Let he who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
August 25, 2019
Pastor Kingsley Emenike
South Africa Mission trip:
Let he who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall
First, consider the needs of weaker brothers. (chapter 8)
Second, follow Paul’s example. (chapter 9)
Third, don’t repeat Israel’s mistakes. (chapter 10:1-13)
Fourth, don’t play with fire. (chapter 10:14-22)
Paul ends by giving them a set of instructions. (chapter 10:23-11:1)
All but two men in this generation perished in the wilderness.
There’s one thing that you must have in order for God to be pleased with you.
They did not believe the Lord.
The LORD provided them food in abundance, but they were not satisfied.
The people asked Aaron the high priest to give them another god to worship.
They ate, drank, and danced before their idol, just like the pagans did.
Here once again the great evil is idolatry. Eating food sacrificed to pagan gods.
People who think they stand are in danger of falling.
The Corinthians were in danger of falling,
because they thought they were immune to the temptations related to eating food sacrificed to idols.
The Corinthians used knowledge as a mask to hide their real reasons for eating food sacrificed to idols.
Knowledge alone will not protect us from temptation.
This falling has nothing to do with our eternal salvation.
It has to do with finishing our race.
The things that can trip us up are temptations that are common to man, not the tests that are unique to Christians.
These things are common to man, but they can prevent the believer from winning his race.
The way of escape is right here: fixing our eyes on Jesus.