If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13 NLT
I have been guilty of saying this and maybe you have too. I will never be, say, or do ______________. We tend to think and make others believe, by what we portray on the outside, we are super Christians who never goes through a problem nor will ever blow it big time (fall). There are a few things that jump out to me from my reading today.
Don’t trust your own judgement. Paul wrote, If YOU THINK you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. Ultimately it’s not about us. I can’t trust my judgement based on how close I think I am to God. My salvation has everything to do with Christ. I didn’t earn it and I can’t think I am so big in the faith that I can’t fall. In other words, guard your life and walk with Christ. Don’t become so high and mighty thinking you are the next best thing to come around. Be careful not to fall. Guard your life and don’t trust your own judgement.
My temptation isn’t new. Paul gives us insight that what we go through individually is no different than what others go through. The temptations in your life have been experiences by others and guess what, some have overcome that temptation and serve as examples to us. However in order to know this we have to share what we are going through. That’s the beauty of the Church or Fellowship of the believers. You are part of a spiritual family to serve and share your life with one another.
God isn’t trying to trip me up but leaves me with the choice. God is faithful, he doesn’t put us in a maze called life and sit above us watching and laughing when we get stuck in a corner. God sets perimeters in our life in order that we live faithful and fruitful lives. He says what is allowed in our life and makes it plain that nothing enters more than what we can withstand. God knows our limitations. Further, when temptations come our way he even offers us help. He will show us the way out. Ultimately God gives me the choice to choose the way out or the option to give in. He wants us to choose the way out.
In conclusion, be careful not to fall. Don’t trust your own judgement. The temptations you face aren’t new. God isn’t trying to trip you up but ultimately the choice is up to us whether or not we get out of or give in to the temptations in our life. Choose to get out.
Have you ever needed something? Maybe something as simple as help with a move, or as difficult and time consuming as building a house. No matter how simple or vast the help may be, there is a common denominator with each request. The more likely you are to ask the more chances you are going to get help. In the same way, if you fail to ask you definitely will not receive the help. In order to receive you have to ask. In my devotional reading I focused on Matthew 7:7-11. In case you are unfamiliar with the passage here it is.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
It is hard for me to ask for help most times. I don’t mind giving my time, money, and resources to others but when it comes to me needing something I will most of the time do without rather than asking for help. God wants us to ask, God has good things for us however we must use our voice to ask. Sometimes how he wants to bless us is through others. I encourage you to ask, you never know what good things are heading your way when you do.
Do you have a hard time asking? In what ways has God shown you that he is faithful to give good things when you just ask?
I am excited about speaking to the student leadership group for Ethos tonight at 6:30. They are otherwise known as the Core. They are a super sharp group of adult leaders who love investing in the lives of students as well as super sharp student leaders who are helping to shape the lives of their fellow students. I will be bringing my text out of Ephesians 5: 15-17 – Be very careful then how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most out of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. I am titling it Moments Create Movements. Those ordinary moments in our lives have the opportunity to be the birthplace of a movement. Every opportunity could be the start of something big. I personally feel that the movement doesn’t create leaders…leaders are born when they take hold of an opportunity which leads to the start of a movement. Don’t mistake celebrities with leaders, leaders do not celebrate themselves but are servants who celebrate and pour in the lives of others. Moments Create Movements…