An often repeated story, found in scripture, is one of great success followed by great failure. David, Solomon, Elijah, and Peter all serve as examples for us to beware that victory attracts Satan’s attention. These men all stumbled after (some immediately after) experiencing a spiritual high point in their life. Most likely, everyone reading this (as well as this writer) has experienced the same thing. Borrowing the theme from Billy’s lessons last week – How can we overcome this tendency? Paul wrote, in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
How can we overcome the stumble after victory? Understand that we haven’t yet obtained the victory. Keep running! Keep fighting! Exercise self-discipline keeping our bodies in subjection to the will of God; knowing that a failure to do so results in disqualification.
We just wrapped up a wonderful week of fellowship here at Oak Grove as we gathered each night to worship God and be strengthened by His word. We can’t lay down now to rest, we must keep going. We have changes to work on in our lives, contacts to follow up on, and preparations to make new contacts so that we might share the gospel with the lost. Self-discipline is not easy but it is absolutely necessary if we want to avoid the fall that will otherwise come.
Need help? I’ve been working to update the audio content on the site, going all the way back to the 2010 gospel meeting with Bill Hall. Go back and listen to some of those lessons – they will help. Then get up and get busy doing what needs to be done; remember Billy’s quote from his friend last week – “Do Something!”

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