SCRIPTURE: Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You easily fall into temptation when you are over-confident in yourself without putting your confidence in God.
Sometime ago, I heard a painful story about a pilot who had been flying aircrafts for more than thirty years.
Some aircraft engineers carried out a check on an aircraft he was about to fly, and discovered some mechanical faults. They told him that the aircraft was not fit to fly. But because he had been flying aircrafts confidently for thirty years, he turned down their counsel and flew this faulty aircraft. Consequently, the aircraft crashed and everyone on board, died. Really, over-confidence kills!
In the same way, being over-confident in life can jeopardise your chance of eternity with God in Heaven. To end in eternity with God, you must avoid over-confidence in life.
For example, if you were a drunkard before you repented, and a former friend of yours who is still a drunkard comes to tell you, “Come, let us go to a beer parlour”. If you say, “Oh! I will go with you. After all, I am saved now. In fact, I am filled and drunk with the Holy Ghost. I cannot drink alcohol again. I can even sit with drunkards and not drink”. That is over-confidence! Avoid it.
Matthew 26:33-35 gives us one good example of over-confidence:
Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Peter was over-confident. His confidence was not in God to keep him from denying Jesus; he was over-confident in his ability not to deny Jesus, and he fell into that temptation.
You see, you fall into temptation when you are over-confident in yourself without putting your confidence in God.
Remember this: You fall into temptation when you are over-confident in yourself without putting your confidence in God.
- Avoid being over-confident in life.
- Put your absolute trust and confidence in God.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask that You deliver me from every form of over-confidence in life. Help me to put my total trust and confidence in You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: READINESS FOR ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
QUOTE: Anything that reduces your confidence in God (which sin will do), also reduces your security from God. Culled from “15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL’’ by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Proverbs 16-18.
AMAZING FACT: What brings order on Earth is gravity. Gravity is always at work. Not only did gravity sculpt our universe, it is why rocks fall downhill.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: You will not miss your way due to overconfidence in life in Jesus’ Name.