The Expository Files

Is There A Spiritual Cliff In Your Near Future?

Check the news every day and youíll hear about the economic cliff that could lead to another recession, more un-employment, higher taxes and deeper debt. Some experts predict we are nearing the edge.

I am not an expert. I donít know how this will all turn out.

I do know, there are churches, families and individual people headed for a cliff that doesnít involve financial matters.

The devil is relentless in his attack against Godís people, and he is always pushing us toward a spiritual cliff, where we fall into his domain.

His purpose is to lead us into selfishness, greed, pride, arrogance, ingratitude, recklessness and rebellion. He does this very slowly and through subtle means
that may not be visible or immediately discernible. Slowly, the devil pushes us away from God and toward the spiritual cliff.

You donít have to be led by the devil. You donít have to move close to the edge. Your love for God doesnít have to grow cold and your faith weak.

The cliff is not inevitable, but avoidable.

ďTherefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners: and purify
your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the
Lord, and He will lift you up,Ē (Jas. 4:7-10).

Memorize this part of Godís Word to you, and determine to recall it when you feel the pressure toward the cliff.

It is not inevitable!


By Warren E. Berkley
From Expository Files 19.12; December 2012