Spiritual Fire Alarms

Spiritual Fire Alarms

Spiritual Fire Alarms

Our daughter’s home work the other day was to check that all the fire alarms of our home were in working order. That got me thinking: How are our spiritual fire alarms? Are they in working order too?

Are you tuned in the Holy Spirit? Or is your life so noisy that you can’t hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit any more? It’s truly time to check our spiritual fire alarms powered by the Holy Spirit.

This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
    Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
    But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’
I posted watchmen over you who said,
    ‘Listen for the sound of the alarm.’
But you replied,
    ‘No! We won’t pay attention!’
(Jeremiah 6:16-17, NLT)

The condition of our spiritual fire alarms is not our only concern. The condition of our hearts needs to be under surveillance too. You see, sometimes we choose to ignore the sound of spiritual fire alarms. We refuse to take action no matter how persistently the spiritual fire alarms beep around us. But let me tell you, that’s courting trouble.

They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. (Ezekiel 33:5, NLT)

What to do then? Spiritual fire alarms are there to keep you safe and alert to God’s guidance. Make sure you can hear God’s voice and make sure you want to follow his guidance. If you realize you’re not too keen on following God’s leading, give all that to Jesus and ask him to rekindle his fire within you. He will be happy to do so.

Don’t rationalize God’s orders. Just do what he says. You will later on find out what kind of spiritual danger you needed to flee from. God is the giver of life and more life. Embrace him and everything he does. And you will be blessed.


Gracious God,
Thank you for the Holy Spirit.
Enable us to hear his promptings
and empower us to obey your commands
without hesitation or rationalization.
Rekindle our faith, Lord.
Make us alert to you in every way.
In Jesus’ way,

Q4U: Are the spiritual fire alarms around you in working order? Are you ready to follow God’s guidance?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you stay alert to the Holy Spirit’s movement in your life!

Image design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Small Wonders,and #InspireMeMonday.

6 thoughts on “Spiritual Fire Alarms

  1. What a great analogy! I would say that the spiritual fire alarms in my life are in pretty good working order–there is always room for improvement, though, and you’ve given me some great food for thought.

  2. I like the analogy, good fire alarms are sensitive to very small amounts of smoke – I need so much quiet and space to listen similarly well.

  3. Wow. { Don’t rationalize God’s orders. Just do what he says.} That is what my biological and spiritual grandfather Abraham peace be upon him did. Although I also rationalize doing it rather rationalizing not doing it. I compare it to voluntary euthanasia, because we believe that the only son’s consent was involved. God bless Kierkegaard for talking about those knights of faith who do not rationalize in his famous book Fear and Trembling. God bless you.

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