“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.“
1 Corinthians 10:12
Falling does not happen suddenly. No Christian makes a life-altering mistake or falls into sin without a preceding history. There’s always an underlying progression, something that can be traced back.
What occurs is that a significant event or temptation brings to light what has been simmering beneath the surface, making it appear sudden.
As Christians, we must recognize the devil’s cunning nature. We cannot be ignorant of the enemy’s tactics. The devil never presents a sin that doesn’t pique your interest; instead, he guides you through smaller steps, slowly fostering an attraction to something you initially found unappealing.
For instance, consider the sin of adultery or fornication. Initially, the devil leads you into conversations where you empathize with those involved. This gradually leads to justifying the sin, believing it’s “not that bad (under certain conditions).”
Once that initial barrier is crossed, waiting for you might be a potential laughing and gisting partner, initiating harmless flirting. This pattern continues until the point of the “major” sin, at which it no longer seems significant.
We must be vigilant as Christians, attentive to the seemingly trivial matters. Small issues often evolve into larger ones. Avoid thinking of yourself as infallible. Instead, be watchful for the opening of small doors to sin.
Dear Lord, we’re grateful for this reminder. Guide us to approach your throne daily for purification. Prevent us from excusing behaviors as inconsequential. Grant us the strength to flee even from widespread actions that appear innocuous. May we uphold your Word as our standard. Lord, help us stand firm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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