Luke 17:1 Don’t Cause Anyone To Stumble

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.” Luke 17:1

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve and their being cast out of the garden of Eden, there has been sin in this world. Every person has the nature of sin in himself. The devil works to set up things to cause people to stumble in their walk with God.

People have the opportunity to turn to God and serve Him. Even though they have turned to God, there are still temptations to sin against Him. They will stumble in their walk at times. There is no way to completely avoid being tempted.

It is expected for the world to tempt a believer to walk away from God or just to disobey Him at times. It is not expected for other believers to do the same. Regardless of who does cause a stumble, that person is in trouble with God.

Most believers will quickly state that they never cause anyone to stumble. That is not always the case.

Causing another person to stumble can happen very easily. One believer may not have the same convictions about something, and another one may do what he believes is not right to do. This can cause him to question his faith or belief and get him to stumble in his walk with God.

It is often seen where one believer will push another to do something that he feels is wrong to do. Drinking, movies, music, actions and more all seem to be justified as acceptable by one believer, while another has a conviction not do it. Pressure to conform will cause the person to stumble. Be careful not to cause another to stumble.

You do not want to be that person who causes another person to stumble. Take a careful look at how you live your life around others, both believers and non-believers.

Do your words and actions lead a person towards God?

Or do your words and actions cause a person to stumble in their belief in God or their walk with God?

If you cause another person to stumble because of your actions or words, God will be upset with you. There will be trouble for you.

Show God’s love at all times, to all people, so that you will never cause another to stumble.

I pray today that you will live your life for God; that you will live in a way to not cause others to stumble; that God will guide you in how to live your life; and that you will be an example of Jesus to all. 

 

Ezekiel 20:49 Just Stories?

Then I said, “Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?'” Ezekiel 20:49

God tells the history of Israel in one chapter. He talks about how He had chosen them, but had to send them to Egypt. In the wilderness, while He was with them, they rebelled and He had to punish them. Later, when in the promise land, they chose to rebel against Him again, and He sends them into captivity.

Now as they are rebelling, once again, God is telling them that He will start a fire that will burn hot and destroy them because of their rebellion. The people do not believe it and just think it is a parable or a simple story.

Today, several thousand years later, there are many people who are still asking that same question. Although they don’t ask if it is just a parable, many believe the stories of the Bible are just a fable or fantasy story that was made up by someone.

God is still looking down at the world and seeing the actions of the people. He is still sending out a warning of a coming judgment. Alongside of the warning, God is also providing a way of escape from it. Since there has been no great judgment upon the world, people tend to not believe that there is a coming judgment.

Believers are telling others about the work of Jesus on the cross and that He will return some day. Many do not believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead. There are many who do not even believe He existed and that all of the Bible is just a story that was made up. Since Jesus has not returned in 2,000 years, many do not believe that He is real.

You need  to take a look at what you read in the Bible and decide if it is truly God’s Word or not. You have to make a choice in this. It cannot be partially true and partially false. It is one or the other. Either God spoke the truth, or He spoke a bunch of stories.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the beliefs of many in this world that the Bible is just a really good story book. It is God’s Word and all the words in it will be fulfilled.

I pray today that you will know the Bible as God’s word; that you will tell others what God is saying; that your heart will be kindled on fire to serve God; and that your life will be a witness that His word is true.

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” Leviticus 18:3

God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt after their having been there for four hundred years. Over that time they had been assimilated into the Egyptian culture and beliefs, although they were slaves. They ate their food and lived life the same way with the exception of being slaves. Now that God had pulled them out of Egypt, He did not want them to continue in that lifestyle or go back to that lifestyle.

God was also bringing them into the land of Canaan. This land was also a land where other false gods were worshipped and lifestyles were lived that went against God’s way of doing things. He tells the people not live like the Egyptians or the Canaanites.

Every person who is a believer has come out of their own personal “Egypt”. You were a slave to things that were against God. Depending how old you were at the time you came to Jesus, depends on what you were a slave to. The older you were the more things you were enslaved to.

You are also still in this world as a believer. There are beliefs and cultures around you that as a believer in Jesus you must not take a part of or embrace. Jesus said you are to be in this world, but not a part of this world.

Take an honest look at the practices going on around you. Determine if those practices are what Jesus would have you do or not do. Flee all types of sin. Do not take a part in that sin.

These sins can be physical acts, emotional acts, or thoughts. The world will try to get you to follow their ways, from the local workplace, all the way up to the federal government and the world. Stay separate from the world. Don’t go back to your old ways of living and do not take on the new ways around you.

Live for Jesus today. Do not live for self or the world.

I pray today that God will reveal to you false ways of living; that God will open your eyes to sinful thoughts and actions; that God will strengthen you to live for Jesus; and that God will help you be a light for Jesus in this world.

1 Corinthians 8:9 Exercising Your Rights

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9

One of the challenges that was being faced in the church of Corinth was whether to eat meat sacrificed to idols or not. The pagan belief was that eating meat that was sacrificed would give you blessings from that god. Paul pointed out that eating the meat was just that and nothing more. Meat is just meat regardless of where it came from.

Some believers had come to understand that and was willing to eat the meat, while others still would not. Those who would eat the meat, ate it for the sake of food, not that it was sacrificed meat. Others could not get past the idea that it had been sacrificed and refused to eat it.

Even though they had the right to eat the meat, Paul says do not do it when around those who would not eat it. They had to give up their rights to strengthen the others.

Today people do not have to deal with sacrificed meat, at least in America, but there are other things that can cause stumbling blocks. There are believers who refuse to dance because dancing is usually associated with night clubs and bad parties. Other believers accept it as just a way to glorify God and enjoy time together.

Some believers refuse to allow women to wear pants, while others accept it. Some accept drinking a little wine, while others none. The list goes on and on. There are many things the Bible is silent on, which allows difference of opinion.

Paul says to be careful about your freedom here. If you are around someone who does not believe in doing something, even though it is not spoken against in the Bible, do not do it at that time. Do not try to force the person to accept your ways and beliefs.

The important things in life is believing in and obeying Jesus. After that, many things are subject to personal interpretation. What may be wrong for one person, may not be wrong for another. Although there are certain things that the Bible directly states are sin and they are wrong for everyone. Anything outside of those sins is matter between you and God.

Be willing to sacrifice your freedom to build someone else up.

I pray today that you will know what God calls sin; that you will know what God allows in freedom; that you will be sensitive to others thoughts; and that you will work to build other believers up.