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THE FEAR OF FALLING
Does a disturbing fear ever come to your mind that you may fall away from grace? Are you afraid you may not persevere to the end? (Mat.10:22). Do you think that if you trust Jesus, you still might backslide into damnation? Do you think that your good feelings about eternal life may die away? Do you think that any goodness you have may be like the morning cloud, or as the early dew? (Hos.6:4; 13:3), that it came suddenly, but was short lived? Did it seem to promise you much, but then vanish away?
Fear can get us into trouble really fast. Some who have been afraid to trust Christ for all eternity, have failed because they had just a short-lived faith. Some people’s faith never goes far enough to save them. They start out right, by trusting Jesus . . . but as the days go by, they start thinking that they must DO something on their own. Then there are those who start out incorrectly, and before long, they turn away from the One and only One who can save their soul. When we insist on trusting ourselves to hold on, we will not and CANNOT hold on. Even though we rest in Jesus for a part of our salvation, we will fail if we don’t trust Him for everything! We can do nothing! We can’t trust ourselves for anything. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So, if Jesus is our hope for everything, except one thing, we will surely fail. Jesus has to be our all in all!
What causes so many to fail to continue in their faith? What hinders them that they no longer continue to run their race? They simply trusted in themselves for that running, and so they stopped short. Christ paid it all, there is nothing more we need to do except believe and trust HIM! When you look to Christ for your start, continue to look to Him for the finish! You cannot help with the beginning and you certainly cannot help with the end. He is Alpha and the Omega! A spiritual life CANNOT be made perfect in the flesh (you). The Lord must be in everything that you do, and He must be everything to you. Allow the Holy Spirit to make it clear to you where the strength must come from by which you shall be preserved until the day of our Lord’s appearing!
1 Cor. 1:8-9 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
What beautiful, comforting words! He will stabilize you to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord, Jesus will keep you strong to the end, and He will keep you free from all blame on the great day when He returns. God will absolutely do this for you, for He always does exactly as He says. Only Jesus can confirm us to the end, only Jesus can justify us so that we are completely blameless in that coming day. God is faithful, truthful and merciful. These verses tells us we have a great need, and tells us how it is provided. Any time the Lord makes a provision, be assured that we have a need for it. When God provides something, be assured, we shall need it.
Between this hour and the end of the world, every Promise of God and every provision of the covenant of grace will be needed. The believing soul desperately needs endurance, patience, persistence, and preservation to the end.
The great need of most mature believers, is to have their daily grace renewed if they are to hold on, and be conquerors in that day. Unbelievers have no grace, so they certainly do not feel they need more grace; but God’s children feel our spiritual life has daily needs of grace. A statue needs no food; but a living man hungers and thirsts, and he rejoices that his bread and water are there for him, or else he would faint by the wayside. A TRUE believer knows that he must draw daily from the great source of spiritual supplies; for what would he do if he did not have God to lead, guide, direct and strengthen him?
Even the most gifted saints have a fear of falling at times. Even the men at Corinth who were blessed with all utterance and knowledge, needed to be assured, or else their gifts and deeds would prove their ruin. If we had the tongues of men and of angels, but did not receive grace afresh each day, where would we be? If we had experience and were fathers in the church, and if we had been taught by God so we could understand all mysteries; we could not live a single day without God’s divine grace reviving us daily. Not one of us could hold on for an hour, let alone a lifetime, unless the Lord’s Hand was there to hold us up. He who began the good work in us must perform it unto the day of Christ, or we will fail, we will fall. Philip. 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (KJV)
This great need comes from deep within ourselves. Some people have a painful fear that they won’t be able to persevere in grace because they feel their faith is weak, and not sufficient. Some people are uncertain. Some are cautious, some are headstrong. Others are changeable and flighty, like butterflies flitting from one flower to another, until they visit them all, but settle on none. They never stay long enough in one place to do any good. People join one church after another; they seem to have a double need to be divinely accepted, and they strive to be steadfast and unmoveable, feeling God will not find them.
1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (KJV)
We all must realize and admit our weaknesses if we are truly and actually born of God. All of us must admit there is many things in any one day that could make us stumble. We must desperately desire, desperately hunger for a closer walk with Jesus, a personal fellowship with Him. We must desperately hunger for perfect holiness, desire to be what a Christian should be . . . truly desire to be what God wants us to be. Even if we were alone on a desert island, temptation of some kind would follow us; because we cannot escape from ourselves; just as we cannot escape from the enticements of sin. We should be ever watchful and humble before Almighty God. Without His help, we are so weak that we would stumble and fall, never to rise again. We are not devastated and damaged by the devil, but by our own carelessness and weaknesses. Dear Lord, give us strength for this day, for we are weak and helpless without You.
Weariness comes from a long life. When we begin our Christian life, we mount up with wings as eagles, we run without weariness; and in our best days we walk
without fainting (Isa.40:31). Our pace slows with age, but it is more profitable and better controlled. We should always pray to God that the energy of our youth may continue with us, leading, guiding and directing us. Let us remember that the non-stop energy of the Holy Spirit is always available to us, no matter how old we are. BEWARE of the pride of self assurance and self accomplishment. We really do NEED God’s help to survive as born again believers from day one of our spiritual life to our death in this life. We need His help in old age just as we do in our youth, because the road to Heaven is NOT an easy one! Many mountains of difficulty will be in the path of life. We all will encounter despair, dejection, discouragement, depression and distress along the way. But the long, hard trip will be worth it when we reach the top of the mountain! Consider this, those who hold out to the end, those who overcome (1 John 4:4; 5:4-5) shall inherit and enjoy Heaven. In the mean time, let’s tell all those we come in contact with of the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph.3:8) with which we are blessed and enjoy while we are here on Earth, and which shall be available to us for eternity in our new life.
Consider the place we live in now. The world is a woeful wilderness for many of God’s TRUE people. We begin our day with prayer, but not long after we rise from prayer, we are greeted with blasphemy. People go to work, and all day long they are troubled with filthy lifestyles, like righteous Lot was in Sodom. No matter where you go, your ears are afflicted with foul and wicked language. The media, TV, radio, workplace, schools, etc., are all filled with blasphemy. God’s Holy Name is not allowed in schools or many other places, but to use His Name in vain is common place! NO penalty for that! The world does not know God, so they are not a friend to His grace. We as TRUE Christians, dwell in an enemy’s country. Evil lurks in every bush, at every corner. Everywhere we travel, we must have a “drawn sword” (Eph.6:17; Heb.4:12), and keep that weapon which is called prayer, ever so close at our side; for we must struggle for every inch of trip. And it’s going to get worse before it ever gets better. O gracious God, help us, and strengthen us to the end, or we will surely fall.
TRUE religion is supernatural at the beginning, supernatural as it continues, and supernatural at its end. It is the work of God from first to last. There is great need for God’s children, to have the Hand of the Lord (Jos.4:24; 1 Chron.21:13) to be stretched out to us and that His Ear be inclined to us (Ps.17:6; 71:2; 88:2; 102:2). Let us continue to look to the Lord, for only He alone is able to keep us from failing and falling. Only Jesus is able to present us faultless before God.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (KJV)
Most gracious heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus!
Thank You for salvation that comes only through Him. Thank You for everlasting life in Heaven. Thank You, thank You, thank You, thank You.
Also see: http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm
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