Standing When Everything Around You Is Falling (1)

Standing When Everything Around You Is Falling (1)

“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”     1Co 10:12 NKJV

Satan is out to tempt, trap, and topple you. Two of his favorite lies are:

            (1) You can’t fall. He appeals to your ego. “You’ve got your spiritual act together; you’re too strong to stumble. Weaker people wouldn’t be able to handle it, but you can.” This lie is intended to make you overconfident, to lead you to “Trust in mankind…depend on flesh for (your) strength” and “turn away from the Lord” (See Jer 17:5 NIV). It’s designed to get you to lower your guard and make you vulnerable to his schemes. Don’t play into his hands! Be wise: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Pr 16:18 NKJV). Live on your knees. Fortify yourself with God’s Word. (2) You can’t stand. This appeals to your underlying sense of unworthiness, fear and inadequacy. He whispers, “Look at your track record. Compared to all those other good folks in church, you’re not worthy to be called a Christian. Just give up.” Satan wants to divert you from “Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 24 NAS). He wants to get you focused on your negatives, your friends, spiritual giants who fell, and tell you that because they couldn’t make it, you’ve no chance. He’ll replay your list of shortcomings to discourage you. Don’t go for it. “He is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44 NAS). Believing him makes you his victim. Refuse to let either pride or inadequacy defeat you.

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