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Be Careful How You Judge
“Brothers, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
During these five decades of my life, I have seen many of my heroes not finish well. Many of my heroes have been men in ministry who had thriving ministries and seemed to be on top of the world. And then the bottomed dropped out and there was some kind of indiscretion that resulted in them being disqualified from ministry.
When I first came to America’s Keswick I found myself getting close to men from our program, Colony of Mercy. I loved the connection with the guys who came through the program and then a man would have a “fall” and it would send me into a tailspin.
The older I get the more I realize that all of us are one stupid mistake away from blowing it. One wrong choice in our lives could cause a catastrophic chain of events that could result in being disqualified from the race.
Some of us become self-righteous and say, “I would never do this or that” or “How could that person be so stupid?” I know I have been stupid enough to make this statements.
In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul addressed this issue. The Old Testament accounts were provided so that we could learn from the mistakes made by men and women who were disqualified from the race.
These were people that were eyewitnesses of some pretty amazing miracles. And yet they did some really stupid things. We might find ourselves saying, “How could they be so stupid?” Well, Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit anticipated that reaction because he wrote: “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
The bottom line is that we need to be diligent in running this race with endurance. We need to be grounded in God’s Word, praying without ceasing, and finding men who will be willing to hold us accountable – hold our feet to the fire – so that we will finish well. We need to remind ourselves often throughout the day – we are one step away from blowing it!
More about this next time I blog …
Is there anything in your life that could become a landmine for you or your family should that landmine detonate? If so, it’s time to get real and reach out for help.
Going the distance with Jesus,
Dr. Bill Welte
President/CEO America’s Keswick
Think About This: You are deceived if you believe that you are free to live your life unnoticed by God and the enemy of our souls. Author Unknown
Verses to Memorize: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming on our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV