Just recently, when Bert obeyed the gospel, we had the opportunity to make a circle with those who were there in order to share things with our new brother in Christ. As is often the case with opportunities like that, someone encouraged him about staying focused, because Satan is not happy. He is that “roaring lion” who is “seeking whom he may devour.” (1st Peter 5:8) The father of lies (Devil, John 8:44) is an opportunist with only one goal in mind, our demise.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
1st Corinthians 10:12
Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul cautions them using the example of those from times past who had “drank from the spiritual Rock” (1st Corinthians 10:4); even so, “God was not well pleased” with many of them because of their rebellion. We are not immune from such rebellion. The road we travel as disciples of Christ is narrow and, at times, difficult. (Matthew 7:14) As we journey along, we need to watch for Satan’s activity to deceive us, as well as our own fleshly (sinful nature) tendencies that could result in such rebellion. As Paul said to the church in Ephesus, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to men; but God is faithful. who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able . . . 1st Corinthians 10:13
With the exhortation to stay focused, we need to also remind the new disciple (and us as well) that this battle need not be fought alone. Next year we will consider the truth about the church family, a source of tremendous strength. In the above verse though, we are reminded that God is always there, ready to help us “make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1st Corinthians 10:13) So, let us not forget to also remind them to look for God, He is faithfully there!