Here are three areas where we’re particularly vulnerable: 1) Discouragement. In a moment of discouragement, Peter did what he swore he would never do: deny Jesus. Discouragement can make us say things we don’t mean, and do things that are out of character. That’s why Jude writes to ‘build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the…Spirit, staying right at the centre of God’s love’ (Jude v.20-21 MSG). 2) Enthusiasm. Herod became carried away by enthusiasm. When his step-daughter danced for him, he was so delighted by her performance that he threw caution to the wind, and made an offer that he lived to regret: ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you’ (Mark 6:23 NKJV). She asked for John the Baptist’s head, and since he was a king, Herod couldn’t go back on his promise. That single moment of indulgence cost him his kingdom and his life. We must be careful where we turn for entertainment and excitement, and how we react when we find it. ‘When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived’ (James 1:15-16 NKJV). 3) Weariness. In Old Testament times, a ‘birthright’ meant the oldest son inherited twice as much of his father’s estate. Normally, Esau wouldn’t have considered selling his birthright, but he did just that when he was in a state of exhaustion (see Genesis 25:29-34). Weariness can cause us to lose perspective and make decisions based on what feels right in the moment rather than what’s right for us long term. The Bible says: ‘All these things happened to them as examples…Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’ (1 Corinthians 10:11-12 NKJV). So, guard these three areas of vulnerability.