“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1
The christian life is a life full of danger or risk. It’s a hazardous journey, and the walk is perilous, dangerous, treacherous, risky, unsafe, and fraught with danger.
Without spiritual truths your life is vulnerable, uncertain, insecure, desperate, and is in ruin, in jeopardy, in danger, or exposed to imminent risk of disaster.
Jesus said, “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). And certainly out there are wolves or dangerous people ready to take you on as their prey.
You are under a snare, and many others have been taken captive, but both you and me got to recover and restore ourselves.
Paul said to Timothy, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26
Acknowledging the truth is vital throughout our journey if we’re to identify these hazards and then free ourselves.
How do you identify hazards?
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:1-4
One of the most important aspects of your risk assessment is accurately identifying the potential hazards for yourself and others. A good starting point is as you walk keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor, and encourage others to stay focused too. Our Lord (the spirit of Christ) is able to identify these hazards for us.
Know what’s hazardous only through the word; in other words, read God’s word, the bible, asking yourself what it is that could harm your life or faith? If you can’t see them, ask God to open your eyes that they should see, and your ears too, that they should hear. On this journey you cannot afford to be blind nor deaf. You need spiritual insight to succeed.
When you have been a christian for a long time it is easy to overlook some hazards, and these could be people you call friends; your pastors, prophets, etc. Paul said, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak” 1 Corinthians 8:9. Refuse to fall in a snare, a trap, or a stumblingblock.
Here are some tips to help you identify the ones that matter:
First and foremost I’ve already said the bible is very helpful in spelling out for you these hazards and putting them in their true perspective.
In Hebrews 12 we saw that we also learn from others‘ own experiences. They are cloud of witnesses meaning they were tried and tested of accidents and ill-health too.
Hebrews 5:7-10 says concerning Christ, “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”
The stories of these cloud of witnesses will even help us to identify the less obvious hazards so that we can navigate through this journey in a noble way. In Acts 17:10-11 we hear that those at Berea: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
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