SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." 1Co 10:12 NKJV The truth is: (1) Standing isn't inevitable, but it is possible! The moment you commit your life to Jesus, you're at war with Satan. And standing up to him requires staying armed. "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil...that you will...resist in the evil day...and...stand firm" (Eph 6:11, 13 NAS). War is a casualty-laden business; you must take it as seriously as the enemy does, for the Bible says he's out "seeking someone to devour" (1Pe 5:8 NAS). Be alert, but not alarmed. "A thousand may fall at your side...but it shall not [happen to] you" (Ps 91:7 NAS). In conflict, some stand and some fall. The difference is, those who stand "have made the Lord...[their] dwelling place," whereas those who fall "make flesh [their] strength" (Jer 17:5 NAS). (2) Falling isn't always preventable, but it's surmountable! It's not only the weak and immature who fall. Satan's strategy includes taking out the righteous, the unrighteous, the most vulnerable and the least vulnerable-high-rankers included. "A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again" (Pr 24:16 NAS). Now if the righteous fall so frequently, what's to be anticipated from everyone else? In war no one is guaranteed immunity from attack. But, "A good man...Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand" (Ps 37:23-24). Don't focus on the unable, or the disabled-but on Christ the Enabler!
Published on Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 6:22 AM CDT