To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24). One of the greatest fears of a runner is to stumble in the race. Every partial second counts, and to stumble means the race is effectively over at that very moment.
One excessive head turn, a sloppy hand-off, even the slightest distraction can have devastating effects on the outcome. It is not much different in the Christian life. One stumble, one inopportune action, one indiscretion can have devastating effects on a lifetime of good works. It is the spirit of God who will keep us from stumbling spiritually. He is the One who can protect our reputation, our heart, and minds in the Lord. The
only time we will stumble is when we refuse to heed His voice, and disaster is most certainly just around the corner.
Stumbling in the Christian life can have far reaching impact, not only on our own ministry, but on our family and friends as well. One great method to prevent stumbling is to have someone to walk with you. Such a person can act as an accountability partner, a confidant, or iron that sharpens iron.
Prayer: Father, You know my weaknesses and those things that can tempt me. Keep me from stumbling and bringing shame to Your name. Help me stand firm and allow those You have placed around me to walk with me and help me to walk in Your strength.
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