Thinking and Standing

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

I Corinthians 10:12-14

In this passage, Paul is giving us a warning and giving us some instruction.  He gives us a good warning in verse 12: “Wherefore let him that standeth take heed lest he fall.”

I have always been fascinated by the apparent paradoxes in the Christian life.  “The way to strength is through weakness.”  “The more humble you are, the more honoured you will be.” “The more you give, the more you will receive.”  This is similar to one of those paradoxes.

Just when we think that we are standing strong and have everything under control, it is then that we are the most vulnerable.  Just when we think that we have a good handle on our flesh, it crushes us.

As Christians, we need to be ever vigilant against temptation (vs 13) and idolatry (vs 14).  We need to watch our actions, our minds, our attitudes, and especially, our hearts.  Because it is when we are puffed up with pride at how strong of a Christian we think we are that we are at our most vulnerable.  When we think we are strong, it is then that we are truly weak!

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”  Those are wise words.  Are we heeding them today?  Are we vigilant against the attacks of the devil?  Or are we filled with pride at what a great Christian we are?

 

 

 

 

 

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