Evening Devotion: Stumbling

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,”
Jude 1:24 NKJV

We thank God that Jesus is able to keep us from stumbling, yet, we need the whole counsel of God. Jude also warns against false teaching, the epistles of John tell us to stay away from sin, and Proverbs chapters five through seven warn us against the adulterous woman.

These are just a few examples of our part in staying away from sin. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

Paul disciplined himself so that he would not become disqualified. The enemy will put stumbling blocks in our way, the only way we won’t trip over them is if we are walking rightly before God.

Ephesians 5:15-21 NKJV “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 NKJV “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”

The Lord will keep us from falling when we walk in His ways, but the moment we choose to not take the escape He provides, we will walk into sin. James 1:14-15 NKJV “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” We need to heed the words of Paul; take heed, lest you fall.

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