Proverbs 10:17 Amplified says, “He who heeds instruction and correction is (not only himself) in the way of life (but also) is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof (not only himself) goes astray (but also) causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.”
This is a very sobering verse. Some of us are leaders and some are followers. It is essential to know the character of the one that you are following. Do you know them well enough to know what they do when no one else is watching?
Check your own heart. Do you have accountability in place? Do you have someone who is over you spiritually that you allow to ask you hard questions? The enemy of our soul is always on patrol. He is looking for weak links in our testimony.
We are not called to perfection. We are called to obedience. When the word says, “Flee!” do we ignore the warning? Every temptation is a test. James 1:13 says, “…God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.”
David understood the pull of temptation. He lived in the consequences of his thought life. Psalm 26:2 says, “Examine me O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.”
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Everyone of us can be pulled off the path of righteousness. Therefore we must continually be in God’s word. When the counterfeit comes, we are able to resist through inner strength.
David had faults. Yet Scripture records that he was a man after God’s heart. We have faults. In Psalm 19:12 David asked a question and then prayed. It says “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.”
David put some key actions into his life through prayers recorded in the psalms that he wrote. Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me You way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” He asked the Lord to give him singleness of heart.
This is our key as well. Let us be singled minded with God’s purposes. Let us continually strengthen our inner man with the daily manna-food from His word. It will build our thoughts up on higher ground. It will help us rise above our adversities by setting our gaze on Him.