Be careful!


In 1 Corinthians 10:12 Paul states, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” In essence Paul is saying watch out or be careful when you think you have it made because you might just slip. I find it interesting that this leads right into verse 13 were Paul speaks about temptation and makes it clear that there is nothing new. In verse 13 he states, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” In consideration of verse 13 I would like for us to consider a few points.

First, notice that there is no temptation that someone, somewhere has not had to deal with. This reminds me of the statement made by the Ecclesiastical writer when he said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Truly, at times we feel as though we are the only ones in the world that are having problems with something, at times we think there is no one that understands; but on the contrary there have been and are hundreds if not thousands that are having the same problem. So never think you are alone.

Secondly, “God is faithful” to the extent specifically in this context that we will not be “tempted beyond” what we can handle. Since God is the One who sustains us, the One Who created everything; He understands us, His crown and jewel of creation, the only created entity that is said to have been made in His image. However what must be realized is that the temptations that come upon us always have an escape hatch. That’s the point, when temptation rears its ugly head; God is faithful in that there will always be a way out. Also, sometimes the way out might not look like the best to us, remember Joseph and Potiphar’s wife? When his wife tried to seduce Joseph he fled from the presence of the temptation and into the jail. Might not have been what Joseph had in mind but it kept him from sinning.

Lastly, we notice the reason the temptation is bearable is because of the way of escape. As Paul concludes verse 13 let us notice it again in its entirety. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” The final phrase is key, the reason that we are able to bear any temptation that is presented, is because there is always a way of escape. I am often reminded of what the Psalmist declared in Psalm 119:11, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!” If we will truly meditate upon the word of God and apply it to our lives, the way of escape will be easily seen.
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

by: John Ratliff
Evangelist Prescott church of Christ,
Prescott, AR
johnratliff@radio40.org

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Train Up A Child…

In recent news we have been told about the coming out of a five-year old girl who thinks she is a boy. The parents say as early as the age of two their daughter thought she was a boy. She liked spider man, and playing with trucks, and so she must be a boy trapped in a girls body. So what do respectable, responsible, adult, parents do? Well they do what any respectable, responsible, adult, parent would, they indulge this action and promote it, because after all, a child that age knows exactly who they are, understands the differences in sexuality, and knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Well not really…

A child this age is still very impressionable, under the direct supervision of his or her parents, and the parents are in control. What do you think, do you believe that this child went out and got her hair cut and then bought the clothes and so forth. No her parents did, her parents were in charge of her hair cut, her parents were in charge of her clothes. A child becomes what they are trained to be.

The proverb writer made it clear that a child is to be trained (Proverbs 22:6). The Psalmist declared, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children’s of one’s youth (Psalm 127:4). In Ephesian 6:1, Paul said to “bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

Come on parents, start being parents!

 

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You Can Understand it, But Can You Accept It

Many today want to accept the invitation of Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30), but when it really comes down to it, they want to do it on their terms. Just a casual read through the Bible tells us that God has never accepted man on his terms, it has always been on His (God’s) terms. Jesus Himself said, “if you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Some have taken this to mean only the ones I like. Friends, let us remove the “I” syndrome and replace it with the attitude of I will do whatever you ask of me.

If you desire to accept the invitation of Jesus simply do what He commanded. “He that believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16). It is as simple as that…then live your life in accordance to His will, always studying (2 Timothy 2:15), always submitting (James 4:7), never tiring (1 Corinthians 15:58)

