Before I left the house this morning, Charlotte warned me: “Be careful, it’s slippery out there.” I know she meant icy but she is right, you know: It IS slippery out there.
It’s easy to slip. It’s easy to drop your guard, let the devil get a foothold, and then… down we go.
There are slips we don’t see coming and they blindside us, but most of our slips are not sneak attacks. We know them. We see them coming a mile away, but we go to them on purpose.
How do we get away from this self-destructive cycle?
Above all else, guard your heart (Prov. 4:23). The Greek word for “guard” carries the word picture of a warden over a prison. We are pretty serious about protecting our money, aren’t we? We put it in a safe, in a vault, in a bank. It is protected by motion detectors, cameras, and an armed guard. Then we leave our hearts completely out in the open. We leave it vulnerable to any and every attack. Which is more important?
We have to be careful. That means being intentional & purposeful.
If that website is tempting to you, step away (2 Tim. 2:21). If that bottle will only be the first of six, then don’t go near it (Eph. 5:18). If that thought will only lead you further from Christ, then don’t dwell on it (2 Cor. 10:5).
What happens when you slip? First of all, it hurts. Then, its embarrassing. People rush over to make sure that you are OK. Then, you get back up.
So when you slip (not if, but when), know this: you are forgiven. There is no sin bigger than the Cross. There is no mistake stronger than God’s Grace. There is nothing you could do that God can’t throw into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). Your position is not affected by your performance. Your position is IN CHRIST. That doesn’t change. Can’t change. If it could, it wouldn’t be very Good News, would it?
Jesus will rush over to make sure that you are OK. Then, He will help you back up again.
Be careful, it’s slippery out there.