Scripture: Jude 24–25 (NKJV) “24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.”
What a great time we just had at the Men’s Retreat! However, it is often after we have had a climactic experience with God, that we soon find ourselves stumbling into sin.
My dad used to tell me that when watching soccer, the best opportunity for your opponent to score a goal against you is right after you have scored a goal on them. We see this strategy in use by Satan as well. Right after Elijah the prophet had the 450 false prophets of Baal slain, Jezebel threatened the life of Elijah. Now you would think that Elijah is ready to stand up to her since he just stood up to 450 false prophets of Baal, but instead, he runs away. Elijah stumbled. He let down his guard and believed that Jezebel would kill him rather than believing God would save him.
We are all prone to let our guard down after a victory because we want to bask in our success. We have a climactic spiritual experience and we can hope that will carry us for the next few days, weeks, months or even years! Basking in our success usually means that we skip our daily devotionals with God, we skip reading our Bibles, we skip fellowship with other believers and we skip breaking bread with the Lord (communion). While our intentions may be good because we feel good, we like Elijah are letting down our guard.
There is an amazing example of Peter who didn’t let his guard down after a great spiritual success. In Acts 2, Peter gives the sermon of a lifetime. In fact, after he gave his sermon, 3,000 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ. What a glorious testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Now Peter could have immediately decided to go on spiritual vacation, but rather, let’s read what he does immediately after his spiritual success. Acts 3:1 (NKJV) “1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” Peter immediately heads to church for his time of prayer. Peter did not let his guard down. He kept his “head in the game” and continued to put his eyes on Jesus rather than on his success.
We are prone to want to bask in our success, but rather let’s continue to draw near to Jesus by reading our Bibles, continuing in fellowship, communing with God and praying continually, for only Jesus is able to keep us from stumbling into sin.
The result: Jesus will present us faultless before the presence of the Glory of God with exceeding Joy. To which we say, “To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.” AMEN!!!