“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” I Corinthians 16: 13
The first word we find here in I Corinthians 16 is the word “watch.” Paul gave a stern warning to the church in Corinth because there were “many adversaries” lurking behind every corner. Can I suggest to you today there is an adversary that is far greater in power and influence, then we could ever imagine. I Peter 5:8 challenges us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Satan wants nothing more than to steer you away from God’s will for your life. He is so subtle and deceitful and he is looking for every opportunity he can to “devour” your future.
Jesus challenged His disciples in Matthew 24: 41, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Our flesh is our sin nature, that part of us that rejects God and His word. The devil does everything he can to place temptations in front of your flesh, to cause you to stumble and fall into a life of sin. This is why we as men must WATCH OUT! We must be aware of all the crafty schemes and strategies of the enemy, and we must NEVER trust ourselves. Did you catch that? We must NEVER trust ourselves. We men, place confidence in ourselves way too easily, and we trust our own abilities to make the right decisions. Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, urged young men, “…lean not unto thy own understanding. But in all thy ways acknowledge him (God) and he will direct thy paths.” Great men fall into the devil’s traps because they place confidence in their own strength to overcome temptation. We think nothing could go wrong in our bedroom, with the door shut and unprotected access to the internet. We think we will be able to control ourselves in a relationship with the opposite sex. We think we can watch movies with language and suggested themes, and it won’t affect our walk with God. That couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Can I challenge you today…NEVER trust yourself! No matter how strong spiritually you may think you are. Don’t put yourself in an environment that makes it easy for the devil to have his way. Instead, keep your focus on Christ (I Cor. 10: 13) the victor of your temptation, and ask God to help you abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thess. 5:17). Even if that means smashing your computer into a thousand pieces to keep you from spiritual destruction.
What is in your life today that you need to WATCH more closely? What are you playing around with that could take you away from God’s best? Give it to Christ right now, and watch as He makes the difference.
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