As most of you are aware, I have a tooth that needs to be extracted. That extraction is set for Friday, May 11 at the oral surgeon’s office in Rogers. Why am I waiting so long? Well, I can give you a large number of reasons and they all have pictures of dead presidents on them.
When I went to the dentist, she took an x-ray and said the tooth that was bothering me had a gold crown on it...so I knew right away that it had been there a long time (like, since my parents were paying for my dental work sort of “long time”).
She said a root canal wouldn’t help and referred me to an oral surgeon.
The oral surgeon took another x-ray and looked at the tooth for about two seconds and said, “Yep, that’s where all your problems are coming from.”
Apparently a crown on a tooth doesn’t protect it from decay. All it takes is for a little spot of decay to get under that crown and, well the little spot grows to the point that a dentist doesn't want to take any chances...she sends you to the oral surgeon.
A lot of times we think that because we are a Christian that, somehow, that is going to protect us from temptation...but even if we are tempted, certainly we won’t give in to temptation and sin!
Unfortunately that is not the case. Unfortunately, as Christians, we are the targets Satan attacks with his deadliest arsenal. Unfortunately, as Christians, we are often overconfident and are caught unaware when Satan hits his hardest.
In 1 Corinthians 10:12, Paul gives a very stern warning. He writes, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (NIV)
So what is the point? We need to be on our guard all the time. Satan is always on the attack...especially when we are so confident in our own righteousness. that we don’t see any possible way one of his darts could hit us.
And while Paul also tells the Corinthians in the very next verse (1 Corinthians 10:13) that God is always going to provide a way of escape when we are tempted, if we are overconfident or just not paying attention, we’ll find ourselves missing the escape provided.
We are engaged in a real war with real consequences that are even more costly than an oral surgeon pulling a tooth. Your soul is at stake. Be confident in the One who will help you in temptation...not overconfident in yourself.