Today’s Scripture: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12) Some of us may feel unthreatened by failure, but believer, that is truly the worst place to be. It is in that unguarded moment that we are most vulnerable to the devil’s arrows. Yesterday, we read from 1 Corinthians 10 and covered three of the five points addressing where most people are snagged by sin. Today, we will cover the remaining two:

4. Beware of tempting God 

How do we tempt Him? We do so by blatantly disobeying what we know God commands us in His Word. We also tempt Him when we take matters into our own hands rather than placing them in God’s. The Lord sent fiery serpents upon the people that tempted Him in the wilderness. He chastened them just as He later did with Ananias and Sapphira when they tried to lie and hide their deceit. Don’t live a lie. Confess your sins to the Lord, and ask Him to help you with your struggles. Don’t tempt Him, trust Him.

5. Beware of murmuring 

Can you imagine complaining after seeing all of the miracles the Israelites saw? There will always be things in our lives that won’t be entirely to our liking. But we know where complaints exist, thankfulness is absent. We must be content with what God has provided rather than allowing ourselves to be overtaken in selfishness. Recognize that sometimes delays are a blessing. Before you grumble and complain, think for a moment that maybe the trial or delay in God’s answer is being used to prepare the way for a greater blessing in your life.

We all know the Christian life is not going to be easy. The Lord Himself had to suffer greatly while He was on Earth. Should we seek the easy road or be prepared to follow whole-heartedly in Christ’s footsteps? The key is what you choose to do in the midst of your discouragement. Will you acquiesce to the tugging of this wicked world, or will you choose to stand strong? This year is up to you. Choose to steer clear of the five-fold failure, and succeed in your service to the King.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.