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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
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Mar 10

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:43:44 AM  RssIcon

An important focus of the Lenten Season is to develop biblical, Christian humility!
 
The church in Corinth struggled with spiritual pride. They boasted about all the gifts of the Spirit in their church. They were proud of all the prophecy, speaking in tongues and miraculous healings that took place amongst them. They were sure that they would not fall. They thought “spiritual people” cannot fall.
But they did fall into sin.
Some of them committed terrible immoralities and abominations. And most of them fell for the temptation to become spiritually conceited and self-righteous!
 
As we remember everything that Jesus did for our sake and how he humbled himself through the suffering for our redemption - and even death for our salvation, we learn not to put our trust on anything else, but on our God.
And never to boastfully think that we are exempt from falling. It is a season to cultivate God-confidence.
 
The suffering of Jesus proves that God will never let us down. He will never allow us to be pushed beyond our limits and will always be there to help us when we are at risk to fall.
 
Paul says (1 Cor 10:12) "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!"
 
Paul is thinking of a man slipping and falling - on temptation. He thinks of a Christian who is spiritually over-confident and self-assured. He is thinking of a person who believes that he or she is so strong in their faith in Christ that temptation can come knocking, but the door will not be opened.
 
Let’s remember what God does not promise to do. God does not promise to remove temptation.
That's simply not the way things are. God's desire for us is that we should be able to endure, to bear, temptation and to say no!!
 
God's desire is that we remain standing in spite of temptation. And that we can remain standing, because ( 1Cor 10: 13) “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
 
Be clothed with the humility of Christ. Do not be self-confident. Become God-confident. Only depend on God and HE wil keep you standing, even when fierce temptations knock on the door. Learn about biblical Christian humility during the season of Lent. 

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