August 11, 2023 · Bob Gass
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV
Sometimes you experience more problems after you become a Christian than you did before. “Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering” (Hebrews 10:32 NLT). Consider the life of Christ. “After his baptism…the heavens…opened…And a voice…said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’” (Matthew 3:16-17 NLT). Then we read, “Jesus was led…into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil” (Matthew 4:1 NLT). First the call, then the conflict. And that’s still how it works! When Paul was called into ministry, he was given “a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted” (2 Corinthians 12:7). So when you say yes to God, prepare for attack. Satan attacks what he fears, and he fears God’s plan for your life. When a player starts scoring, the other team targets him because they know he is capable of winning. Getting the idea? Before Jesus launched His ministry, Satan offered Him the kingdoms of the world, and he will make you the same offer. So the only safe place to be is in the centre of God’s will. When Noah was building the ark, he could withstand a hundred years of scorn, but when the job was done, he ended up drunk and disgraced. Paul wrote, “These things…were written down to warn us…If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (1 Corinthians 10:11, 12 NLT). So the word for you today is – be on your guard!
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