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Don’t look where you fall…

 but where you slipped. 

~ African Proverb

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What profound words of wisdom!  “Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped.”  In other words, we shouldn’t look at the end result of making a mistake, but at what caused us to make that mistake in the first place.  Unless we realize what the stumbling block (or temptation) was that caused us to “fall,” we’re likely to repeat the same “mistake” again. 

What would we think of a person who just kept slipping and falling on the same old banana peel over and over… and over again?  We’d probably think, “Now that’s pretty stupid of them!”  (Some of us may have even stronger thoughts about such a person.)  But if we know that a certain temptation causes us to fall or sin every time we’re faced with it, then it should be avoided – no matter what it is. 

I’m sure we can all think of things which have made us fall into sin in the past.  And perhaps some of us keep repeating the same sin over and over.  It may be gluttony, lust, unforgiveness, gossiping, lying, cheating, stealing … or a whole myriad of other things that God considers sin.  Whatever our besetting sin is, we must take actions to avoid the root cause of that sin.  (Hebrews 12:1)

For instance, if a certain person is prone to gossiping about others and draws us into the conversation every time, then perhaps we should limit our contact with that person or even avoid them altogether.  God hates gossip and is grieved when we participate in it.  This includes listening to it. 

Another good example is that if we constantly succumb to the temptation of viewing pornography online, then steps should be taken that make it very difficult to do this.  Maybe getting an internet filter or joining an accountability network would be a good start. 

These are just a couple of examples of what can be done to counter our yielding to sin.  I’m sure we can all think of many more sins and perhaps counteractions that will keep us from following through with them.  But the bottom line is that whatever causes us to stumble and fall into sin – whether it’s a person, place, or thing – should be avoided.  Period.

Here are some very thought-provoking words of King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived.  He said,  “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” – Proverbs 27:12

Just something to think about…

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What do ancient mythology, the Genesis 6 giants, and future end time events possibly have in common?  Perhaps more than you’ve ever imagined!

In the following video, Gary Stearman from Prophecy in the News interviews Christian author and filmmaker, Rob Skiba, about this most interesting topic.

Watch it here!

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1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever,

Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign forever — Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

                                                                                             ~ Psalm 146

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