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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:5-13

 

Take Heed Lest You Fall

 

Intro.

1.  Possibility of falling away is a real threat to every child of God.

2.  To think otherwise is a great danger, 1 Cor. 10:12.

3.  Israel is a warning to Christians to remain faithful and true.

 

I.  ISRAEL IS OUR EXAMPLE, 1 Cor. 10:1-10.

  A.  Of Our Relationship with God, 1 Cor. 10:2; Gal. 3:27.

     -Baptized into relationship with Godís prophet / Relationship with Godís Son.

  B.  As Godís Chosen People, Exo. 19:5-6; Psa. 135:4; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.

  C.  Israelís Unbelief, Heb. 3:15-19.

    1.  Eyes fixed on Egypt instead of God and land of promise, Num. 11:4-6.

    2.  Fell in wilderness due to their sins of disobedient unbelief.

    3.  Our warning: 1 Cor. 10:6-10. Confidence of salvation rests on obedient faith (not wishful thinking).

  D.  Therefore, Take Heed Lest You Fall, 10:12.

     -Look carefully and discern the warning that is given to us.

    1.  Israel thought she stood with God (chosen, saved, protected).                                              

     -Thinking we stand with God not same as actually standing with God, Matt. 3:8-9.

    2.  Israel did not take heed to herself. Mixed and mingled with worldly idolaters while complaining against Godís care and provisions, 1 Cor. 10:6-10; Psa. 106:13-15, 19-22, 24-25.

    3.  Israel fell. Consumed in wilderness, Psa. 106:26-27; Num. 14:26-35.

      -What About Christians today? What about Us?

       -Discern signs of a faltering faith, 2 Cor. 13:5; Heb. 3:12-13 (4:12).

 

II. SIGNS OF A FALTERING FAITH (READY TO FALL), Gal. 6:3.

    -We can Deceive Ourselves that our Faith is Stronger than it is...

  A.  By Equating Menís Estimation of our Faithfulness with Godís Approval of Us, Lk. 6:26.

    1.  Reputation of faithfulness not equivalent to proof of it, Rev. 3:1

    2.  Instead of trusting what others say about your faithfulness, trust what God says about it (2 Cor. 13:5). 

    3.  Take heed: It is Godís evaluation that matters.

  B.  By Minimizing the Corrupting Effect of Evil Companions, 1 Cor. 15:33.

    1.  Evidently Israel did this, Exo. 23:2; Num. 25:1-2; 31:16.

    2.  Donít be deceived, 1 Pet. 4:1-2 (1 Jno. 2:15-16). At work, tempted to steal (Tit. 2:10); At school, tempted to cheat (Eph. 4:25); at home, media bombards your senses with sensuality (Col. 3:5), etc.

    3.  In the world but not of it (sanctified), 1 Cor. 5:9-10; Jno. 17:15-17.

    4.  Take heed: Godís enemy if you befriend the world (Jas. 4:4).

  C.  By becoming Spiritually Complacent, Neglectful and Apathetic, Rev. 3:17.

    1.  Lukewarm Christian rarely acknowledges his real condition.

    2.  Take heed: Avoid downward spiral of apathy, Rom. 12:11 (Jas. 4:17).

  D.  By Thinking we are Above Temptation and Sin, Jas. 1:12-16.

    1.  By not recognizing the dangers of temptation and sin, 1:16.

    2.  Exactly where Satan wants you to be, 1 Pet. 5:8.

    3.  Take heed: Pride goes before a fall, Prov. 16:18.

  E.  By Relying on our Past Faithfulness.

    1.  As long as we live we are in a battle, 1 Tim. 6:12 (Eph. 6:10-13).

    2.  Only near death did Paul say he had ďfoughtĒ the good fight (2 Tim. 4:7).

      a.  Just a few years earlier, Paul had not yet attained or been perfected, He was pressing onward and upward, Phil. 3:12-14.

      b.  Imitate his forward-pressing faithfulness (Phil. 3:17).

    3.  Take heed: We cannot rest on past victories when present battles and opportunities exist (Gal. 6:10; Jno. 4:35).

  F.  By Equating Believing with Obeying, Lk. 6:46.

    1.  Description of faith without obedience in Jas. 2:14-20.

    2.  Only ďfaith working through loveĒ has the power to produce genuine hope of righteousness, Gal. 5:5-6.

    3.  Take heed: Affirming faith but not obeying Christ is not real faith.

 

Conclusion

1.  Israelís fall is our warning: We can also fall.

2.  Constantly check your faith using Godís word of truth, and walk by faith, 2 Cor. 5:7-9 Ö this pleases God.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted: December 27, 2013