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Falling Down

1 Corinthians 10:11-13 English Standard Version

11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

It is interesting that the people of that time believed they were at the end of the age. What age we cannot tell. It was certainly not the end of the church age because we still abide in this age. Being that this is true, then the instructions that were set in place as an example are also for us.

It is important here to believe God’s word in relationship to temptation. It comes with an understanding of what the example set before us was in truth. Falling down isn’t failing God. Get up move on.

1 Corinthians 10:5 English Standard Version (ESV) Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown[laid low] in the wilderness.

It is our human condition that thinks we have failed God when we fall down but this is not the same thing as displeasing God as in the day of provocation. God is faithful, full of faith, and has given to us the faith we have placed in Christ.

Hebrews 4:2English Standard Version (ESV) For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.[did not meet with the faith in hearers]

The difference between those days and these days is this example, His faith abides in us and the messages we hear are met by the faith in us, the faithful one, His abiding presence.

He does not fail.

Ture Light

John 8:12 English Standard Version

I Am the Light of the World

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Think about the term “that’s enlightening” which brings us understanding, it is seeing things in a new way. It is truth about what we are seeing. Given that this is a spiritual element we should see this as the source of spiritual truth. Just as it is impossible for the human eye to look at the sun, it is impossible for the human eye to look at the Son. We see what He illuminates as a reflection of the spiritual issue, seeing these things in a reflective way.

The human eye is a series of physical creations. They eye is the receptor, the optic nerve is the transmission line, the optic centers combine the left and right eye to translate those signals to give depth and process them in a way that the brain can understand.

The spiritual eye is a spiritual gift that is not mechanical and not affected by health or misinterpretation. It sees truth spiritually without error. Since we are human, this sight system is unnatural and different in the way we once “saw things”. Spiritual sight is a new way for our new creation to receive truth.

2 Corinthians 5:7 English Standard Version (ESV) for we walk by faith, not by sight.

John 12:35b English Standard Version (ESV) The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

The essence of spiritual sight is to walk by faith and walking by faith is walking in God’s will. We can only understand where we stand by faith. Right standing with God is righteousness.