Spiritual Warfare Prep

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How To Treat A Fallen Brother Or Sister in the Lord

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:1-3 ESV

This is a friendly reminder that, even though we are new creations in Christ, that we will have to contend against sin every day until the day we leave earth. There is no room for casting stones here. We are instructed to restore a fallen brother or sister in the body of Christ, but with gentleness, because we could also fall, if we are not careful.

After Cain killed his brother, God asks Cain where Abel is. Cain responds with this question, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' God informed Cain that sin would be at the door. Cain was going to have to guard against the temptation to sin. Sin will be at our door every day. If not at the door, it will be at a window, or some place where it can enter. We have to keep the doors and windows locked so that temptation doesn't get in.

   It is not wrong to be tempted to sin. But, the temptations are the Enemy's weapon to get a foothold into our lives and ensnare us with sin. Jesus says, 'Whoever commits sin is a slave to sin'. Satan knows that sin can enslave us. He also knows that our hearts are deceitful, and we don't even really know where we are vulnerable to sin.

   Also, we are to pick others up who have fallen into sin. Today, I'm concerned because, instead of picking up those who have fallen into sin, we stab them with our own weapons. We resort to name calling and hatred. We say that the fallen brother or sister is a false convert. While that is possible, it is also possible that the fallen person is a true believer and has become ensnared in a sin. Our job is to pull him or her out and help that person to become free from the snare that he or she is in. Also, it can happen to us, whether we believe it or not.

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