Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, November 2, 2020

Theme: STRIVE TO BE SAVED

Text: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” “… Be not highminded, but fear” – 1 Corinthians 10:12; Romans 11:20.

Comment: Because of his sinful nature, man is sometimes prone to thinking so highly of himself when he reflects on milestones achieved in the course of serving God, such as sacrifices made, promotions, temptations, experiences gathered, etc.  This feeling of accomplishment could be used by the devil to make one to become proud. Our successes and experiences in life should instill in us, humility, while attributing the glory to God. (James 4:13-17). Because the path to Salvation could be slippery, thorny and difficult, owing to satan’s interference, St. Paul exhorts us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. – Philippians 2:12; 3:13,14.

The devil’s dislike towards God’s people will not make him relent in his desperation to snatch us from the path of life.   This underscores the importance of praying without ceasing.  But for Christ’s intervention through prayer, the devil could have succeeded in having his way with Peter as he did with Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3).  Doctor Luke writes: “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke 22:31,32.

Instead of resting on our laurels spiritually or otherwise, the Bible charges us to seek fresh opportunities by breaking up our fallow grounds. – Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12.