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WHEN NO ONE’S LOOKING

All of us at one time or another has seen a child do something when he/she thought no one was looking. I am also certain that even as adults, we have done something then immediately looked around to make sure no one saw us. Many times it is just a simple embarrassing goof-up, but sadly at other times it is something far more sinister. We are careful to make sure we are on our best behavior when around certain people or certain places, but when no one’s looking (or at least when we think no one is looking) we engage in an action that we would never do while around others.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Paul addresses this idea in more or less terms, once in chapter one, verse twenty-seven, and then again in chapter two, verse twelve. Paul was simply telling them that whether I am there with you and watching you, or if I am somewhere else and cannot see you, act the way you know you are supposed to act. In fact in chapter one verse twenty-seven, Paul begins by saying, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” He was telling the Philippians there is a certain way you need to conduct yourselves whether I am there or not, whether I am looking or not.
What about us, do we act differently when we are around certain people, do we put our best foot forward when assembling with the saints, but come Monday act completely different? This is unbecoming of a Christian, and certainly is not in accordance with conducting oneself in a manner that is “worthy of the gospel of Christ.” That is why it is necessary to “always obey” (Philippians 2:12), regardless of our company. If our company is causing us problems (1 Corinthians 15:33), then maybe we ought to find new company. As Christians we are the temple of God (2 Corinthians 6:17) thus, God dwells in us (same verse). Therefore, we have an obligation to “come out from among them,” that is separate ourselves from the world. “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness” (2 Corinthians 6:14); do we live in the world, yes; do we associate with things of the world, yes; do we act like the world, NO!
You have the responsibility to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). It does not matter who is looking, or who you are with, but remember this one thing, even when you think no one is looking someone always is. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). So, what are you doing when no one is looking?

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Please Stay Tuned

I apologize for not posting on here very often I am hoping to change all that in the upcoming weeks. So please stay tuned. In the mean time you can find post on the WordPress site at knowthetruthradio and also join me each Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST for “Insight To Truth” on http://www.knowthetruthradio.org.

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

One of the most important questions a person can ask is “what must I do to be saved.” This being the case a proper and Biblical answer must be given. Sadly, the religious world at large has misrepresented this question and sought to change what God has plainly stated on the matter. Christ made it perfectly clear that a person soul is the greatest possession one has (Mark 8:36-37). Thus, the need to examine this question in light of the Scriptures.

First, let it be clear that when each of the following passages are studied it becomes clear what is necessary in order to be saved. Let it also be realized that the Lord adds the saved to His church (Acts 2:47). Therefore, if we can determine what the people did in the first century, each person who does what they did will be just as they were–saved. 

In Acts 2:37, after Peter explained to those gathered in Jerusalem during Pentecost that they were guilty of crucifying the Son of God, the people cried out “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” In essence they were asking “what do we need to do to be saved?” The rest of the chapter bares this out. Because in Acts 2:40 the Bible reads,  “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”

However, the key verses is Acts 2:38, there it states what was needed for them to be saved. There Peter declared to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Notice exactly what Peter told them, repent and be baptized. Why? Because this is exactly what Christ commanded His disciples to teach (Matthew 28:18-20).  Yet the most telling verse is Acts 2:41, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Notice again the order of events, they were baptized and they where added. To what where they added? One the church (Acts 2:47); but they were then also number with the saved (same verse).

Now in reference to the sequence of events notice how this works, They first, heard the word of God proclaimed (Romans 10:17, which convicted them of their belief in Christ (John 8:24), they repented of their sins (Acts 17:30), and they where Baptized (Acts 2:38).

If a person desires to be saved today, they must submit to Gods will just as these did almost 2,000 years ago. No man made doctrine can save a person from their sins.

Dear friends, will you not submit to the will of God today, while you have the opportunity. For the day is coming when God will judge the world through Christ Jesus (Acts 17:31), and the judging factor is the word (John 12:48).

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This World Is Not My Home!!!

There is a popular religious hymn that states, “This world is not my home I am just passing through.” This is a very profound statement and one that is worthy of consideration. Many today live as if this world is their permanent home, and fail to realize that this life is just a chapter through which each person must pass before entering the next.

The Bible tells us that there is a better place that awaits the faithful. This place is called heaven. In John 14:1-3, Jesus told His disciples that He was going to go and prepare a place for them. He describe this place as having many mansions. He also promised them that he would come back and take them to this prepared place.

This is why I am glad this world is not my home. I am looking for a better place, where sin dwells not, and where rust nor moth destroy (Matthew 6:19-20) . Thus,
Christ says, “lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.” This is where our focus must be, not on things of the earth, but on things above (Colossians 3:2).

The challenge to us all is this; live this life as a passage way to the next.

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