ON GUARD

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“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12, KJV

Today, we will be considering the importance of staying on guard as believers.

The phrase ‘take heed’ is the Greek word ‘blepo’ which means to beware, to observe, and to discern. In 1 Corinthians 10, where our anchor scripture is taken from, Paul was exhorting the church at Corinth with the example of the Israelites in the wilderness, who having seen the wonders of God, still displeased Him greatly.

In a world like ours, it is important that we guard against entangling ourselves with its ungodly practices. No matter how strong we think we are, it’s just best to abstain completely.

Many of those who have renounced their faith didn’t do so in one day. It started out as a small deviation from the truth, then a compromise after the other.

Let’s see the text below.

“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” – Genesis 4:7, ESV

This was God’s response to Cain, following the rejection of his sacrifice. God was setting right the state of his heart here, in a bid to safeguard him. But he got angry and went further down the road of destruction, neglecting a fundamental lesson.

Our takeaway from this is that a refusal to do the right things gradually opens the door to sin. In fact, whatever one tolerates will grow and get stronger, until one cannot withstand it anymore. This is why we must never harbour sinful desires in our thoughts or deviate from God’s instructions to us.

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – James 1:15, KJV

Our association is also very important. In trying to love on everyone, sinners inclusive, we must not get too comfortable with sin that we begin to endorse it subconsciously. (1 Corinthians 5:6) We must stand firmly against sin and wrong doctrine. (1 Timothy 4:16)

Finally, let us consider Solomon’s advice to us:

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:20-27, KJV

Dear friends, guard your heart with the truth of God’s word. Meditate on the word for it is life and light. Do not give sin a chance, that old nature has been done away with.

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 9:33-50, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalms 95, 1 Samuel 1-2

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