S01E51 Oxygen Masks


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Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars.

I’m Sheena and the title of today’s reading is “Oxygen Masks”

The key verse for today is from Ephesians chapter 6 verse 13

It says, (pause) “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

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Once, when I was flying from one small country to another, I experienced the oxygen mask in action.
Something in the plane was amiss. My head was beginning to feel as if it would explode, when an oxygen mask was lowered from somewhere above me. I put it on and was able to breathe until we were safely back on the ground. Even though my head was still under extreme pressure, I could breathe and I was safe. In spite of the pressure and anxiety, it was comforting to know that I had a clear line to life- giving oxygen. Soon I was back on the ground where the oxygen level was natural—and divinely balanced.

The memory of this experience was triggered when I read one of my favorite devotional writers*: “We are in great need of the pure, life-giving atmosphere that nurtures and invigorates the spiritual life.” If we are in need of such an atmosphere, then on this sinful earth this atmosphere must not be the thing that we breathe naturally. The natural atmosphere of this world must be an impure, death-producing one.

For a moment, let your imagination soar and see what this world might look like from God’s perspective. I think He sees it covered with a gritty, black, coal-dust atmosphere of smog—the atmosphere of sin. We, on the other hand, see just another sunny day, with maybe a few shadows.

But we know that the end result of the great controversy between God and Satan is that God will end this state of emergency—this death-producing atmosphere that kills His children—with one mighty hurricane-force wind. Everyone who is not blown away will again be able to breathe naturally the pure, life-giving atmosphere of heaven.

But until then, the oxygen masks of our devotional lives are the means whereby we access the pure, life- giving atmosphere of heaven.

How freely do I let flow the pure life-giving atmosphere that nurtures and invigorates my spiritual life? After all, the flight attendants always close their safety demonstrations with these words: “Please secure your own oxygen mask before trying to assist others.”

* Ellen G. White

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Alternative verses:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans chapter 8 verse 31-32

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians chapter 15:57

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John chapter 16 verse 33

for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’
Deuteronomy chapter 20 verse 4