Dangerous Times

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Nehemiah 9:28 “But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;”

There are several dangerous times in the Christian life that every believer must guard against if they don't want to fall in sin or walk away from the LORD. Many good people have found themselves doing things they thought they would never do because they didn't guard themselves in these dangerous times. Successfully living for the LORD your entire life will not be done by accident. Let me point out several dangerous times you must guard against.

The first dangerous time you must guard against are times of rest. The verse above says, “But after they had rest, they did evil again…” These people stopped conquering, and it was in their time of rest that they left the LORD. Be careful about times when you don't have anything challenging you. Challenging times keep you humble and on your knees in prayer asking the LORD for help, which protects you from straying from the LORD.

The second dangerous time you must guard against are times of great victory. After Elijah had one of the greatest victories of his ministry is when he became discouraged and backslid. It is wonderful to have great victories in your Christian walk, but you must be careful that you don't become complacent after a victory because that is when Satan will come after you the most.

The third dangerous time you must guard against are idle times. David stayed home from the battle instead of going to war, as was his normal routine. It was the idle time in David’s life that led to his great sin. Many good people have allowed idle times to destroy them. Idle time is often the Devil’s greatest weapon to destroy God’s people. It is in idle times that many people are tempted by sin. Had they stayed busy, they would have never had the time to be exposed to sin. You must guard against idle times so that you don't expose yourself to sin.

The fourth dangerous time you must guard against are confident times. Joshua became overconfident in his abilities after the victory of Jericho, and it was his overconfidence that led him to be presumptuous in going to war against Ai. You must guard against becoming overconfident in your abilities. When you believe you are the strongest is when you need God the most so that overconfidence doesn't lead you to self-reliance.

The secret not to be destroyed by these four dangerous times is to always attempt acts of faith. Faith has a way of keeping you humble and dependent on God. Faith has a way of keeping you so busy that you don't have time for idle time. Faith has a way of keeping you from becoming overconfident in your abilities and dependent on God. My friend, faith acts keep you struggling, which will keep you from a time of ease. When you feel that you have conquered everything is when you need to attempt another great act of faith so that you don't turn to evil. God made us to conquer, and if we are not conquering something for God, we will try to conquer sin and fall. Live by faith so that you will keep struggling and depending on God to have victories; this is your safeguard from sin.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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