Are you afraid of “falling”? Are you afraid of making mistakes? If you are struggling with the fear of failing, and what you believe that means to your salvation, be encouraged. The Word tells us that it is not Gods will that “any” should perish (Matthew 18:14). Living with the fear of falling, while it may seem harmless, carries serious risks, which previous generations have ignored; as a result they rely on their own knowledge of what God did previously rather than on the Holy Spirit each moment of the day…today. Be encouraged!!!
The fear of falling is a distraction from the devil. In Philippians 2:10 Paul writes to work out your salvation with fear [of God] and trembling. This encouragement from Paul is being used against us rather that for us. Paul was giving an encouragement “so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky (Philippians 2:15). This encouragement was never meant to make us afraid of failing!!! The great commission in Matthew 28:19 is for us to go into the whole world to save the world. It is the intention of God to save us…!!
Let’s explain how the fear of falling is an ungodly fear, with a Moses event in Exodus 17:6. God told Moses to tap the rock to get water, Moses tapped the rock and out came beautiful water. Everyone’s happy with the provision of God. The next time they needed water, God said “speak to the rock in front of the people” (Numbers 20:8), guess what Moses did…he tapped the rock….oooops…that clearly worked the last time..surely God didn’t mean speak literally, tapping the rock is what brings out beautiful water!! Imagine if you were the people watching Moses – he is the man of God, he must know what he is doing, doesn’t he…?
In that spilt second, Moses disobeyed God…he actually disobeyed a 100% crystal clear command of God to speak to the rock… So do you think Moses was possibly motivated by the fear of getting it wrong? The fear of getting things wrong creates the conditions to get things wrong. But guess what God did…despite Moses’ disobedience God made water came out of the rock!!! Relief for Moses but sheer disappointment for God. He said to Moses “you don’t trust me” (Numbers 20:12).
Is it possible our Christian walk is in “passive disobedience”? That we are relying on what we “know and previously experienced of God” rather than listening to the voice of God through His Holy Spirit…in the moment? From this Moses event, we can see, God doesn’t have to do the same thing twice to please you and me. And…Moses did not go to hell (Luke 9:30) because he got it wrong. Every human on earth including the pope, heads of churches, senior pastors, junior pastors and congregations, we all get spiritual things wrong. Fact. We need to distinguish between failings and turning away from God, they’re not the same things. Then we must break free from this fear of falling.
Fear causes us to make choices which are based on our knowledge – well that’s how it happened the last time – rather than on directions of the Holy Spirit. Could this be the reason why many say “I don’t know what God’s will is for my life”. Is it really that God is keeping His will a secret or could it be that you may not be listening or worse yet, ignoring…and as a result, disobeying God?
Passive disobedience (fear) prevents God from demonstrating through us that He is the God of all things. Imagine God providing water through us with a tap on the rock, then the next time by speaking to the rock, aren’t you excited to see how God will bring forth water the next time? But in fear we resort to what God did the “last time”. Which totally disappoints Him, demonstrating we actually don’t trust Him. And as we can see with Moses, God didn’t want to do what He did the last time…He wants to do something new…!!!! Furthermore, what is important? The process (tapping or speaking to the rock) or the outcome – water? Get excited about the right thing – the water!!!!
Fear can cause us to judge perfectly harmless actions as sinful, and can blind us from looking at the heart as God does. In my early days attending ECC, a really nice lady stopped me and blessed me, then asked me who I was. I replied I’m Jesus’s brother. Needless to say that didn’t go down well with her, she demanded I repent…!!! Well I didn’t; if salvation makes me a Son of the living God, and Jesus is also the Son of God, clearly we are related….no?
Let’s break the fear of “falling” over our lives in the name of Jesus and let the Holy Spirit lead us.
When that happens, we use spiritual eyes to interpret what is actually happening. We stop simply judging from what our physical eyes see. I hear and understand the warnings about being careful, but Jesus actually said, “be not afraid”, He never once said be careful in fear of falling.
He repeated “do not be afraid” because He knows how dangerous the wrong “fear” is; he also understands the wrong fear has two branches – a good brand and an evil branch, but both of those branches are on the wrong tree…the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…!! The perfect choice is “the fear of God which is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One, which is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).