Understand Your Vulnerability
“Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” (1 Corinthians 10:12 MSG)
RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – We are all vulnerable. I was just watching a video Connor sent me from the Billy Graham ministry. I was struck at his sincerity during a clip where he is telling the crowd that he is a “sinner”. Billy Graham knew the dangers of complacency, and always guarded himself. He knew we are all just one decision away from making terrible mistakes. During his ministry I’ve heard he never got on an elevator by himself with a woman (other then his wife Ruth). I also heard that he never met or counseled a woman with his office door closed.
“Isn’t that being a little extreme Ted? Wasn’t he going a little overboard?!?” Maybe…maybe not. I think if you look back over the years his ministry stayed free of failures, because of the safe guards that were put in place.
When Kris and I were single and attending First Baptist Atlanta, we would hear from teachers like Bobbie McCoy, to guard ourselves dating. If we were tempted when doing [fill in the blank] then don’t do it. Matter of fact, guard yourself by stopping two steps before you get to that tempting action. She used a good word picture of staying several steps back from the edge of a cliff.
Our senior pastor Jeff Jackson and I were talking about this recently with the epidemic erosion of marriages. I remember his comment that really struck me when he said “We have to be on guard. All of us are just one mouse click away from sin”.
One of my mentors Phil Downer, has told me story after story of guys in the Vietnam War getting killed or seriously injured because they let their guard down. They were not equipped and on guard at the time of attack. I’ve said it ad nauseam, we are in a spiritual battle. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 to wear the full armor of God (the belt of truth, shoes of peace, helmet of salvation, shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, and the sword of the spirit). We need to stop fooling ourselves thinking we are strong enough, That we can deal with it. We need to step a couple steps back from the edge of that “cliff”!
Those of us who are followers of Christ, are in a spiritual battle so we can expect to get wounded from time to time. Let’s not fool ourselves into complacency though, and make ourselves an easy target!….
Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)