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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
25

Precursor to Destruction

Rick Beckett

Scripture
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
Observation
Paul warns the church at Corinth to be very careful when it comes to sin. Too often people take temptation lightly, only to fall and later regret it. Paul's observation is simple, "if you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall."

Proverbs says it this way; "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling." Proverbs 16:18

When we think that we've arrived, it just might be our first step towards disaster. Pride is a precursor to destruction.
Application
I remember boxing in high school. We would challenge each other, and spar. After a while, I got overly confident in my own strength, and a shorter, smaller guy challenged me. I thought that I had it in the bag, and everyone else did too. My friends encouraged me to go at 50%, and so full of pride, I went easy on my opponent.

What happened next could only be described as a blur. A blizzard of punches hit me in the face, and in a matter of seconds my foot had slipped and I hit the pavement. Shock, amazement, and yell's came from the people who had watched it happen. Pride took another victim!

I must make sure that I never allow pride to puff me up. I am weak without God. I need His strength. I need accountability, and I need strong guardrails in my life that encourage me to live life far away from the edges of sin. Paul puts the truth out there, "If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall." I need to listen!
Prayer
Father, please forgive me where I've been prideful. Expose those areas to me, and continue to transform me into your image. Help me to approach temptation with humility that I may succeed against everything that comes my way! In Jesus Name Amen.

Devotions for March 25

Joshua 21,22
Psalms 47
1 Corinthians 10

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