroom window with a ladder ready to help you to safety. What would your reaction be?
Would you slap him for being so intolerant to suggest there’s only one way out? After all, that seems so narrow minded! You know so much more about your house than this fireman. There are several ways that you should be able to get out without depending on his ladder. What you don’t know, however, is that all of those other exits are blocked. Trying any of them would be a fatal decision. Every moment that you wait in uncertainty could be your last!
The fact is when it comes to your eternity, Jesus has the ladder. It’s the only one. The burning question is: Are you going to take it?
Here are the five rungs of the ladder you need to climb to safety:
Here’s the bottom line: This isn’t just about fire insurance. If you want to be safe for eternity (and fulfill your purpose and destiny on this earth) you must make Jesus Savior and Lord – it’s a package deal; if He’s not Lord, He’s not Savior. That means we can’t claim Him as Savior and not do what He says.
The fire is real, and there’s only one ladder. Take it and live.
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