“Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation].”
1 CORINTHIANS 10:12 AMP
This month saw two celebrity Christians cast doubts publicly on their Christian faith. The first was Joshua Harris (Author of I KISSED DATING GOODBYE, BOY MEETS GIRL, SEX IS NOT THE PROBLEM… LUST IS, amongst others). The second was Marty Sampson of Hillsong Worship. While Sampson said he has not renounced his faith, but that it is on a terribly shaky ground and he appears to be losing it, Joshua Harris simply walked away, infact, he called it the biblical ‘turning away’. Now, there is not much to say now, because I know prayers are on-going, and these ones will still come back strong in their faith.
However, there is need for us to examine ourselves in the light of Scriptures and really tell ourselves the truth. The Bible said that all who thinks they are standing should take heed that they do not fall. This shows us clearly that the possibility of falling is one that every Christian must not totally discountenance.
Now this is not to mean that you should go about fearing that you will fall here and there. No, rather the Lord is calling for seriousness and careful living on our part. Most of the men and women who where cast away in the wilderness were essentially careless people. They were not careful at all; they simply thought that their place in Canaan land had been secured forever and there is nothing anyone (including themselves) could do about it. So, they were not careful to seek the Lord through prayers. They were not careful to set His word always before them. They simply just went about living their lives in anyway they wanted. Thinking that they were standing, the simply failed in times of adversity.
See beloved, it is important that you understand this. The most crucial element of your life’s journey is your FAITH, and all the hordes of hell will fight to rob you of it. Faith is different from moods or emotions. Moods and emotions can change. Sometimes you feel cool and good about God and your faith, and at other times you see yourself wondering and getting discouraged. All these are emotional issues, they are not yet issues of faith. Faith is deeper than emotions. It is fed by knowledge that comes from God’s word. So, the man who will last in faith must learn the blessed art of bringing God’s word before him daily, and of setting out times to fellowship with the person of God and with the brethren.
Each season of life that you fail to do this, you are setting yourself up for failure. I remember when I was getting set to leave school, and I was praying with a brother friend of mine. The word of the Lord came to us saying, “No wind, or tornado, or hurricane, or pressures of life is powerful enough to quench my fire which had been lit in you. Every dying flame is traceable to only one thing- A LACK OF OIL.”
From this, the Lord was making us to understand that as long as we maintain our fellowship and walk with Him, the oil of His presence will be continually supplied to us and we will never fall. However, each day that we get so busy that we do not spend time in His presence. Each day that passes and we have not taken time to read His word and pray, maybe because we are busy with one issue or the other, we are simply setting ourselves up for failure.
And failure does not come as failure. It comes as a little carelessness. A little kissing of the opposite sex, a little lying, a little anger and malice, a little pornography, a little of this and that, and wham! You are on the ground. He that thinks he stands, let him take care, otherwise he will fall
Take care to build your faith. Take care to pray in the Holy Ghost. Take care to maintain godly relationships. Take care to study your Bible. Take care to build for yourself an environment of faith. Take care to crush every rising thoughts of doubt, fear and grumbling. Take care to guard your heart in the presence of God. His presence will be your shield and victory in the coming days. Amen.
PRAYERS: Lord, thank you for always looking out for me. Thank you for your commitment to help me. I pray that every forms of self-confidence will leave my life. My confidence should not be in myself, but in you. As a result of my confidence in you, I will seek you with all my heart, and I will continually purify my heart of every defilement. I receive the Grace to take care, so that my faith will not fail, but I will stand (like Joshua and Caleb) till the very end. Amen.
For further reading: Luke 22 vs. 31-34; 1 Timothy 4 vs. 1-4; 2 Timothy 3; Hebrews 4 vs. 1-5.