“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
I Corinthians 10:12
Have you experienced a great victory in the recent days? We love to hear about great victories. We love to hear about people who have fought against cancer and are cancer free. We love to hear about people who overcame addictions.
The best victories are the stories of how someone was the underdog and came out on top. There is nothing like the feeling of standing on the mountaintop after a great victory.
We can read countless stories in the Bible, Old and New Testament, of great victories and how God led the small armies to defeat large armies. We read about Joshua and the walls of Jericho. We read stories like David and Goliath and it brings us hope for the battles we face.
Certainly God fights the battles for his children that belong to Him. But something interesting always takes place soon after the victory. After a great victory there’s always the potential for a great fall. We must remember to stay on guard even after we win a great victory.
Possibly the reason why we witness great falls after great victories is because the enemy attacks when we least expect it. After great victories we tend to have a time of celebration and we rest or let down our guard. We must be very careful when we let down our guard against the enemy and give him an opportunity to strike back.
A good example of this is found in 1 Kings 18 when the prophet Elijah experienced a great victory on top of Mount Carmel. The prophets of Baal were defeated after Elijah prayed for God to send down fire from Heaven. Then the power of God consumed the sacrifice on the alter and the rain came after the long drought. But Elijah let his guard down.
When the wicked Queen Jezebel heard what had happened to her prophets, she sent a messenger to tell Elijah he would be killed the next day. Elijah ran in fear and and got very depressed. He let his guard down and quickly forgot how God gave the great victory.
We face battles everyday. And when we win and experience times of victory we need to stay on guard. If we get relaxed in our spiritual warfare we give room for the enemy to enter in and catch us off guard. Make sure you are always glorify God for your great victories, but stay on guard for what is about to happen next.
Lord, You alone receive honor and glory for your great power. Help me to establish myself in you everyday and to never allow temptations to overcome me.