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Stumbling


Many Christians stumble. No one is perfect, we only work towards perfection. It becomes dangerous when we make a habit of stumbling. We can become blind and arrogant, and may lose sight of our path in life. We must open our eyes and truly repent, then there will be healing. 


Psalm 107:10-14

10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. 12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest of gloom and broke away their chains.

(Even if you turn away from the Lord He will help you when you cry out for his help in sincerity. Many it rock bottom before calling on the Lord for help, and sometimes that is what it takes for someone to repent. So bear good fruit in keeping with repentance.)


Psalm 119:21

21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed and who stray from your commands. 


Isaiah 8:13-15

13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, 14 and he will be a sanctuary; but for both houses of Israel he will be a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. 15 Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.

(God’s laws make us conscious of our sins. And even by obeying the law we cannot be saved. We can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Through faith we are given a righteousness not of our own hands, or from doing works. The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ time did not understand this and God’s laws became a stumbling block to them. They thought that by doing what the law said that they were still in God's grace, but they were wicked on the inside.)


Daniel 11:34-35

34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble , so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

(For those who stumble and repent, they gain even more strength than they had before. They receive wisdom and understanding. They will be more careful to obey the Lord.)

 


Luke 20:17-18

17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:

‘The stone the builders rejected

has become the capstone’?

 18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

(Jesus is saying that those who stumble over Him will be broken, and those whom His judgment fall on will be destroyed. This is a double warning of judgment.)


Romans 9:30-33

30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.” 33 As it is written:

 “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble

And a rock that makes them fall,

and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

 

(It was hard for the Jewish leaders to believe in Jesus. They would have had to change many of their ways. Many instead, chose to get rid of Him, refusing that He was the messiah. But just as it is written in psalm 118:22, He is the capstone the builders rejected, and He will come again to judge the nations.)


Romans 14:13-22

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking , but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

(Many are influenced by our actions. If someone sees us drinking alcohol, even though it is not wrong as long as you do not drink to get drunk, they may think it is OK to get drunk. Or someone may see you drinking alcohol and be opposed to it, they will judge you, even though you are not in the wrong. For thier sake and the sake of Jesus Christ don’t drink in front of them or at all. This is only one example. Paul also gave an example of eating food sacrificed to idols, which may cause other weak minded people into idol worship. Be careful how your actions influence others, so that you do not cause others to stumble.)

 


 1 Corinthians 8:9-13

9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall. 


1 Corinthians 10:31-33

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God-33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 

(It is hard to please everyone, but in this way we fight evil. We swallow our pride and humble ourselves to help others and do good to them even when they wrong us. But we must also be careful not to do wrong in trying to please others.)


1 Peter 2:4-10

4 As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:

 “See, I lay a stone in Zion,

A chosen and precious cornerstone,

And the one who trusts in him

Will never be put to shame.”

 

7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

The stone the builders rejected

has become the capstone,”

 

8and,

 “A stone that causes men to stumble

And a rock that makes them fall.”

 They stumble because they disobey the message-which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.