Today’s Scripture: But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 1 Corinthians 10:5-6

Each new year presents new challenges. As this world continues to darken, Satan is vigilantly scouring for believers whose lights he can extinguish. I want you to begin this new year with a goal to beware of the five-fold failure. What are these five things every believer should beware of? Here are the first three:

1. Beware of lusting

Lusting is to be dissatisfied with what God has already provided for us. To live in lust is a very selfish, miserable way to live. Sadly, that is all the world is about-the never ending hunt to gain what we desire to have. We quickly become dissatisfied and neglect to be thankful for what we have at this moment. This sin will overtake us like quicksand. We need to be satisfied today with what God has given us.

2. Beware of idolatry

Idolatry is any time we move our focus and reverence away from God and place it on something else. No matter how good that something else is, it becomes sinful when it takes the place of our Savior. God wants our complete worship; He is the only reason we are here. Anything that takes us away from Him is an idol. Learn from the Corinthians and the Israelites-Idolatry creates a domino effect that will topple down our lives.

3. Beware of fornication

Fornication is linked to idolatry. If we cave to one, it will lead to the other. No matter how harmless it may seem, anything that leads us even slightly in that direction will always harm us and will never help us. Beware of that pitfall. Don’t be destroyed.

The possibility of falling is perpetual. We must guard our hearts and minds with the Sword of the Lord. Remember, most of our problems occur because of IMPROPER THINKING! Take a moment to read 1 Corinthians 10 as a reminder to stay in the Word and in prayer. Make this your year to triumph over the devil through God’s might.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.