By: Tim Sader
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.”
Last week we learned that it really takes simple faith to enter into the kingdom of God those who think they deserve more by working harder to get there may be surprised when their works will keep them out. The Centurion had more faith than all of Israel he saw the power of God and believed while His own people denied He was Christ; this soldier received his reward. Many who think they serve God will miss Him because they think their works can save them while those whom they looked down on for having simple faith enter the kingdom instead. Seeing this will bring them sorrow, those who truly believe feasting at the table in the place that might have been theirs when they should have been feasting with them. Those who think they are first in the kingdom are last and the ones who are last will be first since they were humble and willing to be last. In the kingdom we all receive the same reward anyways so really there is no certain place in line the pastor and the newly saved drug addict both receive eternal life through Christ and the drug addict might not have done the works but God loves them for choosing Him over drugs and they might be greater in the kingdom. Through Christ we are one anyways so we need to grow up and celebrate every time the body grows and someone has a victory so together we all can receive what the Lord has for us. In Revelation Christ is called the first and last so that pretty much settles the argument as long as we are somewhere between Jesus by keeping Him in us we will be with Him in paradise.
It is important to keep Him in us but what is equally as important is for us not to cause it so others cannot or will not believe in Him. In Luke 17:1-3 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.” In life we each will have plenty of bumps and debris to trip on while we move along its path so we don’t need to be throwing things in each others way so that it makes them stumble. We each should spend our time by not stumbling on our own path and less time worrying over the affairs of others or we might be the very one to make them stumble. Even if we are trying to show them what the word says it can cause stumbling if they are not ready for it. We should be so careful not to let ourselves be stumbling blocks so we don’t take part in sending them to hell. Mark 9:42-48 says,“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Here we see again that when we cause others to stumble and fall away from the Lord we are robbing them of their relationship with God and this does not make the Lord happy it would be better to be thrown in the sea attached to a large rock then to be a stumbling block. We also often cause our own selves to stumble by letting our members cause us to stumble but it would be better for us to do without a limb or eye than be thrown into hell for letting our self stumble. Removing a limb hopefully will not be necessary to keep us straight but we can control our thoughts and what information we take in by cutting off the signals that will get us into trouble and lead us to hell.
Proverbs 3:21-23 says, “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.” We keep from stumbling by using the wisdom and understanding God gave us to determine what is right and wrong so we will know what to do and what to get rid of. It’s safe to also say that if we will follow this passage it will also help us from causing others to stumble and we will be safe in knowing we are doing what is right. 2 Peter 1:5-10 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.” We should be using our blocks to build up ourselves and others by building our faith and adding to it precept upon precept so we can have the understanding to see things more like Christ so we will not stumble. Again if we do not stumble and will build ourselves up in these principles it will also keep us from making others stumble. We cannot cause someone to stumble without us to stumbling because in making them stumble we stumble ourselves. 1 John 2:9-10 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” To check ourselves to know if we are stumbling or causing someone else to trip we should test it all with love. If we are truly walking in love we ourselves will not stumble and we wouldn’t have to worry about causing our neighbor to stumble either. We should test everything entering our minds with love and if it does not pass the test pluck it out so you won’t be thrown in the fire with it. We are to be blocks building the church not being used as blocks that cause stumbling for anyone or ourselves.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a spontaneous group discussion at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27